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Gyeongbokgung Palace

Gyeongbokgung Palace

161 Sajik-ro, Sejongno, Jongno-gu, Seoul

The Basics

The royal palace grounds stretch for 100 acres (40.5 hectares) and offers a number of sights to see, including the Gyeonghoeru Pavilion, Hyangwonjeong Pond, and the National Folk Museum of Korea, which features more than 98,000 artifacts that detail Korean history and culture. Other highlights are the Third Inner Gate (Geunjeongmun), the Throne Hall (Geunjeongjeon), the Executive Office (Sajeongjeon), and, of course, the king’s and queen’s quarters.

A stop at Gyeongbokgung Palace is included in most Seoul city tours and on just about every royalty-themed tour of Seoul. Visit on a bus or walking tour that includes entry and you can explore all parts of the complex while also stopping at other cultural sites such as Jogyesa Temple, Bukchon Hanok Village, and Namsangol Hanok Village.

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Morning Walking Tour: Gyeongbokgung Palace and Bukchon Hanok Village
Morning Walking Tour: Gyeongbokgung Palace and Bukchon Hanok Village
USD60.26 per adult
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Ben is an excellent guide!
This tour was a highlight of my trip to Seoul. Ben was an excellent guide - he was knowledgeable (facts/history), interesting (shared hidden gems), and funny. I thoroughly enjoyed this tour and highly recommend Ben!
Rhonda_O, Jul. 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Seoul

star-5
Fabulous market, beautiful palace.
GBGAL, Feb. 2020
Full Day Small-Group Royal Palace and Seoul Tour
Mr Kim was a excellent guide, leant a lot about the history of South Korea. The palaces were beautiful and the the market was amazing! Would highly recommend this tour,good value for the money.
star-5
Walking with kelly is great
pauljury, Jan. 2020
Morning Walking Tour: Gyeongbokgung Palace and Bukchon Hanok Village
Kelly was a wonderful guide, full of energy and knowledge about Seoul and Korea. we had a lovely time with her and thoroughly recommend her. walking Seoul is a great way to experience a wonderful city.
star-5
Superb Tour
Tour62689858093, Mar. 2019
Morning Walking Tour: Gyeongbokgung Palace and Bukchon Hanok Village
Ben was knowledgeable of history and architecture and accommodated us in every way. He greatly enhanced our insight and understanding of Gyeongbokgung Palace and Bukchon Village. Fabulous tour guide.
star-5
A must!
ElizaD104, Jan. 2020
Royal Palace and North Side of Seoul with Gwangjang Market
What a wonderful tour, especially for someone who is visiting Seoul for the first time and limited to a day. Learned some history through the Palace tour and then enjoyed Ihwha Mural Village, popular even with the locals. My guide was knowledgeable, helpful and help me find some delicious food in the Gwangjang Market.
star-5
Seoul Tour
wvuwhitney, Nov. 2019
Full Day Small-Group Royal Palace and Seoul Tour
Fantastic tour with Jake visiting the royal palace, several markets, temples and a delicious lunch. We only had two days in the city and this tour was worth it!
star-4
We can recommend this tour. Despite...
Andrea S, Apr. 2017
Korean Palace and Temple Tour in Seoul: Gyeongbokgung Palace and Jogyesa Temple
We can recommend this tour. Despite the pouring rain our guide Rebecca was fun and entertained us with her jokes. :- We were first taken to Jogyesa Tempel and than to Gyeongbokgung Palace. Rebecca also took us to an interesting exhibition in the Korean Folk Museum and gave us some interesting information about life in ancient Korea. During the tour our guide was very helpful, answered all our questions and offered to take pictures of the three of us. All in all we liked the tour.
star-5
Fantastic Tour!
madd2482, Nov. 2019
Korean Palace and Temple Tour in Seoul: Gyeongbokgung Palace and Jogyesa Temple
Katie was a fantastic tour guide and knew her information. She was always accommodating towards taking pictures for guests and even recommending hidden gems to check out after the tour. We had a blast and got to see/understand a good amount of Korea's culture/historical background!
star-5
Don’t miss this tour!
Sightsee16002, Nov. 2019
Morning Walking Tour: Gyeongbokgung Palace and Bukchon Hanok Village
Ben was our tour guide and he was amazing! Gave us so much history about the palace and the area. He also helped us take some one of a kind pictures. I had little trouble getting to the meeting location and Ben was so accommodating and helpful. I Really recommend this tour!
star-5
Ben is a very experienced and good...
Dennis V, Oct. 2017
Morning Walking Tour: Gyeongbokgung Palace and Bukchon Hanok Village
Ben is a very experienced and good guide. He showed us some great corners of Seoul. He understands very well to explain the Korean culture and history! The Gyeongbokgung Palace is only really interesting and fun through Bens explanations! We can totally recommend this tour for everyone, who wants to understand and experince the Korean culture and history!
star-4
Great
Nomad38757511859, Dec. 2018
Seoul City Sightseeing Tour Including Gyeongbokgung Palace, N Seoul Tower, and Namsangol Hanok Village
The tour guide chloe was very patient with my family especially my father who cant walk very fast. She also helped us took many photos and acceded to our request for hanbok rental at namsan tower. Overall a satisfactory tour on very cold days in December!
star-5
Yoon is a great tour guide same as the...
pdcemtbh, Sep. 2018
Seoul City Sightseeing Tour Including Gyeongbokgung Palace, N Seoul Tower, and Namsangol Hanok Village
Yoon is a great tour guide same as the first tour guide that we had. We visited different places and had time to take some photos and check the different places. They explained everything clearly and Yoon even snapped some photos for us as well as explaining everything in detail. It is a highly recommended tour.
star-4
THe tour was really informative and...
ORLANDO R, Sep. 2018
Korean Palace and Market Tour in Seoul Including Insadong and Gyeongbokgung Palace
THe tour was really informative and well paced, no rushing at all, the food was ok, the guide was amazing and energetic

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Wear comfortable shoes for exploring the complex's vast grounds.

  • Some areas of the palace complex offer limited access for wheelchairs.

  • Last admission is offered one hour before closing. The palace is closed on Tuesdays.

  • Restrooms are available onsite.

  • Pets are not allowed at the palace.

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How to Get There

The closest metro station is the aptly named Gyeongbokgung Station (Seoul Subway Line 3). Get out at Exit 5 and you'll emerge right at the palace grounds. A parking lot sits to the left of the palace.

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When to Get There

Gyeongbokgung Palace is open from Wednesday to Monday year-round, and on weekdays, it’s often full of touring Korean schoolchildren. Fall is a popular time to visit thanks to the autumn foliage that turns a deep red, while springtime brings cherry blossoms. If you want to see Gyeongbokgung Palace at its quietest, come early in the morning. (The Korean palace complex opens at 9am throughout the year but has varying closing hours.) The site is huge, though, so you should be able to find some peace and quiet no matter the time of day.

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Changing of the Royal Guard at Gyeongbokgung Palace

If you time your visit right, you’ll get to see the royal guard-changing ceremony, an experience that allows you to witness full Joseon-era regalia in all its glory. The ceremony takes place twice daily (except Tuesdays) at Gwanghwamun Gate—the imposing main gate that separates the palace from one of the busiest parts of the city—at 10am and 2pm.

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Gyeongbokgung Palace