Changgyeonggung Palace

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Changgyeonggung Palace covered in snow during the winter

Changgyeonggung Palace covered in snow during the winter

Know Before You Go

Admission is included with the Integrated Ticket Of Palaces.

Closed on Mondays

Changgyeonggung Palace is a royal residence located in the heart of Seoul that was built for King Taejong. In 1418, King Sejong built a royal residence for his father, King Taejong. It was known as Suganggung. In 1483, King Seongjong built a palace for three dowager queens and renamed it to Changgyeonggung Palace. Along with Changdeokgung, both were together known as Donggwol, or the East Palace. Both shared the rear garden.

Nearby Gyeongbokgung Palace was built in accordance with strict royal principles regarding its design.

Changgyeonggung was built with a more liberal design. It faces south, like other royal residences, but the main building faces Hamchunwon garden and Mount Naksan in the east which was rare.

A lack of living space at Changdeokgung forced Changgyeonggung to be used for residential purposes. Many attendants, princesses, and concubines lived on the grounds here.

Honghwamun Gate at Changgyeonggung Palace

Honghwamun Gate

Changgyeonggung Palace was destroyed by fire during the Japanese invasion in 1592.

In 1616, it was rebuilt and restored starting with Myeongjeongjeon Hall, Myeongjeongmun Gate, and Honghwamun Gate. These strucutres are the oldest remaining buildings here.

Myeongjeongjeon Hall at Changgyeonggung Palace in Seoul

Myeongjeongjeon Hall

During the 1800s, life at the here was peaceful. The complex was crowded with royal wives, concubines, residences, government offices, and gardens. This harmonious time was depicted in a painting know as Donggwoldo.

During the Japanese occupation of Korea from 1910-1945, Changgyeonggung was known as Changgyeonggungwon (Changgyeong Garden). It was converted from a beautiful royal palaces into a resort with a zoo and botanical garden.

In 1983, the government of Korea removed the zoo and began work to restore the palace to its original appearance and beauty. The work still continues to this day.



Sights

Taesil Shrine Thumb

TAESIL SHRINE

Taesil are shrines which stored the placenta and
umbilical cords of the children of the royal family.
Next to the shrine is an inscribed stone tablet with a
story about the placenta of King Seongjong. This stone
tablet is known as a taesilbi. These shrines are found
at many locations all around Korea. Read More
Tongmyeongjeon Hall Thumb

TONGMYEONGJEON HALL

Tongmyeongjeon Hall, next to Yanghwadang Hall, served as
the residential quarters for the king and queen at
Changgyeonggung Palace. It was built in 1484. The
building has been destroyed and rebuilt many times over
the years, most recently in 1833. Read More
Yanghwadang Hall Thumb

YANGHWADANG HALL

Yanghwadang Hall, next to Tongmyeongjeon, was the
residential quarters of the dowager queen or widow of
the king. During the second Manchu invasion of Korea,
King Injo took refuge here. The invasion occurred in
1636 when the Qing Empire of China invaded the Joseon
Dynasty. Read More

Directions

  • Take Subway Line 4 to Hyehwa Station (Exit 4).

Hours

  • April-October : 9:00-18:30
    November and March : 9:00-17:30
    December-February : 9:00-17:00
    Ticket office closes 1 hour before closing time.
    Guided Tours in English are at 11:00 and 16:00.
    Closed on Mondays

Fees

Map

  • GPS Coordinates (Longitude and Latitude) : 37.578849, 126.995730.
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