Deoksugung Palace - Changing of the Roya

Deoksugung Palace 덕수궁

서울특별시 중구 세종대로 99 (정동) | 99 Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul

Deoksugung Palace - Opening Hours

9:00-21:00

Last admission: 1 hr before closing.

Closed on Mondays.

  • Changing of the Royal Guards Ceremony -11:00, 14:00, 15:30.

  • Ceremony Route - Daehanmun Gate at Deoksugung Palace → Seoul Plaza → Cheonggye Plaza → Gwangtonggyo Bridge → Bosingak Bell. 

  • Free Guided Tours (1 hr) - English (Tue-Sun) - 10:45, 13:30 | Chinese (Tue-Sun) - 10:00, 14:30 | No tours on holidays.

  • Bosingak Bell Ringing Ceremony takes place at 12:00.

Deoksugung Palace - Admission Fees

Adult (age 19-64): 1,000 won, Child (age 7-18): 500 won, Child (under 7) / Senior (above 64) / Wearing Hanbok (traditional korean clothes) / Culture day (last Wednesdays of every month): Free
Combination Ticket - Adult: 10,000 won, child: 5,000 won to 4 palaces (Changdeokgung with Secret Garden, Changgyeonggung, Deoksugung, Gyeongbokgung) and Jongmyo Shrine. 3 months validity.

  • City Hall Station (line 1/2, exit 1/2/12). 2 mins walk.

How to go to Deoksugung Palace
Deoksugung Palace - Official Website

Deoksugung Palace is the smallest of the five palaces in Seoul.

 

It is the final residence of King Gojong, the last King of the Joseon Dynasty and the first Emperor of Korea.

Deoksugung Palace
Deoksugung Palace
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History of Deoksugung Palace

Started as Jeongneungdong Temporary Palace, the place was first used by King Seonjo, the 14th King of the Joseon Dynasty.

 

It was renamed as Gyeongungung Palace when Prince Gwanghae moved in.

Deoksugung Palace - Aerial View
Deoksugung Palace - Buildings
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When the 26th King, King Gojong moved in, he added the Hwangudan Altar and other buildings, expanding the palace to three times the size of today's palace. Many western style buildings were constructed and equipped with western products. It was proclaimed as the Imperial Palace.

Deoksugung Palace - Palace Ground
Deoksugung Palace - Palace Ground
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When King Gojong was forced to abdicate the throne in 1907, Gyeongungung Palace was renamed as Deoksugung Palace. The name Deoksugung Palace means 'Palace of virtue and longevity' in the spirit of praying for long life for Emperor Gojong.

Western Style Buildings

Of which, Jeonggwanheon Hall was designed by a Russian Architect, presenting an unique architecture in a Korean Palace.

The huge western-style building, Seokjojeon Hall, now a "Daehan Empire History Museum", used to have a reception hall, dining hall, bedrooms and a study for the imperial family.

Jeonggwanheon Hall
Jeonggwanheon Hall
Seokjojeon Hall
Seokjojeon Hall

Junghwajeon Hall & Junghwamun Gate

Junghwajeon Hall is the main hall of Deoksugung Palace where state affairs where conducted. Junghwamun Gate is the main entrance to the main hall.

Deoksugung Palace - Junghwajeon Hall
Deoksugung Palace - Junghwajeon Hall
Deoksugung Palace - Junghwamun Gate
Deoksugung Palace - Junghwamun Gate
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Hamnyeongjeon Hall & Deokhongjeon Hall

Hamnyeongjeon Hall was the King's bedroom and Deokhongjeong Hall was used to entertain foreign envoys.

Deoksugung Palace - Hamnyeongjeon Hall & Deokhongjeon Hall
Deoksugung Palace - Hamnyeongjeon Hall & Deokhongjeon Hall
Deoksugung Palace - Hamnyeongjeon Hall & Deokhongjeon Hall
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Deoksugung Palace - Hamnyeongjeon Hall & Deokhongjeon Hall
Deoksugung Palace - Hamnyeongjeon Hall & Deokhongjeon Hall
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Garden & Pond at Deoksugung Palace

This is the only modern royal palace to have a western style garden and fountain. It stands as the bridge between the old and modern eras.

Deoksugung Palace - Pond
Deoksugung Palace - Garden
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Autumn Spectacular

In Autumn, Deoksugung Palace is particularly beautiful with its autumn foliage from the golden ginkgo trees and red maple trees around the palace.

 

It is a popular autumn foliage destination in Seoul especially with the locals as foreign visitors generally flocked to the more popular Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace (& Secret Garden).

Deoksugung Palace - Autumn Foliage
Deoksugung Palace - Autumn Foliage
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Deoksugung Palace - Autumn Foliage - Ginkgo
Deoksugung Palace - Autumn Foliage - Ginkgo
Deoksugung Palace - Autumn Foliage - Maple
Deoksugung Palace - Autumn Foliage - Maple
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Cherry Blossoms & Spring Flowers in Spring

Deoksugung Palace - Cherry Blossom in Spring
Deoksugung Palace - Cherry Blossom in Spring
Deoksugung Palace - Cherry Blossom in Spring
Deoksugung Palace - Forsythia in Spring
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Nearby Attractions to Deoksugung Palace

Located at the corner of Seoul's busiest downtown intersection, Deoksugung Palace is famous for its elegant stone-wall road, particularly beautiful in autumn.

 

Pop by the nearby Jeongdong Observatory & Cafe Darak on the 13th floor of Seoul City Hall Seosomun Building for a great bird-eye view of Deoksugung Palace and around.

Alternatively, check out the popular Liege Waffle or one of the many authentic Korean Restaurants near to Deoksugung Palace's main entrance.

Liege Waffle
Liege Waffle
Korean Restaurant
Korean Restaurant
 

Map of Deoksugung Palace & Nearby Attractions

Getting to Deoksugung Palace & Location Map | Seoul, South Korea

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