In this article, I would like to share my visiting experience regarding the location and introduction of Deoksugung Palace, day/night opening hours, ticket reservations, parking lot, etc.
I went to Deoksugung Palace on November 2, 2023.
Deoksugung Palace has a story behind its name.
In the early days, Deoksugung Palace had been called Gyeongungung Palace.
Sunjong(the last monarch of Korea) create a name ‘Deoksu’ for wishing a long life,
and he give it to Gojong(Sunjong’s father) when Gojong live in this palace.
after that, the palace name is called Deoksugung Palace.
Deoksugung Palace Location
Unlike other palaces nearby, Deoksugung Palace is well-equipped with transportation infrastructure.
If exiting exit 1 and 3 of City Hall Station,
The walls of Deoksugung Palace and Daehanmun Gate that guards the entrance to Deoksugung Palace welcome us.
Location: 99 Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul (If you want to see Google Maps, please click here 👆)
Opening Hours & Ticket Reservations
The ticket office for Deoksugung Palace is located right next to Daehanmun Gate.
Ticket Price: 1,000 won
*Deoksugung Palace is open on weekdays/daytime/night, and you can enter by purchasing an on-site ticket.
*Reservations are not possible.
*Deoksugung Palace’s closed day is every Monday.
Deoksugung Palace Opening hours
|Ticket sales and admission times||Opening hours|
|09:00 ~ 20:00||09:00 ~21:00|
※ Night opening hours: until 21:00pm
Deoksugung Palace entrance fee (Korean / Foreigner)
|Personal||Group (10 or more people)|
※ Foreigners can visit Deoksugung Palace for free if they meet the conditions below.
- Free admission for those under 18 / over 65
- Free admission if the last Wednesday of every month is “Culture Day”
- Free admission for those wearing hanbok ☞ Chech hanbok guidelines
Tour inside Deoksugung Palace
After purchasing your ticket and passing through Daehanmun Gate,
Gwangmyeongjeon and the walls surrounding Hamnyeongmun on your left greet to me.
After passing the walls, Hamheungjeon and the small Deokhongjeon appears.
The appearance of Hamheungjeon and Deokhongjeon somewhat resembles that of a parent and child!
According to the information, Hamheungjeon was used as King Gojong’s bedroom, and Deokheungjeon was used as Empress Myeongseong’s bedroom.
(Is that why I felt they looked similar…)
Seogeodang, which can be seen after passing Hamheungjeon and Deokheungjeon
And when you walk in front of Seogeodang…
You can see Junghwajeon, which was a space where national ceremonies and assemblies were held during the Joseon Dynasty.
Looking around Junghwajeon,
I found the eaves and rafters of Junghwajeon,
which are splendid as they were in the palace where national ceremonies and important events were held.
After viewing at Junghwajeon and then walk to the side,
Appear Seokjojeon that a representative Western-style building of the Korean Empire that aspired to become a modern nation, and several other stone buildings.
The point I felt while touring the palaces in Seoul these days,
All the palaces located in Seoul seem to have things that not only the history of Joseon but also the modern history of the Korean Empire.
When visiting Deoksugung Palace, looking at it on a timeline basis can be fun in its own way.
When you walk behind Seokjojeon…
A hidden gem in Deoksugung Palace
Dondeokjeon that was used as a guesthouse in the past appears.
It is said that Dondeokjeon was recently restored and opened on September 26, 2023.
Perhaps because it was a recently opened palace, there was a lot to see inside.
After visiting Dondeokjeon, I finished exploring Deoksugung Palace.
Parking lot near Deoksugung Palace
For parking near Deoksugung Palace, I recommend using the Seoul City Hall Seosomun Annex parking lot or the Seoul Museum of Art parking lot.
Seoul City Hall Seosomun Annex parking lot
– Address: Seoul City Hall Annex Parking Lot, 15 Deoksugung-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul (View details)
– Operating hours:
Saturday, Sunday, public holidays: 00:00 ~ 24:00
|Parking time||Parking fee|
Seoul Museum of Art parking lot
– address: Seoul Museum of Art Parking Lot, 34 Seosomun-ro 11-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul Commercial, Central Registry Office (View Details)
– Operating hours: Weekdays/Holidays (including Saturdays and Sundays): 09:00~22:00
|Parking time||Parking fee|
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