Gyeongbokgung, Deoksugung, and Changdeokgung, 3 Palaces in Seoul You Need to Visit

There are 3 palaces in downtown Seoul that attract more public attention with Gwanghwamun as its centre. The 3 magnificent palaces in Seoul are the Gyeongbuk Palace at the city centre, the Changdeok Palace at the east, and the Duksoo Palace at the south.

Gyeongbuk Palace was built during the Joseon Dynasty in 1395 as the first Joseon palace. Compared to other palaces, the place at the east and dubbed Bukkwol was destroyed by fire during the Japanese invasion.

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The building was then restored under the leadership of Heungseondaewongun during the reign of King Kojong. Amazingly, this building became the most representative of the Joseon Dynasty, Gyeonghoeru Pavilion and Hyangwonjeong who survived intact.

The Korean National Palace Museum, Gyeongbok Palac is located on the east side of Hyangwonjeong Palace and we can feel the pleasure of other tours.

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Dueoksu is also a cultural heritage. Deoksu Palace is located near Sejong University. Together with Gyeongbok Palace, this palace becomes a typical tourist destination that many people love. At first this building was not a royal palace, but the palace in Hanyang was destroyed by the Japanese invasion and then made into a palace.

Deoksu Palace still has a beautiful appearance even though it is just a building of its own, there are buildings such as Chinese paintings, gates of China, Hamonjeon, and statues of European-style statues. There are buildings that cannot be visited, but this is still a favourite destination for Korean and international travellers. In 3 times a day we can see the palace gate change.

Changdeok Palace, which is the 122nd historical temple, is a separate castle built after the Gyeongbok Palace.

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Unlike other palaces, this place is available to visit and a great place to take pictures or dating. Huwon (Biwon) is a must-visit place when it comes to Changdeok Palace.

For Biwon, the number of visitors and time is limited and it is difficult to visit without prior reservation. In November, tickets to Changdeok Palace will close at 4.30 pm, while Biwon will close at 3 pm. Tour with English, Japanese, and Chinese tour guides is 5 times a day (English 3 times and Japan and China each 1 time).