Deoksugung Palace was like a city within a city. The palace was the residence of the country’s royal family during the Joseon Dynasty until the Japanese invasion.
After passing through the entrance, the main hall was where the emperor once met visitors. Stone plaques marked where officials stood to wait for a meeting. Behind were more beautiful buildings spread around immaculate grounds. I forgot the noisy traffic outside as I went from one building to the next.
On the day I visited, there was an added bonus. Unbeknown to me, I stumbled upon a Cartier exhibition. Inside was only a handful of people. If this exhibition had been anywhere else, there would have been long lineups. Instead, I leisurely peered at the exquisite jewellery and being able to study it so closely and for as long as I liked, it was clear why his work was highly prized.
Leaving the complex, I managed to catch the changing of the guards which was a perfect end to an enjoyable wander.