Changdeokgung, the Last Palace I Visited in South Korea, Part 2: Trees

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Above is the set of … I think they are locust trees … which are between the entrance gate of Changdeokgung and the stone bridge, which is incidently the oldest stone bridge in Seoul. If I remember correctly, these trees were planted here because they represented scholars, and Joseon Neo-Confucianism held schloarship in very high regard.

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In the previous post, I introduced Changdeokgung, the most highly regarded palace in Seoul, and a World Heritage Site. In this post, I focus on the trees in the main complex (not the trees in the secret garden).

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I have read that there are over 100 different species of trees growing in Changdeokgung. I suspect most of them are in the Secret Garden, but even the main part of the palace has plenty of trees.

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I’ve read that there was a queen who had a set of trees and shrubs grown on stone terraces in the palace. Those terraces are still there.

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Perhaps they are more lush in spring than in fall.

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There is also an old tree, shown in the photo above and the photo below, next to the old Seonwonjeon, which is where royal portraits like the one which is in Jeonju, were stored before they were destroyed during the June 25th war (a.k.a. the Korean War).

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There are quite a few conifers within the main building complex.

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Of course, the most famous tree in Changdeokgung is the 750-year-old Chinese juniper tree.

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The wood from this tree was used to make incense for the ceremonies to honor the royal ancestors.

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So those are some of the many trees of Changdeokgung. In the next post, I will present indoor areas in Changdeokgung.

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About Sara K.

Sara K. is an aromantic asexual from California who has previously lived in Taiwan. She blogs at the notes which do not fit, has previously been a contributor at Manga Bookshelf, and has written guest posts for Hacking Chinese. She enjoys reading, travel, live theatre, learning languages, and gardening.
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