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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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  • The Palace ground is huge where the palaces of each dynasty are spread over the whole area with the rock walls. interesting history of the palace and also the nice change-of-guards ceremony at the mai...  more »
  • This palace and the surrounding grounds are much smaller than the nearby Gyeongbokgung Palace but it is still worth a visit if you have an hour or so to spare. We arrived just as the changing of the g...  more »
  • Since this is the only Seoul palace you can see illuminated at night, we walked through the Seoullo Sky Garden on both ends (blue lights come on) and then over to this palace nearby. It was beautiful ...  more »
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  • Interesting historical place to be visited in Seoul. Located in the heart of Seoul, you will find a little serenity in crowd. You can look back and learn from the shades of Korean past life. What makes this place unique is you can find the contrary view between Korean-style building opposite to European one. But there is no prayer room provided here. So it's less visitor friendly, especially for Muslims.
  • This is truly a beautiful sight to see in Korea. Unlike the other famous palaces, this one is located in the heart of Seoul just down the street from city hall. From within the palace grounds you can look around and see the modern buildings of Seoul surround an ancient historical landmark. Warning a hanbok provides free entrance to the palace and touring it can feel as if you're actually a part of the Joseon Dynasty. If you're ever visiting South Korea, this is definitely a location to check out!
  • One of Seoul"s grand palaces. Quite interesting to observe the changing of the guards ceremony. Walked the stone-wall road and enjoyed a very unique atmosphere
  • If you want to visit Deoksugung or the other palace I highly recommend you to visit it with a free guide. It's a really nice experience and you learn a lot about the life of kings and queens who lived there.
  • Nice place for an evening walk with a small fee of KRW1,000 for an adult & KRW500 for a kid. The area is just nice, not so big, not so small. A lot of sitting area available. Closes at 9 pm. There is a small coffee shop inside the palace area.
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