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Performance in front of Yeonghwadang, Changdeokgung Palace
Seoul

Changdeokgung palace was built as a secondary palace in 1405, later became the main palace. Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung were totally destroyed by fire during the Japanese invasion of 1592. After the war, only Changdeokgung was restored in 1610 and served as the main palace for the next 258 years.

The Changdeokgung Palace was inscribed on the Unesco World Cultural Heritage list in 1997. For more information, refer to http://eng.cdg.go.kr/main/main.htm

When I visit Yeongwhadang, there was a performance titled "Dreaming of becoming A Wise King", that shows how the princes were taught. The person who wears red costume is the King.

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