The Changdeokgung Palace Moonlight Tour has been taking place from March to June this year. The biannual cultural event that is open to the public both in spring and autumn provides visitors a special opportunity to experience the quaint beauty of the ancient Korean royal palace.
One of the five palaces in Seoul built during the Joseon Dynasty, Changdeokgung was designated as a World Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO in 1997.
Changdeokgung was the second royal villa built following the construction of Gyeongbukgung Palace in 1405. It was the principal palace for many of the Joseon kings and is the most well-preserved of the five remaining royal Joseon palaces.
The palace grounds are comprised of a public palace area, a royal family residence building, and the rear garden.
Known as a place of rest for the kings, the rear garden boasts a gigantic tree that is over 300 years old, a small pond, and a pavilion.
Led by expert guides, participants in the moonlight tour program take a walk around the palace for about two hours, while being briefed about the history of Changdeokgung.
Year after year, the event has received such enthusiastic responses from both locals and foreign visitors that the program organizers have decided to increase the number of times being open to the public to 29 times during August and October this year from last year’s 18. This reflects the growing popularity of the moonlight tour, which is operated separately for local and foreign visitors.
For foreign visitors, the guide service will be also available in English, Chinese and Japanese.
The next tour program in fall will take place during September and October, respectively.
• 2016 Changdeokgung Palace’s Moonlight Tours
Period: 08.17 ~ 08.20 / 09.14 ~ 09.17 / 10.9 ~ 10.16
For further information about the tour, contact (82-2)2270- 1233, or (82-2)2270-1238 for information about the tour program.
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