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Changgyeonggung Palace

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Address: 185 Changgyeonggung-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03072, South Korea
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Quiet. Serene and sadness radiates from the grounds. Different from the other palaces.

We bought the palace combination ticket and this one was in the 4 palaces on the ticket.nearest train station is Hyehwa. Takes about 15-20 min from the station to the palace so do... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed February 18, 2017
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2017 via mobile

We bought the palace combination ticket and this one was in the 4 palaces on the ticket.nearest train station is Hyehwa. Takes about 15-20 min from the station to the palace so do plan your time. We went for the English guided tour. Think it's very recommended as you get to know the sad history of the place and where... More 

Thank mingzy
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2017

If you don't have anything to do then you should spend a half-day to walk around the palace. Basically, it is very similar to another palace in Hue, Vietnam. It is too old and it is not very clean. I guess this is because it is overcrowded with people, especially Chinese tourists. I was there and walked around with a... More 

Thank Dd N
Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2017

love the roof lines, the colorful corbels, etc. - great photo ops. it was originally built as a secondary palace to the main one. The buildings are constructed of wood and set on stone platforms. Many feature tiled hipped roofs with a corbelled multi-bracket system and ornamental carvings. Simply delightful.The palaces were burnt down during the Japanese invasion in the... More 

Thank Marion W
Seoul, South Korea
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 5, 2017 via mobile

One of the biggest temples around Seoul. Close to Anguk station. Rich piece of history worth of visiting.

Thank Samuel D
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 2, 2017

I liked this Palace more than Gyeonbokung. It is very big, I've been there twice and missed the secret garden both times.

Thank Georgeaussyd
Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2017 via mobile

This was my third Palace and I was getting a bit palaced out. The restoration was not quite as good. The paint work was not so impressive and some of the panels were just plain red. The decorations inside the buildings no so impressive. If you are in Seoul for a while the sure put it on the itinerary but... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2017

This is a MUST visit place in Seoul. I had been to this palace 2 times and still want to go back again. To be honest, I prefer this palace even more than Gyeongbokgung Palace. Don't miss the Secret Garden tour as all the hidden gems are inside. Most of every corner in the secret garden tour are picturesque. The... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2017

Located side-by-side with Changdeokgung and "slightly less grand" in stature than that palace (by stature, I mean the overall size of the palace grounds & the number of buildings on the premises; and yes by those measures, both of these palaces are "way less" in their statures than the main palace Gyeongbokgung), there's really nothing much to see at this... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2017

Neat place to visit, but if you have to choose between this and Changdeokgung palace, go to the latter. If you want to visit the Secret Garden within the palace complex, you should reserve your tour tickets in advance, especially if you are going during a popular tourist season. Rent a hanbok from one of the stores across the street... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2017

Changyeonggung Palace is at the rear of Changdeokgung Palace, although there is also a main entrance opposite Seoul University Hospital. Although the palace buildings are not quite as impressive as the other palaces the gardens and lake area in autumn are spectacular. If you want beauty, peace and tranquility don't miss this!

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If Gwanghwamun is the unofficial living room of Seoul, Jongno is the main hallway connecting some of Seoul’s most important historic sites and neighborhoods. Being one of Seoul’s oldest neighborhoods, the area is rich with history and culture in its palaces, shrines, and temples. Stand in the center of Gwanghwamun Square with Gyeongbokgung Palace and Mt. Bugak in front of you, King Sejong the Great statue behind you, and modern office buildings encircling you—it’s one of the best ways to experience both past and present Seoul in one spot. The main street of Jongno is mostly dotted with restaurants and cafes, but explore deeper within its intricate alleys to pass decades-old restaurants, mom-and-pop shops, and pojangmachas (tents that open at night for quick bites and drinks) and life seems to run just as it did a decade or two ago. Don’t forget to stop at Gwangjang Market, Korea’s oldest traditional market, where it’s just as fun to explore as it is to eat the affordable market dishes that locals have been enjoying since the market first opened in 1905. For a break from urban life, walk along the restored Cheonggyecheon Stream that runs parallel to Jongno for a moment of natural refuge in metropolitan Seoul.
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