Gyeongbokgung (Korean: 경복궁; Hanja: 景福宮), also known as Gyeongbokgung Palace or Gyeongbok Palace, was the main royal palace of the Joseon dynasty. Built in 1395, it is located in northern Seoul, South Korea. The largest of the Five Grand Palaces built by the Joseon dynasty, Gyeongbokgung served as the home of Kings of the Joseon dynasty, the Kings' households, as well as the government of Joseon.
Gyeongbokgung continued to serve as the main palace of the Joseon dynasty until the premises were destroyed by fire during the Imjin War (1592–1598) and abandoned for two centuries. However, in the 19th century, all of the palace's 7,700 rooms were later restored under the leadership of Prince Regent Heungseon during the reign of King Gojong. Some 500 buildings were restored on a site of over 40 hectares. The architectural principles of ancient Korea were incorporated into the tradition and appearance of the Joseon royal court.
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Phil Cha | Feb 17, 2018
Every time someone wanted me to play tour guide in Seoul I took them to the palace. It’s big and there’s a great museum inside it. It’s good for a walk or a rest during the summer. I’ve taken a nap there after reading a nice book. It’s peaceful and affordable. Definitely a lot to look at and a lot of history going on. Not a 5 because I’m comparing it to the forbidden city in my mind. This is wayyyyy smaller and not a full day activity. Still a great part of an itinerary. Don’t miss it
anhrox | Mar 1, 2018
Watched the changing of the guards. Good show. Wish I could do the tour. Only got little tidbits from the pamphlet I got at the ticket office. Great place for pictures. Sit and relax, forget you're in the middle of a bustling city.
Pankaj Parag | Jan 4, 2018
Free guided tour with Free Tour Seoul. The guide was super helpful. The palace is grand. Our group got there early morning 9:15 AM and there were not many tourists. The ticket prices are reasonable, $3 for foreign and free for 65+ seniors. The tour can be finished in about an hour and a half. Palace is well kept. However it gets repetitive after a while. There's a change of guard at 10 AM. Don't forget to attend that.
Vincent Houckham | Mar 1, 2018
The palace is a must visit if you are coming to Seoul or South Korea. It is huge and very beautiful place. There is a lot of history here and much to see. I would highly recommend trying to visit the changing of the guards ceremony which happens at The Gate entrance at 2 pm. The ceremony has commentary in Korean, English, Chinese and Japanese. If you have the time I would recommend walking around the whole Palace but this can be very time consuming. This was one of the biggest highlights of my trip.
Hans Peter | Feb 8, 2018
Nice place to go. There are some english available signs and information. However, it is best to join the free guided tours. These are available throughout the day on fixed times. Starting point is the main entrance for the tours. Without the tours it is only many palaces without much difference to each other. But with the guide they will all have something special. In addition the guide will explain you a little bit about Korean history.
Diana Luxuryretreathawaii | Apr 3, 2018
The Royal Palace is an amazing place filled with culture and history. The architecture is truly beautiful and unique. Here many young South Korean lovers come to take a walk dressed in their traditional garments. It is a really bohemian picture to see lovers hand in hand enjoying the palace. The entry fee is minimal, around $3.5, and the palace grounds are vast. It is magnificent between Spring and Fall when the gardens are blooming, and in the Winter the Palace is transformed into a picture perfect story like painting. If you see the sweet ole’ lady selling fire roasted chestnuts outside the main gate, try it, you will definitely enjoy it.
Phee Guan | Mar 7, 2018
Beautiful and large. However, for me, the real deal in architecture , design and layout lies in Xi'an, China. The changing of guards ceremony is worth getting there early, though. A star is accorded to the guide (for the Chinese language tour) for her clarity, patience and... knowledge of the palace. Humble suggestion: follow the free tour even though it takes about 90 minutes.
Steven Iv | Apr 3, 2018
Come for the guard checks, they do a little live show where a commander checks his soldiers' uniforms. Look closer and you'll see they have fake mustaches! But really, it's a great place to take in some old timey Korean culture. One of my friends said that he really felt like this is a palace that you actually imagine royalty living in. It's nice, it's big, a lot of it looks the same but it's some damn fine palace.
Sabrina Hayati-Yatri | Mar 30, 2018
Best time to come here right before guard changing ceremony. U will see a main attraction of this palace. If you go here by subway, you'll see the good decorations all the way from station to the palace
Nicolas Goldring | May 23, 2018
Of all the 5 Grand Palaces, this is the largest and most famous of them all. I highly recommend anyone traveling to Seoul to come visit this beautiful architectural behemoth. Korea is a perfect adventure/travel destination for those in search for an adventure, and for cultural enthusiasts. It is such a beautiful country with only so much to offer. It is guaranteed to make you fall in love with the entire nation!
Kui Kantavee W. | Apr 17, 2018
Gyeongbokgung Palace is really big and wide. You can walk walk and walk around the place without tiredness because just watching people having fun taking photos. There are small buildings inside the palace. Their designs are very beautiful with aromatic gardens surrounded by small canals along the way you walk. Cherry blossoms seem to be the highlight of this period. Wearing national costumes allow you to enter here for free. Also, it looks quite cute and charming when you are in those costumes.
Diamond Rose | May 26, 2018
It is a great place to get some culture. Take the time to go on a free guided tour to fully appreciate the place. A few days before your visit you can go online and reserve private tours of the pavilion for free! AND if you dress up in traditional clothing, you will be admitted to the palace for free (and get some great photos).
Melati Slaats | May 24, 2018
I liked this palace, the space is enormous and over the whole area there are places to see and enter. However the nice part of this palace was the guard changing ceremony. It is great to experience and see how they keep their culture and traditions. You can rent/borrow traditional clothing which is just beautiful to see!
Dulce Bedolla | Jun 24, 2018
Great history here. It cost 3,000₩ to enter but it's totally worth paying a few bucks extra for a guided tour. It tells you more of the history and the fun facts about the palace. If you'd like to dress up in a traditional Hanoi, you should visit stores outside the palace. If it wasn't a hot day in June, I probably would have since the dresses look so pretty. They also have costumes for men too. Also make sure to bring plenty of water since they only place that solid water I could find was the National Folk Museum and I spent hours under the hot sun wandering around the place. Its massive so do bring comfortable shoes. And overall have fun!
Rymond Lim | Jun 16, 2018
The palace is so amazing constructed back then. The oldest the five. It is worthwhile going there earlier to avoid the peak crowd timing and you can enjoyed the traditional Korean culture. A very well maintained place to view. Great for many photo taking of the all place, especially when there lesser crowd. You should proceed to view the palace from the rear entrance, which has a very nice cultural museum building. When you moving along the buildings and headed toward the main,you will get more and more amazed.
Jekica | Jun 17, 2018
It's a self guided palace. Make sure to keep your ticket even after you enter. I accidently walked out an exit not knowing and I was almost not let back inside. I loved that there is an original library filled with modern books that people can look through. You could even do work on the desks if you don't mind the traffic of people walking everywhere. All the architecture has been repainted in vivid colors to maintain the appearance of their original look. There is an interactive museum on salt. I personally enjoyed it as I have always been very interested in trade and the silk road. This museum is also where you will find the gift shop. Again, make sure to keep your ticket with you.
Lesley Austen | Jun 26, 2018
This palace was one of my absolute favorite places in Seoul! It is so much bigger and more grand on the outside than you can even imagine! You can see a small part of the palace from the road, but it extends WAY beyond that. I highly recommend taking one of the free tours offered (they have an English tour). Try to time your visit so you can catch the changing of the guard ceremony as well.
Hayley | Jul 9, 2018
Well worth the small cost to visit. Its absolutely stunning and a lovely walk around too. The palace is so colourful and well maintained. Simply beautiful with lovely scenary. If you get chance, also visit the museum just up from the palaces, it's such a lovely museum and extremely informative. It teaches you or the Royal family, their stamps, clothes, culture, changes over the years and so on. It's wonderful
Thomas Foley | Jul 22, 2018
Beautiful palace. Most of the buildings are recreations due to destruction during the Japanese occupation prior to and during WWII. There are nearby options to rent period clothing. While I did not avail myself of the option, those who did seemed to be far more uncomfortable in the heat, so I would advise taking into account the time of year before making that decision. While the buildings themselves were beautiful, there was very little in the way of decoration in about 80% of the buildings, with no view inside even, though the building with interior decoration were well done.
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