Changdeokgung Palace

Changdeokgung Palace: Our most recommended tours and activities

Seoul: Dark Side of the City and Ghost Stories Walking Tour

1. Seoul: Dark Side of the City and Ghost Stories Walking Tour

Prepare yourself for the creepiest, historically accurate, and frighteningly bone-chilling tales. Korea has a unique history that will suck you in. You will see places where bloody massacres occurred. You will walk under a bridge that carries a dark sinister secret. You will encounter three of Seoul's five palaces and learn the secrets about one of them that even Seoulites do not know. Your tour will be led by a historian who will tell you the dark side of Korean history including Prince Suyang's slaughter of his nephew's men and the massacre at the site where Korea's first Western hospital was at. Tales in Japanese Colonial times will be shared while walking in royal palaces. The itinerary extends to other parts of Seoul such as Nagwon-dong and Chenggyecheon Stream. Hear modern urban legends, true crime events, and quirky secrets of buildings that the local government would prefer you did not know. You might actually meet a ghost so do not be too surprised. You will get a basic orientation of Seoul’s layout and see many sites including the three of five palaces, the Cheonggyecheon Stream, Tapgol Park, the Insa-dong neighborhood, Seoul City Hall, and the iconic Gwanghwamun Square. Your guide is an invaluable source of information and full tips about other places to see and eat. There will be restroom breaks and opportunities to have beverages and snacks. If you want to explore the dark back alleys and secret spots filled with horror, take the "Premium Tour" for extended and exclusive story-sharing.

Seoul: Royal palace Afternoon Tour including Changdeokgung

2. Seoul: Royal palace Afternoon Tour including Changdeokgung

To start your adventure, a guide will meet you in front of the front desk (1 Floor) of Lotte Hotel Seoul. First, you will head to the Changdeokgung palace; the name itself meaning "to brighten virtue." Changdeokgung is Korea's most successfully preserved palace and a UNESCO world heritage site. Explore the Insadong antique shop alley, to experience the traditional culture of Korea in the heart of the city. With art galleries, traditional craft stores, antique art dealers, traditional tea houses and restaurants, this street cannot be missed. Then make your way to Namsangol Hanok village located between the tall buildings in the middle of a normal city scene. This village has 5 restored traditional Korean houses, a pavilion, a pond and a time capsule as well, making it a perfect spot to take a leisure walk. On the grounds you can try traditional games such as: neolttwigi (seesaw jumping), tuhonori (arrow throwing) and yutnori (traditional board game).  Afterwards you will visit Namdaemun gate (Sungnyemun or South gate) and walk in and admire the gate. Next, visit Namdaemun market, which dates back to the Joseon Dynasty. This open-air market is just a few minutes from Seoul’s ancient Namdaemun gate (Sungnyemun or South gate). It is close to the downtown area and a number of deluxe hotels, and boasts an impressive selection of merchandise.  At the end of the tour, you will be dropped off at Myeongdong or City hall subway station Itinerary: • 13:00 in front of the front desk (1 Floor) of Lotte Hotel Seoul (30 eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul) • [UNESCO] Changdeokgung Palace (Jongmyo Royal Shrine on Mondays) • Insadong antique shop alley • Namsangol hanok village (Monday: Bukchon hanok village) • Sungnyemun gate (outside of the Sungnyemun gate on Mondays) • Namdaemun market • 17:00 Drop off at Myeongdong or City hall subway station

Seoul City Pass & Transportation Card with 100+ Attractions

3. Seoul City Pass & Transportation Card with 100+ Attractions

With just one card, you can visit 55 attractions that have been carefully selected by Seoul City. With the pass you will also enjoy discounts on a further 100 attractions. Moreover, travelers can use the pass as a transit card (T-money), charge it as much as needed, and pay for the subway, bus, or taxi with convenience. About Discover Seoul Pass Free admission attractions: 55 locations (free one-time admission while the pass is active) 1. Seoul History: Gyeongbokgung Palace Changdeokgung Palace Deoksugung Palace Changgyeonggung Palace Jongmyo (Royal Shrine) Seodaemun Prison History Hall 2. Seoul Culture: Leeum Samsung Museum of Art National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul Museum Kimchikan (Pulmuone) Simone Handbag Museum Coreana Cosmetics Museum 3. Seoul Amusement: N Seoul Tower (Observatory) MBC World Trick Eye Museum Grévin Museum, Figure Museum W Alive Museum Hanboknam,SM TOWN@coexartium, Teseum Seoul, Seoul City Tour Double-Decker Bus (Dongdaemun) 4. New additional attractions –14 (added on April 30, 2018) - 63 Building: Observatory, aquarium - National Museum of Korea : Free admission to special exhibitions - Namsan Seoul Tower Hanbok Experience Center : 1-hour and half hanbok rental, use of self-studio - Thematic Experience Center - Seoul Zoo Sky Lift : Lift round trip ticket,, Elephant Train round trip ticket, Zoo entrance ticket - Seoul City Tour Bus (Gwanghwamun) : 1-day ticket - COEX Aquarium - Football Faentasium 1. Performances : Musical Chef (30%) Jump (20%) The Painters HERO (20%) Fanta-Stick Musical (30%) National Gugak Center (15%), Nanta 25% Jungdong Therater 30%, Fireman 30%, Pangshow 30%, Kung Festival 30% 2. Attractions : Hello Kitty Island in N Seoul Tower (30%) Kum Bak Yeon - Gold Leaf Imprinting Workshop & Studio (30%) Dynamic Maze (3,000 KRW) Poopoo Land (1,000 KRW), Lotte world 1day ticket 30%, Lotte Tower 10%, Seoul land 50%, Eland Cruise 10% 3. Shopping & Tourism Services : Doota Duty Free (discount coupons based on purchase amount) SAFEX 10%, Jongro SM duty free, Ganghwamun Donhwa Duty free, Lotte Duty Free, Yongsan Shilla i-park Duty Free etc How to use 1. Select the pick-up Location and date & time 2. Show your voucher (or mobile voucher) and get a real card 3. Visit each attraction in the card Pick-up Location 1. Incheon International Airport Terminal 1 Location : SK Roaming Center located between Gate 9-10 on Level 1 / 24 hours open 2. Incheon Airport 2nd passenger Terminal Location : Passenger Terminal 2 - SK Roaming Center located between Gate 4-5 on Level 1 /24 hours open 3. Myeong-dong Tourist Information Center Location: 181 Eulji-ro 2-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul (Euljiro 1-ga Station, Exit 5) / 09:00~18:00 (Closed on Lunar New Year’s Day, Chuseok[Korean Thanksgiving Day]) 4. Seoul Tourist Information and Souvenir Shop (Seoul Tourism Plaza) Location: 85, Cheonggyecheon-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea / 09:00~18:00 (Closed on Lunar New Year’s Day, Chuseok[Korean Thanksgiving Day])

Private Customized Seoul Tour with Your Korean Buddy

4. Private Customized Seoul Tour with Your Korean Buddy

Take this private 4-hour walking tour to explore Seoul at your own pace with a customized itinerary. Select where you want to go and plan your route with your guide. Scope out the best places to visit during your stay, learn how to get into top restaurants and learn how to navigate the transport system. For history lovers, visit Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace, Bukchon Hanok Village, Samcheongdong, and Insadong. If you are more interested in the modern aspects of the city, go to Gangnam district, COEX, and relax by the Han River. For shoppers, visiting Myeongdong and Namdaemun Market is highly recommended.

Seoul: Royal Dynasty City Exploration Game

5. Seoul: Royal Dynasty City Exploration Game

Be led on an exciting self-guided tour around Hanyang, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Seoul while playing a zombie-themed mobile quest with your friends and family. Solve clues, see beautiful palaces, and learn about the city’s fascinating royal dynasty history. Download the app, go to the starting point, and begin the adventure. Avoid the zombies and follow clues as you walk past popular city sites displaying a mix of ancient and modern in the heart of Seoul. Unlock secrets about the places you visit as you solve puzzles and guess the answers. Explore the Bukchon Hanok Village and admire traditional Korean architecture. Learn about how Joseon opened up to the outside world and began to modernize. Use the clues to lead you from one site to another. Each clue provides you with exact directions so you won't need a map, GPS, or guide. Complete the tour in about 1.5 hours, however, there’s no time limit, allowing you to go at your own pace. Play as a group or split into smaller groups/teams and compete against the others. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group, and meet the group at the end of the tour.

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What people are saying about Changdeokgung Palace

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 66 reviews

My tour guide was Grace and she was amazing!! She taught me how to use the subways to get around and where to get Korean won from an ATM. We went to Gyeongbokgung Palace and Grace talked me into renting a hanbok where they also did my hair. I felt so pretty and it made the experience more special! She also took a ton of beautiful pictures for me! Then we went to Gwangjang market to try street foods. It felt more like friends hanging out than a tour, she was so friendly and she taught me a lot about the history and culture, and afterwards she told me I could text her if I needed any more help getting around or anymore suggestions. She helped me get over my fear of getting around on my own, I really appreciate her and would recommend her to anymone! If I get to come back someday, I would book with her again!

Shawn was a fantastic guide & the tour was fun and interesting. the walk wasn't challenging and the overall atmosphere was amazing. Absolutely would go again!

I enjoyed my customized tour with my Korean buddy Ryan. He was very knowledgeable about the sites as we walked. Time well spent.

Amazing tour and guide! I highly recommend this tour to those who love ghost stories, folklore and history.

Joe was amazing! Definitely worth going on especially around Halloween time!