Deoksugung Palace 덕수궁
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) - 10:30, 13:30 | Chinese (Tue-Fri) - 10:00, 14:30, (Sat) - 10:00 | No tours on holidays.
Bosingak Bell Ringing Ceremony takes place at 12:00.
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, Changgyeonggung, Deoksugung, Gyeongbokgung) and Jongmyo Shrine. 3 months validity.
City Hall Station (line 1/2, exit 1/2/12). 2 mins walk.
The name Deoksugung Palace means 'Palace of virtue and longevity' in the spirit of praying for long life for Emperor Gojong.
Deoksugung Palace is the smallest of Seoul's palaces and sits alongside many western style buildings, adding an uniqueness to the surroundings.
This is the only palace to have a western style garden, fountain and modern royal palace. It stands as the bridge between the old and modern eras.
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.
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