Changdeokgung Palace

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Injeongjeon, the main hall of Changdeokgung Palace

Injeongjeon, the main hall of Changdeokgung Palace

Know Before You Go

General admission ticket does not include the Huwon secret rear garden.

Changdeokgung, and the rear garden, is included with the Integrated Ticket Of Palaces.

Changdeokgung Palace is a grand royal residence located east of Gyeongbokgung Palace, in Jongno-gu. Changdeokgung is the best preserved of the remaining Joseon palaces in Seoul.

Construction began in 1405 during the reign of King Taejong. and was completed in 1412. Gyeongbokgung was located in the west. Changdeokgung, along with Changgyeonggung Palace, were located in the east and therefore they were known as the “East Palace”.

Huwon Secret Garden at Changdeokgung Palace

Huwon Secret Garden

The grounds consists of a public area, residential building for the royal family, and a large rear garden.

Buildings are laid out in perfect harmony with the mountains and other natural surroundings. This dissymmetric type of design is unique to Korea and has influenced the layout of other royal residences.

A number of kings resided here until it was burnt down and destroyed in 1592 during the Japanese invasion of Korea. Around 1610, reconstruction was started by King Gwanghaegun with help from King Seonjo. In 1623, it was destroyed yet again during political revolts. It was reconstructed 24 years later in 1647.

Architecture seen at Changdeokgung Palace

One of the many beautiful views

Changdeokgung served as the main royal residence of Seoul for 270 years. Sunjong, the last emperor of Korea, lived here until his death in 1926.

Along with the rear garden, Changdeokgung has been damaged, rebuilt, and replaced throughout its history but still remains one of the best preserved examples of Korean palatial architecture.

Changdeokgung became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997.

The view through one of the many gates at Changdeokgung Palace

The view through one of the many gates at Changdeokgung Palace




Sights

Changdeokgung Chinese Juniper

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Donhwamun Gate

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Gwolnaegaksa

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Huijeongdang Hall

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Huwon Secret Garden

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Injeongjeon Hall And Injeongmun Gate

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Jinseonmun Gate

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Nakseonjae Complex

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Seonjeongjeon Hall And Seonjeongmun Gate

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Seonwonjeon Hall

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Directions

  • Option 1
    Take Subway Line 1, Line 3, or Line 5 to Jongno 3-ga Station (Exit 6).

    Option 2
    Take Subway Line 3 to Anguk Station (Exit 3).

Hours

  • April-October : 9:00-18:30
    December-February : 9:00-17:00
    November and March : 9:00-17:30
    Ticket office closes 1 hour before closing time.

    Guided Tours in English are at 10:30 and 14:30.

    Guided Tours in English of the garden are at 11:30 and 14:30. This tour takes about 1 hour, 30 minutes.

    Closed on Mondays.

Fees

  • Palace
    Adult : 3,000
    Child : 1,500

    Biwon Secret Garden
    Adult : 5,000
    Child : 2,500

    This palace and garden are included with the Integrated Ticket Of Palaces.

Map

  • GPS Coordinates (Longitude and Latitude) of Changdeokgung Palace : 37.57800, 126.99006.

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