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Changdeokgung Palace

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This 600-year-old UNESCO World Heritage Site is the city's jewel. It's as famous for its outstanding architectural details as for its verdant and expansive gardens.
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99, Yulgok-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03072, South Korea
+82 2-762-8261
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It's the secondary palace used during the Joseon Dynasty and the Secret Garden is a must to visit as it's open at limit time for visitors only. It's worth to visit and understand the information provided by the guide. It's a good time to explore...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank kellyyxin
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

One of the attraction to visit, it is also close to shopping area and night market, close to train station and underground shopping area.

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Inexpensive and fascinating. All the local palaces are a great place to visit. You get to see some pretty gardens and people dressed in authentic outfits.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank JustJules67
Reviewed 3 days ago

The palace is open after dark which lends a whole new experience to palace visits. The lake is illuminated and it's fun to watch all the kids with lanterns.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Caroline S
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Definitely a must see. We got lucky and managed to get tickets for the secret garden tour at the ticket box the morning we visited. This palace has an extensive history. There are a lot of historical and architectural elements that can be overlooked or...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank elysiansoul
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Caveat to this review is I’ve likely seen too many palaces over the years, and nothing in this one stands out. What also detracts from the experience is that all the buildings were only built within the last 150 years as the originals were destroyed....More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank TheMightyWhiteIbis
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Never been to a Palace before. But this place is worth the visit. The area is just so vast and you can see a lot of tourists on their hanbok dresses.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Rhoe25
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This palace is one of the Joseon Dynasty king's favorite and it is much beautiful and calmer than Gyeongbokgung since it is near the secret garden. It is the only palace in Seoul that has granted UNESCO World Heritage.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank adikastar
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited area and noticed this site lucky with weather today. Cool but no rain. Access to site is by underground in area (line 2 green line) with both bus and taxi access easy. Lots of restaurants and other eating houses around area. Good market in...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank C1984WRalana
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited this this palace on a rainy day but this didn’t take anyway any of the beauty only some of the crowds! A big palace with some beautiful buildings to explore. Our highlight was the Secret Garden tour. We reserved this early as we...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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April 1, 2019|
Response from sharah a | Reviewed this property |
Hi, the guided tour in Changdeokgung Palace is free and does not need any reservations unless you are in a big group. Just turn up at either 10.15 am or 1.15pm everyday at the meeting point (on the right side just after the... More
December 17, 2018|
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Response from tamerkunlar65 | Reviewed this property |
Take a taxi and go to main entrance, buy ticket and get in. All you need is max. 3 hours to see everything. Regarding to secret garden, it was a great disappointment for me. Do not expect a lot. It is a very simple one... More
December 17, 2018|
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