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Friday, 14 March 2014

Inside Changgyeonggung, Part II: Gwandeokjeong Pavilion

Gwandeokjeong Pavilion (Hanja: 觀徳亭) in Changgyeong Palace, Seoul Jongno-gu was built in 1642 (20th Reigning Year of King Injo) as a pavilion for archers. The surrounding area was used as a military training site and for state military examinations. Behind the pavilion was a thick forest of many trees, whose beautiful foliage was praised in poems composed by a number of kings. Besides, several Joseonese Kings rested there and enjoyed the scenery surrounding the pavilion.

If you walk to the serene forest of the secret Rear Garden of Changgyeong Palace after going through Chundangji Pond you can see a small building which is called Gwandeokjeong Pavilion. There are trees along both sides of the ascending path going to the pavilion and it is paved with thin stones.

This pavilion is not to be confused with the Gwandeokjeong Pavilion of Jeju Island, which is built during the reign King Sejong the Great, two years after the demise of his Consort, Queen Soheon of Cheongsong Shim Clan and two years before the death of the great king - that means the year of 1448.