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“Not very special”
Review of Deoksugung

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Owner description: This mid-15th-century palace houses the Royal Museum.
Reviewed 26 May 2014

You will find almost nothing but empty palaces. The pattern is nice, but it's can be seen in other places in Korea. Ticket is cheap, just 1000 KRW, but really that cheap is not worth

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Reviewed 28 April 2014

This is a very small property since much of the original Palace land has been sold off for development. The buildings that still exist are nice and there is an english brochure available for 500 won. Admission is only 1000 won for adults. The whole thing can be seen in under an hour. Inside the walls it is very peaceful, you can bring a lunch and enjoy a nice meal on one of the benches.

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Reviewed 23 April 2014

Following our visit to Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung, we had some time to visit Deoksugung. The history of this palace is covered extensively elsewhere, and all the practical information required is in the excellent KTO page

We bought an Integrated Ticket of Palaces which covers Changdeokgung, Changgyeonggung, Deoksugung, Gyeongbokgung and Jongmyo Shrine. This was excellent value at 10,000 won.

After the history lessons at the first two much larger palaces, we did not join a tour as the palace is small enough to wander around independently, with notes from your guidebook. It is situated in delightful gardens, with many seats dotted around, so you can bring a picnic or rest your weary feet if you have been shopping too much in the nearby area.

There is also a Changing of the Guards ceremony at this palace, and the National Museum of Contemporary Art is in the same compound.

Although this palace is not as big as Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung, I gave it a five star rating because of its convenient location right in the centre of a shopping area, which means you can just pop in for a quick visit and get some history and culture, along with some art as well.

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Reviewed 22 April 2014

Deoksugung Palace is situated on a much smaller site than the other palaces in Seoul. It is confined in the city, almost surrounded by high rise buildings and roads with heavy traffic. Deoksugung Palace was used a home for the King when other royal palaces were burnt to the ground by the Japanese in the Colonial Period. In the current day, Deoksugung now also happens to be the site of the National Museum of Art, and of course another major place of interest for tourists, but not quite as popular as Gyeongbokgung.

Another point of interest at Deoksugung Palace is the great statue of the Korean King ‘Sejong the Great’. This statue provides a nice photo opportunity and it is not always easy to find yourself alone without the mass crowds in front of your lens.

I would place Deoksugung in third place of the 3 major palaces in Seoul, behind Gyeongbokgung, and Changdeokgung. If you have time to visit all three, please do! Otherwise, you will need to prioritise.

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Reviewed 13 April 2014

Small in size compared to the big and famous gyeongbokgung palace. Situated right next to the city hall metro station. Very convenient to reach. Had the modern art exhibition when I visited. But the guard changing ceremony is not to be missed. In fact can be better appreciated here, as crowd is less. If you reach early, can take photographs with the royal guards. Very friendly. But the palace complex itself is small in size and some parts are under renovation, hence closed.
But can spend few hours here.

Thank dockumar
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