Although an independent palace, Changgyeonggung is connected with Changdeokgung Palace. There is a connecting gate just next to Huwon gate.
Changgyeonggung is the most compact and simple compared to the other palaces. But for those who watch K-drama and familiar with the historically renowned stories: the story of Queen Inhyeon and the king’s favorite concubine Janghuibin during the reign of King Sukjong, Changgyeonggung is the location.
Changgyeonggung was originally built as palace for three dowager queens. Various parts of it were destroyed by accident or invasion and 1909 under Japanese influence many buildings were razed to make way for a zoo and botanical garden.
In 1983 it was restored back. The complex still boasts some of the nicest lawn gardens and ponds in Seoul. Within the complex, there is a glasshouse built by a Japanese architect in 1909. In the late spring-late summer, the flowers in Changgyeonggung bloom beautifully.
How to go there:
– Option 1 : Enter through a back gate within Changdeokgung Palace (main gate near Exit 3 of Anguk Station, Line 3). This applies for those who want to pay a visit for both palaces.
– Option 2 : If you wish to visit only Changgyeonggung, you can simply follow Changdeokgung outer wall until you reach Changgyeonggung, since they are side by side. Or, stop at Hyewha Station (line 4), take exit 4. Walk along the street to the end, turn left and walk until you see the main entrance across the main road.