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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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  • I actually tell visitors to visit Deoksugung instead of Kyeongbokgung many times. If you want to see a palace, this is a good starter palace to see. You will not be walking in wall to wall bodies like...  more »
  • Not quite as impressive as the forbidden city but nevertheless a nice green spot to visit for about $1.  more »
  • This is smaller palace compared to Gyeongbokung, but thats the reason why it has some additional coziness and charm. Entrance ticket cost is almost nothing, so do not overlook this palace. The "new pa...  more »
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  • 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
  • This place is historical place with nice entertainment place. nice for pictures. Enterance fee 1000won
  • Beautiful palace that offers breathtaking pictures. I missed the change of guard ceremony but still enjoyed the palace thoroughly. In car you like to take photos and selfies, do allow yourself some more than extra time.
  • I have visited Deoksugung a few times already, and it's still very beautiful imo. There is an entrance fee, but it's super cheap (1000₩, which is not even €1). I brought my sister here as well, and we took sooo many pictures! It's pretty peaceful, because most tourists go to Gyeongbokgung (which is pretty close by, so certainly worth a visit!).
  • Deoksugung Palace and Gyeongbokgung Palace are two historic palaces in the heart of Seoul which each other can be reached by walking. Near to those palaces, there are Gwanghamun Square where King Sejong Museum and Statue take a place, and Cheonggyecheon Stream. The royal guard changing ceremony at Deoksugung Palace is held at 2 pm. Just make sure you must arrive early! During the ceremony, we are allowed to take pictures with the guards! Don't miss it!