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Changdeokgung Palace

03072  2-71, Waryong-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul  

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Changdeokgung Palace is also known as Donggwol, the Eastern Palace, because of its location to the east of Gyeongbokgung Palace. For 270 years, the palace was home to the Joseon government and was also the favored residence of many Joseon Dynasty kings. This makes Changdeokgung Palace the longest-serving royal residential palace. Compared to other palaces, Changdeokgung Palace is well-preserved and still has many of its original features. A particular virtue of Changdeokgung Palace is the way its buildings blend into the surrounding landscape. The palace's rear garden, Huwon, is considered an excellent example of Korean garden design and is the only rear garden of any Korean palace. In 1997, Changdeokgung Palace was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. 

Visitors to Changdeokgung Palace might also like to see the nearby Changgyeonggung Palace as well as the recently restored Naeuiwon (Royal infirmary) at the entrance to Changdeokgung Palace.

Huwon: a garden of natural beauty

Huwon is self-contained and occupies sixty percent of Changdeokgung. The palace buildings are situated on the ridge of Bugaksan (Mt.) and have very few artificial features in order to blend into their natural surroundings. In the center of Huwon is a large pond, Buyongji, along with Buyongjeong (Pavilion) and Juhapru (Pavilion). A cross-shaped roof and two supporting pillars rising from the pond make the design of Buyongjeong unique. It is said that King Jeongjo (the twenty-second king of the Joseon Dynasty) and his courtiers often enjoyed fishing here at Buyongjeong. In the past Juhapru housed a royal library and was a place where both king and courtiers studied and discussed politics. Eosumun (Gate), the entrance to Juhapru, has a symbolic meaning for kings and government officials because of its name which literally means “Fish cannot live without water” but is usually understood as “The ruler should always put his people first.” 

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Address
03072  2-71, Waryong-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul  
Subway
Anguk Station (subway line 3) exit 3, roughly 5 min. away on foot
Jongno 3(sam)-ga Station (subway lines 1, 3, 5) exit 6, roughly 10 min. away on foot

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Latest 5 reviews of Changdeokgung Palace

  • Must see
    I visited on a public holiday and admission was free (!) which was a nice surprise, considering there are not many things that are free in this world. The changing of the guards was mind blowing...
    평점:5 Freddy W2019-02-13
  • Yolanda Jones
    We went as part of half day tour of Seoul. The changing of the guard was a spectacle and all the people in traditional dress was something to behold. Our guide Jenifer was a very friendly person with...
    평점:5 YolandaJ6382019-01-26
  • Moonlight Tour is awesome!
    今年秋天終於排上日程,剛好可以參加古宮的夜間導覽。 *注意!外國人只有周日場次。我提前一個月上網買票,因為聽說很熱門,有時可能搶不到票。 前些年已經去過兩次昌德宮,但這是第一次夜間參觀,氣氛格外不同,安靜、神秘、美好。英文導覽員的英文很好,說得不多,但很清楚。記得一定要早點報到,因為是所有隊伍一齊在門外集合,等門開了才會魚貫進入。(自己腦補...
    평점:5 jltraveler20152019-01-22
  • English Tour of palace and Secret Garden
    Arrive early to buy tickets (or buy on-line) and catch the English Tour (other languages are available at different times). Be sure to also buy tickets for the Secret Garden extension.
    평점:5 kymblair2019-01-21
  • Seoul Visit
    One of the best place to visit in Seoul whilst you are in South Korea. Visiting this Changdeokgung Palace gives you a nostalgic taste and sights of how Korean Palace in the past looks like with the...
    평점:4 Wiston T2019-01-15
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