Unhyeongung

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Culinary-Consultants
Ferrara, Italy3,462 contributions
This place is seemingly like most palaces we have seen in Seoul. Speaking fro a design, layout and architectural pint of view. But historically speaking the Unhyeongung Palace has a rich history on its own.

The Unhyeongung Palace, also known as Unhyeongung Royal Residence, is a former Korean royal residence here in, Seoul, Korea. It was formerly the residence of the Heungseon Daewongun; a prince regent of Korea during the Joseon Dynasty in the 19th century, and father of Emperor Gojong.

We had the luck to go during a sunny day regardless of the bitter winter this January 2020. The thing that stroke us the most is its seemingly resemblance to Japanese style homes and the materials used in it; which are also in line with the Japanese style.

The gardens are filled with large, medium and nano Bonsai trees. The total atmosphere is one of relaxing and one of meditation. A real treat today for us.

This palace is quaint and not nearly as colorful as the others. The wood has not been painted the colorful hues of green, red and yellows like the grander palaces, Changdeokgung for example, but that means this one is just a little different and just a little special that way.

We highly recommend this beautiful palace as one of the least good looking ones, but the one with most charm of all the 5 palaces to be visited in Seoul.
Written February 2, 2020
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doctorfoxtrot
Taguig City, Philippines7,675 contributions
Family
It is right in the middle of the city. Near a station . Tour guide recommended this place to accommodate my mother in law who is wheel chair borne. Compared to the main palaces in Seoul , this place is actually not bad. 30 minutes visit duration would be enough . Besides it is free to enter this complex .
Written January 3, 2020
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mingzy
Singapore, Singapore1,792 contributions
Family
Chanced upon this palace. We stayed in a hotel near anguk station and walked past the side of the building several times without knowing it's a palace! But it's actually just beside anguk station exit 4.
It's opposite the anguk area with lots of eateries. If you have time, have some lunch at the eateries, pop into this palace then take a walk down insadong during the afternoon. It's all very close (which we only discovered after several days in Seoul!)
This palace has less visitors so you can really enjoy a slow quiet time there.
There's also a small room with exhibition of the wares and clothing of the royal family before. Quite interesting and as there's less visitors you can really spend time and look close up. The down side is, it's mostly only in Korean!
Rather worth a visit if you have time!
Written February 15, 2017
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ellycmc7
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia270 contributions
This was our first palace in Seoul. It is situated just steps away from Anguk station via exit 4. We dropped by as we were too early for the tour in Changdeokgung and were surprised to find this hidden gem. It is not one of the main palaces but worth going since it is free and if you have time. There is a small exhibit within the palace about the clothings worn by the residents of the palace in the past. Interesting.
Written August 12, 2019
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dr_jpkim
seoul70 contributions
Family
Small but quiet place near Insa-dong street.
If you visit Insa-dong street, I recommend to visit here too.
It is free.

Unhyeongung, designated as Historic Site No. 257 of the City of Seoul, is located in Uni-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul.

Hours of Operation
ㆍ April-October: 09:00-19:00; entrance available until 18:30
ㆍ November-March: 09:00-18:00; entrance available until 17:30
※ Closed every Monday, except holiday Mondays.

http://www.unhyeongung.or.kr/index_eng.php
Written June 12, 2015
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Frappezz
Singapore, Singapore2,978 contributions
Friends
Unhyeonggong is seldom listed among the list of Seoul's tourist attractions. It's a shame because Unhyeonggong is a compact but complete palace that anyone can easily navigate on his/her own after visiting Bukchon and Insadong which are usually on a first time visitor to Korea's bucket list of go-to places. Slightly smaller than Deoksugung, whose halls are rather empty, Unhyeonggong actually has props in the living quarters of palace residents (eg pillows and blankets in the bedrooms etc), and there's even a royal physician's clinic. In the palace courtyard, there is a couple dressed in hanbok (traditional costume) to pose for photographs with visitors. There is a traditional wedding ceremony reenactment but we missed the timing. The palace is closed on Mondays.
Written May 2, 2015
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LG_Kay
Singapore, Singapore7,488 contributions
Solo
I visited this place as my hotel is nearby. Else I will not make it in my itinerary. It was once the house of Heungseon Daewongun, the father of King Gojong. Despite its location in the middle of the city, this compound remains peaceful and quiet. It is a small complex, with a few traditional buildings. 20 mins is sufficient to briefly explore this place. Free admission, closed on Monday.
Written July 2, 2019
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Linda K
Port Saint Lucie, FL2,356 contributions
Couples
This would not be a "destination" palace, but if you are in the area it is worth stopping by for a quick stroll. Admission is free of charge and an English brochure is available at the entrance to provide orientation and historical perspective.
Written June 21, 2019
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C.S.Lee
Seoul, South Korea33 contributions
Solo
This place used to be a home of Gojong, 26th King of Joseon Dynasty in the late 19th century and was the house of his father, Heungseon Daewongun, who actually ran the country when the king was too young to rule.

This is a small place. Nothing much going on (except some events on weekends). But that's probably the reason you would need this place, where is so quiet and restful in the right middle of the big city. Plus, free admission.
Written April 25, 2019
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Margareth T
Seoul, South Korea216 contributions
Friends
It's called palace but it's not a palace. Just an old residence building. It's beautiful and free of admission.
Written March 20, 2019
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