Info on Changdeokgung

Changdeok Palace is a palace set within a large park in Seoul South Korea. It is one of the "Five Grand Palace" built by the kings of Joseon. Changdeokgung is also referred to as the East Palace because its location is east of Gyeongbok Palace. The literal meaning of Changdeokgung is "Palace of Prospering Virture".

Changdeokgung was he favored palace of many kings of the Joseon Dynasty and retained may Korean elements dating from the Thre Kingdoms of Korea period that were not incorporated in the more formalistic Gyeongbokgung. One such element is the fact that the building of Changdeokgung blend with the topography of the site instead of imposing on nature.

Construction of Changdeok Palace began in 1405, and was completed in 1412 on 110 acres of lot. The Palace was burnt to the ground during the Japanese invasion of 1592 and recontucted in 1609. Changdeokgung was the site of the royal court and seat of government until 1872 when the neighboring Gyeongbok Palace was rebuilt. Today, there are 13 buildings remaining on the palace grounds and 28 pavilions in the gardens.

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