Injeongjeon (Main Hall)
the time of establishment by King Taejong, the Changdeok Palace was not intended to perform
as a main palace but a detached one. However, of the
five main palaces, the most monarchs resided and ruled
the country at this palace throughout the Joseon Dynasty.
The last council in the royal presence of the Daehan
Empire (the name of the newly established regime of
the Joseon Dynasty existing from 1897 till 1910) was
held here in August 29, 1910.
absorbing attraction of the palace is its refined Rear
Garden, which has been called Biwon (Secret Garden).
It contains a multitude of traditional
garden architectures, including wooden pavilions, ponds,
splendidly patterned walls, stone-made or wooden bridges
over the clean streams and so on. All the
artificial structures are designed in harmony with the
natural setting, which is typical of the Korean architectural
In 1996 the UNESCO designated
the palace and its rear garden as a World Heritage.