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Shenyang Imperial Palace (Gu Gong)

No.171 Shenyang Road, Shenhe District, Shenyang 110011, China
024-24843819
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Ranked #2 of 140 Attractions in Shenyang
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Castles, Historic Sites, Museums, Cultural
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Castles, Historic Sites, Museums, Cultural
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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

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

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 NEW

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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

While somewhat crowded this was a great place to visit. Easily done in morning it also has great shopping around it so a nice day out!

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Bridgewater, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

There are only 2 Gu Gong (former palace) for Chin Dynasty in China. One is the Forbidden City in Beijing. Here is the other one. We were here on Monday morning but it was not open till ~ 1pm. It was crowded but you can walk away to quieter place. It was built up by multiple emperors, hence there are... More 

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Lancashire
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86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

This palace was very interesting, with less people than Beijing. there was a really calm feel when in the grounds. Don't miss it if you have time to visit.

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Pekin
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Loved that so few people are visiting it every day. Just a small queue at the tickets booth. Nice buildings with carved wood.

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Shenyang, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

When you are on a once in a lifetime trip, you have to see everything. Check out this beautiful Palace. You will not be disappointed. China is a great place, if you like history. It is a great place to get away from the hustle bustle of Beijing.

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Like the title says, it's smaller and less impressive than the one in Beijing. But nevertheless, it's still worth a visit as it belongs to another Dynasty to the one in the capital

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dublin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

This is an oasis,an escape from the busy streets and a fascinating look back to when China was ruled from here,with its many buildings,a guide book/map is essential though you can hire a guide for around 23 Euro,o/k if you are in a group but as we were only three we didn't bother,as one of us translated.One really fun thing... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

I am glad I visited the palace in Shenyang, but the one in Beijing took my breath away, the one in shenyang is worth the visit, but just ok. On the plus side it's not as busy.....and I love shenyang

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