Deoksugung Palace was like a city within a city. 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.