SEOUL, March 23 (Yonhap) — Changdeok Palace’s Nakseonjae Hall will be open to the public until the end of next month as a special spring tour program, the Cultural Heritage Administration (CHA) said Friday.
The seasonal program, set to run at 10:30 a.m. from Thursday to Saturday on March 29-April 28, will take visitors on a guided tour around the Nakseonjae area, famous for its beautiful garden, with flowers blossoming in spring.
Changdeok Palace is one of the major palaces in Seoul. It dates back to the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) and was the second royal villa built following the construction of Gyeongbok Palace in 1405. It was the principal palace for many kings of Joseon.
Although much of the original structure was destroyed during the 1910-45 Japanese colonial era, and by fire in the 16th and 17th centuries, Changdeok is the best preserved of the five remaining royal Joseon palaces and is recognized as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site.
Nakseonjae Hall and its eight auxiliary buildings were built in 1847 by King Heonjong. The Nakseonjae area was where the Japanese-born empress Lee Bang-ja and King Gojong’s only daughter, Princess Deokhye, lived the remainder of their days.