Changdeokgung Palace, Seoul

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    Visit Changdeokgung and secret garden

    by lotharscheer Updated Nov 29, 2014

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    Visit Changdeokgung one of the main palaces of Seoul, built in 1405 and used as the main palace between 1619 and 1896. Entrance fee for the palace is 3000 Won (free if over 65, have your passport ready) and 8000 with the secret garden. English tour (free) at 10.30 am, 45 minutes for the palace and at 11.30 for the secret garden.

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    Changdeokgung (Palace) * * * * *

    by Ewingjr98 Updated May 10, 2013

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    The Changdeokgung (창덕궁) palace was built in 1405 by King Taejong, destroyed by the Japanese in the invasion of 1592, and rebuilt from about 1610-1616. In the early 1900s, numerous buildings caught fire or were torn down by the Japanese

    The palace has three main areas: the outer hall for state functions, the inner hall for the King and Queen's private quarters, and the back garden. The Secret Garden -- or Biwon -- is the main attraction and makes Changdeokgung unique from the other palaces. This is a magnificent Korean garden that was was not really a secret, just closed to the public in Royal times. One of my favorite areas in the Biwon is the area around Buyongji, the pond surrounded by great little pavilions.

    Vistors to Changdeokgung can see the palace on their own time. All visitors to Biwon must be on a guided tour. English tours are conducted 3 or 4 times a day, the best time being around 1530. Get there early... most days there is a changing of the guards ceremony at 1500.

    Changdeokgung tickets cost 3,000 Won. Biwon tours cost an additional 5,000 Won.

    Changing of the Guards at Changdeokgung Donhwamun
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    Changdeokgung Palace: feel @ home

    by theguardianangel Written Jan 14, 2012

    Korean drama series are very close in our hearts. Okay; I admit that I did watched one of their drama series-the traditional one! I'm amazed by Korea's rich culture and tradition that's why I'm very interested to visit one of the palaces I've seen on TV.

    Since we have a very limited time to go around Seoul, we decided to visit the tourist spots near in our hotel and Changdeokgung Palace was the one of them!

    There are 5 grand palaces in Seoul during the Joseon Dynasty and one of those is the Changdeokgung Palace. Unlike the other palaces, this one is remarkable due to its homey layout having its structures blended with the wonders of nature. No doubt it’s being recognized as World Heritage by UNESCO.

    This palace is very wide and has many annexes. There were on-going constructions/renovations when we went there and because of that I admire the people here that they know how to treasure their cultural heritage.

    There's a fee to pay at the entrance and from there we just knew that aside from the palace, there's this so called "secret garden" inside that is a must see. We paid KW7000 for a tour in the palace and the secret garden. I forgot to use my T-money card to pay the fee... ughs!

    There are Korean, English and Japanese speaking tour guides scheduled within a day. Unfortunately, the English tour has 3 schedules- 1130am,130pm and 330pm... which isn't okay since we have a few hours left behind to catch our flight. Good thing though that the self-guided tour in the Palace is okay but exploring the Secret Garden must be accompanied by a tour guide.

    hmmm... i was already here in my past life..? the busy entrance of Changdeokgung Palace Please feel free to come in sorry, we're getting closed... haha enter the Changdeokgung Palace
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    Changdeokgung

    by sjvessey Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    TThe best-preserved of Seoul's palaces, Changdeokgung has buildings dating back two to three hundred years, but like the other palace sites, it's suffered both at the hands of invaders and as a result of accidental fires.

    See my separate travelogue for more photos.

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    Changdeokgung Palace

    by limledi Updated Oct 3, 2010

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    Changdeokgung Palace is one of the top palaces in Seoul. It is a UNESCO heritage site. Inside there's a beautiful Secret Garden. The area is quite huge that you have to allocate a few hours here. This palace is located quite near our hotel Yim's House.
    Close Mondays
    Opens 9:15AM-5:15PM

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    Changdeokgung

    by muratkorman Updated May 11, 2010

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    Changdeokgung was built in 1405 as a secondary palace, but it served as the residence for many kings. After both Gyeongbokgung and Chandeokgung were destroyed in 1592, Changdeokgung was restored in 1610 and it became the main palace for the next 258 years. Later Gyeongbokgung was restored to become the main palace again. The palace complex can be visited by English speaking tour guides throughout the whole year. The tour takes about 75 minutes and it is very informative. From April till November which is the high season, you can visit the palace by yourself on Thursdays. The admission fee is 15000 W during this period. On low season you can enter the palace by paying 3000 W only, but you have to join a guided tour. The buildings in the palace are very impressive, but I was mostly impressed with the Secret Garden. The tour is not boring and it gives you enough time to hang out in the garden. The palace is closed on Mondays.

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    Changdeokgung

    by iwys Updated May 8, 2009

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    Changdeokgung is a sprawling palace complex, which has been designated as a UNESCO world heritage site. It is the best preserved of Seoul's five palaces. One little publicised fact is that descendants of the Korean royal family were still living in the palace until as recently as 1989.

    In order to protect the palace, vistors must be part of a guided tour. English guided tours are at 11.30, 13.30 and 15.30. Once inside, you can actually break away from the guided tour group, but you'll probably find, as I did, that you'll soon run into the Chinese and Japanese groups just ahead.

    It is my second favourite of Seoul's royal palaces, after Gyeonbokgung, so if you only have time to visit two, these are the two I'd recommend. It will take you about four hours to see them both.

    Closed Mondays

    Admission 3,000 won

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    Changdeokgung Palace

    by schwein Written Nov 9, 2008

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    Changdeokgung was constructed in 1405, the fifth year of King Taejong's rule.
    It was built as a secondary palace to Gyeongbokgung, his main palace.

    All of the palace buildings were burned and destroyed in 1592, during the Japanese invasion.

    Changdeokgung was restored in 1610 and served as the main palace for 270 years, until Gyeongbokgung's restoration in 1868.

    This site was added to the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List in 1997.

    This area makes for a nice two hour hike around/through the old buildings and garden area.
    Fee is 3,000 won.

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    Biwon at the Changdeokgung

    by mitchimitch Written Jun 23, 2007

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    Biwon is a six-acre private garden in Changdeok palace which served as a royal retreat for centuries. It consists of woodland paths, lotus ponds and pleasure pavilions. An interesting feature is the lotus pond surrounded by pavilions, one of which is cantilevered over the edge with two pillars in the water. This unusual 20-sided pavilion is unique in Korea.

    One needs to take the guided tour of the palace to be able to go to famous Biwon.

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    Changdeokgung (Palace)

    by qaminari Written May 17, 2007

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    This was my favourite of the 3 palaces I visited, although it is a pity you can't wander around on your own but must visit with a group, and the guide gets stroppy if people don't keep up (it is a bit of a hike, especially for people encumbered with pushchairs etc.). I particularly liked the picturesque Buyongji pond, surrounded by equally charming pavilions, and when I was there (in April) there were also some lovely flowering plants, including plum blossom. Parts of it have more atmosphere than some of the other palaces.

    Aeryeonji, on Buyongji (pond)
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    Changdeokgung Palace

    by Tom_Fields Written Nov 7, 2006

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    This was the King's official residence. It has impressive buildings and beautiful gardens. Constructed in the style of the Joseon Dynasty, it's the only palace that preserves that style.
    In front of Donhwamun Gate, The Royal Guard Changing Ceremonies are re-enacted three times a day.

    Changdeokgung Palace The King's throne Entrance to the garden The pond at the garden Another scene from the garden
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    Secret Garden In Changdeokgung

    by suhadis Updated Jun 26, 2006

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    When you descend the hill while on the walking tour, you'll come across this area. If you listen to the tour guide speak of this place, it seems to have an interesting history behind it. I went in winter where the landscape was pretty see through as the trees have no leaves on them. I eventually saw one of the place in summer and it looked totally different.

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    Changdeok Palace

    by nicolaitan Updated Dec 18, 2005

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    The Changdeok Palace was constructed in the early 15th Century during the early Choson Dynasty. It was desroyed in the Japanese invasion of 1592 and reconstruction began about 20 years later.the oldest existing buildings date from about 1615. 13 royal families occupied this palace till another Japanese invasion and conquest ended the dynasty system in 1910. It is the largest of 5 royal palaces in Seoul, and considered the most beautiful at least in part because of the secret garden.

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    Visit Changdeokgung Palace and Secret Garden

    by victorwkf Updated Nov 4, 2005

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    Visit Changdeokgung Palace and Huwoo (Secret Garden). This is another magnificient ancient palace of beautiful Korean architecture with a large compound. There are conducted tours scheduled at regular intervals.

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  • A sideways glance at Changdeokgung - Part II

    by mke1963 Written May 13, 2005

    Secondly, there is at least one more side gate to the complex, probably looking just as it did back when the palace was occupied.
    Thirdly, just before the Buddhist Art Museum is the site of one of the old campgrounds of one of the five military garrisons that defended the sity of Seoul during the Joseon dynasty. Nothing remains there now - a house is built on the location - but a plaque notes the site.
    Finally, this is a friendly, peaceful neighbourhood worth exploring for its harmonious mix of old and new - unpretentious, ordinary Seoul people with their neat houses, cluttered shops and small businesses, and the usual profusion of small trees, bushes and plants, all lovingly tended.

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