This walking tour starts at Gyeongbokgung (Gyeongbok Palace), the first royal palace built by the Joseon Dynasty over 600 years ago, and along a charming traditional stone wall path to Cheongwadae (Blue House) Sarangchae, a historical memorial museum about the Korean presidential residence, where visitors can learn about the past, present and future visions of Seoul and Korea.
Walking Tour Details
※ Course Tip
Gwanghwamun (Main and South Gate) - Heungnyemun (Second Inner Gate) - Geunjeongmun (Third Inner Gate) - Geunjeongjeon (Imperial Throne Hall) - Sajeongjeon (Executive Office) - Gyeonghoeru (Royal Banquet Pavilion) - Gangnyeongjeon (King's Quarters) - Gyotaejeon (Queen's Quarters) - Jagyeongjeon (Late Queen's Quarters) - Hyangwonjeong (Hyangwonjeong Pavilion)
Length of tour : 2 hours
Meeting Place : In front of Gyeongbokgung Ticket Booth (digital equipment rental)
- Each tourist shall pay for admission fee, cultural experience fee, and transportation fee.
- Stroller and wheelchair rental is available at Heungnyemun Gate entrance. (As stroller and wheelchair are limited in quantity, they may be unavailable in case of excessive users.)
Major Tourist Attractions
Geunjeongjeon is the best royal palace in Gyeongbokgung Palace and it holds the meaning of ‘Governing a country with sincere diligence on all affairs’. Geunjeongjeon is the most magnificent building in the palace and it represents the royal authority. National events such as coronation ceremony, morning meeting with civil and military officials, and reception for foreign envoy were held in Geunjeongjeon. It is also designated as the National Treasure No.223.
Gyeonghoeru is an official banquet hall where the king and officials held big banquets or entertained foreign envoys. In the past, people used to enjoy boating in a pond and appreciated the magnificent scenery of Inwangsan Mountain and palace. It is said that Gyeonghoeru was built based on the principles from Book of Changes. Also, the 3 rooms in the center refers to heaven, earth and man, 12 rooms refers to 12 months, and 24 pillars outside refers to 24 solar terms. Gyeonghoeru is designated as the National Treasure No.224.
Hyangwonjeong is a place where the king or royal family took a break and ‘Hyangwon’ means ‘Scent spreading far’. Hyangwonjeong is a symbolic and representative building in the beautiful scenery of Gyeongbukgung Palace’s backyard. It is regarded as a delicate and beautiful hexagon-shape pavilion with excellent proportion and it is designated as National Treasure No.1761.