Travelodge Myeongdong City Hall
Standing proudly amongst gleaming, modern buildings is the Deoksugung Palace, a majestic reminder of Seoul’s storied past.
A royal residence with more than 500 years of history, Deoksugung Palace has managed to maintain a few of its earliest structures, while adding new buildings and extensions within its grounds to become a unique but harmonious blend of medieval and modern architectural styles.
Deoksugung Palace means “Palace of Virtue and Longevity”, an inspired namesake as you take in the elegance and elaborate beauty of the palace infrastructure.
Don’t miss visiting the Seokjojeon Hall, which stands out due to its unique and elaborate western-styled architecture, as well as the “Jeonggwanhen”, which translates to “place from which to watch the garden silently”. This serene place was where the late Emperor Gojong would visit to unwind. At the palace, you may also watch the famous Changing of the Royal Guards ceremony located at the front of Daehanmun. Performed since 1996, travel back to another era as you witness and be awed by this traditional royal ceremony.
While smaller than the other four palaces in Seoul, the Deoksugung Palace is a historical and architectural gem that not to be missed.
If you would like to know more about the other buildings located within the palace, you can visit their website at http://www.deoksugung.go.kr:8081/
The palace is just 316m away and is a convenient five-minute stroll from the hotel.