"Gyeongbokgung Palace" Gyeongbokgung Palace Tip by IreneMcKay

Gyeongbokgung Palace, Seoul: 93 reviews and 220 photos

  Palace grounds scene for TV show.
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  • Palace grounds scene for TV show. - Seoul
      Palace grounds scene for TV show.
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  • Palace grounds scene for TV show. - Seoul
      Palace grounds scene for TV show.
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      Visitors in traditional clothes.
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  • Re-enactment of palace life. - Seoul
      Re-enactment of palace life.
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  • Changing of the guards. - Seoul
      Changing of the guards.
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This palace was one of the highlights of our second visit to Seoul. There was just so much going on. We began by watching the changing of the guards ceremony just outside the main gate. You can watch this without paying the palace entry fee if you want. The ceremony was carried out in traditional costume.

Inside the palace they were rehearsing for the anniversary of a huge historical examination. More traditional clothes. In addition during our visit they were filming a TV show here. Traditional costumes and music. Also people are paid to wander around in traditional clothes re-enacting scenes from palace life. As if that were not enough Koreans dress up in their own traditional clothes to have their photos taken here. There are some lovely buildings and a beautiful pagoda on an island set in the midst of a scenic pond.

This palace was constructed in 1394. It was the main palace of the Joseon Dynasty (1392~1910). It was founded by King Taejo and is the grandest of all five of Seoul's palaces.

Make sure you see the imperial throne room of Geunjeongjeon or Gyeonghoeru Pavilion, which stands on forty-eight granite pillars towering over a lotus lake. Other highlights include the tall pagoda of the National Folk Museum of Korea and Hwangwonjeong Pavilion, which sits in a beautiful pond. You can get a great photo of this pavillion and its reflection.

To get here: Take subway Line 3 to Gyeongbokgung Station and proceed to Exit 5. The palace grounds are open from 09:00~18:00 (March ~ October) and 09:00~17:00 (November ~ February). Gyonegbokgung Palace is closed Tuesday. Admission is 3,000 won.

Address: 161 Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Phone: +82 2-3700-3900
Website: http://www.royalpalace.go.kr:8080/

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  • Written Jun 30, 2013
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