Gyeongbok Palace - Seoul


Gyeongbok Palace is the first of four preserved royal palaces built by the Chosun Dynasty in Seoul.
It is often a featured backdrop for many Korean historical dramas.

Rebuilt in 1867, it consist of the throne and royal council hall at the center.
Behind the throne hall (Geunjeongjeon) are the sleeping quarters, and on the east side the crown prince's residence and Pavilion (Gyeonghoeru).

Building are made of wood and feature a multi-color tiled roof, pillars, and rafters to represent royal authority and position.

After viewing the palace, watch the royal guard changing ceremony on the hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the main gate.

Free tours with admission available in several languages.

 

Address

 

161, Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul

 

Admission Fee

 

Yes, more information about tickets available at Gyeongbokgung Palace Website Visitor Information Page

Closed on Tuesdays

 

Getting There

 

By Subway:

Line 3 Exit on Gyeongbokgung Station
Take Exit 5. Walk 5 minutes.

or

Line 5 Exit on Gwanghwamun Station
Take Exit 2. Walk 10 minutes.

 

Recommendations

 

- This attraction will take you at least 2 hours to walk the whole area. You can combine this attraction with the National Palace Museum of Korea.
- You will be walking a lot outside so make sure to wear sunscreen/hat or umbrella, and bring water and snacks as required.
- If walking a lot is not an option, the essential things to see are the throne room, pavilion, and the royal guard changing ceremony.
- If you plan to go to 3 or more palaces, buy a Book of combination tickets which includes admission to Gyeongbok, Changdeok,
  Gyeonghui, and Changgyeong palaces; in addition it includes the Secret Garden (Huwon) at Changdeok palace, and Jongmyo Royal
  Shrine for $10,000 Won per adult. Tickets must be used within 3 months.

 

Website

 

Visit Official Gyeongbokgung Palace Website for more Information