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

Angbuilgu Sundial

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The Angbuilgu Sundial, also referred to as the Hemispheric Sundial, was an important and widely used astronomical scientific device used to tell time. It was invented in 1434 during the 16th year of the reign of King Sejong. It got its name, Angbuilgu, from the pot shape design. It literally means "upward looking kettle that catches the shadow of the sun."

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Chundangji Pond

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Chundangji Pond, located near Daeonsil (Great Greenhouse), consists of two ponds, Daechundangji and the smaller Sochundangji. The smaller of the two was created in 1909 by a process called naenongpo, which involved combining eleven rice paddies.

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Daeonsil (Great Greenhouse)

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Daeonsil (Great Greenhouse) is an enclosed botanical garden that was built in 1909 and features a royal motif roof with a repeated plum design. The design of the greenhouse, which features pointed arches and window frames, is based on the design of The Crystal Palace in London, England.

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Gwandeokjeong Pavilion

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Gwandeokjeong Pavilion, meaning "take advantage by shooting arrows", is a open sided building located near Chundangji Pond and Daeonsil (Great Greenhouse).

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Gyeongchunjeon Hall

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Gyeongchunjeon Hall, next to Hwangyeongjeon, was the sleeping residence of the wife of the deceased king at Changgyeonggung Palace. It was also here where multiple Joseon kings were born.

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Haminjeong Pavilion

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Haminjeong Pavilion was where banquets were held and where the king received high performing civil and military officials at the palace. The name means "the whole world is soaked with the benevolence and virtue of the king."

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Honghwamun Gate

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Honghwamun Gate, first constructed in 1484, is the main gate of Changgyeonggung Palace. It was here were the king received ordinary people and citizens. The design of is quite modest for a royal residence. This reason led to the addition of a pair of sipjagak (bell pavilions) on each side of the structure.

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Hwangyeongjeon Hall

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Hwangyeongjeon Hall, near Gyeongchunjeon Hall, was the sleeping residence for kings, princes, and their wives while they were at Changgyeonggung Palace.

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Jagyeongjeon Site

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The Jagyeongjeon Site, was the location of the residence of the queen mother. It was in built in 1777 by King Jeongjo for his mother, Queen Heongyeong. It is situated at a spot above Changgyeonggung Palace. The hall and its terraced rear garden offered a beautiful views of the surrounding area.

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Myeongjeongjeon Hall And Myeongjeongmun Gate

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Myeongjeongjeon Hall is the main hall of Changgyeonggung Palace. Rebuilt in 1616, it is now the oldest remaining main hall of all the palaces in Seoul. It was originally built in 1484 during the reign of King Seongjong. The modest one story structure is built upon a two tiered woldae, or elevated stone yard This is a common feature of other royal residences.

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Punggidae

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Punggidae is a stone measuring instrument used to detect the speed of wind and the direction it is blowing. Punggidae is decorated with scroll designs and believed to have been constructed sometime in the 18th century.

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Sungmundang Hall

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Sungmundang Hall was used for banquets and conferences. It was here where the king would discuss state affairs with officials and literature with scholars. It is believed that the hall was first built around 1616 under the rule of King Gwanghaegun, who ruled from 1608 to 1623.

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Taesil Shrine

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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.

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Tongmyeongjeon Hall

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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.

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Yanghwadang Hall

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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.

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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) of Changgyeonggung Palace : 37.578849, 126.995730.

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