Where: Seoul, Anguk Station Exit 1. Keep walking until you pass Changdeokgung palace (you’ll have to walk about 5-10 minutes) until you get to the end of the block, then turn left. It’ll be about a 3 minute walk down the street.
Duration: 1-2 hours
Cost: 1,000 won. That’s less than $1. And they say in India it’s cheap to travel…
A Brief History: It’s part of the system of palaces including Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung in Seoul that were built in the Joseon Dynasty. During Japanese occupation, it became a garden and a zoo. Since then, it was relocated to its current location and restored.
Point of Interest: It’s a super beautiful palace to visit during late March/early April when the cherry blossoms are blooming. And because it’s not as popular, you don’t quite have to fight other people in order to get a picture with some. On entering, if you go right there is a nice lake that would be a good picnicking area.
Recommendation: 4/5. I was really pleasantly surprised by this palace. I actually wasn’t expecting much. Gyeongbokgung is far more famous and for good reason: it’s huge, and Changdeokgung is more renowned for the immaculately secret garden you can tour around. This, for me, was a hidden gem perhaps because I didn’t have high expectations. It was less crowded than some of the other palaces, and the grounds were quite extensive. Extended behind and around the palace is a complex garden area that is very beautiful and makes for a nice walk. The buildings were all in nice condition and because it’s a bit harder to get to and not one of the more famous of the palaces, it wasn’t as crowded as the others.