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Take a close look at the Korean heritages that have become UNESCO-registered world treasures and discover the past, present, and future in the values they hold.

The most beautiful palace loved by Joseon, Changdeokgung

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Changdeokgung Palace

The five royal palaces of Hanyang, the capital of Joseon
The one that served as a royal residence for the longest time

The most Korean of the five palaces and the only one registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site

The most beautiful palace loved by Joseon, Changdeokgung

1395. The first palace in the 500-year history of Joseon was built, Gyeongbokgung
Ten years later, the "second palace" Changdeokgung was established.

But Changdeokgung functioned as the chief palace for some 520 years. What were the reasons?

Changdeokgung was initially built for the recreation of Kings.

Unlike Gyeongbokgung that was built in symmetry on flat land,
Changdeokgung is snuggled in nature, and to this day, it has best retained its original shape among the five palaces.

Reflecting the characteristics of traditional garden-style design, about 60% of the palace was used as a garden, not artificially made but naturally created by a nearby mountain.
The kings became one with nature against this beautiful backdrop and put their weary minds at ease.

But the garden was not simply a site for recreation.
To experience the lives of the common people, kings tried farming for themselves and tirelessly worked for the people even while resting.

Joseon's wise kings hoped to be the bright moon for the nation
Changdeokgung Palace is beautiful under the moonlight that shines with royal dignity.

The moonlight that has been shining on Changdeokgung for centuries seems to carry the unchanging energy of our ancestors.

Glowing as brightly as the moon, Changdeokgung Palace


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