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

  • Very Nice Palace
    It is a pride of our nation, But it is a shame when lose our country, But we hope it will be a lesson for our next generations.
    평점:5 K L2019-01-17
  • Family tour in Korea
    A Majestic Palace!! A must place to visit!!! You will be amazed of what rich history it must had held by just looking at the place and the intricate design on the ceilings and in the walls.
    평점:4 jabenz2019-01-16
  • Enjoyable, especially changing of the guards
    Large palace complex - the traditional wood buildings are beautifully painted with geometric floral motifs. The main throne room is beautifully decorated. Be sure to see changing of the guards...
    평점:5 indysax2019-01-16
  • Worth it
    I had a great time here it was informative and easy to get around even on a Sunday when many people visit. Be aware that the museum on the left as you enter is free (and also worth it) but there is...
    평점:5 LewisJ1232019-01-16
  • Experience wearing hanbok and watch exchange of the guard
    Your visit to Seoul Korea is not complete unless you visit the Palace wearing the traditional dress called Hanbok while walking around the Palace and witness the changing of the guard.
    평점:5 Trishanang2019-01-15
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