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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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  • First, book (big) half a day to this Palace and especially its secret garden (Biwon). Contrary to what was my guide (Lonely Planet 2016) even if it is mandatory for the Biwon to take part in a visit to enter, the ticket can be purchased from the entrance of the Palace, by grouping the standard tour of the garden. The visit in the morning for the secret garden starts at 11:30 in November and then you will be free to slip in your guide. It starts at the bottom of the Park, allow 15 minutes walk from the main entrance. The ride (think of walking shoes, you go up and down constantly...) is superb, fantastic colors in the fall. In short, to do.
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  • Very cultural place to visit and envision how it was during the era of dynasties. Would recommend visiting this massive palace 
  • Impressive! Whole palace complex is big enough for at least 1,5 hour of walking around it. For me - it looks amazing. Just like from old kung-foo movies but it's real. There is plenty of tourist infor...  more »