On the last day of our vacation the boy and I found ourselves outside of Changgyeong Palace nestled in the heart of Seoul. This particular palace was the third palace compound built during the Joseon dynasty. It was another foggy day in Seoul, but it gave the palace an almost magical and mystical feel.
The Changgyeong palace was built in the late 1400s and has gone through two major restorations since then. The first was due to the Japanese invasion in the 1950's and the second was brought on by a fire that destroyed most of the buildings on the property.
The palace grounds are massive and I'm pretty sure that we didn't even get to view them all. My favorite part by far was that you were able to see the buildings of Seoul towering outside the palace walls. The modern buildings standing outside the historic walls showed a snippet of just how much has changed since the palace was originally constructed.
Admission into the castle is 1,000 won/person. Groups of 10 or more people can get admission for only 800 won.
How to get there.
Get off at the Hyehwa Station (lines 4 or 5) and follow the station's maps.
Blue Bus #'s 101, 104, 106, 107, 108, 140, 143, 149, 150, 161, 162, 171, 172, 272, 301 will all take you to Changgyeong Palace (eventually).
Green Bus# 1018
Red Bus# 9410