Friday, December 14, 2012

Simpler Style, Changdeokgung Palace

Located just below the stepped hill where the Samsamwa pavilion is situated, one can find the complex known as Nakseonjae. Built in 1847, it was King Heonjong's favorite place to relax and read. Unlike other structures in the palace that are colorfully and decoratively painted, these buildings retained the simpler brown and white hues. In fact, the interior and exteriors were very similar, as evidenced by these photos. Nakseonjae was used as recently as 1989, occupied by the last crown prince's wife and used as a residence.
The walls currently surrounding the buildings here were restored in 1996, after being removed during Japanese occupation.

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