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Changdeokgung Palace

Changdeokgung Palace

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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Korean Palace and Market Tour in Seoul Including Insadong and Gyeongbokgung Palace
Korean Palace and Market Tour in Seoul Including Insadong and Gyeongbokgung Palace
$84.11 per adult
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My "seoul"
All the attractions and places we visited were incredible and our tour guide was so cute and sweet. Definitely recommend this tour.
Jessica_H, Feb 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Seoul

star-5
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.
star-5
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.
star-5
Seoul Tour
Whitney_J, 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!
star-4
THe tour was really informative and...
ORLANDO R, Sep 2018
Korean Palace and Market Tour in Seoul Including Insadong and Gyeongbokgung Palace
THe tour was really informative and well paced, no rushing at all, the food was ok, the guide was amazing and energetic
star-5
This was a wonderful tour with Jung...
Robert G, Mar 2017
Seoul Morning Heritage Tour Including Changdeokgung Palace
This was a wonderful tour with Jung, our great guide. Jung arrived ahead of time for our hotel pickup with the driver and a minivan. My wife and I were pleasantly surprised that we would be the only ones going on the tour. The first stop was in Bukchon Hanok Village in downtown Seoul. This area is located between several old Palaces and is where nobles and wealthy have lived for over 600 years. The exteriors of the houses and now shops are maintained historically intact. The weather was perfect for a stroll around to view these old houses. Be forewarned that there is a bit of walking up and down some elevation involved with this part of the tour. Next stop was the Jongmyo Confucian shrine dedicated to the memorial services for deceased royalty of the Korean Joseon Dynasty 13921897. The original Jongmyo shrine was destroyed by fire in the Japanese invasions of Korea 1590's, then rebuilt in 1608. Unlike many other buildings damaged or destroyed during WWII these are not recent reconstructions. The Shrine is located in a very tranquil park like setting, again there is a fair bit of walking involved on mostly flat ground or stone paths. The onsite guide was very informative during the English tour. The last stop was at the Changdeokgung Palace. The palace was originally built in very early 1400's, but has been destroyed and rebuilt several times since then. This is one of five grand palaces in Seoul. Korea's last Emperor lived here until his death in 1926. The buildings were very ornate and it is possible to peak inside some of the residence buildings. Jung was a great guide and most helpful throughout the tour. This tour is a unique opportunity to visit two UNESCO sites in a morning.
star-4
Great Private Tour
Erika_V, 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!
star-5
Amazing Tour!!!
Rebecca_Y, 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!!
star-4
Family full day tour
Norraida A, Jun 2019
Full Day Small-Group Royal Palace and Seoul Tour
Erin our tour guide made our trip enjoyable with information about the places of interest. She was very helpful and sweet. It was lovely
star-5
Worth the time & money!
Wanderer09721972633, Jun 2019
Full Day Small-Group Royal Palace and Seoul Tour
Our guide, Peter - was Fantastic! We loved the tour & the food! My kids loved all the history. We learned a lot and the colors in Korea are breath taking! My kids are 10, 12 & 15 years old. They all had fun. They were a bit tired by the end so they would have been OK skipping the last Palace but I loved it ALL!
star-5
Great Experience with Jake
Nicholas_D, May 2019
Full Day Small-Group Royal Palace and Seoul Tour
Jake was our guide, and we were lucky enough to be the only 2 participants. He ensured we had a great experience, and tailored the day to us and our interests.
star-4
All day Royal Palace and City Tour
Howard_G, Apr 2019
Full Day Small-Group Royal Palace and Seoul Tour
The tour was good. Our guide, Jake, was well informed. However, once he was through with his spiel, there was silence. The conversation was between the quests and not the guide and the guest. We felt rushed during lunch so that we could get to Insadong-gil St and the shopping. Overall, the tour was informative and well worth the value paid.
star-5
Efficient way of seeing Seoul
Kristie_B, Jun 2019
Full Day Small-Group Royal Palace and Seoul Tour
This was a fast-paced, educational tour. Our guide Kim was very knowledgeable with a good sense of humor! We pretty much stayed on schedule with the detailed itinerary listed on the website. The driver was nice enough to pick us up at our Airbnb in the morning and dropped us off in the late afternoon. Only difference was we had the choice of going to the Bukchon Hanok Village instead of the Changdeokgoong Palace. Good traditional Korean meal for lunch. This is a great way to see and learn about key historical sites in Seoul if you don’t have a lot of days to fully explore Seoul.

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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