Experience what the royal family experienced at the “Moonlight Tour at Changdeokgung Palace.”
Changdeokgung Palace?was initially built as a royal villa but it became the central governance place during the Joseon Dynasty after the former principal palace. After the burning of Gyeongbukgung Palace during the Japanese invasion in the 16th century, Changdeokgung Palace became the central place for governance. In additional to its political significance, the Palace is known for its aesthetics and architecture, set against the breathtaking natural scenery. In 1997, UNESCO designated Changdeokgung Palace as a World Cultural Heritage site.
Changdeokgung Palace put down roots in the ridge facing south from Maebong, the vein of Bukak. Each of its buildings changed its axis according to natural geographical position and was arranged to be hugged by the cozy valley. The world recognizes the originality of Changdeokgung Palace because it is in harmony with nature and its beautiful Biwon (back garden) is harmonized with various pavilions, ponds, trees and oddly shaped stones and rocks. The palace is the most preserved with its original shape among existing palaces of Joseon Dynasty.
Donhwamun Gate (Treasure No. 383) is the main gate of Changdeokgung Palace. It was constructed in 1412 under King Taejon. The gate tourists see present-day was reconstructed in 1609, the first year of King Gwanghae. This is the oldest palace main gate existing in Korea. The name Donhwa means “Great virtue teaches people and influences them to be warm-hearted.” A bell and bass drum used to be there but they do not exist now. The bell and bass drum was used for time during the Joseon Dynasty.
Geumcheongyo (Bridge) is a stone bridge that was constructed in 1411 undes 11th year. The stone bridge means silk stream. Under the bridge, unicorn-lion statues are located on the south, while turtle statues are on the north as the tutelary gods of the palace. The faces of spirit sculptures at the middle of the bridge were built to keep away evil spirits. It is the oldest existing stone bridge in Seoul, and shows beautiful bridge railing stone and firm and impressive building technology.
Injeongmun (Treasure No. 813) and Injeongjeon (National Treasure No. 225) were the places of coronation ceremonies for King Younsan, Hyojong, Hyeonjong, Sukjong, Youngjo, Sunjo, Cheoljong and Gojong were held. Important national events such as coronation ceremonies, congratulatory ceremwere put at the back of the audience chamber of palaces during the Joseon Dynasty.
Changdeokgung Palace Moonlight Tour offers a unique opportunity to witness and experience the palatial beauty. The tour begins from the main gate, Donhwamun Gate (동화문), and continues on for approximately two hours through Injeongjeon Hall (인정전), Nakseonjae (낙선재), and Huwon (후원; secret garden). Tourists can see, hear, smell, taste and feel the beauty of Korea through this moonlight tour. Tours are done in English, Chinese and Japanese. Tourists will need to make reservations for the various tours.
Management: Korean Cultural Heritage Foundation / Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism
Programs: Moonlight Tour, traditional performances
-?????? April, May, June, September: 20:00
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Admission: 30,000 won
Duration of Performance: 2 hours
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