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Changgyeonggung Palace

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Address: 185 Changgyeonggung-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03072, South Korea
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MUST VISIT especially the Secret Garden Tour

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... read more

Reviewed January 24, 2017
Singapore, Singapore
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Melbourne, Australia
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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
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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Coquitlam, Canada
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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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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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Ben Lomond, NSW, Australia
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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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Reviewed January 9, 2017

Recommended for families and couples who do not like shopping. Great place to learn about korea culture and history while taking in the scenic views.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed January 8, 2017

My friends and I had joined the Huwon English tour (cost me 8,000 won in total). The participants of the tour seems not restricted to number of people per tour, so it might get a little packed. The Huwon (secret garden) is impressive with palace, lakes and leaves which makes me feel peace. Preferred to join tour while walking around... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed January 4, 2017

It is better to buy the Combination ticket that costs W10,000 and gives admission to 5 sites and Secret Garden. When we arrived, we were greeted by a volunteer guide. She took us around the palace, explaining the features and history of the palace and telling us stories about the Japanese attempts to erode the Korean legacy during the Colonial... More 

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Rostock, Germany
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Reviewed January 3, 2017

The Palace is nothing special. All temple and palaces have been poorly renovated 5 years ago, It is somehow a must see but do not expect to much. Nothing really to see and they all look the same.

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Centennial, Colorado
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Reviewed December 29, 2016

This is a nice palace. lots of Korean architecture and a nice lake. this is a pretty big place. it can be crowded but once you get out farther and you come to the lakes it is peaceful. there are a few people. it is very beautiful grounds so bring a picinic and be prepared to take lots of pictures... More 

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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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