Since 1395 it was the main royal palace in Joseon Dynasty. Mostly all building were destroyed during Japanese occupation in 1910. But of course it was refurbished and now it's beautiful nad waiting for you ;-)
Entrance fee is only 3,000 Won . The whole area is big so it will take about one to 1,5 hours to spend. Many palaces/halls/gates. Palace area is very peacful and beautiful so I'm shure you will like this place.
Also you may be able to see the ceremony of gate guard change. For more information you can go to this website: www.sumunjang.or.kr
But ''royal guards'' stands outside Gwanghwamun gate so you can take a photos with them :-)
Also you can find a house here where you can wear a traditional Korean dress 'Hanbok' for free.
Luckly, I got chance to visit Gyeongbok palace at night. They open for only few days in spring and autumn.
It took me about an hour to buy the ticket and enter palace.
There was too many people trying to see the night view and take the photo.
The highlight was Gyeonghoeru, the pavillion on the water.It was too beautiful place to be and I really wish I could come again before I leave and see that beautiful view.
However, the day was the last day opening during evening time. How sad~ :(
Yes, it was very tough but worth it! I hope they open at night more frequently, so many people can see it!
This palace was one of the highlights of our second visit to Seoul. There was just so much going on. We began by watching the changing of the guards ceremony just outside the main gate. You can watch this without paying the palace entry fee if you want. The ceremony was carried out in traditional costume.
Inside the palace they were rehearsing for the anniversary of a huge historical examination. More traditional clothes. In addition during our visit they were filming a TV show here. Traditional costumes and music. Also people are paid to wander around in traditional clothes re-enacting scenes from palace life. As if that were not enough Koreans dress up in their own traditional clothes to have their photos taken here. There are some lovely buildings and a beautiful pagoda on an island set in the midst of a scenic pond.
This palace was constructed in 1394. It was the main palace of the Joseon Dynasty (1392~1910). It was founded by King Taejo and is the grandest of all five of Seoul's palaces.
Make sure you see the imperial throne room of Geunjeongjeon or Gyeonghoeru Pavilion, which stands on forty-eight granite pillars towering over a lotus lake. Other highlights include the tall pagoda of the National Folk Museum of Korea and Hwangwonjeong Pavilion, which sits in a beautiful pond. You can get a great photo of this pavillion and its reflection.
To get here: Take subway Line 3 to Gyeongbokgung Station and proceed to Exit 5. The palace grounds are open from 09:00~18:00 (March ~ October) and 09:00~17:00 (November ~ February). Gyonegbokgung Palace is closed Tuesday. Admission is 3,000 won.
We re-visited this palace and as we were traveling on our own, we had a lot more time to explore the grounds.
The guards standing at the entrance to the Palace were wearing traditional Korean clothing. Lots of tourists were taking photographs with them, but some of the tourists were a bit over-zealous - they were standing very close to the guards or were pulling at their clothes! Understandably, the guards didn't look too pleased and one of the staff started scolding those tourists and shooing them away. So, if you were visiting this palace, you can take photos with these guards, but please be sensible and do not disturb them in their work.
Admission costs KRW 3,000 per adult. The palace is closed on Tuesdays.
This building was used to host banquets for foreign envoys, and is surrounded by a man-made pond. The pond was used to reflect the building on the water surface. Gyeonghoeru was said to have been built according to the principles of the I Ching (Book of Changes).
This structure is the building that you'll see on the 10,000 Korean won note.
Much has been written about this place so I won't say much about it except to confirm that if you only have time to visit one palace then make it this one. Enough said.
And in one stop, you get to see the nearby Folk Museum and Palace Museum, both for free.
Palace admission: 3,000 won. Open Wed. - Mon. from 9 am - 6 pm (Mar. - Oct.) or 5 pm (Nov. - Feb.).
Gyeongbokgung Palace is the most famous of the palaces found in the city of Seoul. If you have only 1 palace to visit, then choose this one. It requires a whole afternoon to visit. Within the vicinity are National Folk Museum & National Palace Museum. Very nice to walk around. Better to secure a map coz it's easy to get lost with it's huge size.
It was in 1395, three years after the Joseon
Dynasty was founded by Yi Seong-gye, when the construction of the main royal palace was completed and the capital of the newly founded dynasty moved from Gaeseong to Seoul (then known as Hanyang).
To important culture property of the respect palace there are times when above 9 branches it will see.
The traffic side from subway 3 line respect palace reverse becomes 5minute disturbance with walking.
Gyeongbokgung which means Palace Greatly Blessed by Heaven, was built in 1395 and it served as the main palace. After you get the admission ticket (W3000), you can wait in the entrance for the gate guard change or special ceremonies organised during the day. You can also get a guide about these ceremonies to plan your visit. Two of the grandest architectural sights in Seoul are here. The main palace building Geunjeongjeon is an ornate two-storey building. Gyeonghoeru, a large raised pavillion resting on 48 stone pillars, is the second one. This building is located on the left of the main building. On the right is the large living quarters for the primary queen which is called Gyotaejeon. On the eastern side the quarters for the crown prince Jaseondang is located. You can easily spend 3 hours around the Royal Palace. You can also visit National Folk Museum located inside the palace area which will be another tip. Admission hours are between 09:00 and 18:00. The palace is closed on Tuesdays.
Check out my Travelogue for pictures and information about this awesome palace!
March through October: 9am to 6pm
November through February: 9am to 5pm
Open until 7pm on Weekends and National Holidays (May to August only).
Ticket booth will close one hour before closing of the palace.
Closed on Tuesdays
3'000 Won (Half price for Kids and Teens from 7 to 18)
Free Guided Walking Tours:
English at 11am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm
Japanese at 10am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm
Chinese at 10.30am, 1pm and 3pm
Changing of Guards:
Every hour from 1oam to 4pm
Gyeongbok Palace was the Main Palace of the Chosun dynasty until it got destroyed in 1592 during the Japanese Invasion. Founded in 1394 by King Taejo (who destroyed the Goryeo Dynasty in Kaesong), this was the base of the Joseon Dynasty. (the last Dynasty of Korea). In 1867, some of the building were reconstructed but was again destroyed by the japanese during the occupation except for 10 buildings. Today the palace is open to the public, and houses the National Folk Museum of Korea. The National Museum of Korea was there too, until it was relocated to Yongsan-gu in 2005.
3,000 won adults, 1,500 won children
Hours of Operation :
Please see my album on my Seoul page for Gyeongbokgung Palace. I took quite a few photos and can't fit them all on this tip. It is worth seeing and you can spend little to lots of time checking it all out. We visited first thing in the morning. Opens at 9am and there were just a few people here and there.
Additionally, I have read that you should not wear shorts or sleeveless shirts. We visited on a day that was cooler and so we were dressed appropriately. But keep that in mind when you're visiting.
There is no official site for the palace. The link below shows price of admission and the hours to visit.
Gyeongbokgung, the oldest palace of the Joseon Dynasty. It is the most comprehensive and grandest of the five palaces of the period, it has a 500 year history. Inside the grounds stands the National Folk Museum of Korea.
GEUNJEONGJEON is the greatest building of Joseon architecture. It is the main building of Gyeongbokgung and the palace where ceremonies of the state.
GANGNYEONGJEON was the central building of the King’s residence. There are 9 rooms , the central room was where the king slept and the surrounding 8 rooms were where the court ladies kept night watch.
GYOTAEJEON was the queen residence. It has a wooden floored hall in the center with ondol rooms on each side of it.
GYEONGHOERU is where official banquets were held and foreign envoys were entertained. There was a small pavilion when Gyeongbokgung was first built.
HYANGWONJEONG, it is pavilion for relaxation. Originally the bridge called Chihangyo was connected to the north of the pavilion.
Palace Gate Opening & Closing Ceremony and Royal Guard Changing Ceremony march- November 10.00-16.00 every hour (Closed on Tuesday)
NATIONAL FOLK MUSSEUM OF KOREA located inside Gyeongbokgung, the museum is a showcase of the lifestyle of the Korean people from the prehistoric age to the modern times related the life, culture, lifestyle, clothing, and food.
CHEONGWADAE is the presidential residence of the Republic of Korea. It was built in a Korean style with the roof of the main building decorated with blue tiles.
Amidst the many palaces in Seoul, we identified Gyeongbokgung as the main palace to go to.
We timed our tour to that of the free guided tour and were given a good commentary on the palace history, old practices and purposes of the various rooms.
10-15 mins walk from Insadong. Can get map from the Insadong information centre.
Opening hours: March-October 09.00-18.00
*Ticket passes for Gyeongbok Palace can also be used at the National Palace Museum and the National Folk Museum.
Free Tour Guide: In front of information center, Hongryemun Gate (main gate)
* English: 9:30, 12:00, 13:30, 15:00
* Chinese: 10:00, 12:30, 14:30
The ceremony was held in Gwanghwanum, Gyeongbokgung. The event is prepared as a means for demonstration of Korea's traditional culture.The ceremony symbolise the act of devotion and was established in the first year of King Yejong (1469).
The palace gate guide from the Joseon period was responsible for guarding the city gates and the palace in which the king and the royal familes resided. They followed strictly the procedures in opening & closing the gate & the changing of shift to protect the royal court and the nation.
The performance was held between 10am & 4pm everyday except on Tuesday and at event of rain.