AboutIf the palace walls of Changdeokgung could talk, visitors would probably listen in on tales of court intrigue, plotting eunuchs, and feuding royalty. Instead, through a well-informed tour guide, you will be educated on the form and function of the now-empty palace buildings scattered across acres of land in the middle of bustling Seoul.
The buildings have remained largely intact over six centuries and served as a backdrop for the last chapters of the Joseon period (1392-1910). Korea’s last emperor Sunjong passed away on these grounds in 1926, and it’s commonly known that members of royal descendants lived in Nakseonjae, a cluster of unpainted palace buildings well into the late ‘80s. The entry gate to the grounds, Donhwamun, is a two-story structure dating back to the 15th century.
Meanwhile, the Eochago or the Royal Garage carries a precarious display of automobiles used to transport the royal family in the era of Henry Ford. Although your English-speaking guide will give details on major palace buildings, the Injeongjeon remains a focal point of tour interest. It’s the second largest wooden building in Korea and features Daehanjeguk-period chandeliers with golden silk fringes as well as four-meter long silk window curtains. The pristine Biwon preserves the finer aesthetics of the Korean garden. English tours take place daily at 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, and 3:30 pm. Admission is 3,000 won for adults, 1,500 won for children.
- 2-71, Yulgok-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
- http://eng.cdg.go.kr (English, Korean, Japanese, Chinese)
- 3,000 won for adults, 1,500 won for children
- Please use public transportation
- Hours of Operation
- Apr.-Oct.: 9a.m.-6:30p.m. Nov., Mar.: 9a.m.-5:30p.m. Dec.-Feb.: 9a.m.-5p.m. English tours : 11:30, 13:30, 15:30
- Every Monday
|andrew||my fave palace in korea. the english tour is especially helpful to appreaciate it's history and beauty. a great palce to see autumn foliage.||2010-06-27 20:50|
|aquagirl76||A visit to Seoul isn't complete without a tour of the Secret Garden (Biwon). It's most beautiful in the fall.||2010-06-27 16:31|
|lunare||The English tours sound like an amazing experience on a palace this intimidating. In addition, the self-guided tours should just be as grand||2010-06-13 21:56|
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Article source: Seoul Metropolitan Government Tourism Division