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Changdeokgung Palace


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.” 

[Jan. 01, 2016 22:35  Input / Nov. 15, 2015 00:00  Publish]


• Address
03072  2-71, Waryong-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul  
• Phone
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• Hours of Operation
Changdeokgung and Changgyeonggung
Feburary - May, September & October 09:00 - 18:00
June - August 09:00 - 18:30
November to January 09:00 - 17:30
※ Last admission one hour before closing

Huwon (Secret Garden)
March - May, September & October 10:00 - 18:00
June - August 10:00 - 18:30 
November - February 10:00 - 17:30
December to February 09:00 - 17:00
Please check admission times for the guided tour.
※ Last admission two hours before closing
• Holidays
Every Monday
• Facilities for the Disabled

  Accessible Restrooms

  Accessible Parking

  Accessible Information Centers & Services(Wheelchair rentals, etc.)

• Fee
General Admission (palace only):
Adult (aged 19-64): 3,000 won
Youth (aged 7-18): 1,500 won

Groups of 10 or more, per person:
Adult (aged 19-64): 2,400 won
Youth (aged 7-18): 1,200 won

Free Admission (limited to the palace only):
Children under 7 yrs. old
Senior Citizens older than 65 yrs. old
Those wearing hanbok
Culture Day (the last Wed. of each month)

The Secret Garden (palace and Huwon):
Adult (over 19 yrs.): 8,000 won
Adult (over 65 yrs.): 5,000 won
Youth (aged 7~18): 4,000 won

Combination Ticket (valid for three months provides entry to Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace, Changgyeonggung Palace, and Jongmyo Shrine):
Adult: 10,000 won
Children: 5,000 won
※ Note : A combination ticket does not guarantee entrance to Huwon. Entry for Huwon requires an internet reservation or exchange of the voucher at the ticket office.

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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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TripAdvisor Reviews

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Latest 5 reviews of Changdeokgung Palace

5 2018-09-21 bied879
Great experience
I love this place. I learned a lot about their culture. In fact, the scenery inside there is so great.
5 2018-09-20 Livia F
Nice tour
Nice place to visit but it looks a lot like the Gyeongbokgung palace. It does have a secret garden that you have to pay extra to visit.
5 2018-09-18 Jet752460
A Dream
It was truly beautiful. For free entry to the palace, rent a hanbok (₩10,000 for 2 hours, ₩20,000 for 4 hours, ₩30,000 for the whole day and an extra ₩5,000 for accesories). The secret garden is a...
4 2018-09-18 Peter G
Peter G
We had a nice guided tour with a good English speaking guide, very interesting history and amazing blue ceramic tile roofing
4 2018-09-13 SERAES
Palace Garden
Tourist hangout but well worth it when guards make the change. Garden is beautiful. Surrounding area is walkable and City Hall cross over the plaza.