Deoksugung, also known as Gyeongun-gung, Deoksugung Palace, or Deoksu Palace, is a walled compound of palaces in Seoul that was inhabited by members of Korea's royal family during the Joseon monarchy until colonial period around the turn of the 20th century. It is one of the "Five Grand Palaces" built by the kings of the Joseon Dynasty. The buildings are of varying styles, including some of natural cryptomeria wood), painted wood, and stucco. Some buildings were built of stone to replicate western palatial structures.
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This is one if the smaller palaces, but probably the most interesting and good for tourists short on time. It has ancient Korean style buildings and a historically interesting western style palace as well. The best part is the inclusion of a modern art museum which holds special exhibitions of Korean art.
The whole area is amazing. I recommend to take a guide (or the audio-guide, at least) or will be almost impossible to understand what the various buildings are. If you plan to see the change of the guard, wait for warm months. During winter they may not do it.
A place where you can feel traditonal Korean palace. Though its located at the middle of Seoul, once you go in there you can feel the quiet and peaceful atmosphere. National Museum of Art is also located here so it would be great to visit the museum also.
Loved it! Also, I was fortunate enough to spectate ceremony of some kind, which was super fancy and exciting. At the end, the guards gave everyone an opportunity to take a photo with them. That was very cool.
Beautiful Palace. If you visit here I recommend you visit the observatory cafe at City Hall, Seomsan Building. The view is spectacular.
Can see the influence of the western culture in some of their building. Not a big place so can finished the whole place in less than an hour if you really take your time to walk around and takes pictures. Lots of trees and I believe it will be fantastic view when all the cherry blossom bloom at the same time.
Quiet palace, so peaceful and relaxing. There is korean traditional games, and beautiful trees throughout the seasons. Love it here.
You may spend 2-3hours just exploring the place. 1000 won fee is worth it. Not as crowded as changdeokgung palace
Very beautiful. Prices were decent, and it was fascinating to immerse ourselves into the ancient history of Korean emperors and royalty.
It was nice to see and worth a visit. The modern art museum is also worth visiting. It is in one of the buildings and now used as museum. If the weather is good it is nice to sit and walk around.
I very nice layout but just another palace and not the best. Cool if you have the 5 palace/Shrine pass but make sure you see all. I went on a day when there wasn't a guard change. Fortunately I saw. It elsewhere.
Nice stroll on a spring afternoon. There is a fountain to refill your water bottles. There is also a small cafe for a quick bite. This walled palace's architecture is beautiful.
Beautiful palace. Very helpful volunteer called Francis showed us around it on my Korea trip of 2015. I hope she's still there and being appreciated. She was very knowledgeable.
I probably like this palace better than the main palace. It's small and so serene. The changing of the guard ceremony is an interesting sight so pay attention to the schedule
Interesting historical place to be visited in Seoul. Located in the heart of Seoul, you will find a little serenity in crowd. You can look back and learn from the shades of Korean past life. What makes this place unique is you can find the contrary view between Korean-style building opposite to European one. But there is no prayer room provided here. So it's less visitor friendly, especially for Muslims.
Please make sure you join the hourly tour. Each one only allows up to 5 foreigners. It was a good place to get to know the Korean traditional culture!
One of Seoul"s grand palaces. Quite interesting to observe the changing of the guards ceremony. Walked the stone-wall road and enjoyed a very unique atmosphere
If you want to visit Deoksugung or the other palace I highly recommend you to visit it with a free guide. It's a really nice experience and you learn a lot about the life of kings and queens who lived there.
You can both enjoy korean traditional royal architecture as well as modern ones which are built just before few decades ago(the art gallery is the work of a japanese architect). Art gallery here also provides quite nice exhibitions, so you may check for the information from the website, for your further joy.