Deoksugung Palace [덕수궁/德壽宮]

Couple of the Palace (2020); My Golden Life (2017-18)

Han Bo-ram (Han Bo-reum) works as a tour guide at this palace and Ra Dong-gil (Shin Won-ho) joins the staff of this palace as a palace guard in web drama Couple of the Palace/Lover of the Palace/Lovers at the Palace (궁궐의연인) (Naver TV, 2020) as seen, for instance, in episode 1.

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art —
Deoksugung Branch [국립현대미술관 덕수궁관]

Seo Ji-an (Shin Hye-Sun) and Choi Do-kyung (Park Si-hoo) visit the temporary exhibition ‘The Arrival of New Women’ (21.12.2017 — 01.04.2018) at this museum in final episode 52 of My Golden Life (황금빛 내 인생) (KBS2, 2017-18).

Movies Filmed At Deoksugung Palace

The Last Princess (덕혜옹주) (2016)
Love, In Between (두여자) (2010)
Hello Stranger (Kuan Muen Ho/กวน มึน โฮ) (2010)

TVC filmed here

Feel the Rhythm of KOREA: SEOUL (2020) for ‘Imagine your Korea’ by the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO).

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Deoksugung Palace [덕수궁/德壽宮] —also known as Gyeongun-gung, Deoksugung, or Deoksu Palace— is one of the “Five Grand Palaces” of Seoul and South Korea’s Historic Site No. 124. The five palaces were selected in 2021 by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism –announced through the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO)– as one of the ‘100 Must-Visit Spots in Korea’ for 2021-2022.

This palace was originally the residence of Prince Wolsan, but during the Imjin War or the Japanese invasion of Korea in 1592–1598 (also known as the Six-Year War), all royal palaces were severely damaged – including this one. This residence eventually was chosen as a temporary palace when King Seonjo (14th king of the Joseon Dynasty) returned to Seoul at the end of the war. King Seonjo’s successor and 15th king of the Joseon Dynasty, King Gwanghaegun (光海君/광해군), was crowned here, and subsequently renamed the place Gyeongun-gung (경운궁/慶運宮) in 1611.

After re-establishing Changgyeonggung Palace [창경궁] as a royal palace, this palace was used as an auxiliary palace from 1618 to 1897. The palace was renamed to its current name “Deoksugung” —of which ‘deoksu’ translates to ‘virtuous longevity’ and ‘gung’ meaning ‘palace’— in 1907, as a wish for longevity of Emperor Gojong (the last King of Joseon and the first Emperor of Korea) whose reign came to an end that year.

The palace is located at Sejong-daero [세종대로/世宗路] vis-à-vis Seoul Plaza [서울광장] and Seoul Metropolitan Library [서울도서관] in Seoul’s neighborhood Jeong [Jeong-dong/정동] —administered by the neighborhood Sogong [Sogong-dong/소공동]— in the Jung District [Jung-gu/중구].
Bus Stop City Hall Front. Deoksugung Palace [시청앞.덕수궁 정류장] serves this palace and it is also only a few steps away to/from SeMA — Seoul Museum of Art [서울시립미술관].

The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Deoksugung [덕수궁미술관], the second branch of the national contemporary art museum, is located on the grounds of Deoksugung Palace. The Deoksugung Palace Stonewall Walkway [덕수궁 돌담길], an alleyway along this palace’s wall, has also become a popular dating spot  in recent years.

Instagram: @deoksugung_korea

99 Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
서울특별시 중구 세종대로 99
(정동 5-1)
Geolocation of Palace: 37.565879, 126.975158
Geolocation of National Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art: 37.565896, 126.973688

Getting here
City Hall Station [시청역], Seoul Subway Line 1 and 2, Exit 2
(5-7 min. walk)

— submitted by Marion KDL

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