Changdeokgung Palace

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  • Address: 99 Yulgok-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Timings: 09:00 am - 06:30 pm Details
  • Phone: +82-27628261
  • Ticket Price: 3000 KRW
  • Time Required: 01:30 Hrs
  • Tags: Palace, Family And Kids, Architecture

Changdeokgung Palace - Review

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! Also, visit the popular attractions in the city by following Seoul Itinerary 5 Days.

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.

Foreign Visitors

  • 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 Address: 99 Yulgok-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Changdeokgung Palace Contact Number: +82-27628261
  • Changdeokgung Palace Timing: 09:00 am - 06:30 pm
  • Changdeokgung Palace Price: 3000 KRW
  • Time required to visit Changdeokgung Palace: 01:30 Hrs
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Things to Know Before Visiting Changdeokgung Palace

  • 95% of people who visit Seoul include Changdeokgung Palace in their plan

  • 35.23% of people start their Changdeokgung Palace visit around 09 AM - 10 AM

  • People usually take around 1 Hr 30 Minutes to see Changdeokgung Palace

Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

75.4% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Changdeokgung Palace

People normally club together Gyeongbokgung Palace and N Seoul Tower while planning their visit to Changdeokgung Palace.

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Changdeokgung Palace, Seoul Reviews

  • Really great place. But be prepared to spend a lot of time. This place is massive. There is an entry fee but if you are into cosplaying you can rent traditional Korean outfit (don not get the shoulders, super uncomfortable) and then you get in for free. You still need to pay (5000won) to enter The Secret Garden. You can book guide in different languages. Overall a place worth visiting!!!

  • This is my most favorite palace among all in Seoul. So beautiful and serene. The buildings are colorful and it also has Huwon Secret Garden. Our local guide was a junior high student who explained a lot of details regarding the palace so it helped me so much in understanding the palace.

  • Stepping unto the grounds surrounding Changdeokgung Palace will make you feel as if you have been transported back in time. I would suggest getting to the Palace earlier during your day, so as not to be surrounded by too many tourists and visitors. That way, you can immerse yourself in the calm environment and feel a sense of ease and serenity. It will just be you, the palace, and the few birds singing in the distance.

  • Beautiful palace with such rich history. And lots and lots to see!!! It’s amazing to think how this place was built. And all the little details that went into each piece. Nothing was too small to over look. And the secret garden tour is a must! From beautiful gardens to ponds to a little retreat area for the king. It’s such a shame that the Japanese saw fit to turn this place into a zoo. Tying to ruin it. But so glad that this place was restored once again despite Japanese efforts.

  • Another must see. In the perfect district for a day trip. Changdeokgung Palace, The Secret Garden and down the road is the Jongmyo Shrine. If you have any energy left, take a stroll through Insadon on your way home. Will not be disappointed.

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