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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  
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City Hall Station (subway line 1) exit 2

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Latest 5 reviews of Deoksugung

  • Cancelled Changing of the Guards
    The scheduled Changing of the Guards was cancelled due to fine dust warning issued by the government. But the whole palace itself is a good attraction to visit.
    평점:5 jaysantosph2019-03-11
  • I liked it here better than...
    ...Gyeongbokgung Palace which I thought to be rather bleak (maybe stark). Then again maybe it was because I was on a tour there, and here I was on my own. Changing of the Guard Ceremony seemed more...
    평점:4 scottofhawaii2019-02-03
  • Nice palace. Well maintained.
    This was our first ‘self’ tour of the Deoksugung Palace. Interestingly the entrance fee was waived for the next few days, we got lucky. We also witnessed a demonstration right outside the palace...
    평점:4 PushExplore2019-02-02
  • Changing Guard Ceremony
    We went Deoksugung Palace to see the changing guard ceremony at 11am ( only 15min ). First we went to the hanbok counter to get the free hanbok. We can choose the hanbok and we can wear it for photo...
    평점:4 TanWidya2019-01-30
  • I thought of the country's lost woes!
    It was a strange feeling because it was deoksugung which had come decades ago. after the emperor Gojong was abandoned by the pressure of japan in the palace history guidbook, he lived here and was...
    평점:5 K L2019-01-18
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