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Deoksugung Palace

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

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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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Address
100-120  99, Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul  
Subway
City Hall Station (subway line 1) exit 2

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Traveler RatingRating:4.0 (Based on 1026 Traveler)

Latest 5 reviews of Deoksugung

  • Day trip to Seoul
    Visited during a day trip. it was very cold but the day went well as the Palace is easy to navigate, and you can listed to the tour in English as well as have an English tour book.
    Rating:5 NYDEB552019-08-18
  • Royal Palace
    Deoksugung is one of the 5 royal palaces in Seoul. It is covered by the Royal Palace Pass, but entry is only 1000KW. It is a small palace compared to the other main palaces, but I think one of the...
    Rating:5 Jane C2019-08-14
  • Small palace
    This palace is a lot smaller compared to the others. Easily walked through the entire grounds within 30minutes. The changing of guards is not to be missed. The audio guide can be rented at the...
    Rating:5 ellycmc72019-08-11
  • Korea, with European influence
    Interesting collection of traditional Korean architecture (e.g., Daehanmun Gate, Junghwajeon Hall, etc), a fusion of Korean and European architecture in Jeonggwanheon Hall, then more classical...
    Rating:4 H3565SVscottw2019-07-14
  • Small palace compound
    This palace opening hours are 9am to 9pm. I visited this palace just before 6pm, initially hoping to stay until dark to capture the compound with its lightings. However, the palace is rather small...
    Rating:4 LG_Kay2019-07-05
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