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Deoksugung Palace (덕수궁)

  • Deoksugung Palace (덕수궁)
  • Deoksugung Palace (덕수궁)
  • Deoksugung Palace (덕수궁)
  • Deoksugung Palace (덕수궁)
  • Deoksugung Palace (덕수궁)
  • Deoksugung Palace (덕수궁)
  • Deoksugung Palace (덕수궁)
  • Deoksugung Palace (덕수궁)
  • Deoksugung Palace (덕수궁)
  • Deoksugung Palace (덕수궁)
  • Deoksugung Palace (덕수궁)
  • Deoksugung Palace (덕수궁)
  • Deoksugung Palace (덕수궁)
  • Deoksugung Palace (덕수궁)
  • Deoksugung Palace (덕수궁)
  • Deoksugung Palace (덕수궁)
  • Deoksugung Palace (덕수궁)
  • Deoksugung Palace (덕수궁)
  • Deoksugung Palace (덕수궁)
  • Deoksugung Palace (덕수궁)
  • Deoksugung Palace (덕수궁)
  • Deoksugung Palace (덕수궁)
  • Deoksugung Palace (덕수궁)
  • Deoksugung Palace (덕수궁)
  • Deoksugung Palace (덕수궁)
  • Deoksugung Palace (덕수궁)
  • Deoksugung Palace (덕수궁)
  • Deoksugung Palace (덕수궁)
  • Deoksugung Palace (덕수궁)
  • Deoksugung Palace (덕수궁)
  • Deoksugung Palace (덕수궁)
  • Deoksugung Palace (덕수궁)
  • Deoksugung Palace (덕수궁)
  • Deoksugung Palace (덕수궁)
  • Deoksugung Palace (덕수궁)
  • Deoksugung Palace (덕수궁)
  • Deoksugung Palace (덕수궁)
  • Deoksugung Palace (덕수궁)
  • Deoksugung Palace (덕수궁)
  • Deoksugung Palace (덕수궁)
  • Deoksugung Palace (덕수궁)
  • Deoksugung Palace (덕수궁)
  • Deoksugung Palace (덕수궁)
  • Deoksugung Palace (덕수궁)
  • Deoksugung Palace (덕수궁)

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Address
99 Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 중구 세종대로 99 (정동)
Type
Palaces/ Fortresses/ Gates
Inquiries
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330
(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
• For more info: +82-2-771-9951,
+82-2-751-0734
Homepage
www.deoksugung.go.kr (Korean, English)
  • Information
    Introduction
    Located at the corner of Seoul's busiest downtown intersection, Deoksugung Palace is famous for its elegant stone-wall road. It is also the only palace that sits alongside a series of western style buildings that add to the uniqueness of the surrounding scenery. Deoksugung Palace originally belonged to Wolsandaegun (1454-1488), the older brother of King Seongjong (1469-1494) of the Joseon Dynasty. It became a proper palace when Gwanghaegun (1575-1641) ascended to the throne and gave this royal residence the name Gyeongungung Palace in 1611. Over the following decades, the palace alternated between being an official palace and a temporary residence. The name did not official change to Deoksugung Palace, meaning the “palace of virtuous longevity,” until 1907. While the palace incompassed a vast area with many buildings, the current palace grounds are just a small shadow of the prior splendor, with very few structures remaining.

    Upon entering Deoksugung Palace through Daehanmun Gate, visitors will cross the wide bridge of Geumcheon Stream. The king's carriage would pass over this bridge during ancient times. The legal building Junghwajeon Hall is very stately, revealing its long history. The Jeukjodang Building received its name from Gwanghaegun and In-Jo, who both ascended to the throne here. The front sign on Jeukjodang was written personally by Gojong (26th king of the Joseon Dynasty, r. 1863-1907) in 1905 after he became king. Hamnyeongjeon Hall was where Gojong slept, named with the meaning of wishing for lasting peace for Gojong. The East Wing served as the king’s room, and the west wing was for the queen.

    Jeonggwanheon Hall was the first Western-style building built in the palace, completed in 1900. Gojong enjoyed drinking coffee and spending his free time here. The back of the building had secret passageways to the Russian Emissary, which still exist today. Seokjojeon Hall is the other Western-style building that still remains in Deoksugung Palace, and it was in the process of being built by a British man for his company, when in 1905 the property rights were transferred to Japan. It was finally completed in 1910. After Gojong’s death, Seokjojeon Hall became a Japanese art gallery open to the public. After the Korean Declaration of Independence, the American-Russian joint commission was held here as well in May 1946. The east wing of Seokjogwan Hall now serves as a palace treasure exhibition, and the west wing is used as part of the National Modern Art Center.

    Junghwajeon Hall was the center of politics during the Korean Empire and served as the backdrop to critical discussions on national affairs among the country’s leaders. The elaborateness of the hall’s interior is said to reflect the confidence of King Gojong in his ability to effectively lead the country into the 20th century. One of the most striking parts of the building is the pair of dragons that decorates the canopy above the throne of the king. These dragons can also be seen on the ceiling of Junghwajeon Hall and were representative designs of Deoksugung Palace, the imperial palace at that time. Though Junghwajeon Hall was originally built in 1902 as a multi-roofed building, it was redesigned as a single-roofed building in 1906 after it caught on fire two years before that.

    Current Status
    Historic Site No. 124 (Designated on January 18, 1963)

    Closed
    Mondays

    Activity Information
    Changing of the Royal Guards Ceremony

    * Ceremony Schedule: 11:00, 14:00, 15:30 (Closed on Mondays)
    * Ceremony Route:
    Daehanmun Gate at Deoksugung Palace → Seoul Plaza → Cheonggye Plaza
    → Gwangtonggyo Bridge → Bosingak Bell
    ** Bosingak Bell Ringing Ceremony takes place at noon.

    ** The operating hours may vary by season, please check the details ahead of your visit.
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    Operating Hours
    09:00-21:00 (Last ticket sales and admission at 20:00)

    Parking Facilities
    Not available

    Admission Fees
    [Foreign Visitors]
    Adults 1,000 won / Groups of 10 or more 800 won
    Teenagers 500 won / Groups of 10 or more 400 won
    * Free admission: Children (ages 6 and under, Seniors (ages 65 or older), visitors wearing hanbok, all visitors on the last Wednesday of each month (Culture Day)

    [Combination Ticket for Palaces]
    - Sites: Changdeokgung Palaces (including Huwon, Secret Garden), Changgyeonggung Palace, Deoksugung Palace, Gyeongbokgung Palace, Jongmyo Shrine
    - Fee: 10,000 KRW (Note, refund not available after using the ticket the first time)
    - Validity: Up to one month after purchase.

    * Visitors may take a combined tour of Changdeokgung Palace and Changgyeonggung Palace (additional ticket purchase must be purchased at Hamyangmun Gate).

    * The Jongmyo Shrine tour will be offered only at specific times during the day, except on Saturdays, when visitors may tour at their leisure. The passage connecting Jongmyo Shrine and Changgyeonggung will be closed to public access.

    * Closed on Monday: Changdeokgung Palace, Deoksugung Palace, Changgyeonggung Palace
    * Closed on Tuesday: Gyeongbokgung Palace, Jongmyo Shrine

    Restrooms
    Available

    Reservation Info. for Foreigners
    Reservations available via phone (+82-2-771-9955) or online (English)
    * Please note that intepretation services are not available during public holidays.

    Interpretation Services Offered
    English, Chinese, Japanese

    Pets
    Not permitted

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