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Gyeongbokgung Palace

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The National Museum of Korea and the National Folk Museum are located on the grounds of this palace, built six centuries ago by the founder of the Chosun dynasty.
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161 Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
+82 2-3700-3900
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This is my 2nd time visiting the palace. But this time around, i had the chance to suit up myself and my daughter in the traditional Hanbok costume. Walking with the lovely costume to the Palace gives us a brand new experience. Plus, my daughter...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank lizailias
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Beautiful place, which closes at 17:00 So plan accordingly for your visit and enjoy the most of it. Rafael

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank rafaribas
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Well worth the visit, you can feel the history in the place and it's amazing seeing lots of people in the traditional dress .. it's almost like stepping back in time

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Lizzie W
Reviewed 5 days ago

You will consider the Gyeongbokgung Palace a average asian palace if you've been to Imperial Palace / Forbidden city in China or Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Hence, don't expect too much once you enter the Gyeongbokgung compound. If your main purpose is just to take...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Onix_C15
Reviewed 5 days ago

The palace grounds are massive. You can spend hours walking around Gyeongbokgung Palace. Lots of interesting architecture and statues. Palace was under some construction at the time but didn't take away from the experience. Lots to see so give yourself a couple hours at least....More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank ry s
Reviewed 5 days ago

To be fair, all the buildings that we can see today are accurate replica. The original palace was burnt to ground in 1592. Several buildings were restored in 1890s, while the rest were reconstructed in last 20 years. So, the palace actually contains less historical...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank BettyandLingShing
Reviewed 5 days ago

As important as this palace is in the list of national treasures of South Korea, it's actually quite a boring place to visit full of empty buildings, except for the throne room and the changing of the palace guards. Wish they had filled those buildings...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank mohseins
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I love watching korean drama joseon era... do i love it. Its simple .... nothing special if u don't appreciate history. My friend and i rend an hanbok from the near rental shop which cost us 15000 won per person and we enjoyed taking nice...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank azeanyan981
Reviewed 6 days ago

a nice place but crowded with tourists. walk through the museum and you will notice that it's actually a good place to see the korea history. the and etc

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Faizal H
Reviewed 6 days ago

Had so much fun touring this palace, imagining the drama and intrigues within its walls! You MUST, I repeat, MUST plan to visit first a hanbok rental place nearby and enjoy wearing this traditional costume while visiting the palace. This made the visit especially memorable...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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3 November 2018|
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Response from bdgdavid | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I did not see this .. .But from the web .... (The Sumunjang (Royal Guard) Changing Ceremony is held at the Gwanghwamun Gate, which is the first gate to the Gyeongbokgung Palace but you will need to wait at the square... More
17 September 2018|
Response from Peppale P | Reviewed this property |
Hi! I think it would be better to check their official website for further information.
9 September 2018|
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Response from tmimi8316 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, For Nighttime Tours, yes it must be booked online. Bookings can be made through : Auction or Interpark