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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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  • We only get to see what the exterior of buildings looked like, and a fraction of what the grounds and gardens looked like when the King/Emperor of Joseon ruled from here and proclaim this city as the....  more
    We only get to see what the exterior of buildings looked like, and a fraction of what the grounds and gardens looked like when the King/Emperor of Joseon ruled from here and proclaim this city as the....  more »
  • I saw all the other palaces in the day.  From what I understand, this is the only one opened in the evening.  Suggest if you can, to come then.  June, 2022 open till 21:00, so we went at 19:00 as it.....  more
    I saw all the other palaces in the day.  From what I understand, this is the only one opened in the evening.  Suggest if you can, to come then.  June, 2022 open till 21:00, so we went at 19:00 as it.....  more »
  • C ( 20.12.16 ) There was one of Choseon's palace in Seoul and located near City Hall Station. There had some Choseon's style palace and modern architecture. There was good to walk with old... 
    C ( 20.12.16 ) There was one of Choseon's palace in Seoul and located near City Hall Station. There had some Choseon's style palace and modern architecture. There was good to walk with old...  more »
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  • It isn't a huge palace, so in some areas you can feel quite cozy (if it isn't crowded). I recommend to not go there in a rush so you can enjoy it better, the details make it special. So, don't be afraid to explore the alleys and narrow doors!
  • Historical place if you only have time for one palace. This is small enough to get through in an hour or so. You can get beautiful pics. Right outside there's a nice coffee and waffle stand that sells amazing watermelon juice
  • Historical area in the middle of modern architecture. It was so amazing being there. For me sunset is the best time to visit Deoksugung. Be aware that the temple closes at 9 p.m.
  • Another fabulous palace in Seoul that I recommend one visits in Seoul. It’s not as “grand” as the Gyeongbokgung Palace, but it has its own unique must-see charm. I loved my visit to this palace.
  • Its amazing palace in the middle of modern city... I love it there.. It was the first palace in Seoul which I visited and it made big impression.

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