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Changgyunggung Palace

Daily; not Tue
Hours: Mar-Oct: Wed-Mon 9am-6pm; Nov-Feb: Wed-Mon 9am-5pm
Cost: W1000; 7-18 yrs W500; seniors & under 6s free
Changgyunggung Palace is a special palace of the Joseon Dynasty. During the Japanese occupation it was developed as a resort with a zoo and botanic gardens. Only in 1987, when the zoo was moved, was the palace completely restored and its name reclaimed.
Through the Honghwa Gate is Okcheon Bridge, an arch bridge over a lake, which are typical to Joseon Dynasty palaces. Over the bridge and past Myeongjeong Gate is Myeonjeongjeon, the office of the King. With the slope of the land, there is a beautiful view of high and low roofs.

The biggest building in the palace precinct, Tongmyeongjeon, built for the queen, has the most delicate structural details. Past this is Jagyeongjeon and, to the southeast, Punggidae - a long-poled measuring instrument with a cloth hung at the end which was used to check the speed and direction of the wind. To the north is a large pond called Chundangji, half of which was originally a rice field for the King to take care of. During the Japanese occupation the field was changed to a boating lake and the botanic garden was built above it.
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