Gyeongbokgung Palace was the main legal residence of the royal family during the Joseon Dynasty. Carrying a meaning of “a place where the new king can enjoy prosperity of great blessings,” this was the first palace built during the Joseon Dynasty. The palace is unique for its vast area and harmony of buildings, and is the only palace to have all four major gates still remaining to this day.
Within the palace grounds, you can see a multitude of restored buildings. Visitors will enjoy looking at the variations among buildings, each serving a unique purpose. Of course, even before entering the palace, tourists enjoy gathering at Gwanghwamun Gate to watch the Royal Guard Changing Ceremony
be sure to time your visit to include this cultural performance in your tour.
Gyeongbokgung Palace also offers special evening admissions occasionally, so don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy the evening atmosphere at the palace grounds if your schedule allows.
☞ Address: 161, Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
☞ Directions: Walk for approx. 5 min from Gyeongbokgung Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 5
☞ Admission: Adults 3$ / Teenagers & Children 1.5$
☞ TIP) Gyeonghoeru Pavilion Tour (Reservation required)
- Period: April-October (7 months)
- Hours: 10:00, 14:00, 16:00 (additional tour at 11:00 on weekends)
※ Closed Tuesdays
- Reservations : Online 1~6 days in advance
☞ Website: www.royalpalace.go.kr (Korean, English)