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Address: 99 Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul 04519, South Korea
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09:00 - 21:00
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This mid-15th-century palace houses the Royal Museum.

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This is one of the most interesting Palace I have visited. History of it is good but the traditional and modern buildings within Deoksugung is more interesting. It shows how South... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is one of the most interesting Palace I have visited. History of it is good but the traditional and modern buildings within Deoksugung is more interesting. It shows how South Korea slowly learning from the western culture. Interesting place!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I stayed in The Plaza Hotel so it is very easy for me to reach this palace. The buildings are well preserved and incredibly beautiful, exactly like what you see on the dramas or movies. Definitely clean and tidy in every corner of the complex. Too bad I only spent less than 1 hour in this place. I will advice... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was the last of the palaces I visited on the combination ticket. And I think only the changing of the guard ceremony was good. They have a few timings per day, so do check the schedule and watch it. Quite worth the spectacle. We caught the 3:30pm one. As we were early, we managed to join in the ceremony... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As I have done most of the palaces, this one didn't have anything special, no must see factor until I went round the Historical Museum. This was the tick in the box for this Palace. The w1000 also includes the museum, and if you want to walk round head over as soon as you arrive and get yourself on a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice collection of palaces, both ancient and modern, eastern and western. Quite small compared to other palaces, but well worth visiting as so unique, making great photographic juxtapositions. If visiting on the weekend, go up to Jeonddong Observatory beforehand so as to get a birdseye view in advance.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The only opened palace when we were there. You can see the difference between the old and new korea when you are in this place.

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Westland, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This palace is downtown across from city hall. They have a changing of the guard twice a day...don't miss it

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

While this palace doesn't have the sprawling grounds of some of the others - it is stunning. The lawns are so well-manicured, and the mixture of the architecture styles is quite interesting to see. Some of the more "European" style buildings were constructed on the palace grounds during the Japanese occupation I believe. there is also a small annex of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Being the "smallest one" among the four palaces I got to in Seoul (not sure how it compares in size with Gyeonghuigung which is the only one that I didn't get to among Seoul's five palaces), this is not a palace like Gyeongbokgung which is kind of "a world of its own" with its huge grounds where you'll get an... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

Recommended for families and couples who do not like shopping. Great place to learn about korea culture and history while taking in the scenic views.

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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 in particular is a beautiful place for a stroll in spring and autumn.
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