A luxurious ancient palace within a metropolis, Deoksugung represents one of Seoul's five great Joseon dynasty palaces, and the only one combining traditional Korean architecture and Western-style buildings. A walled compound surrounded by modern skyscrapers, the palace features an impressive entrance gate and pointed-eave pavilion roofs. Cross the royal bridge and explore luxurious pavilions, whose intricately ornamented ceilings feature gilded carvings of dragons. If your timing is right, observe a colorfully costumed changing of the guard in the main courtyard. Architectural layers ranging from the 15th century to the 1900 Jeonggwanheon modernist building--the emperor's favorite coffee place-make this palace a perfect setting for the national art museum on site. Put Deoksugung on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Seoul online trip planner .
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Deoksugung Palace was used by the King when he was in exile during the Japanese invasion of 1592. This was used as a King's residence until King Gojong died in 1919.There is a mix of ancient and moder... more »
숭례문에서 경복궁까지 이어지는 구간에서, 한 번은 들러보면 좋은 장소가 덕수궁입니다. 덕수궁은 아기자기한 공원 같은 느낌이 강하고, 이벤트가 많이 벌어지는 곳입니다. 그러나 알고 보면 대한제국의 슬픈 역사가 남겨진 곳이기도 합니다. 지금은 '기억된 미래'라고 하는 덕수궁 야외 프로젝트가 진행중이고, '대한제국 황제의 식탁' 특별전이 열리고 있습니다. 성인 ... more »On the route from Sungryemun to Gyeongbokgung Palace, it's a good place to stop by. DeoksuGung is a very small park-like place and a place where there are many events. But it's also where the sad history of the Korean Empire is left behind. Now, an outdoor project called "The Future of The Memory" is underway, and a special exhibition is being held at the "Emperor's Table of the Korean Empire." For 500 won per adult, you can enjoy everything. However, since the event changes at that time, it is recommended that you check the event schedule in advance. It's a very noisy place to stay. It's not a tourist's place. After the noisy main entrance, you will find a different charm.
Beautiful beautiful palace. Continued restoration and recovery work makes this place even more meaningful. You can see change of the guards at specific times. Also walk along the stone wall outside of the place is wonderful activity to do.
Very nice place to visit. Very beautiful and with interesting history. And there are nice restaurants just in front.
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