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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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

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Latest 5 reviews of Gyeongbokgung Palace

  • One of the highlights in Seoul
    the palace is large but most of the rooms are closed hence one gets to see the outer structures only. a self guide facility should be made available to understand the buildings better, fairly large...
    평점:4 gaurabparija2019-02-16
  • How did they build this
    This place needs no review as it is a must see place while visiting Seoul. It is stunning and surreal. The changing of the guard happens at 10 am everyday and if you can be there at 9:45 you will be...
    평점:5 Richard E2019-02-16
  • Amazing!!!
    During our 5 days stay in Seoul, we actually visited this palace twice! It is so beautiful especially when it is snowing. Change of guards is amazing and the free guided tour is something we enjoyed...
    평점:5 victoriak6652019-02-15
    An interesting experience to experience by yourself. You can watch the Royal Guide Changing Ceremony and I was chosen to be the lucky one to knock the gong. Im so happy.
    평점:5 Khairuniswa2019-02-14
  • An okay palace in the midst of town
    If you've been to a few palaces in Asia and in South Korea, you will feel like you have seen it all. The area is paid to enter and there is quite a lot to see and luckily most of the displays have...
    평점:3 241mcf2019-02-14
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