Monday, September 2, 2013

Shikinaen Udun


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Shikina-en is the royal garden of the Ryukyuan royal family near Shuri castle in Naha, Okinawa. The Udun is the palace within the garden, though villa might be a better word. It is a World Heritage Site.

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The Udun was constructed in the 17th Century with the garden being made later.

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It has 15 rooms with the traditional red tile roof that was only allowed for the highest levels of the society.

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As well as being used as a second residence, it was also used to entertain visiting dignitaries.

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It was destroyed during the Battle of Okinawa and recontruction finished in 1995.

1 comment:

  1. You caught an atmosphere here. Hard to describe but that it breaths of the past residents.
    A bit lonely too.

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