UNESCO Heritages

Bulguksa / Baekje Historic Areas / Changdeokgung Palace / Depositories of Tripitaka Koreana / Geomunoreum Lava Tube System / Gochang Hwasun and Ganghwa Dolmen Sites / Gyeongju Historic Areas / Haheomaeul Village / Hallasan Nature Reserve / Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tube / Jongmyo Shrine / Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty / Secret Garden / Seongsan Ilchulbong / Suwon Hwaseong / Seokguram / Yangdongmaeul Village / Namhansanseong

Located about 3km east of the Gyeongbok palace in Seoul, it is a detached palace built in 1405. In 1592 the Changdeok palace complex was completely burnt down except for the main gate Donhwamun, which naturally became the oldest surviving structure of the palace by the Japanese invasion under Hideyoshi's leadership. The palace was rebuilt in 1610 with more color and with a slightly different style of architecture. From this date, 13 kings used it as their official residence, except for a limited period of time when the Gyeongbok palace was restored and used by King Gojong. Renovated in 1907, Changdeok palace was used by Sunjong until his death in 1926.

The palace is divided into four major areas; Central palace buildings, Secret garden, Nakseonje and Seonwonjeon. Among the other attractions are private royal residences of Huijongdang, Taejojeon, the royal infirmary, Nakseonje, the residence of the widow of King Yeongchin (1897-1970) who was the last crown price, and Biwon or secret garden. Injeongjeon is a large double-roofed audience hall, the highest within the palace compound. It is surrounded by covered corridors which lead into adjoining reception rooms. In front of the hall, 12 tablets are positioned on each side of the raised walkway, denoting the various ranks of government officials. The steps leading to the double-tiered platform are flanked with crouching stone Haetae which continues to protect this building from fire. On the r