It is one of the Five Grand Palaces built by the kings of the Joseon Dynasty. The buildings are of varying styles, including some of natural cryptomeria wood), painted wood, some buildings were built of stone to replicate western palatial structures. In addition to the palace buildings, there are also forested gardens, a statue of King Sejong the Great and the National Museum of Art. The palace is located near City Hall Station, Deoksugung, like the other Five Grand Palaces in Seoul, was intentionally heavily destroyed during the colonial period of Korea. Currently, only one third of the structures that were standing before the occupation remain, Deoksugung Palace is special among Korean palaces. It has a modern and a western style garden and fountain, the Changing of the Royal Guard is in front of Daehanmun. It is a popular event for many visitors. The royal guard was responsible for opening and closing the gate during the Joseon Dynasty. Outside of the palace is a road with a stone wall. Deoksugung was originally the residence of Prince Wolsan, the brother of King Seongjong. This residence became a palace during the Imjin war after all of the other palaces were burned in 1592 during the Imjin wars. King Seonjo was the first Joseon king to reside at the palace, King Gwanghaegun was crowned in this palace in 1608, and renamed it Gyeongun-gung in 1611. After the official palace was moved to the rebuilt Changdeokgung in 1618, in 1897, after the incident when Emperor Gojong took refuge in the Russian legation, he returned to this place and named it Gyeongungung again. Expansion of the facility followed after his return, after Emperor Gojong abdicated the throne to Emperor Sunjong, he continued to live in this palace. The palace was then renamed Deoksugung, as a reference to a wish for longevity of Emperor Gojong, Deoksugung entry is located 5-1 Geongdong-gil/Deoksugung-gil, Jung-gu. The nearest subway station is City Hall Station, the Royal Palaces of Korea, Six Centuries of Dynastic Grandeur. Official guide from Cultural Heritage Administration Deoksu Palace Deoksugung, Official Seoul City Tourism The Seoul Guide, Deoksugung Palace
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Royal architecture in the Deoksu Palace.
Seokjojeon and western style garden of the Palace. It was designed by British Architect G.R Harding.