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Deoksugung, Seoul

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A luxurious ancient palace within a metropolis, Deoksugung represents one of Seoul's five great Joseon dynasty palaces, and the only one combining traditional Korean architecture and Western-style buildings. A walled compound surrounded by modern skyscrapers, the palace features an impressive entrance gate and pointed-eave pavilion roofs. Cross the royal bridge and explore luxurious pavilions, whose intricately ornamented ceilings feature gilded carvings of dragons. If your timing is right, observe a colorfully costumed changing of the guard in the main courtyard. Architectural layers ranging from the 15th century to the 1900 Jeonggwanheon modernist building--the emperor's favorite coffee place-make this palace a perfect setting for the national art museum on site. To visit Deoksugung on your trip to Seoul, use our Seoul trip generator.
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  •  Next is the favourite Palace of Han when the inevitable. Admission is 1,000 w and cheap, has become a place of recreation and relaxation for citizens in. City Hall is across the square is the deoksugung Palace kill also come together to enjoy. Mamoru gate military ceremony was very colorful and were seen and fun. Kill the deoksugung Palace come marching music blaring is overwhelming.  We recommend may announce Japan words change so come look at the time that you visit. Museum of art and history museum has its, stone building is matched by its wonders. Very nice Palace, and lit up at night and allowed. Night especially feel the quaint, located throughout the city, but quiet.  You can enjoy both buildings and events events are sometimes held at night, so with any luck.
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  • Last palace i visit when i in south korea and this palace near from Seoul City Hall you just need cross the street to go to Seoul City Hall  more »
  • This place is spotlessly clean, full of history, great palace and grounds. Takes a good 2 hours to do this properly. Great to see the changing of the guard and they are photo friendly, the cherry blos...  more »
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  • Let me just say, the surrounding of the palace at fall time like this makes pretty pictures. The palace is smaller than Gyeongbok and less famous. Being less famous means less tourists here, but it's still a pretty palace complex with buildings from different periods. The one thing this palace has that others don't is the changing guard ceremony. The one I saw took place at around 4 PM.
  • Amazing place! I was there in autumn and you could take really nice pictures also good for walking. It totally worth the entry fee which is for foreigners(non-Koreans) were 1000 won (about $4). There is a small pond located in the palace complex, without the massive number of tourists one can easily feel the ancient Korea.
  • Its a really nice smaller palace. We went because the Gyeongbokgung was closed that day but it was fun too. We took the audio guide in English which was hard to listen too. The tone of voice made us have to replay items a lot. There is also a museum on the grounds. There was a long line for the combined ticket but the line for just the palace was really short. It only costs 1000 Won to get in and the audio guide was 3000 won. Please be advised that you have to leave your passport or ID card as collateral.
  • You can walk and see silent way with green forest, and experience korean mordern history. You may learn a little knowledge about korean mordern history before visit.
  • Lucky to stumble on an event at the entrance of Deoksugung! Also, had a very informative tour in English for free, by two very friendly Korean teens.