I’d suggest that you join the 1 hour and 20 minutes tour of Changdeokgung Palace in Seoul. I was impressed with our tour guide who speaks impeccable English and her knowledge about the palace itself was extensive. The tour doesn’t give you time to take pictures here and there but you can always go back when everything is done. And you’re also welcome to ask questions from time to time, too.
Changdeokgung Palace in Seoul was the seat go government for Joseon Dynasty for 270 years.
It is, in fact, the most favoured residence of Joseon Dynasty Royals.
It is also a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage.
Changdeokgung Palace is built to blend with its natural surroundings.
If you look at inside and out, many of the original features of the palace are still there, untouched.
This palace is very well preserved and I was very impressed.
Our guide told us fascinating stories, intrigues and secrets of the imperial courts.
And guess what? Changdeokgung has been inhabited by some members of the royal family until 1989 — which is not a long time ago, right?
Changdeokgung is one of the five imperial palaces in Seoul but I’d say that this one still has the most authentic features.
Changdeokgung Palace is on the east side of Gyeongbukgong Palace. So, you can visit the two palaces and compare them in your whole morning itinerary.
Inside the palace is the Secret Garden, which has a separate entrance fee.
The Secret Garden wasn’t really that impressive (at least to me) but I reckon that it’s more beautiful in autumn when the leaves are on fire.
Bring a bottle of water when you’re visiting in the summer. The walk is moderately easy but it can be exhausting. And wear comfy shoes, too.
Directions to Changdeokgung Palace:
- Take subway line 1, 3 and 5. Get off at Jongno 3 Samg-ga Station. Take Exit 7.
- Take subway line 3 and get off at Anguk Station. Take Exit 3. It’s 300 meters from there.