Deoksugung Palace is the smallest of all the five Seoul palaces. Its name meaning the “Palace of virtue and longevity”, it was inhabited by the Korean royal family during the Joseon monarchy until the around 1910. It is famous for its elegant stone-wall road (Hi Goblin!). It opens at 9AM and is closed every Monday.
We spent almost all morning at the Gyeongbokgung Palace and we decided to walk to Deoksugung Palace. Hindi pa napuntahan nina Xyza and Angel ang palace and Claudia and I went back because we wanted to see a palace at night. In autumn, only Deoksugung is open until 9PM. In other months, both Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung opens their door late. But not in November. Next time na lang ulit ang iba.
It was a great decision to go back because we were just in time to see the Changing of the Guard Ceremony. And that is what we call ceremony talaga. The whole performance lasted for more than 15 minutes complete with a marching band and marching guards. Ito ang inaasahan namin sa Gyeongbokgung na hindi namin nakita.
So if you have to choose just one changing of the guard ceremony to watch, go to Deoksugung.
Deoksugung Palace Buildings
Deoksugung Here and There
We were so ecstatic to find this part of the palace grounds. It was so beautiful and there were no people around to photobomb our pictures which was a wonder. As it turned out, kaya walang tao kasi bawal pala ang umapak sa trails na ito. Pinayagan muna kami ni Kuya Staff to take a bunch of pictures before niya kami nilapitan and signed (arms crossed into an 'X' in front of his chest) that we are not supposed to be there.
Useless na po. Nakuha na namin ang lahat ng gusto namin doon. Deoksugung grounds brought out the naughty, rule-breaking side of Xyza. She kept on suggesting activities to do there that could get us deported and banned from ever going back.
Done with Deoksugung but our day still is not over.