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Changdeokgung Palace (Changdeok Palace) Tours

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Changdeokgung Palace (Changdeok Palace)
The star of Seoul’s five Joseon Dynasty palaces, Changdeokgung Palace (Changdeok Palace) was built by King Taejong in 1405 and designed to blend harmoniously with its natural surroundings. Today, the palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and famous for its ornate royal residence buildings and extensive tree-filled gardens. 
 
The Basics
As a well-preserved example of ancient Korean architecture, Changdeokgung Palace provides insight into the country’s history, culture, and values. The site can only be visted by guided tour—explore the complex, which was designed in accordance to Confucian pungsu principles; admire the colorful palace interior; and stroll past terraced lawns, flowering trees, and serene pavilions in the Huwon Secret Garden (separate ticket required).

Many city tours include a visit to Changdeokgung Palace, whether you want to explore Seoul on foot, by bike, or by bus. Some cultural tours include a stop at the palace along with historic sites such as Jongmyo Shrine, Suwon Hwaseong Fortress, or Gyeongbokgung Palace. Private and small-group tours are available for a personalized experience, and it’s also possible to visit the palace independently on a hop-on, hop-off bus tour.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Changdeokgung Palace is a must-see for history buffs and culture lovers.
  • Palace visits are by organized tour only, and separate tickets are required for the Huwon Secret Garden. Several English-language tour options are available throughout the day. 
  • Bring comfortable shoes for exploring the sprawling palace and gardens. 
  • Visitor facilities include onsite parking and restrooms. 
  • Wheelchair and stroller rentals are available. 
How to Get There
Changdeokgung Palace is set in the Jongno-gu area of Seoul. It’s possible to get there via guided tour, taxi, or public transportation. To arrive by subway, take Line 3 to Anguk Station. From there, the palace is roughly five minutes away on foot. 

When to Get There
The Korean palace is open year-round and closed Mondays. The secret garden is especially beautiful in fall, when the trees’ leaves turn shades of gold and red. In late June, the lotus pond is surrounded by colorful flowers.

The Pungsu-Jiri Principle of Korean Palaces
Like other Joseon palaces, a stream runs in front of and a mountain sits behind the buildings of Changdeokgung Palace for good pungsu-jiri—the Korean version of Chinese feng shui. This concept layers spiritual importance on the topography of land, water, and mountains, and has been an important aspect of Korean architecture for more than 1,000 years.
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40 Tours and Activities to Experience Changdeokgung Palace (Changdeok Palace)

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Full Day Small-Group Royal Palace and Seoul Tour

Full Day Small-Group Royal Palace and Seoul Tour

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Explore the highlights of Seoul on a full-day tour with an informative guide. Highlights include Jogyesa Temple, the Blue House, the royal guard changing ceremony at Gwanghwamun Gate, and tours of Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take in traditional culture at the National Folk Museum, Insadong Antique Street, and at Namdaemun Gate and Namdaemun Market. Includes lunch, entrance fees, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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Secret Food Tours Seoul w/ Private Tour Option

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Over the years, Seoul has developed into one of the most modern cities in the world. Through this change, Koreans have remained passionate about their work, food, and history. We'll show you some of the most loved foods and beautiful landscapes our city has to offer. We will take you through hidden alleyways and quaint backstreets home to secret foodie gems, and share little tips and tricks along the way that you'll be able to use on the rest of your trip.
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Korean Palace and Market Tour in Seoul Including Insadong and Gyeongbokgung Palace

Korean Palace and Market Tour in Seoul Including Insadong and Gyeongbokgung Palace

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Discover the history and cultural traditions of Korea on this full-day tour of Seoul’s palaces and markets. Visit Gyeongbokgung Palace including its National Folklore Museum, and see Jogyesa Buddhist Temple and Changdeokgung Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Your informative guide accompanies you to Insadong and Namdaemun to explore these bustling local markets on foot. Enjoy a Korean lunch and convenient round-trip coach transport from your hotel.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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Seoul Morning Heritage Tour Including Changdeokgung Palace

Seoul Morning Heritage Tour Including Changdeokgung Palace

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Visit two of Seoul's UNESCO World Heritage sites—Jongmyo Shrine and the Changdeokgung Palace Complex—on this half-day tour. Learn from a guide about Korea's cultural heritage, starting with a tour of Bukchon Hanok Village, which features traditional homes dating back to the Joseon Dynasty of the 14th century. Finish your tour with drop-off in Myeongdong.
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 City Sightseeing Seoul Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing Seoul Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Experience Seoul on a hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus tour. This historic city has become a key global player in recent times, with skyscrapers rising high into the sky, amidst a backdrop of mountains and palaces. Hop on and off the bus to your heart’s content, immersing yourself into the culture by exploring the bustling shopping scene of Myeong-dong, or having a relaxing stroll through the traditional Bukchon Hanok Village. You'll also learn fascinating facts via the on-board audio commentary, as you pass by iconic landmarks such as Gyeongbokgung Palace and N Seoul Tower. This tour gives you the chance to utilise up to 3 bus routes across the city, depending on the ticket you opt for. And there's also the prospect of adding a night tour to your itinerary, in order to see the bright lights of this remarkable city when the sun has gone down.
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Full Day Seoul Royal Palace Tour Including Namdaemun Market

Full Day Seoul Royal Palace Tour Including Namdaemun Market

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Discover South Korea’s royal heritage on this full-day royal palace and shopping tour in Seoul. Follow the Cheonggyecheon Stream with your guide and gain insight into the days of the Joseon Dynasty. See the Blue House, the Republic of Korea’s presidential residence. Explore Gyeongbokgung Palace and watch the changing of the guard ceremony. Head to the National Folk Museum of Korea and behold unique artifacts from across Korea.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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Favorite Full Day Tour (Seoul City-Nanta Show)

Favorite Full Day Tour (Seoul City-Nanta Show)

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With thousands of years of rich history and a vibrant cultural scene of music and theater, Seoul is a city which certainly packs a punch. On this tour, visit historic attractions including 14th-century Gyeongbok Palace and the Jogyesa temple—with round-trip travel from central Seoul included. Delve into Joseon-era history, then catch a performance of Nanta—the action-packed Korean comedy show capturing hearts across the world.
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
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Seoul Afternoon Tour Including Changdeokgung Palace and Namdaemun Market

Seoul Afternoon Tour Including Changdeokgung Palace and Namdaemun Market

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This half-day Seoul sightseeing itinerary continues with a tour of the Changdeokgung Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Namsangol Hanok Village. Browse for goods along Insadong Street and Namdaemun Market, with views of the beautiful Sungnyemun Gate.
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World Cultural Heritage Full-day tour from Seoul including Suwon Hwaseong

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Explore the World Heritage–listed Changdeokgung Palace Complex and Jongmyo Shrine on a historical journey through Seoul. This full-day tour takes you to Bukchon Hanok Village in the morning, with a visit to Suwon Hwaseong Fortress after lunch. With a knowledgeable guide, see Hwaseong Haenggung Palace as you learn the history of Korea’s royalty. Includes minivan transport from centrally located hotels.
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Afternoon Seoul highlights Segway Tour with food tasting and Korean BBQ

Afternoon Seoul highlights Segway Tour with food tasting and Korean BBQ

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Afternoon Tour of Seoul with Hanbok Wearing

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This half-day sightseeing tour around Seoul begins in the afternoon with a stop at a “hanbok” shop to try on traditional Korean clothing. After tea, take a guided tour of Changdeokgung Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Set out for a stroll through Bukchon Hanok Village, which features Joseon-period houses, and stop to make your own bracelet using traditional Korean knotting techniques.
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Seoul Symbolic Afternoon Tour Including Changdeokgung Palace

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Small-Group Tour of Bukchon Hanok Village

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[RingRing 4 Hrs FOUR Palaces] Unmanned Guide E-scooters Riding Tour

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Historic Seoul: Explore Bukchon Hanok Village

Historic Seoul: Explore Bukchon Hanok Village

Travel back to an age of craftsmanship with one of our local Seoul hosts as you explore the quaint Bukchon Hanok Village. With elegantly tiled roofs and tiny courtyard gardens, you’ll be utterly transported to another time in whimsical alleyways, popping into cafes, art galleries and craft shops as you navigate the crisscrossing lanes. Your host will take you to the oldest market in the city, where you can browse exquisite silks and sample yummy sweet treats and why not visit the nearby Changdeokgung Palace while you are at it? Within 24 hours after booking you'll receive a short questionnaire about your personality and interests. Based on your responses, you'll be assigned a like-minded host. Your host will communicate with you directly to suggest an itinerary to help you discover what makes the city unique. You will also agree on a meeting time and place. Your itinerary is flexible, so during the experience, you can always change your mind about what you want to do.
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[PRIVATE] Full-Day UNESCO Essential Seoul Tour

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Full-Day Palace Tour in Seoul

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Best of Seoul Tour in the Afternoon

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Seoul UNESCO & HERITAGES Walking Tour

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Traditional Hanbok Rental

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Autumn 8 days South Korea Tour including Jeonju,Damyang,Mt.Naejangsan

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Under the boundless blue sky, the Korean autumn is celebrated by its people as a season where “the sky is high, and the horses are sleek with autumn fat.” 8 days driving in the country, the first part of this tour will introduce you to the blissful cities of Jeollanam-do province, recognized for its sumptuous style of Korean cuisine. Days past, the tour will take you to renowned autumn sights such as Mt. Seoraksan and Nami Island. We will set our feet into the nature swamped in vibrant saturation of crimson, sepia, and burnt ochre. A colossal bronze Buddha statue, scenic waterfalls and distant birdsongs will keep our joyous company, while our sense of self slowly dissipate into the beautiful landscape. You can customize the destinations of this private tour and spend your time effectively. Ask your tour guide about places you wish to visit! The original itinerary is always up for a discussion and change. Plus, the tour guide can recommend you the best local restaurants.
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Seoul, South Korea Scavenger Hunt: Seoul of South Korea

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Seoul Photoshoot Session with Professional Photographer

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Wanna capture precious moments while on vacation with your family to the capital of South Korea - Seoul? Or do you want to take a pre-wedding photo shoot with a beautiful backdrop in Seoul? By ordering this product, get the chance to get the best photo results that can later be uploaded on your social media. Get the prettiest photos by wearing hanbok with the background Gyeongbokgung Palace. No need to worry about miscommunication because the photographer can speak English and Korean fluently. Order now right away!
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