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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  
City Hall Station (subway line 1) exit 2

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Traveler Rating평점:4.0 (Based on 985 Traveler)

Latest 5 reviews of Deoksugung

  • Fusion of Korean and Western Architecture
    Standing in the middle of one of the busiest city junctions, a visit to this place can be clubbed with that of City Hall. This Palace is considered one among the five grand Palaces of Joseon Dynasty...
    평점:5 raghu672019-01-16
  • Palace very beautiful
    It´s a very nice place to visit. This one is definitely definitely recommended to visit. The Emperor Gojong lived there when he’s old and passed away at that exact building
    평점:4 tania9362019-01-15
  • Really love it!
    I seriously fell in love with the palaces in Seoul. This one is definitely definitely recommended to visit. The only palace where you can observe the King’s throne closely. Even though it’s pretty...
    평점:5 alinelunardy2019-01-15
  • Pick a spot facing the entrance gate!
    Arrived at this palace 15 minutes before the changing guard ceremony. What i can suggest, please pick a spot facing the gate as usually this side can get a first chance to take a pic with the guards...
    평점:3 coquinetto2018-12-28
  • Changing of royal guards is a must-do
    We went to see the changing of guards at 11 am. Very interesting ceremony, a loud English voice explains what is happening and afterwards pictures can be taken with the guards. Kids loved it too (6&4...
    평점:5 SusanneI-H2018-12-28
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