Deoksugung Palace: 100 Times Visited Travel Tips

Deoksugung Palace, located south of Gwanghwamun in the heart of Seoul, is a palace adjacent to subway stations like City Hall, Seodaemun, and Gwanghwamun. It is the most visited palace by foreigners seeking to explore Seoul. Deoksugung serves as a tourist attraction for foreigners and a cultural oasis in the city for Seoulites. As someone who has visited Deoksugung over 100 times in every season, I share travel tips for you as you explore Seoul.


The Most Beautiful Strolling Course in Deoksugung, South Korea

Deoksugung is renowned as the most beautiful strolling course in South Korea. Especially as you enter the main gate, the straight path leading to Junghwajeon has been preserved in its original Joseon Dynasty form. Stepping into Deoksugung for the first time, you’ll feel like you’ve embarked on a journey back in time, from the 21st century to 300 years ago. Walking along this path that was once trodden by Joseon palace maids, courtiers, queens, princesses, princes, and kings, take a leisurely stroll and imagine what it was like to be in their shoes.

The Most Beautiful Strolling Course in Deoksugung, South Korea


Fully Enjoying the Centerpiece, Junghwajeon, at Deoksugung Palace

As you walk slowly from the entrance, you’ll come across the central building of Deoksugung, Junghwajeon. Deoksugung, although a compact palace, exudes grandeur through Junghwajeon, where the last king of the Joseon Dynasty, King Gojong, resided as emperor. The spacious courtyard in front of Junghwajeon is where courtiers lined up during royal events. When you ascend Junghwajeon and look down, you’ll be amazed by the relatively modest height, yet the entire Deoksugung’s landscape unfolds before your eyes. This unique experience is because the palace’s layout was meticulously designed to allow the king to see his subjects at a glance when the palace was first constructed. Take your time exploring Junghwajeon, and immerse yourself in the elegance and culture of the 500-year-long Joseon Dynasty.

Junghwajeon, at Deoksugung Palace


The Pond in Front of Seokjojeon: An Instagram-Worthy Spot in Deoksugung

The pond in front of Seokjojeon at Deoksugung Palace is a must-visit for Instagram enthusiasts. With the traditional Junghwajeon palace below and the grand Seokjojeon building above, your choice of backdrop can create entirely different atmospheres for your photos. Whenever I visited Deoksugung, I noticed that women and couples were always taking pictures here. Additionally, the fountain in the pond rises at different times, so if you time your photos just right when the water is at its peak, you can capture some truly breathtaking shots.

The Pond in Front of Seokjojeon: An Instagram-Worthy Spot in Deoksugung



Drama Filming Location: Jungmyeongjeon

Jungmyeongjeon, located beyond Seokjojeon, is a building constructed in the early 1900s, incorporating Western architectural elements. Originally serving as the royal library, it now functions as a museum showcasing various Joseon cultural artifacts. There is no separate fee, so be sure to explore it. This elegant mansion has also been used as a filming location for several Korean dramas, and the second-floor corridor with its picturesque view is particularly popular for photography.

Drama Filming Location: Jungmyeongjeon



Mystical Lotus Pond, Yeonji, in Deoksugung

Yeonji, the enchanting pond that encircles Deoksugung, is a place where lotus blossoms grace the water in every season. This oasis combines the fragrant scent of water with the mystique of lotus blooms, offering a truly unique experience within the heart of Seoul’s modernity. The small benches placed before Yeonji create your own personal sanctuary. Sitting here, feeling the breeze, and gazing out beyond the palace’s walls, you’ll see the world from a whole new perspective. I hope you, too, can take a moment to escape the hustle and bustle of your journey and find solace in this serene oasis.

Mystical Lotus Pond, Yeonji, in Deoksugung



How to Buy Tickets for Deoksugung

Deoksugung has an automated ticket vending machine at the entrance, available in six different languages. Even if you can manage simple English, you can purchase your tickets without any hassle. After obtaining your ticket, you can enter the palace. The ticket price is very affordable, at only 1,000 won.

How to Buy Tickets for Deoksugung