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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 701 Traveler)

Latest 5 reviews of Changgyeonggung Palace

  • Be prepared to walk
    The grounds were spread apart and had several steps and stairs, this is a workout. The buildings were open air and empty so you need to visualize how they were used in th roast. My favorite part was...
    Rating:4 Leann C2019-08-22
  • Royal Palace
    Changgyeonggung Palace is one of the 5 palaces of Seoul. Not as large or impressive as its neighbour Changdeokgung Palace but a good site to see all the same. Good examples of Josean style...
    Rating:5 Jane C2019-08-14
  • One of the 4 palaces to see
    Changyeonggung is located just next to Changdeokgung. You can enter through either palaces and go to the other one with a purchased ticket. This palace is also under restoration. It is smaller than...
    Rating:4 ellycmc72019-08-11
  • Familiarity with Korean culture and history.
    Traditional korean architecture. The palace was partially restored after the war, but some parts, for example, roof tiles, are genuine. Very atmospheric photos are obtained.
    Rating:5 Vera K2019-08-08
  • A must see
    It is a major part of Korean history and an obvious great source of pride for the country. I do suggest you see the queens quarters/area to get away from the crowds and manage a closer look at...
    Rating:5 farleiii2019-07-13
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