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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Traveler RatingRating:4.5 (Based on 10189 Traveler)

Latest 5 reviews of Gyeongbokgung Palace

  • VIP Tours
    They provide a guide and transportation. Very enjoyable tour. Guide spoke excellent English and ver knowledgeable.
    Rating:5 Steve N2019-08-18
  • One of the main tourist attraction in Seoul
    It was good to know the history of the biggest palace of Korean history. Pack of people taking pictures with hanbok in the front area, but if you walk more inside the complex area, there are less...
    Rating:3 Utami A2019-08-18
  • Lovely place to visit
    Gyeongbokgung Palace is a lovely place to visit and take photos, especially if you rent Hanbok (traditional Korean outfits). It doesn't cost much to visit, maybe 3000 won, but if you rent Hanbok you...
    Rating:5 carolrecord2019-08-17
  • Must in Seoul!
    It is the biggest palace as I know in Seoul. It is better to enjoy during the spring or fall, but it has it’s own beauty every season. So don’t hesitate to visit this palace! :)
    Rating:5 MinheeS282019-08-16
  • Beautiful palace
    A really great day out with English speaking tours! There was so much to see and learn about and we were lucky enough to visit whilst a guard ceremony was taking place.
    Rating:5 katemY1516YU2019-08-15
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