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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
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Full Day Small-Group Royal Palace and Seoul Tour
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$97.44 per adult
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Tuesday Full Day Tour
Mr. Young was a great tour guide. The car we drove around in was very easy to talk to and passionate about the history of Korea. We had a lot of fun on this day trip!
Sara_S, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Seoul

star-5
Very Impressive city Seoul.
Wichitra_P, Jul 2022
Full Day Small-Group Royal Palace and Seoul Tour
Very good tour guide in terms of history knowledge of the palaces , temple and excellent services and taking care of the tour group.
star-5
Had a great tour guide ,...
Sharon_V, Jul 2022
Full Day Small-Group Royal Palace and Seoul Tour
Had a great tour guide , was very accommodating & informative , learned important history . Tour guide speaks very good English
star-5
Great tour and your guide
Manolis_K, May 2022
Korean Palace and Market Tour in Seoul Including Insadong and Gyeongbokgung Palace
Ko and our driver were amazing and we've had a really enjoyable day sightseeing around the city! I'd definitely recommend this tour to anyone that wants to crump up a lot of the main attractions in one day :)
star-5
Daylong tour of Seoul
Jacques_A, May 2022
Korean Palace and Market Tour in Seoul Including Insadong and Gyeongbokgung Palace
Nice daylong tour. Our guide, Gin, was knowledgeable, pleasant, not hurried. Last part was a little bit of a letdown since on Sunday many stores in the market are closed
star-5
Great tour
Jill_C, Jun 2022
Full Day Small-Group Royal Palace and Seoul Tour
Crystal was an excellent guide and our driver was very courteous and friendly. The only drawback was the lunch place that we were to go to was closed and the last minute choice was not a good lunch, no fault of your guide or Viator. We had a great time and experienced many things.
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.
star-5
signed up for this tour to get historic sites, and I got so much more. Helped rest of Korean trip!
Taylor_W, Jul 2022
Korean Palace and Market Tour in Seoul Including Insadong and Gyeongbokgung Palace
Absolute Must Do! I signed up for this tour to get historic sites out of the way, and I got so much more! The tour guide, Soyoung, went well above and beyond to make this tour fun, comfortable, informative, and helpful. This tour even helped the rest of my stay in Korea as Soyoung helped me to learn the Korean subway system. I took my first solo trip to Korea a few weeks ago. I cannot emphasize enough that I am so glad I took this tour on my first full day there! For the first half of the day, we went to 5 1/2 different sites. It happened to rain all throughout, but the sites were still so cool to see and never felt too rushed. The tour guide was excellent at explaining detail & facts about every site; even adding her own personal favorite things about every place, which was cool to hear from a local's perspective. Her English was very good and very understandable. Soyoung also always offered to take photos for us and would suggest the best backdrops to have in our photos. She wouldn't mind if you wanted to retake them. By the time we were just hungry enough, we went to a cool Korean BBQ place hidden within the Insadong alleyways. It was very local (exactly what I had in mind when I came to Korea - so it was perfect) and the food was good. The group that we started with included me and a family of five. The family of five only signed up for a half-day tour whereas I had signed up for a full-day tour. This meant that for the second half of the tour it was just me and the tour guide. Soyoung did a fantastic job of keeping up the conversation, making me feel comfortable, and stopping in stores whenever I wanted to. When we went to the Namdaemun Market she would help me look for specific items and helped to negotiate down the price when able. When we went to the Changdeokgung palace, not only did we get to take more time exploring the area, but we also stopped at a cafe where she bought me water and offered to buy me snacks as well. And, because it was raining so hard, she also let me borrow her brand-new, never-before-worn raincoat just to help keep me warm! (See photo) And at the end of the experience, instead of having the driver take me back and forth to my hotel (a two-hour total drive for the driver), she asked if we could use the subway instead. This ended up working perfectly because I had never used the Korean subway system! When Soyoung heard this she helped me to find a t-money card (a cute one that we took two stops to get, haha). She also showed me how to put money on the card and how to navigate the subway system. She sat with me for the hour-long subway back to my hotel! At the end of it all, she even offered to exchange contacts so that if I needed anything for the rest of my trip I could message her at any time! Basically, this was above anything I could’ve asked for! A very memorable experience! I would highly recommend going on this tour and going with Soyoung if you can.
star-5
My "seoul"
Jessica_H, Feb 2020
Korean Palace and Market Tour in Seoul Including Insadong and Gyeongbokgung Palace
All the attractions and places we visited were incredible and our tour guide was so cute and sweet. Definitely recommend this tour.
star-5
Fabulous market, beautiful palace.
GBGAL, Feb 2020
Full Day Small-Group Royal Palace and Seoul Tour
Mr Kim was a excellent guide, leant a lot about the history of South Korea. The palaces were beautiful and the the market was amazing! Would highly recommend this tour,good value for the money.
star-5
Seoul Tour
Whitney_J, Nov 2019
Full Day Small-Group Royal Palace and Seoul Tour
Fantastic tour with Jake visiting the royal palace, several markets, temples and a delicious lunch. We only had two days in the city and this tour was worth it!
star-4
Great Private Tour
Erika_V, Oct 2019
Full Day Small-Group Royal Palace and Seoul Tour
We didnt realize they would pick us up in a private car just for the 2 of us. Guide spoke English well. Her and driver were extremely professional and efficient. Lunch was delicious. This tour was a great blend between learning history and strolling/enjoying/shopping. What a great day!
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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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