Changdeokgung Palace

Changdeokgung Palace, Seoul: Hours, Address, Changdeokgung Palace Reviews: 4.5/5

Changdeokgung Palace
4.5
Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings • Gardens
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Chris Ruggaluffagus
Yorktown, VA268 contributions
Enjoyed this palace the most.
Mar 2021 • Friends
I definitely enjoyed this palace the most of all the palaces in Seoul. What makes this one unique... the Secret Garden.

Although this was the secondary palace of Gyeongbokung it’s landscaping along with with its design make it stand out above the rest.

Small fee to get inside, additional fee for secret garden. No tours currently because of COVID-19. Definitely recommend you get the Royal Palace Pass for 10,000₩. The pass grants admission to 4 palaces and a shrine.
Written April 24, 2021
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Jeremy Y
Saint-Claude, Guadeloupe95 contributions
Beautiful palace
Feb 2021
I really loved the feel of this palace, like a haven of peace in the heart of the busy city. It is really beautiful. Because of Covid there was no guided tour or audio guide available but it is still worth the trip.
The only negative thing is I had to get a second ticket to visit the secret garden. It is a a bit a shame that you can’t buy a combo ticket
Written February 14, 2021
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CanisHan
Seoul, South Korea19,464 contributions
Beautiful palace to feel Choseon's atmosphere.
Dec 2020
C ( 20.12.09 )
This palace was one of beautiful palace in Seoul. This palace was very beautiful and could feel about Choseon royal family's atmosphere. There had many beautiful architecture of Choseon that was Korea's dynasty. I didn't understand why Chandeokgung and Changyeonggung's entrance fee paid separately, but it was certain that there was very beautiful.
Written December 13, 2020
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Yeonju Lee
Seoul, South Korea7 contributions
Spectacular
Jan 2020
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.
Written December 3, 2020
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Andy. T
Birmingham, UK101 contributions
Yet another great palace
Nov 2020 • Couples
They certainly knew how to live in the olden days. Well if you were a nobleman that is. Love the architecture.
Written November 21, 2020
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Thomas M
Des Moines, IA209 contributions
Stunning And Serene
Dec 2019
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.
Written July 6, 2020
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chuljanggirl
Gumi, South Korea2 contributions
gorgeous and beautiful place ever
Dec 2019
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!
Written June 2, 2020
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TravelerTrecker
Houston653 contributions
My favorite palace in Seoul!
Sep 2019
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.
Written April 19, 2020
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Toni Rose B
Dubai, United Arab Emirates156 contributions
History feels
Dec 2019
I was reluctant first to visit but we give it a try since we came from the Bukchon Hanok Village and I didn't regret visiting the Palace. This gave us the South Korean locale feels. I think the place was so huge that we didn't get the chance to walk around as it's our last day before the midnight flight. I highly recommend visiting this Palace before leaving SK!
Written March 10, 2020
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Janet1016
Ottawa, Canada925 contributions
A beautiful spot!
Jan 2020
My son, husband and I decided to visit the Changdeokgung Palace during our visit to Seoul. There are other Palaces in Seoul but we decided to go see this one since it is the only one that is considered a Unesco Heritage site and it's also within walking distance to the Hangbok Cultural Village which is another neat thing to do.

We got an English tour guide and did a tour of the Secret Garden. it being February not a lot was in bloom and it'd be stunning I'm sure to go during the spring or summer when the Lotus Ponds and the flowers are in season. The Garden takes up almost 60% of the entire area of the Palace. We were told in the old days tigers would occasionally appear within the Garden walls! :) The garden incorporates a lotus pond, pavilions, and landscaped lawns, trees, and flowers. There are over 26,000 specimens of a hundred different species of trees in the garden and some of the trees behind the palace are over 300 years old.

The Palace was constructed in 1405, destroyed in the late 1500's by the Japanese and then rebuilt in 1610 and served as the Main palace for about 270 years. You can feel the history around you as you stroll.

Admission is 3000 Korean Won which equals $3.30 Canadian and also includes tickets to the Gyeongbokgung Palace, the Deoksugung Palace, the Changgyeonggung Palace and the Jongmyo Shrine. The tickets don't expire until 3 months after purchase so if you have time to go see them all it's an amazing deal. (It's an amazing deal just to get in to one!!!) :)

A must see if in Seoul.
Written February 20, 2020
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