Deoksugung & Seoul’s Five Palaces

Deoksugung is one of the five palaces in Seoul, South Korea.  It’s more than 400 years old.

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Deoksugung has been renamed more than P. Diddy has changed his name.  Those who follow Hip Hop know that that’s a lot of times.  If there was a name changing competition, P. Diddy would win between the two.  The only other person in the world would be Jay-z with his many aliases.

 The palace complex
The palace complex

Deoksugung is located across from City Hall.  It’s the only palace out of the five with Western architecture — National Museum of Korea.  The palace has a gathering plaza, a forested garden, a changing of the guards at front gate,  dirt roads, and the National Museum of Korea.  It’s a pretty standard palace for a 1%er in ancient times.  Where was the Lamborghini, Ferrari and Bentleys parked?  It’s pretty basic.  Don’t tell me they were riding around in horses carriages.

 National Museum of Korea
National Museum of Korea

The palace has been restored.  It was destroyed during the late 1800s and early 1900s during the Japanese colonization of Korea.  It’s a touchy subject for the older Korean generation, but it doesn’t seem to bother the younger generation.  They’re more concerned with social media and selfies.  What could be more important than getting the right angle on the selfie?  Get with the program, people.

The palace garden
The palace garden

The great part of the Deoksugung is that it’s a few blocks from the Gyeongbokgung.  Gyeongbokgung is the larger of the two palaces and they’re both located on Sejongno road.  Sejongno is the main road in Seoul and it leads to a lot of Seoul’s landmarks – Gyeongbokgung, City Hall, and Myeong-dong However, it’s not the central area to drink and trashed at 9 AM.  You’re going to have to head to Itaewon around 9:30 AM.  I know.  A lot of drinking could be done within 30 minutes.

 Flowers along the steps of National Museum of Korea
Flowers along the steps of National Museum of Korea
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