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This mid-15th-century palace houses the Royal Museum.
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99 Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul 04519, South Korea
Seodaemun
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This palace and the surrounding grounds are much smaller than the nearby Gyeongbokgung Palace but it is still worth a visit if you have an hour or so to spare. We arrived just as the changing of the guard ceremony was starting (11am) which takes...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Since this is the only Seoul palace you can see illuminated at night, we walked through the Seoullo Sky Garden on both ends (blue lights come on) and then over to this palace nearby. It was beautiful to behold at night.

Thank Robin B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was the first temple we visited in Seoul and really enjoyed it. It's a pleasant place to explore and its quiet, given it's located in the centre of the city. The architecture is lovely and tranquil. Do try and come both by day and...More

Thank Hannah75
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I think I might’ve missed the event. I only saw two guards at the gate and they look quiteordered. Enjoyed the visit and it’s nice grounds is that it’s under construction at the moment. Pretty buildings and peaceful

Thank PeterBruceG
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A walk around the old and new buildings of this palace is a perfect escape of the city as well as an education on architecture and art. Please note it is closed on Monday and Tuesdays.

Thank DorsetgirlLondon
Reviewed September 16, 2018

beautiful in fall, if you go to city hall definitely go here! changing of the guard is also very good to watch and they let you take pictures with them :)

Thank FayeLG97
Reviewed September 9, 2018

Didnt go into the Palace , but watched the changing of the guard at 11.00 hrs. Nice to watch with commentary in Korean, English and Chinese and Japanese. Dont panic about trying to get a good close up picture of guards, at the end of...More

Thank Simon H
Reviewed August 18, 2018 via mobile

For a small area the site has a surprisingly large number of interesting building to visit and at night they are beautifully lit.

Thank ewf12
Reviewed August 16, 2018 via mobile

We had a private tour of this site and it was amazing. Beautiful buildings and gardens. The art gallery was the highlight with historical and modern Korean art on display. Nice to see original Korean artworks.

Thank Ian F
Reviewed July 20, 2018 via mobile

It’s smaller than Gyeongbokgung, Changdeokgung, and Changgyeongung but still interesting. The location is near the Seoul City Hall. The most interesting things are the changing guard time and palace festival (usually around May or October). But for the other months, it’s not that worth it...More

Thank MargarethT79
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Seodaemun
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
...More
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Katherine Y
November 13, 2016|
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Response from Andrew M | Reviewed this property |
I am assuming that you are in transit at Incheon Airport. It may be best to do a transit tour. Even though they are advertised as free, lunch and entrance fees to attractions are not included. Tours are between 1-5 hours and... More
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hollerusc
September 26, 2015|
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Response from savvyworldtraveler | Reviewed this property |
Yes & if you get there early & go through the gates & onto the palace grounds, you'll see the guards marching in their colorful costumes through the grounds & through the gate, which is a nice sight in & of itself.
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September 6, 2015|
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Response from CSpezza | Reviewed this property |
the entrance fee is 1000 won
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