Changdeokkung: it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the last living quarters for the Joseon Dynasty royal family and my favorite palace in South Korea.

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_MG_2570F_840px_lepChangdeokkung was built in the early 15th century, but many buildings were damaged during Japan’s occupation of Korea from 1910-1945.

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KingThrone_Changdeokkung_LauraElizabethPohlThis¬†folding screen of five mountain peaks, a sun and a moon — called Irworobongdo —¬†always sat behind kings of the Joseon Dynasty.