Deoksugung Palace

Attraction 99 Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul 100-120, South Korea Published on: 03-12-2015

2 hours
09:00 AM - 09:00 PM
09:30 AM
11:30 AM
First-time visit
Must see
Temple & Monument
0.90 USD

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Deoksugung Palace is a walled compound of palaces in Seoul that was inhabited by various Korean royalties until the colonial period around the turn of the 20th century

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Why Deoksugung Palace is special ?

Deoksugung, also known as Gyeongun-gung, Deoksugung Palace, or Deoksu Palace, is a walled compound of palaces in Seoul that was inhabited by various Korean royalties until the colonial period around the turn of the 20th century. It is one of the "Five Grand Palaces" built by the kings of the Joseon Dynasty. The buildings are of varying construction, including some of natural cryptomeria wood[citation needed]), painted wood, and stucco. Some buildings were built in Western style.

In addition to the traditional palace buildings, there are also forested gardens, a statue of King Sejong the Great and the National Museum of Art, which holds special exhibitions. The palace is located near the City Hall Station.

Deoksugung, like the other "Five Grand Palaces" in Seoul, was intentionally heavily destroyed during the colonial period of Korea. Currently, only one third of the structures that were standing before the occupation remain.

Deoksugung Palace is special among Korean palaces. It has a modern and a western style garden and fountain. The Changing of the Royal Guard is in front of Daehanmun (Gate). It is a very popular event for many visitors. The royal guard was responsible for opening and closing the palace gate during the Joseon Dynasty. Outside of the palace is a picturesque road with a stone wall.


What to explore at Deoksugung Palace?

Upon entering Deoksugung Palace and Daehanmun, visitors will cross the wide bridge of Geumcheon. The king's carriage would pass over this bridge during ancient times. The Beopjeon Building Junghwajeon is very stately, revealing its long history. The Jeukjodang Building received its name from Gwanghaegun and In-Jo, who both ascended to the throne here. The front sign on Jeukjodang was written personally by Go Jong in 1905 after he became king. Hamnyeongjeon was where Go Jong slept, and Hamnyeong was named so to wish Go Jong lasting peace. The East Wing served as the king’s room, and the west wing was for the queen. Jeonggwan Heon was the first western style building built in the palace, completed in 1900. Go Jong enjoyed drinking coffee and spending his free time here. The back of the building had secret passageways to the Russian Emissary, which still exist today.


How to get to Deoksugung Palace?


City Hall Station (Seoul Subway Line 1, 2), Exit 2.

Selling points

  • Changing Guard and Palace sightseeing, Amazing
  • Nice Small Hidden Palace
  • Ancient Palace in Pleasant Gardens
  • Attractive park with beautiful landscape
  • Nice silent park in a hectic city

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1.0 day
6.40 USD
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99 Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul 100-120, South Korea

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Tips for you

  • With its mix of Western and Korean buildings from the late 19th and early 20th century, the nearby Jeongdong neighborhood is a lovely area to walk around.
    Things to do
  • This palace offers facilities for the Handicapped including entrance and restroom for people with disabilities, wheelchair ramp.
  • You should not bring your pets into the palace.
    What to bring
  • You should ask permission if you want to take photograph.
  • You should not write anything on the wall of this palace
  • Last admission is one hour before closing so you should visit earlier.
  • There's a Korean superstition that says if you walk down along Jeongdong road by Deoksugung's stone wall, you and your lover will eventually break up.
  • You should keep eyes on your children to avoid getting lost.
  • The official website is great site for more detailed information, so you visit it before your trip to the palace.
  • Youth (ages 7 - 18) 500 won / Group 400 won (over 10 people)
    Ticket and Pricing


FourSquare View more

deoksu palace is a good place to understand the life of the royal family in korea before 19th century and after. it's a great place holding a traditional concert every first saturday of the month

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I love the coziness that Deoksugung palace gives you. It's in the heart of the city but still peaceful and enjoyable if you want to get away from the busy city life. It also has old western style buildings in the back of the palace, very unique! +The guard cermony is a daily thing so you just have to time it right(mothing spectacular for me) + Cheap! +Depending on the season and time of the day this can be amazing! In April you can see beautiful cherry blossom! In summer you can experience some kind of festival. In winter if you are very lucky you can experience the palace covered in snow! (Rare) Go in the evening and you can experience more of its mystique when it's lit up! Also you have the city background that gives it a nice atmosphere. - If you go on the wrog day it is not that great.

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