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99 Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul 04519, South Korea
+82 2-771-9951
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This mid-15th-century palace houses the Royal Museum.
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  • Very good46%
  • Average15%
  • Poor1%
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99 Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul 04519, South Korea
+82 2-771-9951
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The exchange of guards are extended up to the external side streets of the palace. You can also enjoy the view from the top of the building (across Deoksugung) on weekends. How to get to Deoksugung Palace (덕수궁) Address: 99, Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul 서울 중구...More

Thank ruffeecola
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We managed to secure tickets for the Secret Garden in Deoksugung on our first day in Seoul and all other days for our Seoul trip was sold out. While the weather forecast was not good, we proceeded on to visit this palace and its garden....More

Thank YP C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The backdrop with leaves etc was dramatic. But there really isn’t anything to see inside the structures and we could only appreciate from the outside. Wish there was more. The changing of the guards was a nice bonus.

1  Thank JavaMama58
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After my 16 hour flight and few hours sleep walking through a new city can be quite daunting but this was the best place I could have ended up the palace and buildings were lovely and there wasn't too many people. I was also there...More

1  Thank Faye G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I plan to go to other palace, but our dinner dragged on until 2pm. This palace seems to be the only one still open (without reservation). The lightning is not good enough so we weren’t able to truly appreciate the palace, but it’s a unique...More

1  Thank Waron S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Changing of the Guards ceremony was quite elaborate and more detailed than that of the larger Gyeongbokgung Palace. Unfortunately, the viewing area was smaller so it was hard to enjoy all the pageantry, drills and musical instruments. The grounds of this palace are adjacent...More

Thank ruth s
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Unless you cannot visit Gyeongbokgung Palace or Changdeokgung Palace, do not bother to visit here, as it is a very small palace.

Thank Felix3105
Reviewed 14 October 2017

Of the five palaces in the heart of Seoul, the Deoksugung is probably the most interesting, even if it's the smallest site. But come at night. It's open until 9:00PM and looks particularly interesting once it's floodlit under the night sky. Some of the pavilion's...More

1  Thank Jarko2015
Reviewed 10 October 2017

Had the opportunity to witness the change of guard. Steep in tradition, the colours were just beautiful to watch. The palace was beautifully built, location was super convenient. A beautiful experience in Seoul.

Thank AhmadDundee
Reviewed 6 October 2017

This palace was very near our hotel and close to City Hall which is one of the most active places on weekends. We strolled the grounds which, while not as impressive as those at other palaces, were pleasant. The Changing of the Guards is colorful...More

Thank Timothy C
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
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Katherine Y
14 November 2016|
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Response from Andrew M | Reviewed this property |
I am assuming that you are in transit at Incheon Airport. It may be best to do a transit tour. Even though they are advertised as free, lunch and entrance fees to attractions are not included. Tours are between 1-5 hours and... More
27 September 2015|
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Response from savvyworldtraveler | Reviewed this property |
Yes & if you get there early & go through the gates & onto the palace grounds, you'll see the guards marching in their colorful costumes through the grounds & through the gate, which is a nice sight in & of itself.
6 September 2015|
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Response from CSpezza | Reviewed this property |
the entrance fee is 1000 won