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"Deoksugung Palace" Deoksugung Palace Tip by jckim

Deoksugung Palace, Seoul: 44 reviews and 103 photos


The main houses of the former Deoksugung Palace were Prince Wolsandaegun's residence who was King Seongjong's elder brother. About a century later, when King Seonjo returned to Seoul in 1593 after fleeing the Japanese invasion of 1592, he established a temporary residence here. Haenggung in Jeongreung-dong, was renamed Gyeongungung In 1611, by the next ruler, Gwanghaegun. After Gwanghaegun moved to Changdeokgung Palace in 1615, the palace remained vacant for about 200 years.
In 1897, King Gojong returned to power, after having spent two years at the Russian legation in the wake of the assassination of his queen, Empress Myeongseong. He took up residence at Changdeokgung Palace, establishing an independent 'Daehanjeguk Empire'.
From that time until 1907, it was the center of historical turbulence. In 1907, King Gojong was forced to abdicate his throne, although he continued to live at the palace until he passed away in 1919. Since 1907, the palace has been known as Deoksugung.

( Free Guiding Service )
English Guide Tour
Tuesday~Friday 10:30, 13:40 ( No tour on Holiday )

Address: Jeong-dong, Jung-gu, Deoksugung, Seoul
Directions: Subway Line1, Exit no 2/ Line 2, Exit no 12
Phone: 02-771-9955

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  • Written Feb 18, 2007
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