Best MonthsAll year
Traveller TypesFriends, Couples, Families, Solo
Rank2 out of 676 attractions in Seoul
Places to stay near Gyeongbokgung Palace
Reviews • 5
The Seoul attractions are Gyeongbokgung and Changeokgung palace and Bukchon village. It's good to combine these three in one day in the order mentioned. Start at Gyeongbokgung stop (exit 5). From here you can view the palace and possibly the associated museum. It is advisable to explore the palace grounds in all directions. Certainly, if you go further into the park, the number of (Korean) tourists becomes less and you will encounter a few gems of temples. Entrance to the palace is 3000 won (+/- € 2.40). From the palace, at the folk museum turn right to explore Bukchon village from here. Not only are there streets with traditional Hanok houses, but there are numerous shops, coffee tents and good (local) restaurants. So you can enjoy delicious dumplings, noodle soup or Korean barbecue during lunch. Ultimately, you'll come across the streets at the Changeokgung Palace. Here too the entrance is 3000 won + 1000 won to see the actual palace. Definitely worth it! Especially in autumn (late oct / early nov) when the trees are orange and red colors or in spring during the blossom (late April / early May).
Whether you are here to pay your respects or simply to admire the architecture and the sea that envelopes this temple, you will not expect anything quite so similar. I found this temple had more life than Seoul's Gyeongbokgung Palace, perhaps due to the perfect complement of history and nature, with it situated right by the sea.Again, I would advise to make this your first destination of the day as it is far out of the city centre to the North of Busan. Furthermore, it is a popular tourist destination, so expect heaps of crowd as the day goes.
Gyeongbokgung palace- This former seat of power is probably Korea's most famous royal palace. Gyeongbokgung Palace is also commonly referred to as the “Northern Palace” because its location is furthest north when compared to the neighboring palaces of Changdeokgung (Eastern Palace) and Gyeongheegung (Western Palace). It was built in 1395, built by built by King Taejo, the founder of the Joseon dynasty. Geunjeongjeon is the throne hall of Gyeongbokgung Palace where the king was formally briefed by his officials, and greeted foreign envoys and ambassadors. It was also the central venue for various coronation ceremonies of the royal household. There's a a large raised pavilion (Kyeonghoe-ru) resting on 48 stone pillars and overlooking an artificial lake (Yolsang Chinwon Spring) with two small islands, which is almost as grand a scene. State banquets were held inside and kings went boating on the pond. Behind these imposing structures are smaller meeting halls, and behind them are the king’s living quarter. On the right is Gyotaejeon, the separate but large living quarters (Chagyong-jeon) for the primary queen "Dowager Cho", and behind that is a terraced garden, Amisan, with ondol (underfloor heating) chimneys (Chimney of Chageyong-jeon) decorated with longevity symbols. Then there's an attractive hexagonal pavilion (Hyangwon-jeong) surrounded by a lotus pond. Hyangwon-jeong was originally connected to the north shore of the pond by a bridge named Ch'wihyang-gyo and the King enjoyed strolling across it to the pavilion. >Admission Fees- Adults (ages 19-64) 3,000 won / Group 2,400 won (10 or more people) Youths (ages 7-18) 1,500 won / Group 1,200 won (10 or more people) Age 6 and under – FREE. >Opening Hours- March to October 09:00-18:00 / November to February 09:00-17:00.
There are dozens of palaces in Seoul, but Gyeongbokgung is still my favorite. It is a massive complex at the head of Gwanghwamun Square, snuggly fitted between embassy row and the Blue House (Korea's White House). You can see dozens of amazing sites and famous historical spots in this area, as well as walk where many KDrama stars have filmed. There are three very famous statues in Gwanghwamun Square, and you walk up the line of statues to the center gate of Gyeongbokgung. Inside you will find a gorgeous palace filled with dozens of buildings and interesting historical sites. There is also the Royal Museum and the Folk Museum inside. Plan a day for this is you want to take your time.
Don’t tell people you visit Korea w/o visiting its palaces. There are admission fees but you can just walk in without paying because there’s simply too much people for the ushers to manage. Just stick behind a tour group and listen to the guide to know more about the palace.