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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 1014 Traveler)

Latest 5 reviews of Deoksugung

  • Wonderful visit
    I went there after being rather unhappy with a museum visit. This place saved the day as it was a wonderful way to learn about more recent Korean history and understand how things moved there. The...
    Rating:4 Marie Annette K2019-06-23
  • Perfect visit, especially for seniors!
    The palace, directly across the street from the Seoul City Hall and easily accessible using Exit 2 from the metro City Hall stop, is worth a 2 to 3 hour visit -- especially if one is a senior (65...
    Rating:4 Linda K2019-06-20
  • Volunteer guide made it perfect
    A high school student called Esther who is my volunteer guide made the trip perfect. She was able to explain about the different buildings, meaning of motifs and emblems, and story of the Princess...
    Rating:5 Chin712019-06-16
  • Changing of the guards
    We didn’t go inside the palace but watched the lavish and dramatic changing of the guards at 3:30 (I think the other times are 12 and 2pm but check that if going). We get lucky enough to try on free...
    Rating:4 Lottelli2019-06-16
  • Holiday
    We went to Deoksugung. We were very lucky to be escorted by a volunteer guide. He was 16 years old and spoke good English. He took us through the various buildings of the palace and gave us a...
    Rating:5 lonsic2019-06-16
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