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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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  • The Changdeokgung Palace is very popular in late March/ early April as the cherry blossoms flourish. The most popular spot is in front of the Secret Garden entrance where visitors pose for photos. The...  more »
  • For me the most beautiful Palace in Seoul. It is less frequented by tourists, the buildings are splendid. Above all, don't miss the secret garden which is the nugget of this Palace. Resourceful and worthy of a postcard setting.
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  • Changdeok Palace was built as an imperial villa for Kyng in 1405. However, burnt down by invaded the Korean peninsula Toyotomi Hideyoshi's invasions of Korea, rebuilt 1615. You can hear the life style of the Joseon Dynasty, quaint and thought as the Palace was not rebuilt or I view Gyeongbokgung was destroyed at the same time for about 270 years used over Palace as the King is one of the longest lived. Here is surprised at the great gate. You can imagine the power of the King. It was 3000 won admission. Through my contact gate from the Changgyeonggung Palace, arrives, so viewing is from the back towards the entrance and it was. This is a very Grand Palace. Also a world heritage site, so please visit.
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  • Beautiful palace with such rich history. And lots and lots to see!!! It’s amazing to think how this place was built. And all the little details that went into each piece. Nothing was too small to over look. And the secret garden tour is a must! From beautiful gardens to ponds to a little retreat area for the king. It’s such a shame that the Japanese saw fit to turn this place into a zoo. Tying to ruin it. But so glad that this place was restored once again despite Japanese efforts.
  • Loved seeing such a historical structure. Dirt paths and weather beaten walls of this temple gave a real feeling of dipping back into the past. The only drawback I felt this place had was the end caps of the roofing was brightly colored and or painted over. I felt this in my opinion slightly ruins the authentic feel of this grand temple.
  • 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 architecture. I went here from one of the free airport layover tours. It was awesome. Definitely recommend.
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