Changdeokgung Palace

Changdeokgung Palace, Seoul: Hours, Address, Changdeokgung Palace Reviews: 4.5/5

Changdeokgung Palace
4.5
Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings • Gardens
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
This 600-year-old UNESCO World Heritage Site is the city's jewel. It's as famous for its outstanding architectural details as for its verdant and expansive gardens.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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The area
Address
Neighbourhood: Waryong-dong
How to get there
  • Anguk • 9 min walk
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Vicky Silve
Abbadia Lariana, Italy419 contributions
Apr. 2021
Again, this palace is not genuine, it has been rebuilt back in 1600, but it’s well-conserved and enjoyable, with its relaxing gardens!
Written 4 December 2021
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db7477
Carlsbad, CA2,286 contributions
Nov. 2021 • Business
This is an absolute Seoul MUST! The views back into downtown are surreal. The palace complex is simply fascinating. Somehow, even as a visitor, I found myself fantasizing that I was the emperor… it looks like good work if you can get it… otherwise, it’s not so good.
Written 22 November 2021
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Chris Ruggaluffagus
Yorktown, VA268 contributions
Mar. 2021 • Friends
I definitely enjoyed this palace the most of all the palaces in Seoul. What makes this one unique... the Secret Garden.

Although this was the secondary palace of Gyeongbokung it’s landscaping along with with its design make it stand out above the rest.

Small fee to get inside, additional fee for secret garden. No tours currently because of COVID-19. Definitely recommend you get the Royal Palace Pass for 10,000₩. The pass grants admission to 4 palaces and a shrine.
Written 24 April 2021
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Jeremy Y
Saint-Claude, Guadeloupe96 contributions
Feb. 2021
I really loved the feel of this palace, like a haven of peace in the heart of the busy city. It is really beautiful. Because of Covid there was no guided tour or audio guide available but it is still worth the trip.
The only negative thing is I had to get a second ticket to visit the secret garden. It is a a bit a shame that you can’t buy a combo ticket
Written 14 February 2021
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CanisHan
Seoul, South Korea20,240 contributions
Dec. 2020
C ( 20.12.09 )
This palace was one of beautiful palace in Seoul. This palace was very beautiful and could feel about Choseon royal family's atmosphere. There had many beautiful architecture of Choseon that was Korea's dynasty. I didn't understand why Chandeokgung and Changyeonggung's entrance fee paid separately, but it was certain that there was very beautiful.
Written 13 December 2020
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Yeonju Lee
Seoul, South Korea7 contributions
Jan. 2020
I took my friend here when they came to visit Korea. And as a local, I would say this is a must-see place for all travelers who come to Seoul, where you can have the experience of wearing traditional attire and walk around the palace like a prince or prince in the old times.
Written 3 December 2020
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Andy. T
Birmingham, UK102 contributions
Nov. 2020 • Couples
They certainly knew how to live in the olden days. Well if you were a nobleman that is. Love the architecture.
Written 21 November 2020
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Thomas M
Des Moines, IA209 contributions
Dec. 2019
This palace was visually stunning. The Huwon tour (Secret Garden) was awesome. I visited in December, and there was an otherworldly quality walking through the garden with ice on the ponds and a chill in the air. I can't wait do take this tour again in the spring or summer.
Written 6 July 2020
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chuljanggirl
Gumi, South Korea2 contributions
Dec. 2019
I think this palace is so gorgeous and beautiful palace.
Of course, the significance is somewhat worse than Gyeongbokgung (in my opinion) but the gorgeousness was better.
The experiences were so great!
Written 2 June 2020
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TravelerTrecker
Houston654 contributions
Sep. 2019
My sister had previously traveled to Seoul and she told me that to her, the Changdeokgung palace was the most impressive one of all palaces in Seoul. Yes, I agree. It is second in size after its neighbor the Gyenongbokgung palace, the main palace. It is a secondary palace that was used as the main palace at times of disaster or war. As mentioned before, the main palace was Gyenongbokgung.

Changdeokgung is also a fully restored palace. The palace was destroyed by the Japanese at the beginning of the XX century during the occupation of Korea. Japan wanted to get rid of any vestige of Korean culture. The palace is very well restored. The main hall is monumental. The palace buildings are lovely and have a more disorganized distribution when compared with the order of the Gyenongbokgung palace. The lack of order makes it charming; in some areas you will feel that you are walking through a labyrinth that surprises you at every corner. The colors of the walls and roof are phenomenal! One of the buildings preserves its original blue color roof; it is a very dark, shiny blue that is unique of Korea! There are many places where you can take pictures and relax under the shade.

You need approximately 2 hours to visit the palace. Once you finish, go to the secret gardens. The secret gardens belong to this palace; however, the entrance is separate and you need a different ticket. I recommend to buy the ticket that covers the 4 palaces of the Joseon dinasty, the garden, and the Jongmyo santuary. It is very cheap!

The place is very well labeled. I do not recommend tours to visit this place. You need to have time to enjoy it. You need freedom to enjoy it.

Visit the palace in a sunny day. Colors are spectacular; most of the visit is outdoors.
Written 19 April 2020
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