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Changgyeonggung Palace

Tourists and locals come to wander among the beautiful architecture and gardens of The Palace of Bright Rejoicing.

Changgyeonggung Palace (“The Palace of Bright Rejoicing”) was once the summer palace of Goryeo King Sukjong. Today visitors come to stroll among the gardens and admire the architecture of the 15th century palace. 

Start at the Jongmyo Shrine. This internationally protected World Heritage site is the oldest Confucian shrine in the world. It has existed as it is today since the 16th century, and holds tablets with inscriptions of teachings from the various royals of the Joseon Dynasty. Traditional rituals and ceremonies still take place here. 

Heading away from Jongmyo on the footbridge towards Changgyeonggung Palace, note the stone structures on the hill leading south. One of these is a former observatory. The palace’s grand entrance gate, Honghwamu, leads onto the Okcheongyo bridge. Constructed in 1483, the bridge is considered to be the oldest in Seoul. Look for the carved goblins lurking under the parapet.

Like Seoul’s other Great Palaces, the peaceful atmosphere at Changgyeonggung hides a turbulent history. It was destroyed in the late 16th century by the Japanese, and damaged by fire in the early 19th century. The majority of the buildings you see today are less than 200 years old. Keep your eyes peeled for older structures, such as the Myeongjeongjeon, which dates back to 1616 and is the oldest surviving main hall in Seoul.

Tours of Changgyeonggung Palace are available at regular intervals throughout the day. Sign up for one if you want to learn more about the palace’s colorful past. If you’re navigating the complex on your own, don’t miss Gyeongchunjeon, believed to be the birthplace of several prominent kings. 

The glasshouse, or Daeonsil, is a Victorian-style conservatory built in the early 20th century. It’s a peaceful space where you can wander among indigenous Korean plants. At the center of the Daeonsil you’ll find a Renaissance-style water fountain with a stone turtle beneath the surface.

Changgyeonggung Palace is open Tuesday through Sunday. If you want to see Seoul’s four other grand palaces, consider buying an integrated ticket for discounted entrance into all five attractions.  


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The Shilla Seoul

The Shilla Seoul

249, Dongho-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
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The Shilla Seoul is a prestigious global hotel combining traditional Korean aesthetics with modern sensibility. This premium hotel is located in Seoul's Chung-gu district, 0.5 km (0.3 mi) from the National Theater. The Dongdaemun Market, N Seoul Tower, and Namsan Park are about 1.6 km (1 mi) away.

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Hotel PJ Myeongdong

Hotel PJ Myeongdong

71, Mareunnae-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
4.2
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Situated in the Dongdaemun shopping hub, this modern Seoul hotel is 0.5 km (0.3 mi) from Korea House and 1.4 km (0.8 mi) from Dongdaemun Market. N Seoul Tower is 1.6 km (1 mi) away. Convenient access to public transportation.

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Royal Hotel Seoul

Royal Hotel Seoul

61, Myeongdong-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
4.2
of 5, from 1,902 reviews
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This Seoul hotel is conveniently located about 0.6 km (0.4 mi) from the Lotte Department Store and the Korea House cultural complex. The N Seoul Tower and Deoksugung Palace are both 1 km (0.6 mi) away. Myeongdong Cathedral is within walking distance of the hotel.

$41
Gogoong Hotel

Gogoong Hotel

164, Yulgok-ro, Seoul
3.7
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This hotel is located in Seoul (Jongno), close to Changgyeonggung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace, and Dongdaemun Market. Also nearby are Gyeongbok Palace and Jogyesa Temple.

$193
Lotte Hotel Seoul

Lotte Hotel Seoul

30, Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
4.4
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In the midst of the central business district, the Lotte Hotel Seoul is one km (less than a mile) from several attractions such as Kyung Bok Palace and Dong Dae Moon Gate Market.

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AMASS HOTEL INSADONG

AMASS HOTEL INSADONG

11, Yulgok-ro 10-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
4.0
of 5, from 229 reviews
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Located in the heart of Seoul, this hotel is within walking distance of Tteok Museum, Changdeokgung Palace, and Jongmyo Shrine. Also nearby are Seoul National Science Museum and Jogyesa Temple.

$85
SLA Seoul Loft Apartments

SLA Seoul Loft Apartments

158, Changgyeonggung-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
3.8
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This apartment is located in Seoul (Daehangno), close to Changgyeonggung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace, and Dongdaemun Market. Also nearby are Gyeongbok Palace and Jogyesa Temple.

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Nine Tree Premier Hotel Myeongdong 2

Nine Tree Premier Hotel Myeongdong 2

28, Mareunnae-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
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This hotel is located in Seoul (Jung-gu), close to Myeongdong Cathedral, Dongdaemun Market, and Gyeongbok Palace. Also nearby are Namsan Park and Jogyesa Temple.