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Changdeokgung Palace, Seoul

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Must see · World heritage site · Garden · Architectural Building
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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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  • In this park is a large collection of, mostly repaired and rebuild ancient historical buildings, excellent to learn about Korea's history, Very much worth the visit! 
    In this park is a large collection of, mostly repaired and rebuild ancient historical buildings, excellent to learn about Korea's history, Very much worth the visit!  more »
  • A beautiful palace and nice grounds. Sadly we didn’t get to do the secret garden. We will next time! Highly recommended. 
    A beautiful palace and nice grounds. Sadly we didn’t get to do the secret garden. We will next time! Highly recommended.  more »
  • It was awesome to see the palace, and take a step back in time. There were ceremonies going on while I was there, so we got to see some exquisite historical fashions. It was also the anniversary of... 
    It was awesome to see the palace, and take a step back in time. There were ceremonies going on while I was there, so we got to see some exquisite historical fashions. It was also the anniversary of...  more »
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  • It is an amazing palace in the middle of very busy Seoul. If you take the guided tour - you won’t regret it. Our guide spoke perfect English and was full with fun facts and intriguing stories. A must do when in Seoul!
  • Try to visit in the autumn. Simple breathtaking and serene. Could easily spend half a day strolling through here, contemplating, people watching, etc.
  • A wonderful palace to visit when you come to Seoul. It is a lot less busy than Gyeongbokgung Palace which makes your visit to it seem a lot more personal and intimate. Whilst here you can marvel at the architecture of the palace and its surrounding buildings or take a stroll through the many gardens and paths or relax at the lake. There is so much to do in this place and I recommend you spend a minimum 2 hours here to fully appreciate it! Would love to come back here!
  • Beautiful traditional palace in Seoul, South Korea - a walk can take about 1-2 hours depending on how far you want to go. The place is clean and family-friendly
  • Really nice place to visit and the palace is so big. Lots of things to learn about Korean culture and their king. There were separate houses for different purposes for king. I was searching for the place where the king used to smoke. Bad luck may be he was non smoker , so I had to go out for a smoke.

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