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Deoksugung Palace

100-120  99, Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul  

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Deoksugung Palace is unique among Korean palaces in having a modern seal engraving and a western style garden and fountain. Medieval and modern style architecture exists together in harmony in Deoksugung Palace. The Changing of the Royal Guard can be seen in front of Daehanmun (Gate) and is a very popular event for many visitors. During the Joseon Dynasty, the royal guard was responsible for opening and closing the palace gate as well as patrolling around the gate area. Outside the palace is a picturesque road flanked by a stone wall which is much loved by visitors.

Originally, Deoksugung Palace was not a palace. The Imjin War (the Japanese invasions in 1592) left all the palaces in Korea severely damaged. When King Seonjo (the fourteenth king of the Joseon Dynasty) returned to Seoul from his evacuation, the primary palace Gyeongbokgung Palace had been burnt to the ground and other palaces were also heavily damaged. A temporary palace was chosen from among the houses of the royal family. This is the origin of Deoksugung Palace. King Gwanghaegun (the fifteenth king of the Joseon Dynasty) named the palace Gyeongungung, formalizing it as a royal palace. Since then it has been used as an auxiliary palace by many Joseon kings. In 1897, Emperor Gojong (the twenty-sixth king of the Joseon Dynasty) stayed here and expanded it. The modern buildings such as Seokjojeon (Hall) were constructed during this period. In 1907, the palace was renamed Deoksugung.

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100-120  99, Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul  
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City Hall Station (subway line 1) exit 2

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Traveler RatingRating:4.0 (Based on 1003 Traveler)

Latest 5 reviews of Deoksugung

  • A rather typical palace with small territory
    Dropped by here because it was on our way, and walked the grounds. A few beautiful nature corners and buildings are picture-worthy, as usual. Otherwise, not much to see here, but if it's on your way...
    Rating:3 sashkello2019-05-19
  • Architecture
    A combination of Korean & Western-Styled Palace which makes me opened up my eyes 👀 Wonderful place to relax
    Rating:3 pooisze932019-05-08
  • Great Han Empire Palace
    Famous for its stone wall road and located at Seoul's busiest downtown intersection. You can watch the changing of guards ceremony here and don't forget to try walking on th4 stonewall walkway path.
    Rating:4 Derick G2019-04-22
  • Enjoyed the pictures with the guards
    The ground was not as big as Changdeokgung palace but it was one of our most enjoyable places visited in Seoul mainly because we were given free guided tour and we were also allowed free use of...
    Rating:5 FrChAKL2019-04-18
  • Cancelled Changing of the Guards
    The scheduled Changing of the Guards was cancelled due to fine dust warning issued by the government. But the whole palace itself is a good attraction to visit.
    Rating:5 jaysantosph2019-03-11
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