Built in 1483 during the reign of King Seongjong, the Changgyeonggung Palace served as the residential quarters for the queens and concubines of the preceding kings. While most of the palace buildings were destroyed during the Japanese invasion, they have since been reconstructed back to its original form. The park adjoining the palace was once a zoo, but the botanical garden still remains, displaying elements of both foreign and domestic.
It was the early days of spring and the grounds of the palace was beginning to welcome a new wave of colour – flowers showing it’s first signs of bloom, new leaves emerging on once naked branches. I spent my morning wandering around the main area of the palace; smiling at young ones so carefree on a school excursion, and witnessing a troop of high school students taking what appears to be their school photos. It was one of those rare moments where i wasn’t rushing through my locations, and i felt every ounce of serenity that naturally accompanied every historic site.
The perks of travelling alone.
Closed Mondays, 9am-6pm (opening hours vary depending on the month)
Admission: Adult – 1,000won; children – 500won; seniors over 65yrs and children 6yrs and under – free
Nearest station: Anguk station/Hyehwa station