Next we visited the East Palace called Changdeokgung, translated as the Palace of Prospering Virtue.
The roof line of the palaces have interesting details. This spout looks like a Crane, which is a royal symbol.
In Korea the winters can be very cold. To make up for this, the buildings are heated by heating the floors. This shows the chimney for the under floor furnace.
The Juhamnu Royal archive or library was built in 1776.
To enter the library, one must pass through the gate. The center gate was only for the king. The two side gates are for the military and the administrators. Notice that they are too short to pass through without stooping. So many things in the palace architecture were designed to remind people of their place.