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Deoksugung, Seoul

Categories: Castles, Architectural Buildings, Museums, Tourist Spots
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4.2/5 based on 650+ reviews on the web
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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  • The palace itself is not very impressive, but the change of the guard is something. It takes place outside the gate. Well worth to see. Nearby are other attractions like Seoul City Hall and the end of...  read more »
  • Was the residence of the Royal family, in a modern building, feel fresh is the Royal Palace. The ceremony takes place three times one day powerful and is very happy. Commemorative photo after the ceremony too, top-class service! You can get dressed in ethnic costumes.
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  • Go early and allow plenty of time, the grounds and buildings are beautiful and very peaceful. Just walk and feel the history.. the vibe is comforting, rich, and peaceful. 
  • I was visiting this castle on January 2016. Snowless winter definitely not the best time to visit this place. Fortunately, this place have "guard ceremony" which is very interesting and worth to watch.
  • Amazing! Look for the free tour guides at the entrance! They are teenagers doing community service, very friendly and helpful, the tour last for 45 min.
  • Nice palace and well-worth a visit. The maps and descriptions by each structure were superb. Cafe by the entrance sits next to a beautiful pond surrounded by plants.
  • It's a great place that I think you should visit when you are in seoul. It's beautiful and interesting and when you plan you trip is this place a must see
  • Has most of the parts of the other palaces in Seoul but is more compact and accessible. Definitely not as "grand" but if you've seen Korean palaces before and don't need to see the full sized versions, this is the way to go.
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