Introduction

Changdeokgung Palace was the second royal villa built following the construction of Gyeongbukgung Palace in 1405. It was the principal palace for many kings of the Joseon dynasty, 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 importance starting from the time of Seongjong, the 9th king of Joseon, 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 houses a number of cultural treasures, such as Injeongjeon Hall, Daejojeon Hall, Seonjeongjeon Hall, and Nakseonjae.

Changdeokgung Palace’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, Changdeokgung Palace was recognized as a World Cultural Heritage site by the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Committee in December of 1997 during the committee meeting in Naples, Italy.

Changdeokgung Palace was one of the places visited by the first ladies of the Seoul G20 summit during the G20 conference in Seoul in November 2010. It is one of the most historically significant attractions that represent the beauty of Korea.

 

Address: 

99, Yulgok-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul[Google Map]

 

Closed: 

Mondays

 

 

Homepage: 

www.cdg.go.kr (Korean, English)

 

 

How To Use

 

Parking Facilities: 

Use paid parking lot available nearby

 

 

Transportation

 

[Subway]
Anguk Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 3.
Walk straight from the exit (towards east) for about 5-min to arrive at the palace entrance.

[Bus]
Take any of the following buses and get off at Changgyeonggung Palace Bus Stop.
- Blue Bus No. 100, 102, 104, 106, 107, 108, 140, 143, 150, 151, 160, 162, 301, 710
- Airport Bus No. 6011

 

 

Additional Info

 

Tour Course Information: 

General Tour
Donhwanmun Gate → Palace Chambers → Geumcheongyo Bridge → Injeongjeon Hall → Seonjeongjeon Hall → Huijeongdang House → Daejojeon Hall → Nakseonjae

Huwon (Secret Garden) Tour
Huwon Entrance → → Buyongji Pond → Bullomun Gate & Aeryeonji Pond → Jondeokjeong Pavilion & Pyeomusa House → Ongnyucheon Stream → Yeonggyeongdang House

 

Admission Fees: 

[Changdeokgung Palace]
Adults (ages 25-64): 3,000 won / Group (over 10 people): 2,400 won
Students (ages 24 and under): Free (* Except for foreign visitors)
* Free admission to Changdeokgung Palace: Refer to the homepage for free admission information.
* Discount admission ticket: Jongno residents (50% discount) (* Must present an ID card.)

[Special Ticket]
Long-term admission: 30,000 won (For regular entrance only)
- Expires one month after date of purchase / One portrait photo must be submitted / Admission available only for purchased palace

Lunch hour admission: 5,000 won (For regular entrance only)
- Admission hours: 12:00 - 14:00 / Limited to 10 times for use anytime during 3 months after date of purchase. (Applicants are limited to office workers near the palace or residents in the area / Admission available only for purchased palace)

[Combination Ticket]
- 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 3 months after date of purchase)
- Ticketing is available at the ticketing booth of the four palaces and Jongmyo Shirine.
* To visit Huwon (special tour) of Changceokgung Palace, visitors must make online reservation or get the on-site ticket on first-come, first-served basis as admission is limited.

* Huwon Tour (Secret Garden)
Adults (ages 25-64) 8,000 won
Young adults (ages 19-24) 5,000 won
Children and Teenagers (ages 7-18): 2,500 won
Groups of 10 people or more: 7,400 won
* Free admission: Children (ages 6 or under) / People with disabilities / Men of national merits
* Discount ticket is available for Jongno residents (50% discount / ID card required)

 

Restrooms: 

Available

 

Interpretation Services Offered: 

[Changdeokgung Palace Guided Tour]
English: 10:15, 13:15 (twice a day)
Japanese: 11:00 (once a day)
Chinese: 10:00, 16:00 (twice a day)
Tour Route: Donhwanmun Gate → Palace Chambers → Geumcheongyo Bridge → Injeongjeon Hall → Seonjeongjeon Hall → Huijeongdang House → Daejojeon Hall → Nakseonjae
Length of tour: Approx. 60 min.
Start point: Inside Donhwamun Gate, in front of information map
* Schedule and route are subject to change due to weather conditions.

[Huwon Garden Guided Tour]
English: 10:30, 11:30, 14:30 / Feb-Nov 15:30
Japanese: 13:30
Chinese: 12:30
Tour route: Huwon Entrance → Buyongji Pond → Bullomun Gate & Aeryeonji Pond → Jondeokjeong Pavilion & Pyeomusa House → Ongnyucheon Stream → Yeonggyeongdang House

* Schedule and route are subject to change due to weather conditions.
Length of tour: Approx. 90 min.
Start point: Hamyangmun Gate (approx. 10 min walk from Changdeokgung Palace)
* Koreans can participate in the interpreted guided tour only when accompanying a foreigner.

 

tel: +82-2-3668-2300

zipcode: 03072

expguide: Huwon (Secret Garden) Special Admission Tour

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infocenter: • 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330
(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

• For more info: +82-2-3668-2300

usetime: [Palace Tour]
Feb.-May, Sep.-Oct. 09:00-18:00
Jun.-Aug. 09:00-18:30
Nov.-Jan. 09:00-17:30
* Last admission: 1 hour before closing

[Huwon Tour (Guided Tour only)]
Mar.-May, Sept.-Oct. 10:00-17:30
June-Aug. 10:00-18:00
Feb., Nov. 10:00-17:00
Dec.-Jan. 10:00-16:30
* Last tour: 1hr 30min before closing
* Huwon Tour has limited space and must travel with a guide

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