Deoksugung Palace

100-120  99, Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul  

See & Do Attractions


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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버스도착정보 안내
버스 번호 도착 정보
100-120  99, Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul  
City Hall Station (subway line 1) exit 2

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Latest 5 reviews of Deoksugung

  • Explore beyond Deoksugung
    Deoksugung is the only palace in Seoul where you can experience being a Royal Palace Chief Gatekeeper and take an active part in the Changing of Royal Guards Ceremony (not just as a spectator...
    5 MsCarefreeTraveler2018-12-06
  • Several buildings under renovation
    Changing of the guards was interesting! Like a short theatre production. Interesting history and buildings. Didn't stay long but unfortunately to walk around. Probably would have leqrnedy more if we...
    3 globalgal902018-11-24
  • Under Renovation
    This is probably the smallest palace in Seoul. But what you go there for is the changing of the royal guard ceremony. It happens right outside the gate so it's free. The ceremony takes place every...
    5 angeltespinosa2018-11-16
  • Close to City Hall Metro Stop
    This palace is very easy to get to from the Seoul metro. Changing of the guard is scheduled several times a day. The guards pose with the tourists after the ceremony. Open and main building are lit...
    4 hermosamary2018-11-12
  • Changing of Guard the Best Part
    I liked Deoksugung the least of Seoul's five grand palaces. That's because its myriad buildings present a mishmash of neoclassical Western and traditional Korean architectural styles. A palace since...
    3 Rumples2018-11-11
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