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Changdeokgung Palace and Huwon: UNESCO World Heritage

Changdeokgung Palace was the second royal palace built following Gyeongbukgung Palace. It was the principal palace for many kings of the Joseon Dynasty
Changdeokgung Palace Gate
Changdeokgung Palace

Changdeokgung Palace and huwon was the second royal palace built following Gyeongbukgung Palace. It was the principal palace for many kings.

It is the second palace built after Gyeongbok Palace in 1405. It was also called “Donggung” because it was located in the east of Gyeongbok Palace. Many buildings have been preserved relatively well compared to other palaces, despite many disasters during the ups and downs of long history. The current area is 434,877 square meters.

It is a popular palace for architecture scholars as it shows Joseon’s unique style of architecture and landscaping that did not violate the natural flow of the building by building it on the mountain, rather than on a level surface.

In particular, the representative royal garden of the Joseon Dynasty,Huwon is famous for its beauty. Forest trees, ponds, pavilion, and flower beds are in perfect harmony with nature. Changdeokgung and Huwon were designated as UNESCO World Heritage in 1997.

Royal Garden, Huwon

Royal garden, Huwon : It was called Biwon because it was a garden of royal family members located behind Changdeok Palace.

Buyongji and Buyongjeong, two of the most famous ponds, are famous for their harmony with nature as well as its architectural beauty. Reservations are required because the number and time limited for viewing.


Operating Hours
[Palace Tour]
Feb-May, Sep-Oct 09:00-18:00
Jun-Aug 09:00-18:30
Nov-Jan 09:00-17:30
– Last admission: 1 hour before closing

[Huwon Tour (Guided Tour only)]
Mar-May, Sept-Oct 10:00-17:30
June-Aug 10:00-18:00
Feb, Nov 10:00-17:00
Dec-Jan 10:00-16:30
– Last tour: 1hr 30min before closing

Parking Facilities
Use paid parking lot available nearby

Admission Fees
[Changdeokgung Palace]
Adults (ages 25-64): 3,000 won / Group (over 10 people): 2,400 won
Students (ages 24 and under): Free (* Except for foreign visitors)

– Free admission to Changdeokgung Palace: Refer to the homepage for free admission information.
– Discount admission ticket: Jongno residents (50% discount) (* Must present an ID card.)

[Special Ticket]
Long-term admission: 30,000 won (For regular entrance only)
– Expires one month after date of purchase / One portrait photo must be submitted. / Admission available only for purchased palace

Lunch hour admission: 5,000 won (For regular entrance only)
– Admission hours: 12:00 – 14:00 / Limited to 10 times for use anytime during 3 months after date of purchase.
(Applicants are limited to office workers near the palace or residents in the area. / Admission available only for purchased palace)

[Combination Ticket]
– Admission to the Four Palaces (Changdeokgung Palaces (including Huwon, Secret Garden), Changgyeonggung Palace, Deoksugung Palace, Gyeongbokgung Palace) and Jongmyo Shrine. –
– Ticket price: 10,000 won per person (Valid for 3 months after date of purchase)
– Ticketing is available at the ticketing booth of the four palaces and Jongmyo Shirine.
– To visit Huwon (special tour) of Changceokgung Palace, visitors must make online reservation or get the on-site ticket on first-come, first-served basis as admission is limited.

Huwon Tour (Secret Garden)
Adults (ages 25-64) 8,000 won
Young adults (ages 19-24) 5,000 won
Children and Teenagers (ages 7-18): 2,500 won
Groups of 10 people or more: 7,400 won

– Free admission: Children (ages 6 or under) / People with disabilities / Men of national merits – Discount ticket is available for Jongno residents (50% discount / ID card required)

Available Facilities
Benches, water fountain, shaded rest areas, snack bar


[Huwon Garden Guided Tour]
English: 10:30, 11:30, 14:30 / Feb-Nov 15:30
Japanese: 13:30
Chinese: 12:30

Tour route: Huwon Entrance → Buyongji Pond → Bullomun Gate & Aeryeonji Pond → Jondeokjeong Pavilion & Pyeomusa House → Ongnyucheon Stream → Yeonggyeongdang House

– Schedule and route are subject to change due to weather conditions.
Length of tour: Approx. 90 min.
Start point: Hamyangmun Gate (approx. 10 min walk from Changdeokgung Palace)

– Koreans can participate in the interpreted guided tour only when accompanying a foreigner.

Reservation Info. for Foreigners
Online or on-site reservations (on a first-come, first served basis) are required for the Huwon Tour (Secret Garden area).

– There are only 100 tickets available for each tour. 50 for internet booking in advance and
the remaining 50 are sold at a ticket office on the day.
– Please make an online reservation (max. 50 people). (Korean, English, Japanese, and Chinese)
– On-site reservations start at 09:00.

Baby Stroller Rentals
8 strollers available at Donhwamun Gate

Not permitted


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