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Address: No.171 Shenyang Road, Shenhe District, Shenyang 110011, China
Phone Number: 024-24843819
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Shenyang Imperial Palace

Imperial Palace of the Qing Dynasty which later moved its headquarters to Beijing. Interesting to see the different spaces e.g. where the Emperor dealt with officials and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
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Beijing, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Visited way back in 1996, 2000 when I was a child, then again in 2010 as an adult, things have changed a lot here in Gu Gong沈阳故宫。Here was the palace where the first Qing Emperor first settled-Nurhaci in 1632. Historical yet fascinating, I would like to take pictures in the main palace right after the first heavenly gate. At any... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

The imperial palace of shenyang is worth the visit, the architecture is very interesting and the exhibitions are great. Better to do it on a sunny day in order to take good pictures. What I liked about this smaller forbidden city is that it hasn't been restored yet so there is an old look to it that feels very authentic,... More 

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Brisbane
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Imperial Palace of the Qing Dynasty which later moved its headquarters to Beijing. Interesting to see the different spaces e.g. where the Emperor dealt with officials and administrative matters, read with his concubines, ate, conducted ceremonies - all in different buildings.

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california
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

I thoroughly enjoyed going through this Imperial Palace in Shenyang as unlike the Beijing Forbidden City, the crowd is sparse, the exhibits nicely displayed and the structures decently maintained. Highly recommended for a visit if you are in Shenyang and interested in Ching Dynasty history...

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Preston, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

This is, I would say the original Gu Gong, while the one in Beijing is the newer Gu Gong which based on this one, but much much bigger. Even though this is smaller compared to the one in Beijing, but you still need kind of a half day to explore this place thoroughly.

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krung thep
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

this is not as grandeur compared to the beijing forbidden city. but it offers its own style and sights. dont underestimate its size, you can still spend few hours in there if you are interested in the information and how, the manchus lived before they invade the ming dynasty. built during nuerhachi's era, subsequently completed and expanded by his son,... More 

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Ipoh, malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

The time we visited is in the winter, there are snow falled on the ground. This makes the walk more difficult ans slippery. In the winter, be careful when you walk. Well this palace is open to public at 9.30 am and you have to pay for the entrance. The courtyard is big and we saw the emperor chair. Other... More 

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Shenyang, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

With China's rich history, this is a great place to learn and see how life was then. The building are beautiful and the gardens are even better. This part of town has many great shops and the food is delicious in all the little restaurants I have tried around the Palace.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Everyone will compare the Imperial Palace in Shenyang with the Palace Museum in Beijing, and with good reason. It is its predecessor, and in many ways shows the seed of what was to become the overly excessive Forbidden City. Architecturally it shows its DNA on a much more human scale. I was there on a cold winter afternoon when a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

Compare to the one in Bejing, that one was built by the Ming Emperor who moved the Capital from Nanjing to Bejing after he has taken the throne from his nephew, this was THE original Imperial Palace where the eight Kings met and decided politics. The 1st Ching Emperor and his family lived in the surrounding quarters - building were... More 

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