Changdeokgung Palace, Seoul
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Address: 99 Yulgok-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Ticket Price: 3000 KRW
Time Required: 01:30 Hrs
Timings: 09:00 am - 06:30 pm Details
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About Changdeokgung Palace, Seoul
Built in 1405, this palace has been the principal residence off many kings from the Joseon dynasty. The marriage of nature and architecture is a stunning sight at this palace. Many of the buildings here are hand painted. This palace was once burned down in 1592 when an angry mob vented its frustration over the absconding king during the Japanese invasion. Perhaps the most well known part of this palace is the Huwon or secret garden that was built during the reign of King Taejong. It is surrounded by gorgeous trees and fountains and is absolutely heavenly in all seasons, especially autumn.
The palace was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage in 1997 and since then its popularity has only soared. Wear comfortable shoes as visiting this palace involves a lot of exploring!
Changdeokgung Palace Information
- Online or on-site reservations (on a first-come, first served basis) are required for the Huwon Tour (Secret Garden area).
Changdeokgung Palace Ticket Prices
- Adults (ages 25-64): 3,000 won / Group (over 10): 2,400 won
- Children and Teenagers (ages 24 and under): Free
Huwon Tour (Secret Garden)
- Adults (ages 19 and over): 5,000 won
- Children and Teenagers (ages 7-18): 2,500 won
- To participate in the Huwon tour, both regular admission (3,000 won) and admission to Huwon (5,000 won) must be purchased.
- Seniors are required to purchase tickets to enter Huwon.
- The following people may enter free of charge: Children (age 6 & below), people with disabilities.
- Adults (ages 19-64): Regular 3,000 won / Huwon 5,000 won
- Children and Teenagers (ages 18 and under): Regular 1,500 won / Huwon 2,500 won
- Group (over 10): 20% discount offered for regular tickets only.
- Integrated admission is also available and may be purchased separately.
Changdeokgung Palace Opening and Closing Hours
- Last admission: 1 hour before closing.
- Huwon Course (Guided Tour only)
How To reach Changdeokgung Palace by Public Transport
- Nearest Subway: Anguk
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Changdeokgung Palace, Seoul Reviews
It's amazing to have two palaces plus a secret garden tucked into the heart of a capital city. If you're interested in history, this is worth a visit. It's worth paying extra to do the secret garden tour. When we visited the garden tour didn't have any guides, which seemed to be the exception. For us, that was more fun as we could explore at our own pace. We didn't want to do this, but many people rented traditional Korean outfits and wore them while exploring the palace.
I enjoyed a lovely afternoon spent touring this palace. I arrived just in time for the English tour- I highly recommend doing a tour, otherwise you will miss out on so much. Learning about the kings and queens who lived here was incredibly fascinating. The gardens were gorgeous and our tour guide was funny and knowledgeable. Come in the fall if you can while the leaves are changing.
Lot of history. Weather was very cold 38 F - 3C . Requires lot of walking. ~ 2-3 hours required. Also visited Secret Garden guide walking tour. Worth visiting in Spring or Summer so you can see flowers.
History and natural beauty all wrapped in one, made for a wonderful visit. Though the weather was cold (December) the views were still spectacular. The palace is not particularly stroller friendly but a smaller umbrella stroller would be just fine. If you have a chance to visit I highly recommend it.
Beautiful and peaceful (at least during the off season). Lovely place to walk through, learn history (English on most of the placards), and appreciate the space of history. I was glad I went the day after visiting the national history museum, as you'll recognize much of what you saw pictures of.