Changdeok Palace | Seoul, KR

Changdeok Palace or known as Changdeokgung was built as a secondary palace of the Joseon Dynasty, during the reign of King Taejong. During the Japanese invasion, all palaces in Seoul including Gyeongbok Palace (the main palace), were left in ruins. The palace was reconstructed and served as the main palace for almost 300 years until Gyeongbok Palace was finally rebuilt. Unlike Gyeongbok Palace, Changdeok Palace is laid out in harmony with the area’s topography-it was constructed on the base of a mountain.

It is a unique case in the history of palace architecture in East Asia, as it retains remarkable asymmetric beauty in terms of layout. The palace was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1997. The UNESCO committee stated that the place was an “outstanding example of Far Eastern palace architecture and garden design” being exceptional because the buildings are “integrated into and harmonized with the natural setting” and adapted “to the topography and retaining indigenous tree cover.”

Ticket booth

Admission

Adults- 3,000 won / Group(10 persons or more)-2,400 won
Children- 1,500 won / Group (10 persons or more)-1,200 won

Tourists going to the entrance gate

Guide books

Gate detail

Rank stones

How to go there:
Subway – Jongno 3-ga station (Line 1,3 or 5 ), Exit 6
              Angguk station (Line 3), Exit 3
Bus – Blue bus: 109, 151, 162, 171, 172, 272
         Green bus: 7025

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