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- Feb 28, 2013
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Changdeokgung, a palace for the Joseon Dynasty, was built in the 5th year of King Taejong (1405).
It was likely to be built as a detached palace, since Gyeongbokgung Palace was serving as a main hall, along with Jongmyo and Sajik in that period.
It had been burnt down numerous times, but it was able to generally remain the original size of the palace since it had been restored and modified just in time.
It was divided into three parts: outer hall which served as official state functions, inner hall which served as the king's and queen's sleeping quarters and back garden which served as a place to rest.
Among them, the secret garden was well-known.
The back garden behind the inner hall where a luxuriant forest, lake and a various sized pavilions were laid was considered as an excellent example of Korea's traditional naturalistic landscape design.
Since the back garden was built in King Taejong's era, it had been continuously expanded, while it remained the original appearance.
There were about 160 kinds of trees and over 300 year old tress including Darae Tree (Natural Monument No.194) and Juniper (Natural Monument No. 251) in the dense forest.