We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Deoksugung

Certificate of Excellence
Improve this listing
Redo Search in Map
See more attractions in your map view
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Neighborhoods
Neighborhoods
Get directions
Address: 99 Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul 100-120, South Korea
Phone Number: 02-771-9951
Website
Today
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Open now
See all hours
Hours:
Tue - Sun 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Description: This mid-15th-century palace houses the Royal Museum.
Book ahead on Viator
More Info
$41*
and up
Seoul Morning Walking Tour: Deoksugung Palace, Jeongdong-gil and the Seoul...
Why book on Viator?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information ›

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 354 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 124
    Excellent
  • 170
    Very good
  • 55
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Easy to reach

It's just next to the Seoul City Hall. Very easy to find. The entry is free. So if you're around have a look!

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 25, 2015
Roger S
,
Buchs Zürich, Switzerland

Similar Things to Do in Seoul

Add Photo Write a Review

354 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Rate and write a review
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Indonesian first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Buchs Zürich, Switzerland
Level Contributor
139 reviews
78 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

It's just next to the Seoul City Hall. Very easy to find. The entry is free. So if you're around have a look!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Brisbane, Queensland
Level Contributor
223 reviews
202 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

This palace is very small and not very interesting. It consists of the entry gate, a paved courtyard with a throne hall and another building in the traditional style. There is also a tiny European-style garden and 2 large, imposing neo-classical buildings built when Korea became an Empire at the end of the 19th century and opened up to the... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Dubai
Level Contributor
377 reviews
67 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 186 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Deoksugung Palace is located at the corner of Seoul's busiest downtown intersection and is famous for its elegant stone-wall road. To see : the changing of the guards is an impressive ceremony involving 50 participants, who dress up as Joseon-era soldiers and bandsmen. To get easily use the metro line 1 or 2 to City Hall Station. The operating hours... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Level Contributor
33 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Deoksugung Palace in the intersection of Seoul's busiest downtown. Close to Citu Hall Station (Seoul Subway Line) Exit 2. Admission ₩1,000. Ceremony changing the Royal Guards. Schedule 11.00, 14.00, 15.30 ( Closed on Mondays) Also available free tour guide in many languages. Provide Tradional Hanbok for free to walk around and take a picture with the guard also free postcards.... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Shanghai, China
Level Contributor
12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Unfortunately, we were the last tourist to visit there, just 10 min before the entry closed. But even in evening time, the palace still looked beautiful. If I have chance to visit here again, I would like to come in the day time. Good for family or couple. the path from the entry gate to the palace square, is green... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Lubbock, Texas
Level Contributor
4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

I have always wanted to see the inside of this palace! Deoksugung was featured in the popular Korean drama called “Goong” or “Princess Hours” but it’s so much more than that. Built in the late 14th Century, this palace still stands today as a reminder of Korea’s rich cultural past. For less than the price of using the buses in... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Level Contributor
9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

I brought my 9 yr old who doesn't know anything about Korean history. It was a great opportunity for me to share about Korean culture and history. Naturally, he asked good number of questions, otherwise would never come up in other context. Glad to bring my son here to show his Korean heritage and simply learn more about Korea. It... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Dallas, Texas
Level Contributor
24 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

There’s not much to really say about shrines and palaces, but I think the Jongmyo Shrine and Deoksugung Palace is definitely worthy of your visit. You’re literally walking in world history and it’s something that many of us young folks have taken for granted.

Was this review helpful? Yes
PH
Level Contributor
16 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

The changing of guards is the main attraction of this palace. Be sure to be on time to watch it and get a nice view. And you can have a picture with the guards after the event!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
71 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

A modest price gets you into this lovely Park and Palace complex, has some old displays and the National Museum of Contemporary Art (If you like contemporary art). Preferring the historical background of the Palace, there isn't a large collection of buildings but the Palace building is impressive. At intervals during the day, there is a changing of the guard... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Deoksugung also viewed

 

Been to Deoksugung? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Deoksugung

Address: 99 Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul 100-120, South Korea
Phone Number: 02-771-9951
Location: Asia  >  South Korea  >  Seoul>  > Seodaemun
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Deoksugung staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?

Staying in Seodaemun

Neighborhood Profile
Seodaemun
Walk within this area, centered on what used to be the western gate of traditional Seoul, and you'll get a glimpse of Korea’s past through the beautiful and historic buildings that are scattered throughout. Whether wandering around Deoksugung’s palace walls or touring more historically somber sites such as Seodaemun Prison, this is one of the best places for culture, architecture, and history lovers. Jeongdong in particular is a beautiful place for a stroll in spring and autumn.
Explore this neighborhood