Changdeok-gung (Palace of Illustrious Virtue)


Changdeok-gung was built from 1405-1412, burned to the ground by the Japanese, and rebuilt in 1610. It was meant to be an annex to Gyeongbok-gung but ended up being used as the seat of the gov't and royal house until the 1870s.

It's a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site and smack dab in Seoul. When you're inside, you often can't see any of Seoul's buildings and it's very tranquil.

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