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Shenyang Imperial Palace (Gu Gong)

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Address: No.171 Shenyang Road, Shenhe District, Shenyang 110011, China
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Wonderful heritage, poorly preserved

This is an amazing cultural gem in Shenyang. It has wonderful displays of silk paintings and articles from an earlier time. That said, there has been no comprehensive attempt to... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an amazing cultural gem in Shenyang. It has wonderful displays of silk paintings and articles from an earlier time. That said, there has been no comprehensive attempt to make this the manifestly magnificent palace it truly is. Compared with similar Japanese sites, the Shenyang Imperial Palace is deteriorating and neglected. Beautiful woodwork has been left to the elements.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Spent a very happy 2 to 3 hours here and found it more manageable than the more famous Beijing version which I don't have great memories of visiting. Fewer people and smaller scale probably help keep more of an atmosphere.

Thank Safemach
Worcester Park, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

This is a smaller (and older) version of the Forbidden City in Beijing. It's interesting and informative to look around but you will only need a few hours to see the whole thing. The buildings are beautiful and well preserved. It's very popular with tourists so be prepared for it to be busy in places. An English guidebook or audio... More 

Thank Simon160606
Noth Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

I visited the Forbidden City in Beijing many times many years ago. The Shenyang Imperial Palace surpasses my memories of the Forbidden City in Beijing. This was the imperial palace when the Qing dynasty was established and remained there for about the first 12 years before the Qing court moved the capital to Beijing. Very impressive and well maintained. It's... More 

Thank Sam B
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

A great walk through history and some beautiful buildings .... a little bit touristy in places ... but where is'nt these days

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Well, if you've never seen a palace in Beijing (ot Seoul), you might want to see it. Otherwise, you can skip it. They charge 60RMB per person as entry fee, far too much in my eyes.

Thank david88
Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

A great attraction with wonderful history. The palace is another great history lesson about China's amazing past. There are many nice exhibits displayed in each of the buildings with many opportunities for learning. The buildings are in great shape with beautiful details. A excellent way to spend the afternoon.

Thank Chet D
Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

Nurhaci first built the old palace to manage and consolidate his forces before the conquest of China. His son then built the grander palace after he became emperor. There is some interesting information on the Bannerman but some exhibits were under renovation when I was there. The construction of the palace and the empress/concubines' room showed the family politics then.

Thank AndrewYew
Changchun, China
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

I did not feel the authenticity of demonstrating the culture and history of this spot, I felt a little commercialized. Although it's really nice place for taking pictures as your background, And mind you if you felt that the weather is really not good bring an umbrella because prices can increase when the weather is too bad and if possibly... More 

Thank ozgooo1980
Harbin, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

The Gugong (Imperial Palace) complex is a beautiful, less crowded 'Forbidden City' in Shenyang, the first capital of China's Qing Dynasty, which originated in Manchuria (now northeastern China). The complex is a gorgeous example of traditional Chinese architecture and is conveniently located in central Shenyang, making it easy to visit for anyone staying in the city center.

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