Located at Seoul’s busiest downtown intersection, Deoksugung Palace is definitely a-must-visit for anyone who is planning to visit Seoul. Once you step in front of this palace, you will be welcomed by a sight of colorful and majestic guards performing the royal guard exchange ceremony. Deoksugung is one of the only few palaces in Korea that still showcase this, and amazingly, the reenacment ceremony is performed exactly the same as it was hundred of years ago. (Read more about the ceremony on http://www.deoksugung.go.kr/eng/royalguards/ )

Upon circling the palace, you might be surprised to see a very modern and western style building located at the side of the palace, Junghwa Hall. This hall was actually the center of politics during the Daehanjeguk era and it served as the backdrop to critical discussion on national affairs among the country’s great leaders.

You might also not want to miss visiting the famous stone-wall road on the side of the palace that leads up to the Seoul Museum of Art. The myth says, if a couple walks on this road together, they will eventually break up. Hence, couples who still believe in this superstitious belief, will not dare to walk side-by-side here. You will also be seeing plenty of amazing hand-made paintings being sold along the road.

If you are planning to visit this palace, you can get here by subway and get off at City Hall subway station exit 2, or exit 12 if you are taking line 2, afterwards you just have to walk for 3-5 minutes to finally get here. The entrance fee will only only cost you 1,000 won (adults) and 500 won for those under 18 years old. The palace opens every Tuesday until Sunday from 9am to 9pm and the changing of the royal guards ceremony will be showcased for three times a day, 11 am, 2 pm, and last at 3.30pm.