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KOREA’S SECRET GARDEN

Location: Changdeokgung, Seoul South Korea

A secret meeting place for the crown prince and his true love.

In most Korean dramas set on the times of Joseon or Goryeo, the King or Crown Prince tragically don’t end up with their one true love. It’s amazing how script writers could always make a reason or two for the King or Crown Prince legally (during that ancient period at least) to not end up with their true love and live a happily ever after ending which everyone who watches a drama seems to want. Not me though – I prefer it when the ending is a little vague, not everyone’s happy and not all ties were loosened after the show because that’s how real life is.

The Secret Garden, located in Changdeokgung Palace, is definitely not something suitable for real life though. Just imagining how quiet and peaceful one can be in this little corner of the world without the tourists: if you’re able to lie down on the pavilion floor and read a good book basking in the glory of the afternoon sun on an autumn day – what a nice way to spend your last day in this world.

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If you are, by any chance, interested in coming to this part of the palace, it has a separate tour available. There are only designated hours during the day if you wish to look around while listening to the lively tour guides (wearing a hanbok in the photos). You can check out this link for the time of tours which cost KRW5,000 for the Secret Garden (KRW3,000 for the actual palace). Some people book online but my mom and I came just in time for the 1330H tour and we didn’t even book online.

After the tour, you’d be allowed to either roam on your own more around the Huwon Secret Garden or explore the actual palace already.

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