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Secret Garden (Huwon)
The Secret Garden or Huwon as it is referred to in Seoul's tourist literature, is an undoubted highlight, when visiting Changdeokgung Palace.
Approached through a mysterious path, this is concealed by an arch of leaves. In the centre is a lotus pond, one of Seoul's most photographed sights, alive with colorful flowers in late June or early July.
A small building overlooking the pond served as a library and study room in imperial times and the tiny gates blocking the entrance path were used as aninteresting checking mechanism by the king - needing to crouch to pass through, he'd be reminded of his duty to be humble.
This is the last stop on the tour and most visitors take the opportunity to relax here for awhile before exiting the complex.
Sign up for a tour at the entrance to Changdeokgung Palace.