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.
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.
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.
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.