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Gyeonghuigung Palace

03177  45, Saemunan-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul  

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About

One of the five grand palaces, Gyeonghuigung Palace was also called "Seogweol" (which means "palace of the west") because it's located west of the main palace, Gyeongbokgung. In its heyday, it was part of a vast complex, with 100 buildings in total, but most of these were destroyed during the Japanese occupation. Following intensive restoration work, it reopened to the public in 2002. On its grounds stand the Seoul Museum of History and the Gyeonghuigung Annex Building of the Seoul Museum of Art.

The palace was originally constructed by order of King Gwanghae, the fifteenth king of the Joseon Dynasty, and was completed in 1623. From the beginning, it was much-loved and served as a secondary palace for some ten kings of the Joseon Dynasty. 

A variety of Korean art can be seen in the Gyeonghuigung Annex building of the Seoul Museum of Art, which is situated on the Gyeonghuigung site. Also, the Seoul Museum of History, one of the foremost tourist attractions in the city, houses a permanent collection allowing visitors to see how Seoul has developed and transformed from prehistoric times to the present day.

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Address
03177  45, Saemunan-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul  
Subway
Gyeongbokgung Station (subway line 3) exit 7, roughly 10 min. away on foot
Gwanghwamun Station (subway line 5) exit 1, roughly 10 min. away on foot
Seodaemun Station (subway line 5) exit 4, roughly 10 min. away on foot

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Traveler RatingRating:4.0 (Based on 107 Traveler)

Latest 5 reviews of Gyeonghuigung Palace

  • Only Number Two Palace But Impressive
    This was one of five palaces built in the 1600's by the Joseon Dynasty and this was seen as number two.It had some 100 small and large buildings but many were destroyed by the Japanese in 1908 but...
    Rating:4 Oldjack2019-10-17
  • Beautiful small palace
    There were minimal visitors, so it was peaceful to wander around. The palace area is small compared to others. Nevertheless, the roof and ceilings of the buildings are beautifully painted. Perhaps...
    Rating:5 harmhdu2019-09-21
  • Lovely Palace Complex
    Beautiful palace complex with stunningly intricate wooden buildings and amazing colours. It's so peaceful and quiet inside and it makes for a lovely place to sit and contemplate. Seoul is a lovely...
    Rating:4 Bozeman-Dublin2019-07-10
  • Why visit?
    The Palace of Shining Celebration was completed in 1623, but destroyed during the Japanese annexation. Even the historical plaque states: “Even though some parts of the former Palace were...
    Rating:3 Linda K2019-06-23
  • Recommended who those to avoid being crowded
    This is smaller than most other palaces in Seoul. Unhyeongung might be the only smaller one than this today. - Entrance is free of charge. Some office workers visit during lunchtime on weekdays...
    Rating:4 590jhl2018-06-24
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