Thursday, May 04, 2017

Deoksugung Palace 덕수궁 in Seoul

I have heard of its name but never got a chance to visit it until yesterday. During my visit, I managed to watch the changing of Royal Guard ceremony at the Dae Han Mun upon entering into the Deoksugung. The ceremony was kinda long which made me wondering if they took such long time in the past too. 

Every last Wednesday of each month is Culture Day so visitors get to visit all palaces free of charge. We found out it and thought of why not so we went there. Its usual entrance fee is 1,000KRW which is one third of the entrance fee of Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung.

This palace is so much smaller compared to the main palaces. We completed the whole tour in less than an hour and left with no place to go. It was already close to the closing time of the palace so not in time to visit other palaces instead. 

I was surprised to see this Western style building in the palace. By looking at just this photo, perhaps it doesn't look like any building that will exist in Seoul.

The lowest rank of the government officers stood here for the assembly with the Emperor in those days.

This is where the highest rank officers stood in those days. Does standing closer to the Emperor means that the chances of your voice being heard are higher? 

How to get there?
Subway station - City Hall Exit 12 go straight and it's the main entrance of Deoksugung.

It's always so fun to visit the palace. I can't help but to think how did the royalty live in the palace and curious about their daily lives in the building. Is the drama portraying exactly what happened in the past? *curious curious*

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