Changdeokgung Palace, Seoul

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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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    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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    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

    by jckim Updated Feb 19, 2005

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    Changdeokgung was built in 1405, by King Taejong, Joseon Dynasty. in 1412, the palace was completed with the construction of the main gate Donhwamun. King Sejo expanded the palace grounds about 500,000 square meters ( more than 110 acres ). Changdeokgung palace was included in UNESCO's world heritage list 1997. ( Historic Site No.122 )

    Admission Fee : 3000 won/p
    Closed : Mondays
    Four languages guides.

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    Palace Tour at Changdeokgung

    by i-s-a Written May 8, 2005

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    Changdeokgung is a palace used by most Joseon kings. There are daily guided tours for the Palace and the "Secret Garden" which is available in different languages. English tours are scheduled trice a day at 11:30AM, 1:30PM and 3:30PM.

    Open:
    9:15AM to 5:15PM
    9:00AM to 4:00PM, November to February)

    Closed:
    Mondays

    Entrance Fee:
    W2,500

    Interesting things that I saw from this tour:
    - The grand Main Halls: the King and the Queen maintained separate halls.
    - The icons at the roof¡Kthat serves as guardians of the building.
    - The "Lucky Gate"
    - Colorful roof with flowers, designed by the Japanese to shame the Korean royalty.
    - The "Secret Garden" which is not a secret anymore ;0)
    - The "Poor Man's House" built for the King because he was curious and wanted to experience how the poor people live.
    - The Concubines' rooms

    Note:
    Some of the older visitors find the trip exhausting. Those with knee problems may have difficulty climbing the stairs from the Secret Garden.

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    Changdokgung

    by Vita500 Written Feb 4, 2005

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    Constructed from 1405 to 1412 East of Gyeongbokgung.
    Even though destroyed in1592, Changdokgung is the best preserved palace of all since members of the royal family used to live here until quite recently.

    Visits are only allowed as part of a 90-minute guided tour.

    Tours include a visit to the famous Biwon (Secret Garden) within the palace's compound.

    Opens daily except Monday.
    Admission: 2,200 KRW

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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 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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    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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    Changdeok Palace

    by emoja Written Apr 18, 2005

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    13 of Korea's kings lived at Changdeok over the course of 270 years. It's supposed to be the most preserved of the palaces in Seoul. If this is your only chance to see an Asian palace, I'd strongly suggest visiting one here Otherwise, save your palace tours for China or another country and spend your Korea time elsewhere.

    Changdeok Palace is right outside the Insadong neighborhood. Take the bus/subway to the Anguk station and walk east a couple of blocks (ask someone which way), or take a taxi.

    You MUST be on a tour to visit the palace. They do English tours at 11:30, 1:30, and 3:30PM every day except Mondays. Expect to spend at least 90 minutes on the tour. The English tour was so packed on the day we were there that we couldn't even get close enough to the tour guide to hear everything. Keep that in mind if you see a big crowd forming.

    Changeok - Secret Garden

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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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  • Seoul’s Royal Palaces: practicalities - Part II

    by mke1963 Written May 13, 2005

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    My favourite of the palaces must be the neighbouring Changgyeonggung, with the largely unknown Umhyeongung - also nearby - a close second. The formerly massive Gyeongbokgung has lost much of its atmosphere through the demolition of so many buildings by the Japanese.
    Each of the palaces has its merits and visiting any one of them (except Gyeonghuigung, of which virtually nothing is left) will give a good feel for the architecture and royal life of the Joseon dynasty.
    For sheer romance and style, and a good walk through a beautiful park (and the Jongmyo royal shrines), Changgyeonggung would be the best choice.
    For intimacy and a feel for court life and palace architecture and customs, head for Umhyeongung.
    For the feel-good factor from visiting the primary royal palace, but also for some stunning architecture (and the excellent adjacent National Folk Museum), go to Gyeongbokgung, but make sure you see the changing of the royal guard.
    For arguably the best single piece of Joseon architecture, go to Gyeonghuigung to see the Heunghwamun, although it is now positioned totally out of context and the presence of nearby skyscrapers has almost destroyed the impact: surely it would be better to place it back in line further up the slope? Also the park, and the rather forlorn palace building gives cause for reflection on the legacy of the Japanese occupation.
    For grandeur, and for some beautiful garden scenes - even if they are rushed - head for Changdeokgung and its secret garden.

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  • Seoul’s Royal Palaces: the practicalities - Part I

    by mke1963 Written May 13, 2005

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    Changdeokgung is the only royal palace in Seould to be classified on UNESCO's World Heritage List, yet probably for this reason is the least accessible of Seoul's seven main royal palaces and residences. The only way to see the palace is on a 90 minute tour, which leave every fifteen minutes. The English tours start at 11.30, 13.30 and 15.30 (don't believe what the guidebooks say, especially Lonely Planet which seems to make a habit of being more wrong than right). There are also foreign language tours in Chinese and, surprisingly given how they destroyed most of the royal palaces, in Japanese.
    The tour guide is charming, but, by definition, the tour delves quickly into the patronising, including such gems as "Did you know that silk comes from insects?"
    The tour moves swiftly, leaving little time to enjoy the sights and the wonderful architecture, and even in the gardens, the group is whisked rapidly along the paths with barely a second to draw breath. Laggards are whipped into shape by a somewhat less charming attendant in a suit.
    Be aware that the tour is out in the open for much of the time, so bright, hot sun or rain could make the 90 minutes an ordeal.
    The first half of the tour runs you through the main part of the palace buildings, with the very occasional glimpse inside, and the second part is through the 'secret' garden on the slopes behind. Ironically, with most buildings shuttered up, it is difficult to see why the tours are necessary. Somehow, the palace loses a lot of its magic and ambience by the forced pace behind even a knowledgable tour-guide. I have now visited all seven of Seoul's royal palaces and residences, and this one felt the most sterile. It is beautiful, stunning even, but it doesn’t feel like a palace; it feels like a museum-piece, dusty and fragile. Furthermore, the tour misses many of the buildings, concentrating on the main buildings only.
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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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    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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