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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. Put Deoksugung on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Seoul online trip planner .
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  • October 6, 2017
    This palace was very near our hotel and close to City Hall which is one of the most active places on weekends. We strolled the grounds which, while not as impressive as those at other palaces, were pl...  more »
  • October 6, 2017
    The Joseon Dynasty left many palaces in the city and although all are similar in terms of decoration, is worth a visit.
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  • October 2, 2017
    Because Yoona of girls era ... Sang over the song and wanted to go to!! Here is very large, although not see keep host of handover Ceremonies! But many view point can take pictures ~ the outside stone walls is also very good photos yo!!!
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  • July 4, 2017
    Really chill to come and walk around. You get to see the old with the new modern buildings in the background. Really enjoyed going for a stroll here
  • June 3, 2017
    Nice place if you have historical interest as well as good views. It is rather small so won't take too long for you to look around. However it is still very nice place..(or...palace lol) Anyway, place has app support (which is not available when I was looking for it but I don't know if I was doing it right. Pic included) Entrance fee is 1000 won (approx $1) and u can get tickets for 4 palace for about 10000 won but don't think that's worth it as you won't be able to go through all 4 palace in one day without skipping few things. It's cheap anyways. Ooh don't miss the guard changes they perform. Ask for when the guard changes happen
  • July 7, 2017
    Pretty small palace that you can finish waking within an hour or so if you're not going into the museum. There's also a free guided tour @ 1030am and 130pm so don't missed it!
  • July 9, 2017
    Relatively small palace if you compare with Gyeongbokgung. Its location is very near to City Hall Station. The entry fee is 1000 Won. The historical buildings are virtually surrounded by modern highrise. This gives a nice contrast. National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art is located within the same premise.
  • June 21, 2017
    Peaceful open space in the middle of Seoul. Mix of old and 20C buildings, including art gallery which on my visit had a show of Egyptian modern art.

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