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Changdeokgung Palace

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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.
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99, Yulgok-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03072, South Korea
+82 2-762-8261
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Reviewed yesterday

One of the best place to visit in Seoul whilst you are in South Korea. Visiting this Changdeokgung Palace gives you a nostalgic taste and sights of how Korean Palace in the past looks like with the special carvings on the layers of roof tops....More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Wiston T
Reviewed yesterday

I visit during peak autumn and bought a secret garden entrance ticket..to my expectation, its was worth the money! the scenery was extremely stunning! you can see the leaves from green, yellow, red and dark red scattered around the palace and the architecture is also...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Emerlynn
Reviewed 2 days ago

The history of this place is incredible. It is massive and we had a wonderful English language tour that gave us some extensive information on how the royals lived over the centuries. It is hard to believe that the palace was occupied until only 30...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Marietta P
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Seoul has a few royal palaces. Changdeokgung was in use far into the 20th century. The thing with these palaces is; once you have seen one, you have pretty much seen them all. When you visit Seoul for the first time I certainly wouldn’t recommend...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank hankido
Reviewed 3 days ago

This place was really cool - but would have appreciated it more if there were less people around! It was nice seeing an actual palace and the place was really huge! We only stayed here less than an hour because we had to return our...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank hazelriv
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Wonderful palace with much to see and do, and with a multitude of photo opportunities. Beautifully kept grounds.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank harriskirrie
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I think palaces at South Korea are just average. We wanted to go to the secret garden but didn’t know you have to buy the tickets no later than 20 mins before the tour starts. There’s also no food & I was starving.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank LC888
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You need to go with the free guided tour they provided, otherwise I don’t think you will enjoy it that much. The structure looks practically the same and there are so many small doors leading to small streets that you may get lost in it....More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank alinelunardy
Reviewed 1 week ago

This palace is highly recommended to visit in Korea. However, my family and I found nothing special about the visit since all structures look alike and tourists cannot go inside the palace except hanging around the areas outside.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank yapsiohboon
Reviewed 1 week ago

Feel the uniqueness of beauty in Korea that does not seek glamor. Did you ever know the greatness of the Republic of Korea, which has never invaded other nations and has maintained a single nation for more than 5,000 years, despite constant foreign invasions?

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank IKPark70
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December 17, 2018|
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Response from IllTryAnythingTwice1 | Reviewed this property |
hello! just purchase tickets at the entrance. that's the easiest and most efficient way to do it. and, if you are running late (or early) you have no problem! I hope this was helpful for you.
December 17, 2018|
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Response from alzahrani_tg | Reviewed this property |
I didn't notice any changing or if there is any change
November 19, 2018|
Response from LarsSoholm | Reviewed this property |
Yes, they are everywhere. I think I saw one just across the street from the entrance.