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 10108 Traveler)

Latest 5 reviews of Gyeongbokgung Palace

  • Beautiful Palace
    This is a gorgeous Palace in downtown Seoul. Most of it has been rebuilt but it is historically accurate. Many people rent traditional clothes just outside the gate and then get in free to see the...
    Rating:5 Joanne M2019-07-14
  • I am glad I visited
    I loved the place worth the visit, wearing the costume and taking photos it makes great memory pictures plus you can do the tour alone after doing some walk from the city
    Rating:5 Hani B2019-07-14
  • Worth the visit
    Love that it’s in the middle of city. Outside the walls is modern Korea. We were able to witness the exchange guards which was on Monday morning. Entrance is free if you wear traditional clothing...
    Rating:4 Mimi P2019-07-13
  • Good place to kill a couple of hours
    Good place to walk around. Interesting to see everyone in national dress. (Not sure about the foreigners doing it as well though). Can be crowded.
    Rating:3 W6885MRdavep2019-07-12
  • Palace is a palace
    So we had to walk and walk and see where the women lived and where the king lived and where the conjugated. Sorry not my cup of tea.
    Rating:4 RobertH5172019-07-11
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