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Changdeokgung Palace, Seoul

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Listed as a World Heritage Site, Changdeokgung Palace represents the main palace of Joseon Dynasty's kings, which shelters lotus ponds, pavilions, and some 300-year-old trees. Established in 1395, the palace compound contains a royal family residence, a public area, and a secret garden, as well as other simplistic elements dating back to the period of Three Kingdoms. Go on a tour to explore the harmonious palace and its halls, which were purposely constructed and designed by implementing feng shui principles and Confucian ideology. You'll also find snack bars, shaded rest areas, and benches here. Make Changdeokgung Palace part of your personalized Seoul itinerary using our Seoul trip builder website .
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  • The Palace is located in the center of Seoul and near the Presidential Palace. The monuments are ventilated and the Palace on the Lake is beautiful. Take the time to visit. A lot of Korean tourists who love taking photos with Westerners.
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  • We miss out the secret garden but overall is a must visit place. Not bad and have a nice photo session but this is not the best palace in Seoul.  more »
  • We found Changdeokgung Palace to be the most picturesque of the palaces, with the various building nestled among tress and gardens. You can visit the normal palace grounds at anytime, but it is defini...  more »
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  • Great tourist attraction, to see the place where Kings and Queen walk the corridors, a small entrance fee is there at the time of review it was KRW 2000. There is souvenir shop and a canteen. Best time to visit is late afternoon and early evenings since there is little protection from sun in the summer. A must visit place for history lovers.
  • Really great place. But be prepared to spend a lot of time. This place is massive. There is an entry fee but if you are into cosplaying you can rent traditional Korean outfit (don not get the shoulders, super uncomfortable) and then you get in for free. You still need to pay (5000won) to enter The Secret Garden. You can book guide in different languages. Overall a place worth visiting!!!
  • I had never visited here when I used to live in Seoul when I was a kid. Came here for my kid to take a look at the place so that he could see a bit of Korean history. I think I enjoyed more than my son did actually. It is very relaxing place. However, the thought of the ruling/royal family enjoyed this much of the space while the ordinary citizens struggled everyday gave me a sick stomach, though.
  • When I witnessed my first air raid drill while walking home from work in Korea, I realized that teaching English in Korea was going to be a lot different than any other place where Americans go to work abroad. In my non-fiction book, "First Contact in Korea: A Native English Teacher's Journey into the Backwoods of South Korea," I will chronicle my struggles of learning how to pronounce my Korean students' names, the 15-minute golf lesson I got in Korean that increased my driving distance 20%, my interactions with my Korean co-worker "Kid" who confesses to me that he was accused by his ex-wife of burning down her house and the cheapest and best eye surgery I've gotten in any country, which is Enucleation eye surgery. It is priced at $2,500 in Korea vs. $22,000 in the United States. My article will awaken my readers to the transitional opportunities available in a place that shares few American customs but many of the comforts of home.
  • Beautiful palaces and gorgeous park area. Had a great time wandering around. For a while you can forget you're in the heart of a major city with the quiet and peaceful atmosphere.
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