Don’t miss out on this special opportunity to enjoy a moonlight walk at Changdeokgung Palace, a world heritage designated by UNESCO in 1997 as the most traditional and authentic of the five ancient palaces of Seoul.
Changdeokgung Palace has been recognized for its assimilation with its natural surroundings and lauded as a representative masterpiece of East Asian Palace Architecture. Not only does this architectural treasure harmonize well with the land, it also it said to have the perfect geographic location. Since the palaces are only open to visitors in the daytime, this is a unique opportunity for guests to take a closer look at this gem of a building, made even more alluring bathed in the soft light of the moon.
The “Changdeokgung Moonlight Tour” provides guests with a chance to enjoy some leisure time and appreciate the palace’s true beauty while strolling around the palace grounds and taking pictures of the palace bathed in moonlight. Visitors will also be treated to their own private Gukak performance and a light, traditional Korean snack. This is the chance of a lifetime: a chance to stroll along the very paths once traversed by kings and queens. Even though the event will be held four times throughout September and October, there is a limit of 100 people per outing, so sign up quickly!
1. Donhwamun Gate (돈화문): Meeting place
Moonlight Journey begins with the opening of Donhwamun Gate
2. Injeongjeon Hall (인정전): Photo time
Guests are invited to take pictures at Injeongjeon Hall, a place used to receive foreign diplomats and the place of the King’s coronation, royal ceremonies, and more.
3. Buyongji (부용지): Break + snack
Buyongji is the entrance to the backyard of Changdeokgung Palace and is known as one of the most beautiful and tranquil places in Seoul. Here, visitors can relax and take in the romantic nightscape. Korean traditional snacks of ddeok and sikhye will be served at this time.
4. Yeongyeondang (연경당): Korean traditional music performance
Yeongyeondang is a building resembling the residences of the noble people during the Joseon Dynasty. It has been used as a reception room for foreign diplomats and will be host to a Pansori performance during the Moonlight Journey.
5. Forest Stroll
For centuries, the forest of Changdeokgung Palace was only opened to kings and queens. Now open to the pubic, these mystical woods are so captivating in the moonlight that visitors will hardly realize they’ve walked all the way to Donhwamun Gate! Walking along the paths of the royals and taking in the beautiful night scene of the cityscape is a memorable experience encompassing the beauties of both the past and the present.
Date: Sep. 23rd(Thu), Sep. 24th(Fri), Oct. 21st(Thu), Oct. 23rd(Sat)
Time: 20:00 ~ 22:00 (approx. 2 hrs)
Number of participants: 100 people (total may vary slightly)
Program: Night walking at Changdeokgung Palace, Gukak Performance, Korean traditional snack
Participation fee: 30,000won
Host: Korea Tourism Organization, Cultural Heritage Administration of Korea
Information and Application
- (Group) Korea Tourism Organization 02-729-9525
- (Individual) website www.palacetour.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Korea Travel Phone +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)