Changdeokgung Palace

Built in 1405 by King Taejong, Changdeokgung Palace was designed to blend harmoniously with the natural environment. While much of the complex was destroyed by fire in the Japanese invasion in 1592, it was rebuilt in 1609 and has since been restored to its original splendor. The main palace of Gyeongbokgung was also destroyed in 1593, and for 300 years beginning in 1609, Changdeokgung served as the seat of power while Gyeongbokgung was being rebuilt. It served as the seat of royalty again in 1907 by King Sunjong, the last king of Korea.

UNESCO designated Changdeokgung Palace a World Heritage site in 1997 for its unique palace architecture. It’s the best preserved of Seoul’s five remaining Joseon palaces, with the royal family residences, public area and gardens open to visitors.

The palace is beautiful throughout the year, but the trees of the extensive gardens become extremely picturesque in autumn when their leaves turn shades of yellow and red. One of the trees has been standing in the garden for over 300 years.

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Korean Palace and Market Tour in Seoul Including Insadong and Gyeongbokgung Palace

4 star rating: Recommended 99 Reviews

Spend a full day discovering the beautiful architecture and landscape of Seoul while learning about its history, culture and traditions. With your guide, visit ...  Read more

Location: Seoul, South Korea
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $75.99

Seoul History and Culture Small-Group Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 33 Reviews

Uncover the fascinating history and culture of Seoul on this half-day walking tour of the city. See charming Korean houses in a historic village, learn about ...  Read more

Location: Seoul, South Korea
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $52.00

Morning Cultural Tour: UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Seoul

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Spend your morning at two UNESCO World Heritage sites in Seoul with a local guide. This 3.5-hour coach tour reveals the highlights of Changdeokgung Palace, a ...  Read more

Location: Seoul, South Korea
Duration: 3.5 hours (approx.)

From USD $43.00

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