Deoksugung Palace has an interesting history in that it was originally one of the residences of the royal family, but officially became a royal palace when the other palaces were burned down during the Imjin War. Maybe even more interesting are the Western style buildings that were built on the Deoksugung Palace grounds. One of them is where Emperor Gojong enjoyed drinking his coffee, a first for Korean emperors. One of the great things about Deoksugung Palace is the size of it; it’s the best choice of the five grand palaces of Seoul if you’re short on time. The palace grounds are small and can be perused leisurely in an hour, while some of the other palaces are smaller, Deoksugung Palace is most easily accessible. During the spring, the sight of cherry blossoms in hues of white and pink make the Palace a sight to behold, especially with the tall modern skyscrapers hovering over the palace walls. And the Deoksugung Stone Wall, which is to the left of the main entrance, is a nice leisurely stroll that leads to the Seoul Museum of Art.
* Free Guided Tours:
– English: (Tue-Sun) 10:30AM, 1:30PM
– Chinese: (Tue-Fri) 10AM, 2:30PM, (Sat) 10AM
– Japanese: (Tue-Sun) 9:30AM, 4PM