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This mid-15th-century palace houses the Royal Museum.
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99 Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul 04519, South Korea
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Deoksugung is the only palace in Seoul where you can experience being a Royal Palace Chief Gatekeeper and take an active part in the Changing of Royal Guards Ceremony (not just as a spectator). Unlike other palaces, you can also enter the palace grounds at...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Changing of the guards was interesting! Like a short theatre production. Interesting history and buildings. Didn't stay long but unfortunately to walk around. Probably would have leqrnedy more if we rented audio guides or took one of the scheduled free tours.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is probably the smallest palace in Seoul. But what you go there for is the changing of the royal guard ceremony. It happens right outside the gate so it's free. The ceremony takes place every 11am, 2pm, and 3:30pm. Be there 10-15 minutes before...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank angeltespinosa
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This palace is very easy to get to from the Seoul metro. Changing of the guard is scheduled several times a day. The guards pose with the tourists after the ceremony. Open and main building are lit at night. Grounds have beautiful trees and walking...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank hermosamary
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I liked Deoksugung the least of Seoul's five grand palaces. That's because its myriad buildings present a mishmash of neoclassical Western and traditional Korean architectural styles. A palace since 1593, Deoksugung took on a new look in the early 1900s when King Gojong instituted a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 4 November 2018

Make sure to include this in your itinerary. Walking through the palace corridors, absorbing the rich history and imagining being there as well.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank ron d
Reviewed 29 October 2018

This place is huge and take your own time in exploring these palace grounds. Good for a leisurely walk. It has many Palace buildings and a beautiful Garden.

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Mornings6
Reviewed 28 October 2018

I was walking by so I stopped in. Nice buildings and grounds and a very low entry fee. I was fortunate to see the changing of the guard on my exit.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank andrab570
Reviewed 23 October 2018 via mobile

The Palace ground is huge where the palaces of each dynasty are spread over the whole area with the rock walls. interesting history of the palace and also the nice change-of-guards ceremony at the main gate. Good place to visit if one goes for a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Kairos_75
Reviewed 18 October 2018 via mobile

This palace and the surrounding grounds are much smaller than the nearby Gyeongbokgung Palace but it is still worth a visit if you have an hour or so to spare. We arrived just as the changing of the guard ceremony was starting (11am) which takes...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Katherine Y
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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