Deoksugung Palace Royal Guard-Changing Ceremony (덕수궁 왕궁수문장교대의식) - Area information - Korea travel information

Deoksugung Palace Royal Guard-Changing Ceremony (덕수궁 왕궁수문장교대의식)

Deoksugung Palace Royal Guard-Changing Ceremony (덕수궁 왕궁수문장교대의식)

0m    105609     2020-11-18

99, Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) • For more info: +82-2-120

Deoksugung Palace has held a guard-changing ceremony since 1996 after thorough historical research by leading historians. The ceremony, which is held in front of the Daehanmun Gate of Deoksugung Palace, is a tradition similar to the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace and offers a rare opportunity to experience royal culture. The royal gate is opened and closed at pre-determined times, and the gatekeepers in charge of guard duty and patrols hold a shift ceremony three times a day.

The Royal Guard-Changing Ceremony is a highly recommended event for tourists. It is held three times a day in, with each ceremony following the same procedure and lasts for forty minutes to an hour, and the ceremony is free of charge. There are no ceremonies on Mondays as well as on severely cold or hot days.

As the ceremony begins, the changing of the guards commences replete with traditional musical instruments, and exchanges a password for verification. An eight-minute guard ceremony ensues, followed by a seven-minute change ceremony, and finally a patrol that completes the ceremony. The procedure takes a dramatic turn when 18 guards in six official positions beat a drum and bellow some orders.

The Royal Guard-Changing Ceremony is a great opportunity to experience a rare traditional scene. Be sure to bring a camera. The guards’ splendid costumes, with their brilliant primary colors, are a pleasure to view. While you cannot take pictures with the guards during the changing of guards, you can take a background picture of the guards and palace. You can also take photographs with the gatekeepers after the ceremony is over. Visit the palace and enjoy the beauty of Korean palaces following the ceremony.

Deoksugung Palace's Daehanmun Gate (덕수궁 대한문)

Deoksugung Palace's Daehanmun Gate (덕수궁 대한문)

33m    22994     2020-06-29

99, Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul
+82-2-771-9951

Inhwamun Gate used to be the main gate before the main hall, Junghwajeon Hall, was built. The palace was expanded in 1902, building Junghwajeon Hall, Junghwamun Gate and Jowonmun Gate in order to furnish the sytem of law books. After that, the site for Inhwamun Gate became the site for Geongeukmun Gate, and Daehanmun Gate was built to the east of Jowonmun Gate, using it as the main gate. The gate was rebuilt in 1904 and it was currently moved back due to the expanded road.

Yurimmyeon(유림면)

Yurimmyeon(유림면)

83m    11     2020-12-28

139-1 Seosomun-ro Jung-gu Seoul
+82-2-755-0659

This store, which has a long history of over 50 years, makes noodles using only Bongpyeong buckwheat. The best menu at this restaurant is buckwheat noodles. This Korean dishes restaurant is located in Jung-gu, Seoul.

Deoksugung Pungnyu (덕수궁 풍류)

Deoksugung Pungnyu (덕수궁 풍류)

135m    3034     2020-04-14

99, Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) • For more info: +82-2-2270-1244

Deoksugung Pungnyu is a night-time traditional arts performance that takes place at Deoksugung Palace in downtown Seoul. Traditional art specialists (many officially recognized as ‘intangible cultural assets’) take the stage with their apprentices to fill the cool night air around the stately palace walls with the hauntingly beautiful melodies of the past.

The performance is part of an effort to help visitors immerse themselves in the traditional Korean arts while getting a more authentic experience of the palace, instead of just observing the world of the ancients from afar.

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Deoksugung [MMCA  Deoksugung] (국립현대미술관 (덕수궁관))

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Deoksugung [MMCA Deoksugung] (국립현대미술관 (덕수궁관))

141m    36973     2021-01-14

99, Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul
+82-2-2022-0600

The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Deoksugung [MMCA Deoksugung] was originally built as an annex to the National Museum of Contemporary Art. The museum specializes in seeking out and researching modern art, exhibiting and preserving it, supporting and developing educational programs, and furthering publications and international exchanges. Located within Deoksugung Palace, the center maintains a unique traditional atmosphere. The museum planned and showcased a total of 38 unique exhibitions from 1998 to 2005. Besides the exhibitions, the center has various performances such as music and mime, as well as lectures or seminars on artists' works.

Deoksugung Doldam-gil (Deoksugung Stone-wall Road) (덕수궁 돌담길)

Deoksugung Doldam-gil (Deoksugung Stone-wall Road) (덕수궁 돌담길)

157m    47121     2020-09-18

101, Underground, Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul
+82-2-120

Stretching approximately 900 meters in length, Deoksugung Palace Stone-wall Road was Korea’s first successful attempt at creating a comprehensive urban space where both people and nature can coexist. The road was built using eco-friendly materials and the utmost precautions were taken to ensure pedestrian safety. There are over 20 benches and 130 trees along the road offering great places to rest and enjoy the unique atmosphere.

Walking along Deoksugung Palace Stone-wall Road is a memorable experience. The romantic stone-wall road is an ideal date spot for couples to stroll along and also makes for an excellent cultural walk being located near Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul Museum of History, and important historical complexes.

Deoksugung Palace (덕수궁)

Deoksugung Palace (덕수궁)

160m    410366     2020-12-03

99, Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul
+82-2-771-9951

Registered as Historic Site No. 124, Deoksugung Palace was not originally a royal palace, but was the home of Grand Prince Wolsan (1454-1488), the older brother of King Seongjong (1469-1494) of the Joseon dynasty. It wasn't until 1593 that the palace was used as a temporary palace of the royal family after their home was burned down during the Imjin War. King Seonjo also stayed at Deoksugung Palace after returning to the city. It became a proper palace when Gwanghaegun (1575-1641) ascended to the throne and gave this royal residence the name Gyeongungung Palace in 1611. Over the following decades, the palace alternated between being an official palace and a temporary residence. The name did not change officially to Deoksugung Palace, meaning the “palace of virtuous longevity,” until 1907. While the palace once encompassed a vast area with many buildings, the current palace grounds are just a small shadow of the prior splendor, with very few structures remaining.

Seoul Plaza Ice Skating Rink (서울광장 스케이트장)

Seoul Plaza Ice Skating Rink (서울광장 스케이트장)

178m    104072     2020-04-02

110, Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul
+82-2133-2691

Seoul Plaza was established in 2004, and is located by Seoul City Hall. The plaza is shaped like the full moon. Seoul Plaza hosts a wide array of cultural events including concerts and exhibitions for residents and visitors. The plaza transforms into an outdoor skating rink every winter, a popular attraction in the city.

The facility houses one rink for beginners and one for advanced skaters, and also hosts various events during its operating hours. There are also convenient facilities like skate rental, outdoor rest area, and outdoor standing area for ice skaters and spectators.

Ice skaters at the rink must wear gloves, and the plaza also offers a training program to teach interested individuals how to have fun while skating safely. To learn how to skate, visit the website to register for a training session in advance.

Seoul Plaza (서울광장)

Seoul Plaza (서울광장)

185m    148774     2020-02-07

110, Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul
+82-2-735-8688

Seoul Plaza in front of City Hall is a historic site where the March 1, 1919 (Samil) Independence Movement and the pro-democracy movement in June 1987 were held. It is also a well-known place where tens of thousands of Korean soccer fans gathered together to watch the 2002 World Cup Games. Being located within the center of the city and surrounded by many historic attractions, including Deoksugung Palace, Seoul Plaza has become a representative attraction of Seoul.

Manjok Ohyang Jokbal City Hal(만족오향족발 시청)

Manjok Ohyang Jokbal City Hal(만족오향족발 시청)

192m    57     2020-10-30

134-7, Seosomun-ro, , Jung-gu, Seoul
+82-2-753-4755

One of the top 3 stores specializing in Jokbal (pig's trotter) in Seoul. The most famous menu is five-spice pigs'' feet. A pig's trotter(s) specialty restaurant located near City Hall Station in Seoul.

Jeongdong Observatory (정동전망대)

87m    16592     2020-07-01

15, Deoksugung-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
+82-2-120

Jeongdong Observatory is located on the 13th floor of Seoul City Hall Seosomun building. The observatory has a cafe inside where visitors can enjoy a drink while gazing upon the magnificent view of Deoksugung Palace from above. In addition, the walls of the cafe are decorated with photos of old Jeongdong.

Hotel The Plaza (플라자호텔)

180m    31443     2019-02-07

119, Sogong-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
+82-2-771-2200

The hotel is ideally situated in the center of Seoul, located close to many office areas, major banks, the hotel, and the city's main public transportation junctions. Namdaemun Gate and many shopping areas are not too far, making it convenient for business guests and tourists alike. Also, the hotel faces the Blue House and the former City Hall building directly at closer distance, completing a spectacular view over Seoul.