Changdeokgung Palace, Seoul

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99 Yulgok-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul +82 2-762-8261
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    Visit Changdeokgung and secret garden

    by lotharscheer Updated Jul 20, 2016

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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.

    Directions: Closest metro station is Anguk, line #3, use exit 3 and walk about 200 meter

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    Moonlight Tour of Changdeokgung

    by walterwu Updated Oct 6, 2015

    Changdeokgung's Moonlight Tour is meant for foreign visitors only and this tour had to be booked in advance. It is only held when there is the night with the full moon. I had to book online 2 months ahead of the night tour. Booking can be only done at 2pm on a given specific date. For my case, it was 12-Aug-2015 for a tour on 26-Sep-2015.

    Registration for admission starts at 6:30pm and the tour group are designated into sub-groups based on languages of each sub-group. Narration during the tour is via an electronic device with earpiece.

    Event starts with staff dressed as guards coming out of the palace ground and after a very brief ceremonial march, visitors are allowed to have pictures taken with the guards.

    At the gate, every fourth visitors are issued with a LED lantern and meant to be carried around the palace ground and helps visibility while walking around.

    A guide bring us around the palace ground and it ended with a musical performance at a stage in the Biwon (Secret Garden) within the Changdeokgung Palace. Prior to the performance, each visitor are given some korean snacks and drink and a special souvenir.

    The tour is, indeed, a memorial one.

    Address: 99 Yulgok-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul

    Phone: +82 2-762-8261

    Website: http://eng.cdg.go.kr/main/main.htm

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    Secret Garden (Huwon) of Changdeokdung Palace

    by machomikemd Written Apr 10, 2015

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    this will be my pictures of the famed secret garden of the Changdeokgung Palace, called Huwon, where it was formerly just for the Royal Family and Palace Women Use. The Garden is 10 hectares (32 acres) in area and has lotus pond, pavilions, and landscaped lawns, trees, and flowers of which more than 26,000 different kinds of plants were planted.

    First of all, the royal palaces of Seoul are all recontructed as all were destroyed during the was and among the four royal palaces in Seoul, the largest and it has A "Secret" Garden (Biwon) and it the Only Palace Designated as A World Heritage Area by Unesco is Changdeok Palace.

    Changdeok Palace literally means “Palace of Prospering Virtue”. According to our cute tour Guide Sung Mi, Changdeok Palace was built in 1405 as a secondary palace for the Korean Chosun Dynasty King with Kyeongbok Palace serving as the primary palace for the Korean royalty. Built by King Taejong, Changdok is the best preserved of all of Seoul's palaces. It has its own unique architectural beauty and is divided into four main components: Central Palace, Biwon (known as the secret garden), Naksonjae, and Sonwonjon HallDuring the Hideyoshi invasion of Korea in 1592, Kyeongbok Palace was destroyed and after the war it was not rebuilt and Changdeok Palace became the primary residence of the royal family and also, Korea’s last emperor Sunjong passed away on these grounds in 1926.

    Opens : 09:00 ~ 18:00 (march to October); 09:00 to 17:00 (November to February)

    English Language Tour is from January ~ December (3 times a day)
    11:30 am, 13:30 pm, 15:30 pm

    Admission Fee

    Division 6 or under and 65 or more 7~18 years 19~64 years
    foreigner fee 1,500 3,000 won
    special fee 5,000 5,000 won

    Address: 99 Yulgok-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul

    Directions: 99 Yulgok-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul

    Phone: +82 2-762-8261

    Website: http://eng.cdg.go.kr/main/main.htm

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    Bigger than Gyeongbok Palace

    by machomikemd Written Apr 10, 2015

    First of all, the royal palaces of Seoul are all recontructed as all were destroyed during the was and among the four royal palaces in Seoul, the largest and it has A "Secret" Garden (Biwon) and it the Only Palace Designated as A World Heritage Area by Unesco is Changdeok Palace.

    Changdeok Palace literally means “Palace of Prospering Virtue”. According to our cute tour Guide Sung Mi, Changdeok Palace was built in 1405 as a secondary palace for the Korean Chosun Dynasty King with Kyeongbok Palace serving as the primary palace for the Korean royalty. Built by King Taejong, Changdok is the best preserved of all of Seoul's palaces. It has its own unique architectural beauty and is divided into four main components: Central Palace, Biwon (known as the secret garden), Naksonjae, and Sonwonjon HallDuring the Hideyoshi invasion of Korea in 1592, Kyeongbok Palace was destroyed and after the war it was not rebuilt and Changdeok Palace became the primary residence of the royal family and also, Korea’s last emperor Sunjong passed away on these grounds in 1926.

    Opens : 09:00 ~ 18:00 (march to October); 09:00 to 17:00 (November to February)

    English Language Tour is from January ~ December (3 times a day)
    11:30 am, 13:30 pm, 15:30 pm

    Admission Fee

    Division 6 or under and 65 or more 7~18 years 19~64 years
    foreigner fee 1,500 3,000 won
    special fee 5,000 5,000 won

    Address: 99 Yulgok-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul

    Directions: 99 Yulgok-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul

    Phone: +82 2-762-8261

    Website: http://eng.cdg.go.kr/main/main.htm

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    Changdeokgung Palace

    by shavy Updated Mar 16, 2015

    Our first day in Seoul we took the Hop on hop off bus, visiting in January is cold and freezing, is hard to explored whole day long, in an ice cold temperature. If the weather is nice, Seoul is easy to explore on foot or by metro. The city has an extensive railway system and easy to use

    Changdeokgung palace set within a large park and one of favorite site for travelers in Seoul. It is design and built by the kings of the Joseon Dynasty and become 600 year old UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the garden you will find beautiful trees, a lake and a pavilion.

    There is a secret garden which part of the palace, it is one of the favorite spots of the royal family. Do not expect a fully styled garden, because it is not. The lake was frozen when we were there, so visiting in the winter is not really a good idea. This could be a nice place to stroll around

    There's an admission for KRW 10,000 each. Visitors may go on a combined tour of Changdeokgung and Changgyeonggung palaces. (Separate tickets must be purchased at Hamyangmun Gate.)

    Address: 99 Yulgok-ro, Jongno-gu

    Directions: Hyehwa Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), Exit 3.
    Go 20m and then turn left at Seoul Jongno Pharmacy
    Go 180m and then turn left at Jeongmin Onnuri Pharmacy
    Go 200m and then turn left.
    Go 60m and then cross the road to arrive at Changgyeonggung Palace.

    Website: http://eng.cdg.go.kr/info/info_map.htm

    A colouful roof of the palace
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    Haengjoo Fortress

    by xaver Written Oct 24, 2014

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    This fortress has been built on the top of the monutain Deokyang. It is here that general Kwunyoul fought against japanese during the invasion of Korea 1592. The general won the battle which is now told to be one of the best victories during the Japanese invasion. I went on this park in a sunday afternoon and it was full of families walking around. It also offers a great view on the river from the top.

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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.

    Address: 2-71, Waryong-dong Jongno-gu Seoul

    Directions: Changdeok Palace is in central Seoul just east of Anguk Station.

    Phone: 080-290-8000

    Website: http://www.ocp.go.kr/english/palace/pal_cdk.html#12

    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.

    Directions: take subway line 3, get off at Anguk Station, 7mins walk

    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.

    Main building

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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

    Address: Seoul, Korea

    Directions: Anguk Station Line 3 Exit 3, 5 mins walk.

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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.

    Address: Donhwamun

    Directions: Take subway to Anguk station and use Exit 3

    Phone: 762 8261

    Website: http://www.cdg.go.kr

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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

    Directions: 5 minutes' walk from Anguk Station. Stop 22 on the Seoul city tour bus route.

    Phone: 02 762 8262

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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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    See the main palace-gate

    by WStat Written May 23, 2008

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    Tonhwamun Gate is the main entrance of Changdokkung Palace. Built in 1412, it was destroyed in 1592 during the Japanese invasion. Rebuilt in 1607, it is Seoul's oldest 20story wooden gate.
    According to the historical records, there originally was a 9000 kg bell, but the bell was lost during the Japanese invasion in 1592

    Directions: Subway line 3, Anguk Station, exit 3, 5 minutes walking

    Website: http://tinyurl.com/6yx8zn

    Tonhwamun Gate roof detail roof
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    CHANGDEOKGUNG

    by ancient_traveler Written Mar 18, 2008

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    CHANGDEOKGUNG, it was use as the main palace by many Joseon Kings and the best preserved among the five royal Joseon palaces.
    Changdeokgung is best known for its beautiful garden ror the royal family, HUWON (or Biwon “Secret Garden”).

    Changdeokgung has been designated as a world heritage site by UNESCO.

    Directions: Subway line 3 Anguk stn exit 3

    Website: http://english.cha.go.kr/

    Biwon
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