The gentle light from traditional lanterns and the Moon will lead tourists into some stunning sites in an ancient palace called Changdeokgung in Korea.
Changdeokgung Palace is the oldest among five palaces in Seoul. Designated as a World Heritage by UNESCO in 1997. It has been praised for its architectural sensitivity to its natural surroundings and lauded as a representative masterpiece of East Asian Architecture.
As amazing as the palace is in daylight, it is even more magical when you stroll the grounds under the light of the Moon. If you want to admire this beauty, you can participate in a tour of Changdeokgung Palace in a full moon occasion.
Join in Moonlight Journey at Changdeokgung Palace is the only chance to walk around in the palace at night. Since each tour is limited the number of people, you will want to reserve your spot right away, because they fill up really fast.
Changdeokgung Palace in night
The journey to explore Changdeokgung lasts about 2 hours, beginning with Donhwamun Gate. It is the oldest gate of the palace, which built in 1412. However, it was burnt down during a period of conflict and restored in 1608. From this, tourists would have a chance to handle a Changdeokgung lantern which originated from the Joseon Dynasty and made with red and blue silk.
Injeongjeon Hall, located at the center of the palace, has been used as a reception room for foreign diplomats and was also the place of the King’s coronation. Here visitors will be able to see the King’s throne and behind it is a folding, which is embroidered with the sun, moon, and five mountain peaks.
After passing Bullomun Gate, tourists will enter Yeongyeongdang Hall to sew traditional art performance of Korea. The most impressive could be Pansori (traditional Korean opera), a style of music that has been honored by UNESCO as an official Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Here, Korean tea and traditional snacks will be served as well.
Huwon Forest is the last destination which for centuries was off-limits to the common people and reserved exclusively for the use of the royal family. Now open to the public, guides in traditional hanboks will lead the way through the trees by the light of cheongsachorong. As well as the gentle light of the full moon, an evening at Changdeokgung will become a memorable experience of all of the tourists.