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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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  • October 6, 2017
    This was our favorite palace in all of Seoul. The grounds are beautiful and, with the grounds as background, the buildings provide a picture perfect setting.  more »
  • October 6, 2017
    One of the palaces of the Joseon Dynasty. Interesting the change of guard and see the different buildings and gardens.
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  • October 5, 2017
    Because of Chuseok there was a free entrance to this palace area and many Korean in National dressees. An immense area with palaces. Also a countryside old Korean house setting on one corner, vegetabl...  more »
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  • June 26, 2017
    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.
  • June 29, 2017
    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.
  • July 14, 2017
    Wonderful palace. Good for a 1 hour visit. Unfortunately the secret garden was closed when we visited. Check before you go.
  • July 9, 2017
    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.
  • July 13, 2017
    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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