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Gyeongbokgung Palace

03045  161 Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul  

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Gyeongbokgung Palace was the first and largest of the royal palaces built during the Joseon Dynasty. Built in 1395, Gyeongbokgung Palace was located at the heart of newly appointed capital of Seoul (then known as Hanyang) and represented the sovereignty of the Joseon Dynasty. The largest of the Five Grand Palaces (the others being Gyeonghuigung Palace, Deoksugung Palace, Changgyeonggung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace), Gyeongbokgung served as the main palace of the Joseon Dynasty.

The Korean government has invested much time and effort into rebuilding, restoring, and maintaining the palace for future generations. These efforts include work to rebuild and restore the buildings that were destroyed during the Japanese occupation. Visitors to Gyeongbokgung can also visit the National Palace Museum of Korea and the National Folk Museum of Korea as they are located on the palace grounds.


To increase ease of accessibility from Gyeongbokgung Palace to Seochon and vice versa, the palace's western gate, Yeongchumun, was opened to the public on December 2018. For the past 43 years, there were only 3 entrances to Gyeongbokgung Palace - the southern gate Gwanghwamun, the northern gate Sinmumun, and the eastern entrance of National folk Museum of Korea. However, with the opening of the western gate Yeongchumun, entry to the palace from all directions has been now made possible. 


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Directions Details
버스도착정보 안내
버스 번호 도착 정보
03045  161 Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul  
- Gyeongbokgung Station (subway line 3) exit 5, roughly 5 min. away on foot
- Gwanghwamun Station (subway line 5) exit 2, roughly 10 min. away on foot

TripAdvisor Reviews

Traveler RatingRating:4.5 (Based on 9934 Traveler)

Latest 5 reviews of Gyeongbokgung Palace

  • Great walk around the palace
    This palace is one of the best "parks" to walk on a spring daytime. Good architecture and nature combined.
    Rating:5 alau19852019-05-22
  • Walk in costume!!
    The best way to see this place is to rent a korean costume !! You will be able to take great pictures!!
    Rating:5 BerlynCC2019-05-22
  • May 2018 warm day trip to the palace
    Very good palace overall~! It was May 2018 when I went there for the first time. Lots of people around this area because it was the main city centre. The changing of the guard is around 14:00...
    Rating:4 Laxiaozi082009122019-05-21
  • Interesting Sightseeing Stop
    The gate itself is impressive and the grounds are well with the entrance fee. The most interesting quirk were the dozens of girls who bring along traditional outfits to photograph each other with...
    Rating:4 475damieng2019-05-21
  • Amazing
    We visited the place around 1:45 pm just before the changing of the guard at 2pm. This is amazing old meets new experience. There are many ladies dressed up in their Hanbok and they make the place...
    Rating:5 USAExpatUK462019-05-20
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