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Changdeokgung Palace

4,617 Reviews

Changdeokgung Palace

4,617 Reviews
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99, Yulgok-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03072 South Korea
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No Shopping DMZ Half Day Tour from Seoul

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Enjoy the highlights of the DMZ and get back to Seoul in time for lunch on a guided group tour. Listen to immersive commentary during visits to Imjingak Park, Dora Observatory, and other important landmarks. Have your camera ready for an unobstructed view of one of the world's most famous demilitarized zones. Best of all, this excursion does not include unnecessary shopping stops that other tours add on, which saves you valuable vacation time.
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Yeonju Lee wrote a review Dec 2
Seoul, South Korea3 contributions
I took my friend here when they came to visit Korea. And as a local, I would say this is a must-see place for all travelers who come to Seoul, where you can have the experience of wearing traditional attire and walk around the palace like a prince or prince in the old times.
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Date of experience: January 2020
Andy. T wrote a review Nov 2020
Birmingham, United Kingdom86 contributions3 helpful votes
They certainly knew how to live in the olden days. Well if you were a nobleman that is. Love the architecture.
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Date of experience: November 2020
Thomas M wrote a review Jul 2020
Des Moines, Iowa209 contributions25 helpful votes
This palace was visually stunning. The Huwon tour (Secret Garden) was awesome. I visited in December, and there was an otherworldly quality walking through the garden with ice on the ponds and a chill in the air. I can't wait do take this tour again in the spring or summer.
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Date of experience: December 2019
chuljanggirl wrote a review Jun 2020
Gumi, South Korea2 contributions
I think this palace is so gorgeous and beautiful palace. Of course, the significance is somewhat worse than Gyeongbokgung (in my opinion) but the gorgeousness was better. The experiences were so great!
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Date of experience: December 2019
TravelerTrecker wrote a review Apr 2020
Houston645 contributions454 helpful votes
My sister had previously traveled to Seoul and she told me that to her, the Changdeokgung palace was the most impressive one of all palaces in Seoul. Yes, I agree. It is second in size after its neighbor the Gyenongbokgung palace, the main palace. It is a secondary palace that was used as the main palace at times of disaster or war. As mentioned before, the main palace was Gyenongbokgung. Changdeokgung is also a fully restored palace. The palace was destroyed by the Japanese at the beginning of the XX century during the occupation of Korea. Japan wanted to get rid of any vestige of Korean culture. The palace is very well restored. The main hall is monumental. The palace buildings are lovely and have a more disorganized distribution when compared with the order of the Gyenongbokgung palace. The lack of order makes it charming; in some areas you will feel that you are walking through a labyrinth that surprises you at every corner. The colors of the walls and roof are phenomenal! One of the buildings preserves its original blue color roof; it is a very dark, shiny blue that is unique of Korea! There are many places where you can take pictures and relax under the shade. You need approximately 2 hours to visit the palace. Once you finish, go to the secret gardens. The secret gardens belong to this palace; however, the entrance is separate and you need a different ticket. I recommend to buy the ticket that covers the 4 palaces of the Joseon dinasty, the garden, and the Jongmyo santuary. It is very cheap! The place is very well labeled. I do not recommend tours to visit this place. You need to have time to enjoy it. You need freedom to enjoy it. Visit the palace in a sunny day. Colors are spectacular; most of the visit is outdoors.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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