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

TripAdvisor Reviews

Traveler RatingRating:4.0 (Based on 1045 Traveler)

Latest 5 reviews of Deoksugung

  • Good for two Visits
    I really liked this palace. Not as well known as the others but deserves two visits. First, the afternoon changing of the guards is fun to watch and you can stand right next to the guards. Second...
    Rating:4 295garyw2019-10-21
  • Beautiful in the evening
    What a beautiful palace to visit at night. We stayed 5 minutes walk from the palace and was reading about the palace being open during the evenings. Definitely highly recommend an evening visit. It...
    Rating:5 MSH36632019-10-20
  • Pretty nice
    But pretty small. With the audio guide no need to spend more then an hour. Part of the palace pass, which contains five palaces. Come early to see the changing of the guards, but dont enticipate...
    Rating:4 Oren M2019-09-28
  • Lovely Temple Grounds
    Adjacent City Hall is Deoksugung Temple Grounds which is down the road from the main palace. Outside this temple you can find the Royal Guards performing their Change over ceremonies and other...
    Rating:4 Nicholas D2019-09-27
  • The Smaller And Less Interesting Of The Three palaces
    Deoksugung Palace was used by the King when he was in exile during the Japanese invasion of 1592. This was used as a King's residence until King Gojong died in 1919.There is a mix of ancient and...
    Rating:3 Oldjack2019-09-21
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