Seoul has not always been the largest city of Korea, a country traditionaly divided into several kingdoms ruled by rival dynasties.
However, Seoul is composed today by the most famous and beautiful palaces of the korean peninsula. If Gyeongbokgung is the most visited, Changdeokgung is maybe more mysterious and refined.
The secret gardens of the palace, located in the north (nearby Changgyeonggung, a smaller palace that foreign tourists seldom know), are without a doubt among the most beautiful historical areas of Seoul.
In ancient times, korean kings were used to spend some of their free time in their gardens, taking the tea, meditating or studying. Even if korean heritage has been highly damaged in the last century, the gardens of Changdeokgung still today give a peaceful feeling.