The name Deoksugung Palace means “Palace of virtue and longevity” in the spirit of praying for long life for Emperor Gojong.
It is one of the four major palaces of Joseon. It was originally called Gyeongungung Palace, but was later changed to Deoksugung Palace to pray for the longevity of King Gojong.
It was used as a private residence for Wolsan Daegun, the older brother of King Seongjong, and is also famous for its first Western-style building, Seokjojeon built in 1910.
The western building of Seokjojeon Hall is currently being used as an art museum and visitors can enjoy the stonewall, which is famous for dating lovers and Changing of the Guards Ceremony at the front gate is popular with tourists.
The Five Palaces made during the Joseon Dynasty.
Historic Site No. 124 (Designated on January 18, 1963)
Adults 1,000 won / Groups of 10 or more 800 won
Teenagers 500 won / Groups of 10 or more 400 won
Free admission: Children (ages 6 and under, Seniors (ages 65 or older), visitors wearing hanbok, all visitors on the last Wednesday of each month (Culture Day)
[Combination Ticket for Palaces]Sites: Changdeokgung Palaces (including Huwon, Secret Garden), Changgyeonggung Palace, Deoksugung Palace, Gyeongbokgung Palace, Jongmyo Shrine
– Fee: 10,000 KRW (Note, refund not available after using the ticket the first time)
– Validity: Up to one month after purchase.
Visitors may take a combined tour of Changdeokgung Palace and Changgyeonggung Palace (additional ticket purchase must be purchased at Hamyangmun Gate).
The Jongmyo Shrine tour will be offered only at specific times during the day, except on Saturdays, when visitors may tour at their leisure. The passage connecting Jongmyo Shrine and Changgyeonggung will be closed to public access.
Closed on Monday: Changdeokgung, Deoksugung, Changgyeonggung
Closed on Tuesday: Gyeongbokgung Palace, Jongmyo Shrine