Exploring the Changdeokgung Palace at -10degrees. My frozen toes weren’t happy.
After checking out of our Airbnb apartment and changing locations to our hotel, we set off to explore the Changdeokgung Palace. It was New Year’s day that day, and we didn’t have much planned so we took our time. We realised we weren’t entirely a fan of Seoul’s palaces, particularly since the grounds are too big and tend to overwhelm the palace buildings itself. Though i do like how their buildings have colour in comparison to Japan’s.
There is also a secret garden that is a separate cost and runs only at 10am, 1pm and 2pm and is restricted to 50 people at a time. According to guides, this special tour is worth the visit but our timing wasn’t right and it was a freezing -10degrees, the coldest we’ve ever experienced on our entire trip. My toes were beyond frozen that i kept thinking i was going to get frostbite!
We had initially bought the palace pass (this covers the Gyeongbokgung, Changdeokgung, Changgyeonggung, Deoksugung and Jongmyo Shrine and is 10,000 won) but ended up only heading to Deoksugung and this. This pass is well worth the money if you’re keen on visiting all 5 locations and is valid for one month from the date of purchase. You can get them at the ticketing booth at any of those locations.
Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-360
Open Tuesdays-Sundays; 9am-5pm (more accurate timings on website)
Admission: Adults – 3,000 won/5,000 won (general/secret garden); children/students – 1,500 won/2,500 won (general/secret garden)