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)

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 here 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 Chi-hwa-seon/Chwi-hwa-seon (취화선/Chwihwaseon) (2002).

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 episodes 1 and 3 of Jewel in the Palace / Dae Jang Geum (대장금) (MBC, 2003-2004) the exterior of Injeongjeon Throne Hall [인정전] was seen.

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
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

7 reviews

  1. 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”

  2. 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)

  3. "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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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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