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

  • A peaceful gem
    Really enjoyed our time here, especially the palace garden where the glass house is (not the Secret Garden, we didn't have time for that one). It is so peaceful and interesting, and not full of...
    Rating:5 tessa20202019-10-23
  • Best palace ever
    Amazing palace It's very old palace and amazing please You can see every thing from past You can spend more 4 , 5 hours
    Rating:5 alneebari2019-10-23
  • Best palace in Seoul
    I would say this is the largest and most grand palace in Seoul. The grounds are enormous with much to see. We went in the morning to see the changing of the guards, which my kids found fascinating...
    Rating:5 Sk8nsnogrl2019-10-22
  • Worth the Visit
    This is a huge complex, made up of several sections. If you are going to visit don't make any other plans for the morning. Get there early, before the tour groups and school classes on field trips...
    Rating:4 295garyw2019-10-21
  • If you have to pick just one palace in Seoul to visit - this is the one
    Of all five palaces available for visiting in Seoul, this one is the largest and grandest, the one in my opinion most worth visiting. Be prepared for a LOT of walking, a lot of steps as the palace...
    Rating:5 vichy2019-10-20
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