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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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  • Like in the Royal Palace in Seoul, also has visited several times. Spacious grounds, watching everything, is quite time consuming. This is the Palace faces, take the time to want around. It is especially great during this season. During the snow someday want to visit.
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  • As part of our tour package we visited this place. It is a UNESCO World heritage site. I saw the main hall, the king residences, the queen residences and members of the royal families where they have ...  more »
  • I was really unimpressed with the signage out the front to enter to the gardens you need to pay again inside and it is close to the price of the pass for all the palaces. we would have bought that if ...  more »
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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.
  • 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.
  • Nice palace to visit. There's a rental sound guiding system where you can listen to explanation in English by select each section number according to the given map, very advance guiding system. However, there are 2 areas in this palace which the ticket sold separately i.e. general palace and secret garden. We didn't have enough time to try the secret garden, but the ticket is a bit more expensive, so expect it to be beautiful. Next time we will definitely try. By the way, toilet is like a luxury hotel's lounge!
  • Changdeokgung and the surrounding secret garden is arguably the prettiest must see destination of Seoul. I visited the palace twice, since we joined the Changdeokgung Moonlight Tour. The tour is absolutely worth the price, highly recommended! However, the Moonlight Tour requires advance registration (they accept only 100 guests each night) so it may not be available on a short notice.
  • Nice palace to visit. It was my first time visiting Changdeokgung palace. Palace is quite big. Ticket price is ok, not too expensive . The place is clean and well maintained. You will be able to learn a lot about history of the palace, garden and Korea ! Wonderful place !

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