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A luxurious ancient palace within a metropolis, Deoksugung represents one of Seoul's five great Joseon dynasty palaces, and the only one combining traditional Korean architecture and Western-style buildings. A walled compound surrounded by modern skyscrapers, the palace features an impressive entrance gate and pointed-eave pavilion roofs. Cross the royal bridge and explore luxurious pavilions, whose intricately ornamented ceilings feature gilded carvings of dragons. If your timing is right, observe a colorfully costumed changing of the guard in the main courtyard. Architectural layers ranging from the 15th century to the 1900 Jeonggwanheon modernist building--the emperor's favorite coffee place-make this palace a perfect setting for the national art museum on site. Put Deoksugung on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Seoul online trip planner .
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  • I really liked this palace. Not as well known as the others but deserves two visits. First, the afternoon changing of the guards is fun to watch and you can stand right next to the guards. Second, thi...  more »
  • The area is not so large compared to Gyeongbokpalace and Changdeku Palace, but the buildings in the Royal Palace are arranged compactly, so you can see them in a short time. It is located along the main street leading from Seoul Station to Gyeongbokgung Palace, so it is recommended to stop by for a walk around the city.
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  • Beautiful beautiful palace. Continued restoration and recovery work makes this place even more meaningful. You can see change of the guards at specific times. Also walk along the stone wall outside of the place is wonderful activity to do.
  • Very nice place to visit. Very beautiful and with interesting history. And there are nice restaurants just in front.
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