The TV miniseries Daejanggeum, or Jewel in the Palace, which is based on the story of a real historical figure (Jang-geum) set many new records. Daejanggeum, in English, 'the Great Jang-geum', caught the attention of Asian viewers, as well as the Westerners, with its unique combination of two themes: the successful rise of a female, and the elements of traditional food and medicine. Nowadays, the main filming locations in Jeju-do Island, Korean Folk Village, Naganeupseong, Suwon Hwaseong Haenggung Palace, and Changdeokgung Palace are crowded with lots of fans. Synopsis
Daejanggeum was filmed in numerous locations throughout the country, from Seoul to Jeju-do Island. Presented here are the major locations, which are not only popular tourist destinations, but relatively easy to get to.
[Seoul and its Vicinity]
Changdeokgung Palace has been designated by UNESCO as a world cultural heritage site. It appeared in episode 1 depicting the procession of King Yeonsangun, episode 3 depicting the procession of King Jungjong, episode 51 where King Jungjong is prevented from entering the residence of his son Gyeongwondaegun, and episodes 51 and 52 in which King Jungjong walks and talks with Jang-geum.
Changdeokgung Palace is composed of the public official space, the king's residence and the rear garden. Changdeokgung Palace is the only palace that preserves the architectural style of the Joseon Dynasty. The rear garden used to be the king's resting place where 300-year-old trees, pond and pavilion are harmoniously organized with nature itself.
Past Donhwa Gate and into the palace, Geumcheon Bridge appears from the right. The entrance of Injeongjeon (the royal audience chamber) is at the end of the bridge and the ridge of this chamber's roof is unusually decorated with flower patterns. These patterns were attached by the Japanese to disgrace the royal family and cannot be found at any other ridge. There are nine statues each on the eves of Injeongjeon. Behind the right door of Injeongjeon, there is the king's official chamber called Seonjeongjeon. The cement road between the walls of Changdeokgung Palace and Changgyeonggung Palace lead to Huwon garden. There is a pond in the center of the garden. Also, one must pass Bulo gate to step out of the palace and reach Yeongeongdang, the 99-room house of the highest ranking nobleman.
Address: 2-71 Waryong-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul
How to get there: From exit 3 of Anguk station (Seoul Subway Line 3), walk toward Biwon for 2 min. From exit 6 of Jongno 3(sam)-ga station (Seoul Subway Line 1 & 5), walk 10 min passing by Nakwon Store.
Inquiries: +82-2-762-8262 (Kor)
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