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“Go in the fall with the changing leaves”

Changdeokgung Palace
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Half-Day N Seoul Tower and Dongdaemun Shopping Tour
Ranked #6 of 751 things to do in Seoul
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Chino Hills, California
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“Go in the fall with the changing leaves”
Reviewed November 15, 2012

This was the best Korean palace because of the secret garden area. Most palaces in Seoul are restored and not the original place, so it can feel very artificial and too open. Changdeokgung was the best because of the trees and ponds in their garden. The changing leaves in autumn were beautiful and really enhanced the little pavilions and original buildings in this palace.

Visited November 2012
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“Secret garden tour was the highlight”
Reviewed November 12, 2012

I prefer this palace to all the other palaces due to its interesting layout as well as its secret garden which was breathtakingly beautiful in the autumn. But do note that some parts of the tour require walking up steep slopes.

Visited November 2012
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“Beautiful and peaceful”
Reviewed November 11, 2012

Beautiful palace with a lot of trees. We went in November and the colors of the trees were spectacular. It is a peaceful place no outsides noises. We were there quite early and almost nobody was there. There is a nice cafe and a souvenir shop. Overall it is well preserved palace, lots of colors. You can not compare it to the palaces in China, but still a visit worth while.
Easy to reach with the subway, exit Jongnam- 3 or Anguk. entree fee was 3000 won.
But to go to the secret garden without a tour guide was not possible. There is an extra fee for the garden. You can buy a palace-ticket for 10.000 won, and you can see all the palaces.

Visited November 2012
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“Beautiful palace with great park.”
Reviewed November 11, 2012

The guards at the palace are merely actors who help to re enact the scene during the.ancient time. Changing of Guards are on display every hourly.the Park is beautiful during autumn.

Visited October 2012
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“King Joseon and his 2nd palace”
Reviewed November 9, 2012

This palace, now reconstructed, was built during King Joseon's reign in the 14th century. It served as 2nd palace from where he ruled while the rest of his relatives lived in Gyeongbokgung.It lacks the historical artifacts normally found in most palaces in Asia.

Visited October 2012
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