Exploring Changgyeonggung Palace

Our next stop in Seoul was the Changgyeonggung Palace. A huge but beautiful place to stop by and have a look around. One of the three tourist-popular palaces; the other two are Changdeokgung and Gyeongbokgung Palace. Click read more, to keep reading!


Entrance fee is usually 1,000 won (for adults) but that day we were visiting they let us in for free, sorry I can’t remember why! Hehe. Also, the palace is closed on Mondays.


Changgyeonggung Palace was designed primaryily as residence for elders of the royal family. During the reign of King Seongjong (r.1469-1494), the palace was renovated and renamed to Changgyeonggung Palace. It later became a park with a zoo and a botanical garden during Japanese colonial rule. The palace was then relocated in 1983 and regained its old grace after years of restoration.

Myeongjeong-jeon Hall
Court area, in front of the Myeongjeong-jeon Hall
Myeongjeong-jeon Hall
Myeongjeong-jeon Hall – there was a big group of tourist while we were there and also a photoshoot of some kind.


Sungmum-dang Hall

Sungmum-dang Hall

Such beautiful hanboks! I love the gold glitters hehe.

Changgyeonggung Palace

You can choose to buy the Palace pass which will cost you 10,000 won. Here’s a list of the entrance fees if you were to buy them all individually:

  • Changdeokgung (3,000 won) including Huwon Secret Garden (5,000 won)
  • Changgyeonggung (1,000 won)
  • Jongmyo Shrine (1,000 won)
  • Gyeongbokgung (3,000 won)
  • Deoksugung (1,000 won)
    TOTAL of 14,000 – you’ll save 4,000 won using the pass.

We didn’t go and see the others, mostly because we were a bit short on time. You can definitely walk to each of the palaces but they are pretty big and walking may take a while but if you have enough time, that’s also a good option so you can see some other sites on the way too.

Changgyeonggung Palace

If you take the Seoul City Bus, Changgyeonggung Palace is stop number 17 in the Downtown-Palace course (Letter A, blue).

It was quite hot and the place was huge so we didn’t get to explore the whole lot of it. Looks really interesting and beautiful though.

Changgyeonggung Palace

Changgyeonggung Palace

Changgyeonggung Palace

Changgyeonggung Palace

Have any of you guys been to the Changgyeonggung Palace? Were you able to explore the whole place? What about the other palaces, which one did you like the best? Let me know in the comments section below! ♥

Check my previous post all about the N Seoul Tower and Love Locks, here.


Changgyeonggung Palace

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  1. I like the simple yet subtle design of the Changgyeonggung palace. The courtyard is huge and the paintings on the walls and roof are particularly attractive. It must have been a pleasure to score a free entry 🙂

  2. Your post on Changgyeonggung palace is very informative. I’m glad to know about the royal scenario of Korea in 15th century through this post. The travel tip that you offered for saving 4000 won is another useful part of the blog post. Thanks for an wonderful read.

  3. Woow! How I wish I could go to Korea as well! When I get a chance, I will look back at this post for reference. Nice pics and descriptions!

  4. Korean architecture is spectacular in photos! Too bad you weren’t able to visit all of the buildings. Looking at all of your pictures it sure does take a lot of walking to explore the place. I hope I get to visit Korea too. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Korean palaces always appeal to me differently. It gives me a vibe that I am time travelling whenever I see them even just through the photos. It’s sad though that you were not able to visit all of them but surely, you’ll be back. Korea is always something to look forward too.

  6. Wow this place looks enormous. I am a big fan of Korean architecture actually. It is truly impressive and breathtaking. I have not visited this palace yet though, but it is high on my list. Now, try to remember how you got in for free, would you? 😀 😀

  7. Enjoying reading your story sharing here, so lovely! All your travel captures so so vibrant & pretty. Wish I can visit this personally myself one day in the future too. Thanks for sharing this 😀 Cheers, siennylovesdrawing

  8. What came to my mind as soon as I read your blog post title is the Koreanobela I watched a long time ago! It was set in this palace, I think. =) I have never been to Korea. But I think I will include this palace if I go there in the future.

  9. Loving the peaceful vibe of the place. I haven’t travel internationally and Korea is one of the top countries that I want to visit. Lucky you, to get the entrance for free, I’m now wondering how you managed to do it..hehe!

  10. I haven’t been out of the country but Korea is definitely on my list. Though, I’m not a huge KPOP or KDRAMA fan, which lures the Filipino tourists the most. I’d actually go to Korea for the aesthetics just like this place. And make use of my passport other than another government-issued ID.

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