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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. By using our Seoul holiday planner, you can arrange your visit to Changdeokgung Palace and other attractions in Seoul.
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  • Love this palace and don't miss the special secret garden. There's someone to walk us through all the lovely and special spots in the secret garden. Enjoyed thoroughly  more »
  • one of the two imperial palaces partially preserved in Seoul. See for the architectural style and splendid views
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  • Beautiful, classy, stunning Seoul! We came by accident: a couple of days before departure bought tickets, booked the hotel and go! Arrived early in the morning and the first thought that lie down to sleep and prospim before lunch! But waking up in a taxi at the entrance to the hotel, realized that just want to take a shower and run to walk! We measured enchanted by the vanity of this magnificent city. You ask how vanity may be the dimension? We also do not immediately understand like this. But in our walks around the city so merged with this leisurely, neighborly bustle, that on the day of departure nearly cried-so we do not want to leave. We were both in palaces and museums and markets. We enjoyed everywhere! Still very cool to walk along the stream, after wetting our legs in it, eat on the street something fabulous yummy, what name does not repeat, buy a couple of watercolors on rice paper and a suitcase of cosmetics for all girlfriends! And, of course, take a ride on the bus on the night Seoul!
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  • Wonderful guided tour for the palace which lasted for one hour. The guide spoke excellent English with a Canadian accent. Another 1.5 hour guided tour for the secret garden was also amazing. It took some energy to walk uphill and downhill in the secret garden. You could choose not to go uphill and wait for the group to come back and go to other points of interests with the group. If you go on a sunny day in summer, it would be best to take the sunhat and sunglasses with a bottle of water. There are two stores that sells bottles of cold drinks such as water, tea, soft drinks and coffee.
  • Almost everything has been rebuilt since it was destroyed in an invasion. Yet this still managed to be really captivating. The building and architecture are easy to appreciate. I wasn't able to go to the back gardens of the Palace, they are supposed to be even better than the Palace itself, so if you get the chance check them out.
  • Wonderful palace. Good for a 1 hour visit. Unfortunately the secret garden was closed when we visited. Check before you go.
  • Tours are very affordable, but don't afford you much time to learn a rounded history. Our guide was very quick, which isn't bad, but we didn't feel we learned much. Should probably brush up on the history before entering.
  • Palace is manageable without a tour, as the posted signs give decent explanations and the palace isn't so large like Gyeongbokgung. Architecture is very beautiful. A must see.

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