Deoksugung Palace

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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. 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.

* Free Guided Tours:
– English: (Tue-Sun) 10:30AM, 1:30PM
– Chinese: (Tue-Fri) 10AM, 2:30PM, (Sat) 10AM
– Japanese: (Tue-Sun) 9:30AM, 4PM

Operating Hours:
9AM - 9PM (*Admission allowed until one hour before closing.)
Closed:
Mondays
Price:
₩1,000 won (Adults)
500 won (Aged 7-18)
Free (Aged 6 and below or 65 and above)
Combination Ticket: 10,000 won admission to all 5 palaces
*Free if wearing hanbok (traditional Korean clothes) or visiting on last Wednesday of every month.
Phone Number:
02-751-0734
Address:
99, Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Website:
Subway Station:
City Hall Station (Line 1,2)