Another episode on advice on how to get lost, Korean edition. This time I decided to go to #ChangdeokgungPalace that shares common ground with the Sacred garden, which is a UNESCO heritage site.
It was a rainy day and taking pictures was a bit of a challenge with my umbrella on my shoulder and my camera on one of my hands. Then the day cleared up a little. The light, the fog gave the palace a timeless feel.
I pictured what it would be like to have lived in this place half a millennium ago. How grand and enormous it must have seemed. Some of the doors were smaller than me (likely around 150 cm high) and I though that either people where really small or it was a way to make people slow down or bow when crossing the doors. The main doors where impressive, maybe about 8 meters high.
When you are inside the intricate allies between the different quarter of the palace you get a sense that the architects had a great sense of perspective and geometry. Negative spaces, the empty forms between the buildings or even the sky above the roofs seems more beautiful because the buildings are there.
The Sacred Garden is scarcely a garden in the way that we imagine it. Is more of a tailored forest with ponds and small kiosks and buildings in between. Since I'm here I'm at awe at the beauty of the water scares with water lilies, which are as magnificent as their name in French... nénuphars.
YOU CAN FIND MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE PALACE ON THE VISIT KOREA PAGE