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Changdeokgung Palace, Seoul

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Listed as a World Heritage Site, Changdeokgung Palace represents the main palace of Joseon Dynasty's kings, which shelters lotus ponds, pavilions, and some 300-year-old trees. Established in 1395, the palace compound contains a royal family residence, a public area, and a secret garden, as well as other simplistic elements dating back to the period of Three Kingdoms. Go on a tour to explore the harmonious palace and its halls, which were purposely constructed and designed by implementing feng shui principles and Confucian ideology. You'll also find snack bars, shaded rest areas, and benches here. Make Changdeokgung Palace part of your personalized Seoul itinerary using our Seoul trip builder website .
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  • Although it was cold the place is worth. All activity is outdoor and gives you a clear idea of the life that the emperors and Kings levaban.
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  • Great palace and great museum! Easy to get there and walk around. It is also within a short walking distance from the oldest active Buddhist temple in Seoul.  more »
  • I'm more of the akitoku shrine than Kyng-bokkung was great! More and admire, even in cold weather, as long as the sponsorship is really beautiful. Just go try it!
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  • I enjoyed a lovely afternoon spent touring this palace. I arrived just in time for the English tour- I highly recommend doing a tour, otherwise you will miss out on so much. Learning about the kings and queens who lived here was incredibly fascinating. The gardens were gorgeous and our tour guide was funny and knowledgeable. Come in the fall if you can while the leaves are changing.
  • It's amazing to have two palaces plus a secret garden tucked into the heart of a capital city. If you're interested in history, this is worth a visit. It's worth paying extra to do the secret garden tour. When we visited the garden tour didn't have any guides, which seemed to be the exception. For us, that was more fun as we could explore at our own pace. We didn't want to do this, but many people rented traditional Korean outfits and wore them while exploring the palace.
  • Beautiful and peaceful (at least during the off season). Lovely place to walk through, learn history (English on most of the placards), and appreciate the space of history. I was glad I went the day after visiting the national history museum, as you'll recognize much of what you saw pictures of.
  • History and natural beauty all wrapped in one, made for a wonderful visit. Though the weather was cold (December) the views were still spectacular. The palace is not particularly stroller friendly but a smaller umbrella stroller would be just fine. If you have a chance to visit I highly recommend it.
  • We took the free 5 hour tour from the airport due to long layover. This was a unique and interesting place to see. It was -11° C when we visited so it cut our site seeing time in half. If it was warmer, we would have walked around a lot more to take in the beautiful views

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