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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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  • This was the last of the palaces I visited on the combination ticket. And I think only the changing of the guard ceremony was good. They have a few timings per day, so do check the schedule and watch ...  more »
  • As I have done most of the palaces, this one didn't have anything special, no must see factor until I went round the Historical Museum. This was the tick in the box for this Palace. The w1000 also inc...  more »
  • As rightly pointed out by previous travelers-without understanding the value of this Palace, he did not make a proper impression. Take your audioguide, ask employees of the Palace or read in advance. From all the walls here blows of history, Palace courtyards cozier, cleaner track than in the more popular for tourists Kjonbokkune. Changing of the guard ceremony, dressing up in hanbok-even with complete indifference to the history of your interest can be found here. In winter a little warmer than around Seoul and in summer a bit cooler.
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  • Let me just say, the surrounding of the palace at fall time like this makes pretty pictures. The palace is smaller than Gyeongbok and less famous. Being less famous means less tourists here, but it's still a pretty palace complex with buildings from different periods. The one thing this palace has that others don't is the changing guard ceremony. The one I saw took place at around 4 PM.
  • Amazing place! I was there in autumn and you could take really nice pictures also good for walking. It totally worth the entry fee which is for foreigners(non-Koreans) were 1000 won (about $4). There is a small pond located in the palace complex, without the massive number of tourists one can easily feel the ancient Korea.
  • Its a really nice smaller palace. We went because the Gyeongbokgung was closed that day but it was fun too. We took the audio guide in English which was hard to listen too. The tone of voice made us have to replay items a lot. There is also a museum on the grounds. There was a long line for the combined ticket but the line for just the palace was really short. It only costs 1000 Won to get in and the audio guide was 3000 won. Please be advised that you have to leave your passport or ID card as collateral.
  • You can walk and see silent way with green forest, and experience korean mordern history. You may learn a little knowledge about korean mordern history before visit.
  • Lucky to stumble on an event at the entrance of Deoksugung! Also, had a very informative tour in English for free, by two very friendly Korean teens.