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Address: 99 Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul 04519, South Korea
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09:00 - 21:00
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This mid-15th-century palace houses the Royal Museum.

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Pretty little palace.

Went to this palace as part of a half day tour. Really quaint and pretty Beautiful structures with colorful roofs. At 11 am They do a changing of the guards I likes this visit a... read more

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Went to this palace as part of a half day tour. Really quaint and pretty Beautiful structures with colorful roofs. At 11 am They do a changing of the guards I likes this visit a lot. But don't do a tour , read up on it and take your time. The grounds are beautiful.

Thank angelina1813
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We stopped by to see the elaborate changing of the guard ceremony and have a tip. View from the street side of the roped square for best pictures without commercial store or kiosks in the background. You will also be able to get a better shot of the drummer and get in the square when the ropes are let down... More 

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Jerusalem, Israel
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice temple although not the nicest in Seole. I loved the arcitecture construction. Around all places in the center of the city.

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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Another beautiful palace where we happen to came across a reenactment of a Korean coronation ceremony. The grounds are very pretty too.

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Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Deoksugung has a different character compared to the other well-known Korean palaces like Gyeongbukgung or Changdeokgung. For me, this is mostly because of the mix of Eastern buildings next to Western buildings which are greatly influenced by neoclassical architectural styles. Deoksugung is also softer and feels less imposing than Gyeongbukgung, possibly due to the less extensive grounds. I visited Deoksugung... More 

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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We really enjoyed the free one hour drumming performance, and we're lucky to catch the end of the changing of the guard, which happened around 11.30.

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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'm not sure why it's listed as a separate attraction since it's part of the palace, one of many buildings in the palace. The buildings are replicas and are empty. The story we were given is that they are afraid that if they furnish the place, the furniture could be used as weapons.

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Leuven, Belgium
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Deoksugung palace is one of the five grand palaces built by the kings of the Joseon Dynasty. This palace is smaller than for instance Changdeokgung Palace or Gyeongbok Palace, but really worth a visit. Entrance tickets are really cheap and the buildings on the palace grounds are an interesting mixture of Korean and Eastern style buildings. The Deoksugung palace is... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I decided to visit this palace quite last minute and was impressed by the architecture inside it (East meets West). The change of guard ceremony was a lot more impressive than the one at Gyeongbokgung Palace. Don't miss it!

Thank shpesft
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a lovely, well maintained palace & grounds. You can easily spend a couple of hours walking around, looking at the different buildings as the grounds are large. Very serene and peaceful even though it's in the city centre. I went early in the morning and avoided the crowds so got some great photos.

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Walk within this area, centered on what used to be the western gate of traditional Seoul, and you'll get a glimpse of Korea’s past through the beautiful and historic buildings that are scattered throughout. Whether wandering around Deoksugung’s palace walls or touring more historically somber sites such as Seodaemun Prison, this is one of the best places for culture, architecture, and history lovers. Jeongdong in particular is a beautiful place for a stroll in spring and autumn.
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