Changgyeonggung Palace, located to the east of Changdeokgung Palace, was built in 1483 and comprises Honghwamun Gate (Treasure No. 384) as well as various facilities, including Myeongjeongjeon Hall (National Treasure No. 226), which is the oldest hall of palace from the Joseon dynasty, Munjeongjeon Hall, where the king administered the affairs of state, and Sungmundang Hall, where the king held banquets with vassals. Changgyeonggung Palace has a painful history as it was relegated to a zoo and botanic park as Changgyeongwon Park by the Japanese Empire in 1911. Its name was then reinstated in 1983 and the zoo was relocated thereafter. Presently, Changgyeonggung Palace offers a space for citizens to experience history in an urban setting and take leisurely strolls. Unlike Gyeongbokgung Palace’s grand and imposing stature, Changgyeonggung Palace remains ensconced in the city center as a gem.
Location: Changgyeonggung Palace, 185, Changgyeonggung-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul