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Reviewed June 20, 2019

The palace, directly across the street from the Seoul City Hall and easily accessible using Exit 2 from the metro City Hall stop, is worth a 2 to 3 hour visit -- especially if one is a senior (65+) for which it is free of charge. The well preserved buildings interesting, as is the art museum which focuses on Korean painters -- a genre which is unfamiliar to many westerners (also free for seniors). Planning your visit around the changing of the guard ceremonies is prudent, as well.

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed June 16, 2019 via mobile

A high school student called Esther who is my volunteer guide made the trip perfect. She was able to explain about the different buildings, meaning of motifs and emblems, and story of the Princess. Weather is very good in June with sun and nice temperature. Just in time to catch the change of guards after my tour. Best experience, thank you!

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed June 16, 2019 via mobile

We didn’t go inside the palace but watched the lavish and dramatic changing of the guards at 3:30 (I think the other times are 12 and 2pm but check that if going).
We get lucky enough to try on free Hanbok costumes to experience the change of the guards and pose with the guards after their ceremony. The whole thing lasted about 20 minutes and there were explanations in English. The outfits were colourful. There’s a huge drum that’s beaten too.

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed June 16, 2019 via mobile

We went to Deoksugung. We were very lucky to be escorted by a volunteer guide. He was 16 years old and spoke good English. He took us through the various buildings of the palace and gave us a detailed explanation of the uses of the buildings and the history. This place was not to big and it was an excellent experience. Definitely worth a visit

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed May 25, 2019 via mobile

The changing of the guard ceremony takes place outside of the palace grounds in a small courtyard next to the sidewalk. You are very close to all of the participants who are in very colorful costumes. Great for photos! The park like setting inside the gate is very peaceful. Hard to believe it just off a busy street.

Date of experience: April 2019
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