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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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  • Deoksugung Palace is a towering skyscraper business district, also in an oasis in the city. Location is a short walk from City Hall subway station. Visible from the Seoul City Hall, Seoul Plaza, tourists is familiar old palace. Located in the Office suddenly towers the large Han gate and shows an overwhelming presence.
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  • We visited as we had a little time and were in the area. It is cheap to visit, but there isnt much to see compared to the other palaces. The changing of the guard ceremony is fun to watch and there is...  more »
  • The Deoksugung Palace in Seoul is a perfect introduction to the architecture and the palaces of Seoul. The plant is not oversized so you get a good overview. The entrance is located at 1,000 WON and thus less than €1. Three times a day, there's a changing of the guard at the entrance of the Palace with traditional music and uniform.
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  • I probably like this palace better than the main palace. It's small and so serene. The changing of the guard ceremony is an interesting sight so pay attention to the schedule
  • Beautiful palace. Very helpful volunteer called Francis showed us around it on my Korea trip of 2015. I hope she's still there and being appreciated. She was very knowledgeable.
  • Can see the influence of the western culture in some of their building. Not a big place so can finished the whole place in less than an hour if you really take your time to walk around and takes pictures. Lots of trees and I believe it will be fantastic view when all the cherry blossom bloom at the same time.
  • Very beautiful palace. It's a nice walk around and very open. If you're looking for a smaller palace to explore this is the one.
  • Very nice. Old Korean/Chinese architecture. Big enough to spend an hour or two here. There is a regular performance outside the front entrance for visitors to see.
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