South Korea

Changdeokgung Palace Complex (1997)

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Thanks to Jin from South Korea

Changdeokgung ( 창덕궁, “Prospering Virtue Palace”) – also known as Changdeokgung Palace or Changdeok Palace — is set within a large park in Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea. It is one of the “Five Grand Palaces” built by the kings of the Joseon Dynasty (1392–1897). As it is located east of Gyeongbok Palace, Changdeokgung, along with Changgyeonggung, is also referred to as the “East Palace” (동궐, Donggwol).

Changdeokgung was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1997. The UNESCO committee inscribing the site stated the place was an “outstanding example of Far Eastern palace architecture and garden design” being exceptional because the buildings are “integrated into and harmonized with the natural setting” and adapted “to the topography and retaining indigenous tree cover.” 

Portions of the palace were used to film the hugely popular Korean drama Dae Jang Geum (my favorite K-drama) in the first decade of the 21st century.

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