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Deoksugung Palace

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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.

[Dec. 06, 2010 11:05  Input / Aug. 28, 2015 00:00  Publish]

Details

• Address
100-120  99, Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul  
• Phone
+82-2-771-9951
• Fax
+82-2-771-9953
• Website
View Website
• Website Language
English
• Hours of Operation
09:00 ~ 21:00
(Last admission 1 hour before closing time)
• Holidays
Monday
• Days of Operation
Tuesday-Sunday
• Baby Carriage Rentals
Yes
• Facilities for the Disabled

  Accessible Restrooms

  Accessible Information Centers & Services(Wheelchair rentals, etc.)

• Fee
Regular Ticket:
Adult: 1,000 won
Children: 500 won

Combination Ticket (valid for three months provides entry to Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace, Changgyeonggung Palace, and Jongmyo Shrine):
Adult: 10,000 won
Children: 5,000 won

Free Admission:
Children under 7 yrs. old
Senior Citizens older than 65 yrs. old
Those wearing hanbok
Culture Day (the last Wed. of each month)

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

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Latest 5 reviews of Deoksugung

5 2018-05-24 ksarman
Love It
Something is different here ! The architecture style first, there is 2 building were build on European touch And there is one beautiful museum ! On extra fees of course Second thing, the guard...
3 2018-05-22 Paul B
Nice if spare time
Compared to the other palaces this one has little to offer. As there are just a few buildings where you can walk around and look less impressive compared to others.
3 2018-05-15 Helen S
Nice enough, but shouldn't be a priority
We visited as we had a little time and were in the area. It is cheap to visit, but there isnt much to see compared to the other palaces. The changing of the guard ceremony is fun to watch and there...
5 2018-05-10 vikki1702
Great! Don’t miss the changing of the guards!
Although smaller than the other palaces this place is packed with charm. The changing of the guards happens a few times in the day (I went at 11) and they allow photos up close with them at the end...
5 2018-04-19 Klaithem S
Charming
Deoksungung palace is a must to visit if you come to Seoul. Read little bit of history about the place that it will be easy for you to understand the details when you visit. Wear comfortable dress...