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Changdeokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace

Changdeokgung Palace

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260 Reviews
99, Yulgok-ro, Jongno-gu

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 Confucianpungsu 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.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Seoul

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My "seoul"
Jessica_H, Feb 2020
Korean Palace and Market Tour in Seoul Including Insadong and Gyeongbokgung Palace
All the attractions and places we visited were incredible and our tour guide was so cute and sweet. Definitely recommend this tour.
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Fabulous market, beautiful palace.
GBGAL, Feb 2020
Full Day Small-Group Royal Palace and Seoul Tour
Mr Kim was a excellent guide, leant a lot about the history of South Korea. The palaces were beautiful and the the market was amazing! Would highly recommend this tour,good value for the money.
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Educational and fun
sterrmanfred, Jan 2020
Seoul Morning Heritage Tour Including Changdeokgung Palace
Very informative and detailed explanations of the visites sites history. Transport was punctual and comfortable. 10/10, would go again.
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Seoul Tour
wvuwhitney, Nov 2019
Full Day Small-Group Royal Palace and Seoul Tour
Fantastic tour with Jake visiting the royal palace, several markets, temples and a delicious lunch. We only had two days in the city and this tour was worth it!
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Great Private Tour
FirstIndiaTrip, Oct 2019
Full Day Small-Group Royal Palace and Seoul Tour
We didnt realize they would pick us up in a private car just for the 2 of us. Guide spoke English well. Her and driver were extremely professional and efficient. Lunch was delicious. This tour was a great blend between learning history and strolling/enjoying/shopping. What a great day!
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Amazing Tour!!!
Maps66243688900, Aug 2019
Full Day Small-Group Royal Palace and Seoul Tour
The perfect tour for a day in Seoul!! We saw the large palace and temple and several markets. The tour guide even changed part of the tour to our preference!! Our guide was extremely good at English and was able to give lots of information about what we saw on the tour and was able to have conversations about other things. The day we went it was just my mother and I. So we ended up have a private tour!! I really recommend this 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.

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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.

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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.

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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 goodpungsu-jiri—the Korean version of Chinesefeng 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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