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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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Full Day Small-Group Royal Palace and Seoul Tour
Full Day Small-Group Royal Palace and Seoul Tour
$97.44 per adult
Traveler Favorite
A day in Seoul
This tour was the most efficient way to get to see Seoul in the one day we had to explore. Great to know the history and significance of the palaces! Great guide and very timely transport from place to place.
Claire_M, Jan 2023

Recent reviews from experiences in Seoul

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A day in Seoul
Claire_M, Jan 2023
Full Day Small-Group Royal Palace and Seoul Tour
This tour was the most efficient way to get to see Seoul in the one day we had to explore. Great to know the history and significance of the palaces! Great guide and very timely transport from place to place.
star-4
Great time exploring Seoul
Dominic_S, Dec 2022
Full Day Small-Group Royal Palace and Seoul Tour
The guide, Sadie and her assistants were very knowledgeable and they made the experience very enjoyable.
star-5
Great experience
Erick_R, Dec 2022
Full Day Small-Group Royal Palace and Seoul Tour
Great attention by Saddie and all the team. Excelent explanations, perfect timming, All the places were awesome. Totally recomended.
star-5
Great overall experience
Eason_K, Dec 2022
Full Day Small-Group Royal Palace and Seoul Tour
The markets were a great experience and we enjoyed the temples. The guide was very nice and very knowledgeable. The food that they brought us to seemed very local and authentic.
star-5
Very wonderful trip
Tin_S, Dec 2022
Full Day Small-Group Royal Palace and Seoul Tour
My favourite places where we visited during the Seoul Tour are Gyeongbokgung Royal Palace and Namdaemum traditional market.
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Amazing!
Zarah_M, Oct 2022
Korean Palace and Market Tour in Seoul Including Insadong and Gyeongbokgung Palace
The tour was amazing and our tour guides Spring and Yoon made the experience even better. They were knowledgable, kind and really wanted everyone to enjoy themselves. Favourite part was seeing the changing of the guards at the palace and being with a great group of people. Would certainly recommend to anyone visiting Seoul.
star-5
Great tour of the City
Kim_C, Dec 2022
Korean Palace and Market Tour in Seoul Including Insadong and Gyeongbokgung Palace
Highly recommend this tour if it's your first time in Seoul. Be prepared for lots of walking as there is a lot to see in the two palaces we visited. It is a full day and our guide in the morning, Yoon, was so knowledgeable and got us the prime viewing position for the changing of the guard at the palace and kept everyone on time. Our afternoon tour guide Ko was also extremely knowledgeable and helpful with answering all our questions and getting us to where we needed to be. I would have preferred not to go to the Ginseng centre and spent more time in Insadong. Also the bus and van drivers we had were so good at getting us to and from all the attractions and back to the hotel at the end of the day.
star-5
Great tour!
Arlana_S, Dec 2022
Full Day Small-Group Royal Palace and Seoul Tour
Awesome and a must do if your in Seoul! Mr. Young has a vast knowledge of the history of Korea and was responsive to our questions. He was attentive to my 74 year old aunt and her needs.
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.
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Unforgettable experience!
ywidjaja, Dec 2022
Full Day Small-Group Royal Palace and Seoul Tour
Can’t say enough about our wonderful time with this group. Our guide and tour friends whom we just met on the day of the tour were amazing and funny. It’s like we have known each other for quite some time. There are 10 of us in total. We highly recommend this tour!
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Fantastic!
Jessa_D, Dec 2022
Full Day Small-Group Royal Palace and Seoul Tour
The whole tour is fascinating! Saidy (our tour guide) is very friendly,knowledgeable,very well in english,very patience too!! I strongly suggest her as tour guide super! Thank you for a wonderful experience
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Great Tour
pamela_d, Nov 2022
Full Day Small-Group Royal Palace and Seoul Tour
We had a great time with Sadie our tour guide. What I like is that she picked us up and dropped us off at our hotel. Sadie gave us a summary of Korean history and she is very knowledgeable. We enjoyed our tour so much.
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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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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