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Changdeokgung Palace, Seoul

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#1 of 540 in Parks in South Korea
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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  • I dont like this place , it wasnt that much intresting to me , all of the palace had same looking and we cant go inside a rooms , dosnt have too much furniture In all i dont like there only one thing ...  more »
  • I went to this place is the best in the packed Court. If you're really, really good and even a pond between the National Palace and other places where you can relax and lots of other really can relax space. Let the South Koreans Kang Chu Kang Chu
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  • Is very broad. As the title building into the world of the film is more impressive was the secret garden with a guide is about an hour and a half doodling walking blind spectators feel rather tired. 4 would place promote therefore was on place 1 round is disappointing.
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  • It's amazing to have two palaces plus a secret garden tucked into the heart of a capital city. If you're interested in history, this is worth a visit. It's worth paying extra to do the secret garden tour. When we visited the garden tour didn't have any guides, which seemed to be the exception. For us, that was more fun as we could explore at our own pace. We didn't want to do this, but many people rented traditional Korean outfits and wore them while exploring the palace.
  • I enjoyed a lovely afternoon spent touring this palace. I arrived just in time for the English tour- I highly recommend doing a tour, otherwise you will miss out on so much. Learning about the kings and queens who lived here was incredibly fascinating. The gardens were gorgeous and our tour guide was funny and knowledgeable. Come in the fall if you can while the leaves are changing.
  • Lot of history. Weather was very cold 38 F - 3C . Requires lot of walking. ~ 2-3 hours required. Also visited Secret Garden guide walking tour. Worth visiting in Spring or Summer so you can see flowers.
  • History and natural beauty all wrapped in one, made for a wonderful visit. Though the weather was cold (December) the views were still spectacular. The palace is not particularly stroller friendly but a smaller umbrella stroller would be just fine. If you have a chance to visit I highly recommend it.
  • Beautiful and peaceful (at least during the off season). Lovely place to walk through, learn history (English on most of the placards), and appreciate the space of history. I was glad I went the day after visiting the national history museum, as you'll recognize much of what you saw pictures of.

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