Introduction

Located in the heart of Seoul, Changgyeonggung Palace was originally built as Suganggung Palace by the 4th ruler of the Joseon Dynasty, King Sejong (r.1418-1450), for his retiring father, King Taejong. It often served as residential quarters for queens and concubines. During the reign of King Seongjong (r.1469-1494), the palace was renovated and renamed to Changgyeonggung Palace. It later became a park with a zoo and a botanical garden during Japanese colonial rule. The palace grounds remained this way until 1983 when restoration of its old grace was completed.

Past the main entrance of Changgyeonggung Palace, Honghwa Gate, you will find Okcheongyo Bridge. All palaces of the Joseon dynasty have ponds with an arch bridge over them, just like Okcheongyo Bridge. Cross Okcheongyo Bridge, pass the Myeongjeongmun Gate, and you will find Myeonjeongjeon. This is the office of the king, and Myeongjeongjeon is the oldest of the Joseon Dynasty palaces. The houses face southwards, but Myeongjeongjeon faces east. Because the ancestral shrine of the royal family is located to the south,
the gate couldn't face the south, as is required by Confucian custom. There are stones with the status of the officials carved on the yard. Behind Myeongjeongjeon on the upper left side is Sungmundang. This building utilizes the slope of the mountain. If you look at Myeongjeongjeon and Munjeongjeon, the combination of the high and low roofs offers a beautiful view.

Tongmyeongjeon was built for the queen. It is the biggest building in Changgyeonggung Palace, and you can recognize the delicate details of its structure in various parts of the building. Walk up the stones past Tongmyeongjeon and there you will find Jagyeongjeon. On the southeast direction of the Jagyeongjeon is the Punggidae. This Punggidae is a measuring instrument. It is a long pole with a cloth hung at the end used to check the speed and direction of the wind. If you head north there is a large pond called Chundangji. Half of the pond was originally a rice field that the king took care of. But during the Japanese occupation, the rice field was changed to a pond with little ships floating on it. And the botanic garden built above the pond still remains today.

 

Address: 

185 Changgyeonggung-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul[Google Map]

 

Closed: 

Mondays

 

 

Homepage: 

cgg.cha.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

 

 

How To Use

 

Parking Facilities: 

Available (33 spaces)

 

 

Transportation

 

[Subway]
Anguk Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 3.
- Walk straight along Yulgok-ro for about 1 km.
- Turn left onto Changgyeonggung-ro.
- Walk about 300m to find the palace entrance on the left.

[Bus]
Changyeonggung Palace. Seoul University Hospital Bus Stop.
Blue Bus No. 100, 102, 104, 151, 171, 272, 301, 601 710
Airport Bus No. 6011

 

 

Additional Info

 

Admission Fees: 

[Korean Citizens]
Adults (ages 25-64): Individual 1,000 won / Group (10+ people): 800 won

[International Visitors]
Adults (ages 19 and older): Individual 1,000 won / Group (10+ people): 800 won
Teenagers & Children (ages 18 and younger): 500 won

* Free admission: Preschoolers (ages 6 and younger), visitors wearing hanbok, all visitors on the last Wednesday of each month
* Integrated admission ticket is also available and can be purchased separately. Refer to the palace websites for details.

 

Restrooms: 

Available

 

Parking Fees: 

Standard fare: 2,000 won for 2 hr / 1,000 for every additional 30 min
Minibus and larger: 3,000 won for 2 hr / 1,000 for every additional 30 min
* Free parking when palace is closed

 

Interpretation Services Offered: 

English - 11:00, 16:00
Japanese - 10:00, 14:00
Chinese - 09:30, 15:00

* Departure: In front of Okcheongyo Bridge / Duration: Approx. 1 hour
* Groups of 30 people or more are required to make a reservation two days in advance via phone at +82-2-762-4868.

 

tel: +82-2-762-4868

zipcode: 03072

infocenter: • 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330
(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
• For more info: +82-2-762-4868

usetime: 09:00-21:00 (Last admission 20:00)

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