Last weekend I went to the Changdeok Palace which was the "Queen's Palace". Inside this palace are the Secret Gardens which were just inaugurated into UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This meaning that now instead of being able to wander at ones' convenience through the beautiful landscape you have to be accompanied on a tour that costs extra money and attracts clusters of annoying tourists. (I say that like I have been here longer then two months.) It was an extremely beautiful place besides the awkward group of people I got stuck with (tour groups are awkward in general I think) and some of the sites have only been open to the public for five years. Considering the gardens have been forbidden to anyone not an immediate member of the Korean Royal Family that has been in existence for almost five hundred years, five years is infant hood. Here are some pictures of the garden and the palace.
|Potted Rocks! I loved these!|
|The archway said "eternal youth" and it is said that anyone who walks under it will never grow old. Im currently trying out that theory.|
|In the center are two dragons fighting. We weren't allowed inside this pagoda so I wasn't able to get a better picture unfortunately.|
|Sweet hang out spot|
|Korean Romeo and Juliet balcony|
|Another tiny door!|