K-TRAVEL | March.25.2024

A tranquil palace in the heart of Seoul where you can heal: Deoksugung Palace


In the heart of the city lies a palace from the Joseon Dynasty, and that is none other than Deoksugung Palace.

Deoksugung is one of the best tourist attractions to discover the elegance of Seoul's royal heritage.


Did you know that Deoksugung was not originally a palace?🤷‍♀️



If you're curious about its story, follow along with me now.🚗



 The Meaning of Deoksugung


'Deoksugung' means a palace where virtues are bestowed and longevity is celebrated!

Hence, the name embodies the Joseon Dynasty’s kings and royal family's aspiration to rule virtuously and live long.


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Deoksugung is a royal palace of the Joseon Dynasty located in the center of Seoul, a significant historical heritage of Korea.


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As you stroll through Deoksugung, 

you will encounter a harmonious fusion of traditional Korean architectural elegance and Western grandeur.



Additionally, numerous events for tourists are frequently organized in front of Deoksugung's main gate, Daehanmun❗



Seasons of Deoksugung

The beauty of Deoksugung's seasons is always stunning. 

Would you like to take a look?



©KTO-Im Tae Jin



©KTO- Hong Hee Jung



©KTO- Park Geun Hyung



©KTO-Lee Beom Su


Learning about Deoksugung's hidden stories will make your visit even more enjoyable!

Let me explain them one by one.



Hidden stories of Gyeongbokgung Palace




Was Deoksugung not originally a palace? 

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Deoksugung was initially the residence of King Seongjong's brother, Prince Wonsan, and was used as a temporary residence by King Seonjo after the Japanese invasions of Korea (Imjin War). 

Originally called Gyeongun-gung, it was renamed in 1897 when Emperor Gojong began using it as an imperial palace, adding traditional Korean and Western-style buildings. 

However, after Emperor Gojong's abdication due to Japanese influence, it was renamed Deoksugung.



What is the significance of the flower pattern in Seokjojeon Hall at Deoksugung?

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The flower in Seokjojeon Hall is known as 'Ihwamun'

With the change of the national title of the Korean Empire, ‘Ihwamun’ became a symbolic motif. Notably, it was used in awards for great contributors and extensively in royal artifacts.



Is admission free for foreigners wearing Hanbok? 


Deoksugung offers free admission to foreigners wearing Hanbok. With Hanbok rental places nearby, why not change into the perfect Hanbok for Deoksugung and create lasting memories!



Who fits well with Deoksugung Palace among K-POP and K-STARS? Experience K-Music and K-POP stars together in Deoksugung Palace.


How about enjoying a virtual date touring Deoksugung Palace with Yoona?💕



Experience the enchanting harmony of the gayageum and traditional Korean music echoing in the courtyard of Jeukjodang Hall at Deoksugung Palace.




Now, Are you ready to set off on your Deoksugung adventure? 😘


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