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Changgyeonggung Palace

03072  185 Changgyeonggung-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul  

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Changgyeonggung Palace was built in 1483 by King Seongjong (the ninth king of the Joseon Dynasty) to take care of the wives of the preceding kings. Compared to other palaces, the size of the palace is compact and simple. Changgyeonggung Palaceis connected with Changdeokgung Palace. It's located east of the primary palace of Gyeongbokgung, so it is also referred to as "Donggwol," the "East Palace."

Myeongjeongjeon is the main hall of the palace, where state affairs were held, such as meetings with officials and the reception of foreign envoys. In particular, Myeongjeongjeon represents an outstanding example of seventeenth century Joseon architectural style and is the oldest main hall of any palace. While visiting Changgyeonggung Palace, it is recommended you visit nearby Changdeokgung Palace as well.

Most of the palace buildings were destroyed by the Japanese during the Japanese invasion of Korea in 1592. The main buildings such as Myeongjeongjeon, Munjeongjeon (council hall), Hwangyeongjeon (Hall), Inyangjeon (Hall), Gongsacheong, and Honghwamun (Gate) were rebuilt by King Gwanghaegun (the fifteenth king of the Joseon Dynasty). During the Japanese occupation, the Japanese built a zoo on the site and renamed the palace "Changgyeongwon," meaning "Changgyeong Garden." Since 1987, the palace has been reconstructed and now resembles its original form.

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Address
03072  185 Changgyeonggung-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul  
Subway
Hyehwa Station (subway line 4) exit 4, roughly 15 min. on foot

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Traveler RatingRating:4.5 (Based on 690 Traveler)

Latest 5 reviews of Changgyeonggung Palace

  • Big palace complex
    Cheap entry ticket. Nice cherry blossoms and beautiful garden still in April. Especially the view from the hill was particularly nice!
    Rating:4 iloves1nglemalt2019-05-13
  • This is a must see place
    In Seoul if you are short of time do visit this Palace. Authentic and original. Well worth the the time.
    Rating:4 geoffreykenward2019-05-07
  • Interesting place
    Interesting place with a super change of guard ceremony tht happens at 10am and 2pm. must see and visit. rent hanbok outside and even get free entry into the palace
    Rating:5 ikshu_242019-04-29
  • Historic Seoul site to see
    We visited when cherry blossoms was still blooming. Beautiful gardens, shame fhe palace wasn’t in its original form however they have done a great job at restoring. When visiting take the opportunity...
    Rating:4 MyBayon2019-04-24
  • Beautiful Historical Structure, Educational Experience
    I arrived into Seoul for my business first trip with zero cultural knowledge (my fault). It's a gorgeous series of structures, and the grounds/gardens are a delight. Most of the signage includes...
    Rating:4 leigh732LosAngeles2019-04-22
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