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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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

  • Proud of Korea
    It is a must visit place in Korea. Visitors can experience by getting wear traditional handbook. Folk museum and traditional village near by also attracted us lot. Thank you Seoul.
    Rating:5 migara h2019-06-25
  • Hanboks
    Right place for a nice walk and to admire a lot of people wearing the traditional hanbok. It's the main Palace of the city so you should not miss it. If you are familiar with Asia and mostly with...
    Rating:5 emanuelacam2019-06-25
  • Beautiful Palace - in town near City Hall
    This is a beautiful palace on large grounds, housing other temples and museums. One of the central spots to visit. Korean youth often visit in traditional costumes. You will want to plan most of...
    Rating:5 Jerry J2019-06-25
    This is the largest and most spectacular of the "Five Grand Palaces", and we consider it a must stop in Seoul. If at all possible, visit this site when you can experience the Changing of the Guard...
    Rating:5 realbigbear2019-06-25
  • Place you need to see
    The views are amazing !! Good exposure to local tradition and heritage. You must wear a HANBOK! go for the theme hanbok which you can get for approx 30$ You get free entrance to the palace of you do...
    Rating:5 Drada292019-06-24
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