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Seoul City Sightseeing by Bike and Foot
"In the morning meet your guide and small group at Seoul’s Hongdae subway station where you’ll hop on your bike and start riding toward Gyeongbokgung Palace commonly referred to as the Northern Palace. En route pass Hongdae Street and well-known city attractions including Deoksu Palace and Seoul City Hall.Make your first stop at the Seoul Museum of History for a look at some educational exhibits with your guide. Learn about the Joseon Dynasty (1392–1905) Korea’s last empire before Japanese colonial rule and discover elements of modern urbanization in Seoul after it became the capital of South Korea.Then it's on to Gyeongbokgung Palace for a 1-hour tour. Built in 1395
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Half-day Walking Tour: Gyeongbokgung Palace and Bukchon Hanok Village
"Meet your guide in front of the old Seoul City Hall building which today is being used as a library. After a 10 minute walk arrive at Gwanghwamun Gate the main gate of Gyeongbokgung Palace. Here your expert guide will teach you the history of the Joseon Dynasty and about the traditional architecture used at Gyeongbokgung Palace. As you move through the Palace compound you will view buildings built in the year 1395 by great wooden architects. Next visit the National Folk Museum of Korea which is located on the palace compounds. A unique feature of this museum is its open-air exhibits
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Seoul Combo: Cultural Heritage Tour with Kimchi Making and Traditional Dress Wearing
Hanbok"Seoul Combo: Cultural Heritage Tour with Kimchi Making and Traditional Dress WearingThis full-day tour combines a morning sightseeing tour of Seoul’s top cultural attractions with an afternoon at a cultural center where you don traditional dress and make kimchi."""Explore Korea’s cultural heritage on this full-day combo tour of Seoul. In the morning your sightseeing coach takes you and a knowledgeable guide to notable landmarks such as Jogyesa Temple Gyeongbokgung Palace and the National Folk Museum. After lunch
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Gyeongbokgung Palace Tips (93)

Gyeongbok Palace: Peace in the Heart of the City.

Gyeongbokgung or Gyeongbok Palace is a gorgeous place to get away a stones throw from Chong No (which is sardine central if you get my meaning). The Architecture is gorgeous, and the natural setting and harmony between the archictecture and the gardens is positively peaceful. I love it there. Especially in the autumn, when its breath taking. Its a favourite place for wedding pictures actually.

Anyway, some History: Gyeongbokgung Palace was the main residence and palace of the royal family during the Korean Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), and boasts an impressive 600 years of history. Built by King Lee Seonggye (ruled 1392-1398), founder of the Joseon Dynasty, the palace was completed in 1395 after the capital of the nation was changed from Gaeseong to Hanyang (currently Seoul). The huge area of Gyeongbokgung Palace includes the 'Geunjeongjeon', the main hall where official ceremonies took place and government officials could see the King, the 'Gyeonghoeru', where banquets were given for diplomatic reaons, and 'Hyangwonjeong', an artificial island created inside a pond. Also located within the palace is the National Folk Museum, to help further the understanding of the lives of Korea's ancestors.

Check it out for sure.

I will make a more indepth travel logue for this palace. later... :o)

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Feb 04, 2004

Palace with a past -Gyeongbokgung

Do a little bit of reading before you visit the palaces of Seoul, if not they will just be another nondescript Chinese architecture to you.
There's a lot of sad, sad history behind these palace walls.What struck me particulary was the assassination of their queen within the palace walls of Gyeongbokgung. Not only was she killed, her body was badly can read more about it over here

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Nov 02, 2004

Gyeongbokgung Palace

Check out my Travelogue for pictures and information about this awesome palace!

Opening Hours:
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

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Dec 12, 2008


Built in 1395 as residence for the royal family as well as seat of the government. It was destroyed in 1592 and only restored in 1865. After further destruction during the Japanese colonisation, a reconstruction program was launched in 1995.

As it's one of the most frequently visisted palaces of Seoul, try to avoid the weekends when the place is pretty crowded out with tourists and locals alike.

Open daily except Tuesday.
Admission: 700.- KRW

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Jan 28, 2006
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Hyangwonjeong( Pavilion )

Hyangwonjeong are good examples of Korea Garden art. built in 1873 by King Gojong. he had built on an island in the pond. Hyangwonjeong are mean's far reaching fragrance pavilion. and to the pavilion connected bridge name's are originally called Chihangyo inner part of Gyeongbokgung

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Feb 19, 2005

Gyeongbok Palace

Gyeongbok Palace was built as the primary palace of the Chosun Kingdom by its founder, King Taejo in 1395, the fourth year of his reign.

The place where I took this photo was believed to be the best view of this beautiful architecture.

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Feb 25, 2005

Kyongbokkung Palace

This is one of the biggest palace complexes in Seoul, and is (in my opinion) the best one I've seen in Seoul.

It was originally built during the Yi dynasty, over 500 years ago, but was destroyed by the Japanese in 1592 and again during WWII.

On the grounds is the National Folk Museum, which is a neat display of Korean culture. I think there is one more small museum of sorts, and they are quite worth the visit.

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Jan 21, 2004

Gyeongbokgung Palace

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.
Closed Tuesdays
Opens 9AM-6PM

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Gyeongbokgung Palace

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.

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Jun 30, 2013

Gyeongbokgung Palace!

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.

Jun 01, 2010

Gyeongbokgung Palace

This palace is established in 1395 and fine example of Joseon Dynasty architecture.

It was twice destroyed by the Japanese and rebuilt. Hence epitomize the Korean strength and spirits.

Open daily closed on Tuesday.

There is guided tour in Korean, English, Chinese and Japanese.

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Oct 25, 2006


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.

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Mar 18, 2008

Things to Do Near Gyeongbokgung Palace

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The National Folk Museum of Korea

The National Folk Museum, free entry, has a nice display of the Korean history and way of life in Korea. If you enter from the Gyeogbokgung Palace, don't loose you ticket if you want to go back that...
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National Palace Museum of Korea

part two of my tips on the National Palace Museum of Korea, just beside the Gyeongbok Palace. The National Folk Museum of Korea is located in Gyeongbokgung Palace. Its 25,088 articles well represent...
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Jogyesa - Buddhist Temple

Jogye Temple is chief temple of the Jogye order which represents the Korean Buddhism. Jogye Temple was originally built in 1910 and bore the name of Gakhwangsa Temple by the monks longing for...
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Sejong Center for the Performing Arts

This large building is the cultural place of Seoul Citizens. it was built in 1978. It is a comprehensive cultural space with a floor space of 52,800 square meters and has large and small auditoriums...
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Seoul Museum of Art

The Seoul Museum of Art has continued to expand since 1928 and moved to its current location at 37 Seosomun-dong in May 2002, after remodeling this building that housed the Republic of Korea Supreme...
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This was my first visit to South Korea. I did as much research as I possibly could in two weeks (that's when I knew I was going). So, this area looked interesting to me. I expected to see more "art"...
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Getting to Gyeongbokgung Palace


161 Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul


  • Sunday 09:00 to 17:00
  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday Closed
  • Wednesday 09:00 to 17:00
  • Thursday 09:00 to 17:00
  • Friday 09:00 to 17:00
  • Saturday 09:00 to 17:00