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Changdeokgung Palace

Changdeokgung Palace

99, Yulgok-ro, Jongno-gu

The Basics

As a well-preserved example of ancient Korean architecture, Changdeokgung Palace provides insight into the country’s history, culture, and values. The site can only be visted by guided tour—explore the complex, which was designed in accordance to Confucianpungsu principles; admire the colorful palace interior; and stroll past terraced lawns, flowering trees, and serene pavilions in the Huwon Secret Garden (separate ticket required).

Many city tours include a visit to Changdeokgung Palace, whether you want to explore Seoul on foot, by bike, or by bus. Some cultural tours include a stop at the palace along with historic sites such as Jongmyo Shrine, Suwon Hwaseong Fortress, or Gyeongbokgung Palace. Private and small-group tours are available for a personalized experience, and it’s also possible to visit the palace independently on a hop-on, hop-off bus tour.

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Korean Palace and Market Tour in Seoul Including Insadong and Gyeongbokgung Palace
Korean Palace and Market Tour in Seoul Including Insadong and Gyeongbokgung Palace
$84.11 per adult
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My "seoul"
All the attractions and places we visited were incredible and our tour guide was so cute and sweet. Definitely recommend this tour.
Jessica_H, Feb 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Seoul

star-5
Fabulous market, beautiful palace.
GBGAL, Feb 2020
Full Day Small-Group Royal Palace and Seoul Tour
Mr Kim was a excellent guide, leant a lot about the history of South Korea. The palaces were beautiful and the the market was amazing! Would highly recommend this tour,good value for the money.
star-5
Educational and fun
sterrmanfred, Jan 2020
Seoul Morning Heritage Tour Including Changdeokgung Palace
Very informative and detailed explanations of the visites sites history. Transport was punctual and comfortable. 10/10, would go again.
star-5
Seoul Tour
wvuwhitney, Nov 2019
Full Day Small-Group Royal Palace and Seoul Tour
Fantastic tour with Jake visiting the royal palace, several markets, temples and a delicious lunch. We only had two days in the city and this tour was worth it!
star-4
THe tour was really informative and...
ORLANDO R, Sep 2018
Korean Palace and Market Tour in Seoul Including Insadong and Gyeongbokgung Palace
THe tour was really informative and well paced, no rushing at all, the food was ok, the guide was amazing and energetic
star-4
Great Private Tour
FirstIndiaTrip, Oct 2019
Full Day Small-Group Royal Palace and Seoul Tour
We didnt realize they would pick us up in a private car just for the 2 of us. Guide spoke English well. Her and driver were extremely professional and efficient. Lunch was delicious. This tour was a great blend between learning history and strolling/enjoying/shopping. What a great day!
star-4
My husband and I are not fans of...
Chai Ling T, Dec 2017
Korean Palace and Market Tour in Seoul Including Insadong and Gyeongbokgung Palace
My husband and I are not fans of museums and places so we chose this tour for the obligatory been-there-done-that experience. It was surprisingly fun and interesting. Tour guide Sonia from Holiday Tours and Travel was fantastic. Highly recommend this tour - a great all-in-one!
star-5
Our tour guide met us promptly and...
Mirin S, Jun 2017
Seoul Symbolic Afternoon Tour Including Changdeokgung Palace
Our tour guide met us promptly and spoke excellent english. She had an extensive knowledge of all the sights and places on our tour list-very informative and educational experience. My girls and I had a wonderful time. I would definitely do more tours in the future and only wish I had booked further in advance bc everything was sold out by the time we arrived in Seoul.
star-5
Amazing Tour!!!
Maps66243688900, Aug 2019
Full Day Small-Group Royal Palace and Seoul Tour
The perfect tour for a day in Seoul!! We saw the large palace and temple and several markets. The tour guide even changed part of the tour to our preference!! Our guide was extremely good at English and was able to give lots of information about what we saw on the tour and was able to have conversations about other things. The day we went it was just my mother and I. So we ended up have a private tour!! I really recommend this tour!!
star-5
This was a fantastic introduction to...
dinahrayfitzgerald, May 2016
Seoul Afternoon Tour Including Changdeokgung Palace and Namdaemun Market
This was a fantastic introduction to Seoul. Our guide Sara was so patient and informative and her English was great. We went to Jongmyo shrine instead of Changdeokgung because it was Monday and the palace was closed. But the shrine was so interesting and a beautiful oasis in the middle of a busy city. Much to our surprise this was private tour. I guess because there were no other reservations. I highly recommend using I love Korea tour company.
star-4
Family full day tour
Norraida A, Jun 2019
Full Day Small-Group Royal Palace and Seoul Tour
Erin our tour guide made our trip enjoyable with information about the places of interest. She was very helpful and sweet. It was lovely
star-5
This was an excellent experience and...
Samuel M, Jun 2017
Korean Palace and Market Tour in Seoul Including Insadong and Gyeongbokgung Palace
This was an excellent experience and our tour guide Leslie was fantastic. This is a tour that moves along quickly so prepare to look and move on. I think the best thing about this tour was that it was a small group so we all go to know each other. This was one of the highlights of our trip to Seoul.
star-4
Enjoyed the opportunity of seeing...
Beverley C, Sep 2016
Seoul Afternoon Tour Including Changdeokgung Palace and Namdaemun Market
Enjoyed the opportunity of seeing and hearing about the Kings of Korea - fascinating tour or the Palace. the weather was against us but I did enjoy to trip up the mountain even if we couldn't see anything at the top! thanks for the service.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Changdeokgung Palace is a must-see for history buffs and culture lovers.

  • Palace visits are by organized tour only, and separate tickets are required for the Huwon Secret Garden. Several English-language tour options are available throughout the day.

  • Bring comfortable shoes for exploring the sprawling palace and gardens.

  • Visitor facilities include onsite parking and restrooms.

  • Wheelchair and stroller rentals are available.

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How to Get There

Changdeokgung Palace is set in the Jongno-gu area of Seoul. It’s possible to get there via guided tour, taxi, or public transportation. To arrive by subway, take Line 3 to Anguk Station. From there, the palace is roughly five minutes away on foot.

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When to Get There

The Korean palace is open year-round and closed Mondays. The secret garden is especially beautiful in fall, when the trees’ leaves turn shades of gold and red. In late June, the lotus pond is surrounded by colorful flowers.

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The*Pungsu-Jiri* Principle of Korean Palaces

Like other Joseon palaces, a stream runs in front of and a mountain sits behind the buildings of Changdeokgung Palace for goodpungsu-jiri—the Korean version of Chinesefeng shui. This concept layers spiritual importance on the topography of land, water, and mountains, and has been an important aspect of Korean architecture for more than 1,000 years.

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