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
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 10124 Traveler)

Latest 5 reviews of Gyeongbokgung Palace

  • Beautiful
    Such a serene and beautiful palace set amongst the skyscrapers of Seoul. Must visit! Buy tickets online so you don’t ha e to wait in line. There are free tours in English but read the website to...
    Rating:5 PatriciaSun2019-07-22
  • Very spacious with many things to see
    Make sure you find an offline map at the gate. It was a hot sunny day, and we travelled with a baby. The place was stroller friendly. Some of the areas were under constructions, including the famous...
    Rating:5 Diendi S2019-07-21
  • Historical
    A hug palace with historical architecture. If you want to explore this place, you should spend all day, its really big.
    Rating:4 kirstenbaongan2019-07-19
  • Hanbok costumes, while expensive, are photogenic
    Renting hanbok costumes - traditional Korean dress - gives one free entry. Otherwise, the price is a most reasonable KRW3000 per person.\ We visited on a weekday. It rained for 15 minutes but...
    Rating:4 Victorianlad2019-07-18
  • Breath taking
    Gyeongbokgung palace was an amazing experience!!! To be submerged in korea's rich history and its tradition, i got to see alot of colorful hanboks(traditional korean clothing) and the amazing...
    Rating:5 oreos20192019-07-18
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