Located in the heart of Seoul, Changgyeonggung Palace was first built by the 4th ruler of the Joseon Dynasty, King Sejong (r.1418-1450), for his retiring father, King Taejong. It often served as residential quarters for queens and concubines. During the reign of King Seongjong (r.1469-1494), the palace was renovated and renamed to Changgyeonggung Palace. It later became a park with a zoo and a botanical garden during Japanese colonial rule. The palace was then relocated in 1983 and regained its old grace after years of restoration.
Past the entrance of Changgyeonggung Palace, the Honghwa Gate, you will find Okcheongyo Bridge. All palaces of the Joseon Dynasty have ponds with an arch bridge over them, just like Okcheongyo Bridge. Cross Okcheongyo Bridge, pass the Myeongjeongmun Gate, and you will find Myeonjeongjeon. This is the office of the king, and Myeongjeongjeon is the oldest of the Joseon Dynasty palaces. The houses face southwards, but Myeongjeongjeon faces east. Because the ancestral shrine of the royal family is located to the south,
the gate couldn't face the south, as is required by Confucian custom. There are stones with the status of the officials carved on the yard. Behind Myeongjeongjeon on the upper left side is Sungmundang. This building utilizes the slope of the mountain. If you look at Myeongjeongjeon and Munjeongjeon, the combination of the high and low roofs offers a beautiful view.
Tongmyeongjeon was built for the queen. It is the biggest building in Changgyeonggung Palace, and you can recognize the delicate details of its structure in various parts of the building. Walk up the stones past Tongmyeongjeon and there you will find Jagyeongjeon. On the southeast direction of the Jagyeongjeon is the Punggidae. This Punggidae is a measuring instrument. It is a long pole with a cloth hung at the end used to check the speed and direction of the wind. If you head north there is a large pond called Chundangji. Half of the pond was originally a rice field that the king took care of. But during the Japanese occupation, the rice field was changed to a pond with little ships floating on it. And the botanic garden built above the pond still remains today.
Historic Site No.123 (Designated on January 18, 1963)
Feb-May, Sep-Oct 09:00-18:00
※ Last admission is one hour before closing.
* Parking Fees - 2,000 won for 2 hrs / 1,000 for every additional 30 min
* 33 cars available
Adults (ages 25-64): Individual 1,000 won / Group (over 10): 800 won
* People in the following categories may enter free of charge (requires valid proof): Children and teenagers (ages 24 and under); seniors (ages 65 & over); teachers and/or guides on educational purposes for nursery, elementary, middle and high school students; Persons wearing hanbok; People with disabilities.
Adults (ages 19 and more): Individual 1,000 won / Group (over 10): 800 won
* Children and Teenagers (ages 7-18): 500 won
* Children under age 6: Free
* Integrated Admission is also available and can be purchased separately.
* Integrated Admission
- Admission to the Four Palaces (Changdeokgung Palaces (including Huwon, Secret Garden), Changgyeonggung Palace, Deoksugung Palace, Gyeongbokgung Palace) and Jongmyo Shrine.
- Ticket price: 10,000 won per person (Valid for 1 month after purchase).
- Refunds are not available after the ticket has been used at the first site.
- Visitors may go on a combined tour of Changdeokgung and Changgyeonggung Palaces. (Separate tickets must be purchased at Hamyangmun Gate.)
- The Jongmyo Shrine tour will be offered only at specific times during the day, except on Saturdays when visitors may tour at their leisure. During this time, the passage connecting Jongmyo Shrine and Changgyeonggung Palace will be closed to the public.
- Closed on Mondays: Changdeokgung, Deoksugung, and Changgyeonggung palaces.
- Closed on Tuesdays: Gyeongbokgung Palace, Jongmyo Shrine.
Interpretation Services Offered
English - 11:00, 16:00
Japanese - 10:00, 14:00
Chinese - 09:30, 15:00
* Departure: In front of Okcheongyo Bridge / Duration: Approx. 1 hour
* Groups of 30 people or more are required to make a reservation two days in advance via phone at +82-2-762-4868.
Korean Info. Service
Korean Palace Tour Service 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30, 16:30
(November – January, 16:00)
* Over 30 or more visitors are required to book two days in advance by phone. (Changgyeonggung Palace: +82-2-762-4868)
* Depature at Okcheongyo Bridge (1 hour Tour)
* A volunteer association palace guide leads Sunday tours (except 16:30).
* Inquiries: +82-2-2273-2276
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