Palaces in Seoul, part 1: Gyeonbokgung

When I first arrived to Korea, I was able to wander around in Seoul for 2 months without any daily responsibilities. I used this time to walk daily around Seoul and wanted to see all main palaces. Biggest of them is Gyeonbokgung, which I actually visited already last year but couldn't see much of it because it was raining really heavily that day. Second time I went with my husband and even though we walked a lot, it's a huge palace and we didn't go to see everything inside the walls.

Changing guards at the main gate

Gyeonbokgung was build in 1395 and it was the main royal palace of the Joseon dynasty. Gyeonbokgung served as a home for the kings, king's household and for the government of Joseon. Arguably it has said to be the greatest and most beautiful of the palaces, but it's not my favourite! Anyways I would say that if you want to see one palace and are ready to walk a lot, you should maybe choose to go to Gyeonbokgung, it offers you a lot of variety with different kind of buildings. Also the National Palace Museum of Korea and the National Folk Museum of Korea are located in there. Watching changing of guards is one of the most popular activies for tourists in Seoul, they do it few times a day.

This is the roof, so detailed

These women are actually foreign tourists wearing rented hanboks.

National Folk Museum of Korea

How to get there 

It's really easy to go to Gyeonbokgung! Easiest way is to take a subway line 5 and get off at the Gwanghwamun station, but there's many subway lines going pretty close to it if you are ready to walk a little. Line 3 and station Gyeonbokgung brings you right next to the palace.

Fee: 3000 won / adult
Closed: Tuesdays
Open: January-February 09:00-17:00 / March-May 09:00-18:00
June-August 09:00-18:30 / September-October 09:00-18:00
November-December 09:00-17:00, last change to get in one hour before closing

They also offer guided tours.

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