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This mid-15th-century palace houses the Royal Museum.
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Ferrara, Italy3,462 contributions
Jan 2020
There is a common believe that most South Korean Temples look pretty much alike and that is an undeniable truth. Nonetheless there is a hidden differential beauty on each one of them. Here at this temple we could appreciate the differences.

This palace also has a lot of dynamic history as has been occupied not only by the Korean Royal family. In 1897, after the incident when Emperor Gojong took refuge in the Russian legation, he returned to this place and named it Gyeongungung again. During the Japanese occupation of Korea in 1592, the residential buildings became a temporary royal residence after all the other palaces were destroyed by fires.

Many of the structures here have since been removed or sold. In 1933, all buildings except for a few central and western style buildings were removed. It was then made a park and opened to the public.

At the end of the trail you may walk you'll find a turquoise Blue Fountain. European looking. On the left of this you will find a smaller part of the palace (detached unit) and on the right of the fountain you'll be right in front of the Deoksugung National Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art.

Its important at the door to purchase the full package ticket so that you can appreciate both. Palace and Museum.

Since 2007, restoration work to restore Deoksugung Palace to its original specifications.

This work has been ongoing. We do recommend extensively this palace although we couldn't appreciate the full beauty as it has been a bitter winter this January, but in Spring must be definitely wonderful.

Don't miss it.
Written January 29, 2020
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Seoul, South Korea2,117 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
This is probably one of my most favorite Palace in Seoul, definitely in the top three. It seems like it lies in the center of Seoul the way it is positioned surrounded by modern architecture of Seoul, hotels, restaurants, the City Hall and other important buildings. It’s so easy to get to by train, bus or taxi and it is within walking distance to other attractions. The Palace house also a gallery and a shop. It’s great to stroll around these old buildings and imagine how life might have been way back in the Joseph Dynasty. Right outside of the Palace in the small street on the right of it lies a famous Belgian waffle shop which I’d recommend trying. It’s not Korean but it is claimed to be one of the top 5 dessert shops in Seoul.
Written February 11, 2020
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Seoul, South Korea7,980 contributions
May 2020
Locating before City Hall, this place is easy to access comparing to other palaces of Seoul. With only 1,000 won, you can experience minor version of Gyeongbokgung or Changdeokgung. Good place to take a walk and have fun.
Stone fence around the palace is also popular to visitors. After watching palace, escape through the gate and circle around.
The best time to visit is from early to mid November with fall foliage.
Written May 8, 2020
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Emma C
Oxford, UK2,270 contributions
Nov 2019 • Solo
I've been here a few times over the years and it never disappoints.

I love the fact that it has a changing of the guard ceremony (3 times a day I think) and other stuff going on too.

Once inside though it feels like a different world with a park like ambience plus a mixture of Korean and Western architecture which makes it unique for a Korean palace. I like to just sit and watch the world go by here.

I walked here, but it's close to City Hall metro station if you're using the underground.
Written January 5, 2020
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Seoul, South Korea21,202 contributions
Dec 2020
C ( 20.12.16 )
There was one of Choseon's palace in Seoul and located near City Hall Station. There had some Choseon's style palace and modern architecture. There was good to walk with old atmosphere, and sometimes there had exhibition. Though there had cheap entrance fee, but it was worth to visit and walk. One of beautiful palace in Seoul.
Written December 20, 2020
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Singapore, Singapore3,247 contributions
Nov 2019
A small palace compared to that of Gyeongbukgung and Changdeokgung. This palace is perfect for those who wanted to visit one but do not have much time. The palace allows visitors to understand the ancient Korean culture. There is a change of guard ceremony at fixed timings here.
Written March 4, 2020
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Teddy K
3 contributions
Dec 2019 • Solo
I visited 2 palaces (Deoksugung & Gyeongbokgung) during my visit to Seoul last month. 'though Deoksugung is not as big as Gyeongbokgung, but Deoksugung is quite unique compare to Gyeongbokgung. You can find both Joseon Dynasty & Western influences in this palace, something that you can't see in another palaces in Seoul ..
Written January 16, 2020
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Singapore, Singapore4,794 contributions
Feb 2019 • Family
This was our first ‘self’ tour of the Deoksugung Palace. Interestingly the entrance fee was waived for the next few days, we got lucky. We also witnessed a demonstration right outside the palace. Lots of Korean and US flags.

The palace ground is quite bare and brownish, I guess in winter it doesn’t look it’s best. What was interesting to do was play a few ancient sports that are on display and we made full use of trying some of the ancient games. The palace has an interesting mix of traditional Korean and Colonial style architecture.

The law with the fountain area looks really nice and the Museum of Art is quite an interesting (albeit boring for kids) exhibition.

It was a nice day to be out and about as the sun was shining bright on a cold crisp winter day. Worth a visit, check the box!
Written February 2, 2019
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The Sacrilicious
Shenzhen, China224 contributions
Oct 2017 • Solo
The Deoksugung Palace was the home of the king of the Joseon Dynasty and was used as a residence of Emperor Sunjung right up until his death in 1919.

The imperial buildings have been restored to their former glory and gardens that are well maintained. Guided tours are also available fpr groups, or just couples if you book ahead on the Deoksugung website.

The grand Western Seokjojeon Hall is architecturally splendid. I would have loved to have been able to make it inside had I made a reservation (only 5 people are permitted) at a scheduled time on a first come first serve basis. Through the windows the banquet hall looked like the set of 'Downton Abbey'. It makes for utterly gorgeous backdrop for landscape photography.

Its highly recommended to watch the Changing of the Guard procession outside the main palace gates at 11am, 2pm or 3.30pm. Its a ceremony with lots of drums, flag waving, marching and military formalities stretching back over hundreds of years. Afterwards tourists are welcome to come and take photos with the guards.

Finally, a great little tip. Make sure you check out the Jeongdong Observatory, located next door to the palace in the Seoul City Hall Seosonum Annexe Building. From the observation deck (18th floor) you can capture panoramic views of the Deoksugung palace grounds, CBD skyline, City Hall grounds and other landmarks - and its Free! You'll get some amazing photos as a souvenir.

Written November 26, 2017
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Auckland Central, New Zealand44 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
The ground was not as big as Changdeokgung palace but it was one of our most enjoyable places visited in Seoul mainly because we were given free guided tour and we were also allowed free use of hanbok, the traditional South Korean dress. After the Royal Guard changing ceremony, there was announcement to encourage picture taking with the palace guards which we did while wearing our hanbok.

Changing of the guard ceremony is held at 11:00, 14:00, and 15:30 closed on Mondays.
Try to get there at least an hour before the changing of the guard if you want a free guided tour. We were there just after 10:00am where we saw this youth group who are offering free guided tour. At this time, the group managing the free hanbok were not yet available. We took the tour which was only the tour guide and myself and my wife so it is practically a private tour. The guided tour took about 45mins.
After the tour, we went out of the palace and proceeded to the stall of the group that is offering free hanbok. We registered, and was fitted with hanbok - both my wife and myself. We were wearing the hanbok during and after the changing of the guard ceremony and took plenty of pictures of us wearing them.

Please note. The stall for the free guided tour and the hanbok experiences are NOT inside the palace. They are at the left front side of the palace gate.
Written April 18, 2019
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