Changdeokgung Palace [창덕궁]

Kingdom I & II (2019, 2020); Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung (2019); The Crowned Clown (2019); Moonlight Drawn by Clouds (2016); The Royal Gambler (2016); Secret Door (2014); Rooftop Prince (2012); Jewel in the Palace (2003-04); Jang Hee-bin (2002-03); King and Queen (1998-2000); 500 Years of the Joseon Dynasty (1983-1990)

Buyongji Pond /Lotus Lake [부용지]

Junhamnu Pavilion –literally meaning the ‘pavilion where every kind of principle of the universe gathers’– is a two-story building overlooking this pond; formerly used similar to today’s libraries

The aging King Yeongjo (Han Suk-kyu) is being accompanied by his grandson Yi San –future King Jeongjo– (Lee Je-hoon) while walking the area of this pond in final part of the final episode 24 of Secret Door (비밀의 문) (SBS, 2014).

This pond area was used as location shots for Jang Hee-bin (장희빈/Jangheebin) (KBS2, 2002-03) and Rooftop Prince/Attic Prince (옥탑방 왕세자) (SBS, 2012).

Donhwamun Gate [창덕궁 돈화문]

When the trio Song Man-bo (Lee Tae-ri), Do Chi-san (Choi Woo-sik) and Woo Yong-sool (Jung Suk-won) as well as Prince Lee Gak arrives in the 21st century and first thought to go towards the palace first in episode 2 of Rooftop Prince/Attic Prince (옥탑방 왕세자) (SBS, 2012), Hong Se-na (Jung Yoo-mi) drops them of at this gate. When demanding to open the door, a police patrol chases them from the gate.

(Side note: there was a theory by K-nets stating that the fictional Yi Gak was actually King Gyeongjong of Joseon, Jang hee-bin’s son. Hence, Yi Gak going to Changdeokgung Palace makes sense, since in reality the main palace of Gyeongbokgung got burned down in 1592 during the first wave of the Japanese invasions and would not be rebuilt until the 19th century during the regency of King Gojong. For the meantime Changdeokgung Palace served as the main palace for around 300 years — Lr).

Gwallamjeong Pavilion [창덕궁 관람정]

The Crown Prince Yi Chang (Ju Ji-hoon), as for him, is seen standing in this pavilion in Kingdom (킹덤/Kingdeom) (Netflix, 2019 — Season 1) and after the ceremonial institution of the Regency, Jo Hak-joo (Ryoo Seung-ryong) and his daughter the Queen-Regent (Kim Hye-jun, still in her robes) have a private conversation in the pavilion regarding power. The pond that is part of this pavilion is also the palace’s disposal area of zombie-infected personnel in Kingdom

This garden appears as parts of the palace in The Crowned Clown (왕이 된 남자) (tvN, 2019) where clown Ha Sun (Yeo Jin-Goo) and Queen Yoo So-woon (Lee Se-young) meet in episode 4.

The King’s eunuchs were leading Baek Man-geum (Choi Bok-sun’s erstwhile gambler husband played by Lee Moon-sik) for a private audience with King Sukjong (Choi Min-soo) at this pavilion in episode 2 of The Royal Gambler/Jackpot (대박) (SBS, 2016).

Huwon / Biwon [후원/비원]

This garden appears as parts of the palace in Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung (신입사관 구해령) (MBC, 2019) and Lee Rim (Cha Eun-woo) –accompanied by Heo Sam-bo (Sung Ji-ru)– crosses this garden when sneaking out of the palace in episode 2 (full episode 1) with the approval of his brother Lee Jin (Park Ki-woong) who appears unexpectedly.

Lee Hun/Ha Sun (Yeo Jin-goo) looks at his reflection and contemplates the Queen at Juhamnu Pavilion, in episode 6 of The Crowned Clown (왕이 된 남자) (tvN, 2019).

It is at the Yeonghwadang Hall [영화당] of this garden that Crown Prince Hyomyeong (Park Bo-gum) overhears a conversation between the King and his head eunuch in episode 2 of Moonlight Drawn by Clouds/Love in the Moonlight (구르미 그린 달빛) (KBS2, 2016).

Also seen in episode 1 of Jang Hee-bin (장희빈/Jangheebin) (KBS2, 2002-03).

MOVIES FILMED AT HUWON

Chi-hwa-seon/Chwi-hwa-seon (취화선/Chwihwaseon) (2002) was filmed at the Bullomun Stone Archway [불로문] of this garden.

FASHION SPREADS SHOTS AT HUWON

– Vogue Korea: Park Bo-gum’s Good Influence (‘박보검의 선한 영향력’) (July 23, 2020) was shot at several locations throughout this garden notably the Yeon’gyeongdang Hall [연경당], Jondeokjeong Pavilion [존덕정], Pyeom’usa House [폄우사], Bullomun Stone Archway [불로문], Aeryeonji Pond [애련지] and the Yeonghwadang Hall [영화당].

Injeongjeon Throne Hall [인정전]

Then Queen Consort Cho (Kim Hye-jun) climbs the central steps of the Injeongjeon Throne Hall [인정전] in her minor ceremonial robes (소례복) as a Regency (수렴청정) is announced in Kingdom (킹덤/Kingdeom) (Netflix, 2019 — Season 1).

In the teaser for Kingdom (킹덤/Kingdeom) (Netflix, 2020 — Season 2), this throne hall is also seen.

In episode 1 of Jewel in the Palace / Dae Jang Geum (대장금) (MBC, 2003-2004), the procession of King Yeonsangun takes place in front of the Injeongjeon Throne Hall [인정전] and in episode 3, King Jungjong’s (Im Ho) procession takes place here too. of the exterior of was seen.

The scene of the restoration ceremony of Queen Inhyeon in Jang Hee-bin (장희빈/Jangheebin) (KBS2, 2002-03) took place at this throne hall.

Among others, Injeongjeon Throne Hall was seen during Deposed Prince Yeonsan-gun (Ahn Jae-mo)’s coronation ceremony in King and Queen/The King and the Queen (왕과 비 [王과 妃]) (KBS1, 1998-2000).

The Injeongjeon Throne Hall was also seen in 500 Years of the Joseon Dynasty/Joseon Wangjo Ohbaek Nyeon (조선왕조 오백년) (MBC, 1983-1990).

MOVIES FILMED AT INJEONGJEON

— The courtyard is briefly featured inthe 3rd teaser (‘KBS 월화드라마 구르미 그린 달빛 티저3’) of Moonlight Drawn By Clouds/Love in the Moonlight (구르미 그린 달빛) (KBS2, 2016).

MOVIES FILMED AT INJEONGJEON

The Throne/Sado (사도) (2015)
— Injeongmun [인정문] — the entrance gateway of Injeongjeon Throne Hall and Sukjangmun Gates [숙장문] –consisting part of Changdeokgung Palace’s “outer court” [외조 外朝]– are briefly featured in the film The Royal Tailor (상의원) (2014).
Masquerade/ Gwanghae: The Man Who Became King (광해 왕이 된 남자) (2012)

Juhamnu [창덕궁 주합루]

Originally housing the Kyujanggak Royal Library & Archives (규장각, direct precursor of the modern Kyujanggak Institute for Korean Studies)
Now-adult King Jeongjo walks up the stairs (back turned towards the audience) towards the building in the final episode 24 of Secret Door (비밀의 문) (SBS, 2014).

This palace was also seen in On Your Wedding Day (너의 결혼식) (2018).

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Changdeokgung Palace [창덕궁/昌德宮] –literally ‘Prospering Virtue Palace’– is one of the palaces of the Joseon Dynasty (1392 – 1910) that still exists in present times, and is also one of the most well-preserved. Built in 1405 by Joseon’s third ruler King Taejong and rebuilt in 1610, it was the main palace for about 270 years and saw through the reign of 13 kings, who lived and discussed state affairs here. In 1997, Changdeokgung Palace was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The palace site is divided into two parts: the palace building area, and its royal garden area. The latter “takes up about sixty percent of the palace grounds” and was used by the royal family for leisure. The royal garden area is known under different names, but is usually referred to as Huwon [후원/後苑/Rear Garden] or Biwon [비원/秘院/Secret garden]. The Juhamnu Pavilion (Treasure No.1769) was built as the royal library in 1776 under King Jeonjo, and is located within the palace’s garden.

The palace is located in Seoul’s neighborhood Waryong [Waryong-dong/와룡동] in the Jongno District [Jongno-gu/종로구].

Address
99 Yulgok-ro, Waryong-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
서울 종로구 율곡로 99
(와룡동 2-71)
Geolocation: 37.579159, 126.991000

Getting here
Anguk Station [안국역], Seoul Subway Line 3, Exit 3
(15 min. walk)

— submitted by Sicarius the Queen of Melonia, with location details by Marion KDL
Moonlight Drawn by Clouds; Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung; On Your Wedding Day; Chi-hwa-seon added by Marion KDL
King and Queen; 500 Years of the Joseon Dynasty; Vogue Korea Fashion Spread w/ Park Bo-gum; Kingdom II, The Royal Gambler; Rooftop Prince with side note and Secret Door; Jang Hee-bin; Kingdom; Jewel in the Palace; The Throne; Masquerade; Royal Tailor added by Lr

10 reviews

  1. Injeongjeon Throne Hall

    Lr here

    Minor additions to Injeongjeon Throne Hall:

    1. “Love in the Moonlight” – brief usage of the courtyard, as seen in the 3rd teaser https://youtu.be/1go2DY1Okes

    2. “Jang hee-bin” (Kim Hye-su version) – scene of the restoration ceremony of Queen Inhyeon

  2. 2 old dramas

    Lr here, very minor additions:

    “500 Years of the Joseon Dynasty” series (조선왕조 오백년, 1983-1990) – no pinpointing on which particular drama-episode, but at least Injeongjeon Throne Hall was used in one scene.

    “The King and Queen” (왕과비, 1998-2000) – among others, Injeongjeon Throne Hall was used during Deposed Prince Yeonsan-gun (Ahn Jae-mo)’s coronation ceremony.

  3. VOGUE & Bogummy

    Hi, this is Lr

    The locations where VOGUE Korea held Park Bo-gum’s photoshoot, all at the Rear Garden ()
    a. Yeon’gyeongdang Hall (연경당)
    b. Jondeokjeong Pavilion (존덕정)
    c. Pyeom’usa House (폄우사)
    d. Bullomun Stone Archway (불로문) – encompassing an enclosed yard; “Jang hee-bin” (Kim Hye-soo version) ep.1 was shot here.
    e. Aeryeonji Pond (애련지) – located beside the enclosed yard
    f. Nakseonjae Residential Compound (낙선재) – notable as the final living quarters of the surviving members & attached servants of the Imperial Family (as designated in the ’60’s by then-President Syngman Rhee, who, fearing their enduring popularity might cause a restoration campaign for the Korean monarchy, initially prevented their homecoming, forcing them to live as destitute Japanese residents): notably Empress Sunjeong (Emperor Sunjong’s widow) & Masako Nashimoto (Crown Prince Euimin’s Japanese wife, known as Madame Yi Bang-ja)
    g. Yeonghwadang Hall (영화당) – the actual location where “Love in the Moonlight/Moonlight Drawn by Clowds” ep.2 was shot.

  4. Royal Tailor

    Hi this is Lr

    Injeongmun (인정문, the entrance gateway of Injeongjeon Throne Hall) & Sukjangmun (숙장문) Gates (consisting part of Changdeokgung Palace’s “outer court” (외조 外朝)) are briefly featured in the film “Royal Tailor”

  5. minor comments

    Hi this is Lr

    Some comments:

    1. exterior shots of Injeongjeon Throne Hall and its courtyard are featured in the teaser of “Kingdom” season 2

    2. regarding Juhamnu Pavilion, I read somewhere (i.e. some entries of the Annals of the Joseon Dynasty) wherein some of the latter kings would display their royal portraits inside (besides formally enshrining them at Seonwonjeon Hall)

  6. "Royal Gambler"

    Hi it’s me Lr
    Gwallamjeong Pavilion was shown in “The Royal Gambler” ep.2, when the King’s eunuchs were leading Baek Man-geum (Choi Bok-sun’s erstwhile gambler husband) for a private audience with King Sukjong

  7. Secret Door

    Hi it’s me again. Thanks for fixing the mislocated areas…

    “Secret Door” (비밀의 문)’s final part of the final episode utilized 2 areas:
    -Buyongji Pond – where the aging King Yeongjo is being accompanied by his grandson Yi San (future King Jeongjo) while walking the area
    -Juhamnu (주합루) – originally housing the Kyujanggak Royal Library & Archives (규장각, direct precursor of the modern Kyujanggak Institute for Korean Studies), now-adult King Jeongjo walks up the stairs (back turned towards the audience) towards the building

  8. More locations

    Hi it’s me Lr again. More locations…

    Injeongjeon Throne Hall (인정전) & courtyard
    Exterior shots for the following:
    -“Jewel in the Palace/Dae Jang-geum” (대장금) in episodes 1 & 3
    -“Kingdom” season 1 – as a Regency (수렴청정) is announced the Queen Consort in her minor ceremonial robes (소례복) climbs the central steps
    -movies “Sado/The Throne” (사도) & “Gwanghae, The Man Who Became King/Masquerade” (광해 왕이 된 남자)

    Gwallamjeong Pavillion (관람정) in “Kingdom” season 1: the shot with the Crown Prince Yi Chang standing in the pavillion

  9. Jang Hee-bin, Rooftop Prince

    The pond area (“Lotus Lake” 부용지 Buyongji) was used as location shots for “Jang Hee-bin” (장희빈; Kim Hye-soo version) & “Rooftop Prince” (옥탑방 왕세자)

    “Rooftop Prince” also utilized the Donhwamun Gate (돈화문) in episode 2: when the trio arrives in the 21st century and first thought to go towards the palace first
    (side note: there was a theory by K-nets stating that the fictional Yi Gak was actually King Gyeongjong of Joseon, Jang hee-bin’s son…hence, Yi Gak going to Changdeokgung Palace makes sense, since in reality the main palace of Gyeongbokgung got burned down in 1592 during the first wave of the Japanese invasions & wouldn’t be rebuilt until the 19th century during the regency of King Gojong. For the meantime Changdeokgung Palace served as the main palace for around 300 years)

    1. Wow. Thank you, Lr! Your additions make this palace one of the most long-standing K-Drama locations we have here on KDL.

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