|Changdeokgung Palace and Huwon (창덕궁과 후원) [UNESCO World Heritage]|
|Changdeokgung Palace was the second royal villa built following the construction of Gyeongbukgung Palace in 1405. It was the principal palace for many of the Joseon kings and is the most well-preserved of the five remaining royal Joseon palaces. The palace grounds are comprised of a public palace area, a royal family residence building, and the rear garden. Known as a place of rest for the kings, the rear garden boasts a gigantic tree that is over 300 years old, a small pond, and a pavilion.
The palace gained in importance starting from the time of 9th king of Joseon, Seongjong, when a number of kings began using it as a place of residence. Unfortunately, the palace was burned down by angry citizens in 1592 when the royal family fled their abode during the Japanese Invasion of Korea. Thanks to Gwanghaegun, the palace was restored in 1611. Even today, it holds a number of cultural treasures such as Injeongjeon Hall, Daejojeon Hall, Seonjeongjeon Hall, and Nakseonjae.
Changdeokgung’s rear garden was constructed during the reign of King Taejong and served as a resting place for the royal family members. The garden had formerly been called ‘Bukwon’ and ‘Geumwon,’ but was renamed ‘Biwon’ after King Kojong came into power. The garden was kept as natural as possible and was touched by human hands only when absolutely necessary. Buyongjeong, Buyongji, Juhabru, Eosumun, Yeonghwadang, Bullomun, Aeryeonjeong, and Yeongyeongdang are some of the many pavilions and fountains that occupy the garden. The most beautiful time to see the garden is during the fall when the autumn foliage is at its peak and the leaves have just started to fall.
Though it has been treasured by Koreans for centuries, the Changdeokgung Palace was not designated a World Cultural Heritage by the World Cultural Heritage Committee until December of 1997, at the committee meeting in Napoli, Italy.
(Click here for more information on Changdeokgung Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site)
The Changdeokgung Palace was one of the places visited by the "first ladies of the Seoul G20" during the G20 conference in Seoul in November 2010. It is one of the historic attractions that represent the beauty of Korea.
|General Course: 60 minutes
Huwon (Secret Garden) Course: 90 minutes
|Tour Course Information|
Donhwanmun Gate → Gemcheongyo Bridge → Injeongmun Gate and Injeongjeon Hall → Huijeongdang House → Daejojeon Hall → Nakseonjae
Huwon (Secret Garden) Course
Hamyangmun Gate → Buyongji Pond area → Uiduhap Building → Bullomun Gate → Aeryeonji Pond area → Yeonggyeongdang House → Jondeokjeong area → Ongnyucheon → Donhwamun Gate
|Regular Tour (Changdeokgung Palace)
March & November: 09:00-17:30
※ Last admission is one hour before closing.
Huwon Course (Guided Tour only)
February–May & September-October: 10:00-18:00
* Last admission is 2 hours before closing.
* Tickets can be purchased 1 hour before opening.
|Regular Tour (Changdeokgung Palace)
Adults (ages 19-64): 3,000 won / Group (over 10): 2,400 won
Children (ages 7-18): 1,500 won / Group (over 10): 1,200 won
Huwon Tour (Secret Garden area)
Adults (ages over 19): 5,000 won
Children (ages 7-18): 2,5000 won
* Admission to Changdeokgung Palace included.
- Admission to the Four Palaces (Changdeokgung Palaces (including Huwon, Secret Garden), Changgyeonggung Palace, Deoksugung Palace, Gyeongbokgung Palace) and Jongmyo Shrine
- Ticket price: 10,000 won per person (Valid for 1 month after purchase)
- Refunds are not available after the ticket has been used at the first site.
※ Visitors may go on a combined tour of Changdeokgung and Changgyeonggung palaces. (Separate tickets 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. During this time, the passage connecting Jongmyo Shrine and Changgyeonggung Palace will be closed to the public.
※ Closed on Mondays: Changdeokgung, Deoksugung, and Changgyeonggung palaces
※ Closed on Tuesdays: Gyeongbokgung Palace, Jongmyo Shrine
|Benches, water fountain, shaded rest areas, snack bar|
|Facilities for the Handicapped|
|Free wheelchair rental services, restrooms, reserved parking
* Due to the steep slope of the land, wheelchair users may find it hard to nagivate around the Ongnyucheon area.
|Interpretation Services Offered|
Korean: 09:30, 11:30, 13:30, 15:30, 16:30
English: 10:30, 14:30
Huwon (Duration: 90min)
Korean: 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 14:30, 15:00, 16:00, 16:30
English: 11:30, 15:30
Japanese: 10:30, 13:30, 16:15 (60min)
|Reservation Info. for Foreigners|
reservations required for Huwon Tour (Secret Garden area).
Tel: +82-2-762-8261 (English)
Online reservations (Korean only)
|Baby Stroller Rentals|
|Anguk Station (Subway Line 3), Exit 3.
Go straight for 5min.
Jongno 3(sam)-ga Station (Subway Line 1, 3 or 5), Exit 7.
Go straight along Donhwamun-ro Street for 10min.