Deoksugung Palace 덕수궁
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The facts
*The media facade installation at Deoksugung Palace's Seokjojeon Hall will run until October 27, 2016. Visitors can enjoy the installation during the last week of each month on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 8:15 p.m. and 8:35 p.m. The fee costs 1,000 KRW.

Located at the corner of Seoul's busiest downtown intersection, Deoksugung Palace is famous for its beautiful stonewall road (Jeongdonggil-Road 정동길). It is also known as the only palace with a few western style buildings inside.

There is an interesting old legend saying that if you walk down the Deoksugung stonewall road with your loved one, you two will eventually break up.

During special holidays like Chuseok, there are performances of traditional folk songs and contemporary gugak music.

* Changing of Royal Guards Ceremony
- You can wear Korean tradition clothes in the booth.
- 11:00, 14:00, 15:30 (Closed on Mondays)
- Course: Daehanmun Gate at Deoksugung Palace → Seoul Plaza → Cheonggye Plaza → Gwangtonggyo Bridge → Bosingak Bell

* Free guided tour
- English: Tuesday - Friday at 10:30am (throughout the year)
(Saturdays in Jan/Mar/May/Jul/Sep/Nov at 1:40 pm)
(Sundays in Feb/Apr/Jun/Aug/Oct/Dec at 1:40 pm)
- No tours on holidays

* Last admission is until 1 hour before closing.

*Seokjojeon, which is a Western-style palace built at Deoksugung during the early years of the Korean Empire, reopened in 2014 as the Daehan Empire Historical Museum.
5-1 Jeong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
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Adults: 1,000 KRW
Youths: 500 KRW
Children under age 7 - Free
Seniors (Age 65 or older) - Free
Recent reviews
More enjoyable with
Family 23.53%
Friends 17.65%
Partners 29.41%
Alone 29.41%
Marvi S
I went here with my son to watch the Changing of the Royal Guards and what good in here is you can try to wear a Hanbok for free (5 -10 minutes, depends on the number of people who wanted to try hanbok). We had a peaceful walk inside and there are only few guests inside unlike the other palaces. I enjoyed the place where I am able to took a photo shoot of my korean doll.
Gabriella V
As this palace located not far from Seoul Plaza hotel where I had event, I walked there during Autumn day alone and it was really a peaceful walks. Unlike Gyeongbokgung that swarm with too many tourists, I find myself can really enjoy every palace building and sit at one of the porch for quite sometime. The Palace guard was so nice also let me took picture together with him.
Cristina Marie A
my first and most visited palace in Seoul.. whenever i visit this palace i always enjoy watching the changing of guards ceremony. the palace is smaller than gyeongbokgung but there are many hidden gems in here. best time to visit is during autumn and enjoy strolling around the Deoksugung Doldam-gil.. ^^
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