The wonders of Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul

The wonders of Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul

by Chihon Kim
Stripes Korea

During the Japanese colonial rule, most of the palace was destroyed. Much of what you see today are accurate reconstructions.

The main attraction here is the Changing of the Guardians at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily at the main entrance. This solemn ceremony that dates to the Joseon Dynasty, features amazing uniforms and drums. Then head into the palace grounds to view the elegant palace. Make sure to check out the Amisan Garden, Geunjeongjeon Hall and the living quarters.

Though the entrance fee is minimal, wearing a traditional Hanbok will grant you free passage into the palace. There are many Hanbok rental shops around the palace. It would be a great opportunity to embrace Korean culture and the colors also look amazing in photos. It’s all about the photo ops!

Important info
  1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English) / For more info: +82-2-3700-3900, +82-2-738-9171, +82-2-3210-1645
Closed: Tuesdays
Hours: November-February 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission Fees: 
Adults (ages 19-64): 3,000 won / Groups (10 people or more): 2,400 won
Children (ages 7-18): 1,500 won / Groups (10 people or more): 1,200 won

*Free admission: Preschoolers (age 6 and younger), seniors (ages 65 and older), people wearing hanbok, the last Wednesday of every month (Culture day)

Website (Korean, English)

Train from Pyeongtaek Station to Yongsan Station. 
-Mugunghwa (1 hour/4700 won)
-ITX-Saemaeul (49 min./7200 won)
-Nuriro (52 min/4700 won)

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