Deoksugung Palace, Seoul

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    Deoksugung Palace

    by jckim Written Feb 18, 2007

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    The main houses of the former Deoksugung Palace were Prince Wolsandaegun's residence who was King Seongjong's elder brother. About a century later, when King Seonjo returned to Seoul in 1593 after fleeing the Japanese invasion of 1592, he established a temporary residence here. Haenggung in Jeongreung-dong, was renamed Gyeongungung In 1611, by the next ruler, Gwanghaegun. After Gwanghaegun moved to Changdeokgung Palace in 1615, the palace remained vacant for about 200 years.
    In 1897, King Gojong returned to power, after having spent two years at the Russian legation in the wake of the assassination of his queen, Empress Myeongseong. He took up residence at Changdeokgung Palace, establishing an independent 'Daehanjeguk Empire'.
    From that time until 1907, it was the center of historical turbulence. In 1907, King Gojong was forced to abdicate his throne, although he continued to live at the palace until he passed away in 1919. Since 1907, the palace has been known as Deoksugung.

    ( Free Guiding Service )
    English Guide Tour
    Tuesday~Friday 10:30, 13:40 ( No tour on Holiday )

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    Ancient Palace in A Modern Atmosphere

    by minwoo11 Updated Nov 29, 2006

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    Deoksugung Palace was breath taking. We were able to tour around the place and take tons of pictures. It was awesome to see a palace situated in a busy city area. Your lost in the beautiful breath takin palace and once you look far a head you see the sky scrapers of Seoul. You can clearly see how things change these great couple of years.

    We were able to view the magnificient performance that they put on. It was awesome and it was amazing to see a crowd of ppl stopping from their busy life, to watch something that was old, and a part of their history.

    Deoksugung Palace beautiful and a must see for sure!

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    Deoksugong

    by Christianzagar Written Nov 14, 2006

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    one of the many palaces in Seoul. Is situated right across from City Hall. The main entrance (facing city hall )to the palace had recently been renovated. Before the renovation you had to use a side entrance. So maybe thats why many people seem to miss this palace on their travels. Like all the palaces in Seoul it provides a breath of fresh air and an escape from the congested streets. This palace is usually pretty quiet. For me it's most memorable in the fall when the huge trees change colour.
    The National Museum of contemporary Art is also on the palace grounds.

    One of my favourite streets in Seoul is the alley that goes behind Deosugung. To the left of the main entrance is a little street that's great for walks and relaxing. I highly recommend walking around there

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    Deoksugung Palace

    by seoulsnapshots Written Aug 9, 2006

    Deoksugung Palace is across the street from City Hall and the Seoul Plaza Hotel. Admission is 1,000 Won and its a real peaceful place amidst the high rise buildings and busy Seoul atmosphere. It's quite a scene to look at such old structures with new high rise buildings in the background.

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    Doeksugung Palace - Downtown Seoul

    by Erkmen Written Sep 6, 2005

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    Just when you are in the palace, you will start to feel the mysctic Asian houses.

    This place is very nice and do deserve a special travelogue. Just spare some time to check the pictures of the palace in my travelogue..

    During my visit to the palace, there were many groups visiting the palace and most of them were Koreans.. It was so strange but nice to see so few tourists in the garden..

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    Doeksugung Palace Map - Downtown Seoul

    by Erkmen Written Sep 6, 2005

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    Just after the entrance, you will see the map of the structures at the palace.. Spot the sights you want to see and make an easy ride.. Indeed everything in the palaces garden worths to see, so make your way to stop at least some time in fron of every building..

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    Doeksugung Palace - Downtown Seoul

    by Erkmen Written Sep 6, 2005

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    Doeksugung palace is a fantastic place to visit. Just you need to get on the metro and get off at City hall stop.. You will find yourself in the big seul plaza square and it is just there in a big garden surrounded with walls.

    Thepicture shows the entrance to the palaces garden, you need to pay 1,000 wong to enter (roughly 1 USD)..

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    DaeHamnun Gate - Downtown Seoul

    by Erkmen Written Sep 4, 2005

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    One of the most interesting spot in Seoul is the historical palace.. Just on the oppsite site of City hall, the palace lays on a big green area..

    The palace has a very nice historical door, but this year is my renovation year and wherever I visit, I see the renovations instead the real body.. Anyway the Daehamnun gate is the gate of the palace. During my visit to Seoul, the renovation was going on, but still you can see the mystery on a picture..

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    Deoksugung

    by Vita500 Updated Aug 13, 2005

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    Part of Deoksugung Palace in central Seoul

    Originally built in the mid-15th century, it was first used as a royal residence from 1593 since all other palaces had been destroyed in the Japanese invasion.

    It opens from 9am to 6pm from Tuesday - Friday (closes earlier during winter season) and stays open until 7pm over the weekend. Monday is closed!

    Admission: 700.- KRW

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    Deoksugung

    by iwys Updated May 9, 2005

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    In spite of the fact that Deoksugung (Deoksu Palace) was the only one of Seoul's palaces that was not burned down during the Japanese invasion of 1592, most of its buildings are fairly new, including a neo-classical stone building, designed by a British architect, completed in 1909, which was used as the imperial residence and then housed the national museum. The museum is currently closed and is due to reopen at a new location.

    Deoksugung is more compact than the other palaces and takes less time to walk around.

    Opening hours: March-October 09.00-18.00
    November-February 09.00-17.30
    Last admission one hour before closing

    Admission 1,000 won

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    Deoksugung Palace

    by Blatherwick Written Apr 13, 2005

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    I found Deoksugung compelling as it seemed that everywhere that I went I ran into students trying to practice their English skills. I saw at least three couples having their wedding pictures taken as well. When I was last at the palace there was a changing of the guard conducted every day at 2 pm.

    Deoksugung Palace was the only one of Seoul's palaces that was not burned down during the Japanese invasion of 1592. The Sokchojon at the Deoksu Palace is one of the two Neo-Classical buildings on the estate. It was one of the last major public constructions during the Joseon period. In addition to the buildings at the Deoksu Palace, there is also an art museum, forested gardens, and a statue of King Sejong the Great.

    Deoksugung was originally the residence of Prince Wolsan, the older brother of King Seongjong. King Gwanghaegun was crowned here. After the official palace was moved to the rebuilt Changdeokgung, it was used as an auxiliary palace for 270 years. In 1897, after the incident when Emperor Gojong took refuge in the Russian Embassy, Emperor Gojong returned to this place. Expansion of the facility followed after his return. After Emperor Gojong abdicated the throne to Emperor Sunjong, he continued to live here.

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    Statue of King Sejong

    by jckim Written Feb 24, 2005

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    King Sejong, He is held in great King respect by all Korean Peoples. he's ascend the Throne 1428, at the age of 22. under the reign of King Sejong, on the upgrade Kingdom to Politics, Economy, Culture, and Science. Korean Peoples have a always in every respect for him.

    He's history of life and invention
    was born on April 10,1397 at Seoul
    1433, Honcheoneui( Astronomical Measurement Apparatus )
    1434, Angbuilgu ( Sun Clock )
    1434 Jageoknu ( Water Clock )
    1437, Ilseong-jeongsieui (Day and Night Pluviometer)
    1441, Cheokwugi ( Rainfall Measurement Apparatus )
    1443, Great invention of the Hangeul ( Korean Language )
    1450, Died

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    Jagyoknu ( Water Clock )

    by jckim Written Feb 23, 2005

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    Jagyoknu is a water clock. was invented during the 16th year of the reign of King Sejong, 1434. this clock was used to keep the standard time of the Joseon Dynasty. it was originally located in Borugak in the palace of Changdeokgung. but it was moved here. a new Jagyoknu was of King Jungjong, 1534. and this one is still kept in the Gwangmyongmun Gate in Deoksugung Palace. ( National Treasure No 229 )

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    Jeonggwanheon Hall

    by jckim Written Feb 19, 2005

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    It was built in 1900, this is the European architecture ever built in a royal palace.King Gojong held parties here. There are inner and outer rows of wooden columns in this building of 7 kan frontal width and 5 kan depth.

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    Seokjojeon Hall

    by jckim Written Jan 18, 2005

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    This edifice showing the influence of the Colonial style of the early 19th century
    is three storied and has a floor space of 4,045 square meters. The building work was supervised at its early stage by Sim Ui-seok, a Korean, Sabatin, a Russian, and Ogawa, a Japanese, and later by M. H. Davidson, an Englishman. At present it is used as a part of the Royal Museum. The Royal Museum with 11 exhibition halls show artefacts of the royal Yi household including the clothes and personal ornaments of Crown Prince Uimi.

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