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Deoksugung Palace


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]


• Address
100-120  99, Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul  
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• Hours of Operation
09:00 ~ 21:00
(Last admission 1 hour before closing time)
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• 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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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

4 2018-10-17 taitaihk
Interesting palace buildings, lovely tranquil garden
This palace and the surrounding grounds are much smaller than the nearby Gyeongbokgung Palace but it is still worth a visit if you have an hour or so to spare. We arrived just as the changing of the...
4 2018-10-17 Robin B
See this palace at night
Since this is the only Seoul palace you can see illuminated at night, we walked through the Seoullo Sky Garden on both ends (blue lights come on) and then over to this palace nearby. It was...
4 2018-10-07 Hannah75
Enjoyable exploration of this temple complex
This was the first temple we visited in Seoul and really enjoyed it. It's a pleasant place to explore and its quiet, given it's located in the centre of the city. The architecture is lovely and...
4 2018-10-02 PeterBruceG
Was hoping to see the changing of the guards.
I think I might’ve missed the event. I only saw two guards at the gate and they look quiteordered. Enjoyed the visit and it’s nice grounds is that it’s under construction at the moment. Pretty...
4 2018-09-22 DorsetgirlLondon
Old and new meet in perfect alignment
A walk around the old and new buildings of this palace is a perfect escape of the city as well as an education on architecture and art. Please note it is closed on Monday and Tuesdays.