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)
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 burnt...you can read more about it over here
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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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.