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
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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

  • good place to know more on Korea history
    a nice place but crowded with tourists. walk through the museum and you will notice that it's actually a good place to see the korea history. the and etc
    4 Faizal H2018-12-11
  • Step into your own historical Korean drama!
    Had so much fun touring this palace, imagining the drama and intrigues within its walls! You MUST, I repeat, MUST plan to visit first a hanbok rental place nearby and enjoy wearing this traditional...
    4 Loving2Travel20172018-12-11
  • Immerse yourself in Goryeo setting for an afternoon
    If you’re a fanatic for ancient Goryeo history, probably this will be a good place for you to play princess/prince/queen/king for an afternoon. You’ll be able to rent Hanbok over there and you can...
    4 yofen2018-12-10
  • Beautiful scenery
    Amazing view during late November. The palace was covered in snow when we went so many photo opportunities from outside to inside. Didn't get to finish exploring though cause boyfriend's sports shoes...
    4 KCLXM2018-12-09
  • Lovely palace
    Beautiful and scenic also saw the changing of the guard . Please check the website for timing . Must visit to see the scale of the place
    5 frances2920152018-12-08
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