Changgyeonggung & Seoul’s East Palace

Changgyeonggung is part of the Seoul’s East Palace.  Changgyeonggung and Changdeokgung are both considered the East Palace.

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Changgyeonggung is a lot smaller than Changdeokgung.  Changgyeonggung does contain a few things that Changdeokgung doesn’t have, which include a pond, a botanical garden, and a greenhouse.  Who would have thought Seoul Koreans were into smoking weed?  I would have never guess it by their drinking tendencies.

Changgyeonggung's green house
Changgyeonggung’s green house

Changgyeonggung was built by King Sejong in the 1400s.  It was to be used as his father’s residence.  Life wouldn’t be too bad if we all had sons like that.  I know I wouldn’t mind.  However, the structures were destroyed twice by the Japanese during their war with China.  There are no winners in a war with exception to the weed smokers cause they got a greenhouse.

 Traditional Korean attire in Changgyeonggung

Traditional Korean attire in Changgyeonggung

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Changgyeonggung structure and architecture is similar to the other palaces — Changdeokgung, Deoksugung, and Gyeongbokgung.  The only difference is the way Changgyeonggung was built.  It was built-in harmony with its surroundings versus the other palaces impose itself on its surroundings.  It’s like when a man gropes women cause he’s a celebrity.  Okay.  Obvious Trump reference there.  I’m surprised Trump and Bill Crosby don’t hang out.

 The view of Changgyeonggung
The view of Changgyeonggung

Changgyeonggung is easily accessible from the Anguk stop on Line 3.  The palace is a few blocks west on the corner of Yulgok-ro and Changdeokgung-gil.   It’s definitely worth the visit along with Changdeokgung, Gyeongbokgung and Deoksugung.  The great thing about the five palaces is that it’s all within the same vicinity — few miles apart.  It’s perfect for people like me who hate anything related to exercise.  Now, it’s different if it’s extra fries.

The view of Changgyeonggung's entrance
The view of Changgyeonggung’s entrance
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