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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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Halfday Walking Tour: Gyeongbokgung Palace and Bukchon Hanok Village
Halfday Walking Tour: Gyeongbokgung Palace and Bukchon Hanok Village
USD80.00 per adult
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Very educational tour
Our guide Ben was great. Very knowledgeable and taught a lot about Korean history. Flexible…took us in some buses and taxis when it was raining heavily. Accommodating. Engaging. Definitely would recommend.
Victor_K, Jun. 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Seoul

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Great tour
Jill_C, Jun. 2022
Full Day Small-Group Royal Palace and Seoul Tour
Crystal was an excellent guide and our driver was very courteous and friendly. The only drawback was the lunch place that we were to go to was closed and the last minute choice was not a good lunch, no fault of your guide or Viator. We had a great time and experienced many things.
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Very educational tour
Victor_K, Jun. 2022
Halfday Walking Tour: Gyeongbokgung Palace and Bukchon Hanok Village
Our guide Ben was great. Very knowledgeable and taught a lot about Korean history. Flexible…took us in some buses and taxis when it was raining heavily. Accommodating. Engaging. Definitely would recommend.
star-5
Perfect!
Karen_O, Jun. 2022
Halfday Walking Tour: Gyeongbokgung Palace and Bukchon Hanok Village
Ben gave me the perfect tour for my very short trip visit to Seoul. He shared so much history, culture, and local insights. I'm so glad I chose this tour and that Ben was my guide!
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Daylong tour of Seoul
Jacques_A, May 2022
Korean Palace and Market Tour in Seoul Including Insadong and Gyeongbokgung Palace
Nice daylong tour. Our guide, Gin, was knowledgeable, pleasant, not hurried. Last part was a little bit of a letdown since on Sunday many stores in the market are closed
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Excellent!
Cate_C, Jun. 2022
Halfday Walking Tour: Gyeongbokgung Palace and Bukchon Hanok Village
Your to palace. Ben was excellent. Good English. Knowledgeable. Brought us to good photos spots. Recommend!
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My "seoul"
Jessica_H, Feb. 2020
Korean Palace and Market Tour in Seoul Including Insadong and Gyeongbokgung Palace
All the attractions and places we visited were incredible and our tour guide was so cute and sweet. Definitely recommend this tour.
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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.
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A must!
ElizaMae_D, 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.
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Wonderful tour, do it
Calvin_O, Jun. 2022
Halfday Walking Tour: Gyeongbokgung Palace and Bukchon Hanok Village
Extremely pleasant and engaging tour with Ben, who was both knowledgeable and personable. We had so much fun that we asked Ben to show us around elsewhere on another day (as pictured), and he did not disappoint! Would recommend hitting up Ben for any and all tours related to Korea!
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Must see destination in Korea!!!
josephchiorazzi, Nov. 2019
Seoul: Gyeongbokgung Palace History Walk
The tour guide Gabriela was very kind and offered me alot of insight i wouldnt have gotten otherwise if i toured the palace by myself. I Walked to the wrong meeting spot and she went out of her way to find me! You will not regret coming here or using Gabrielas service!!
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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!
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A Must Do!
ChyeChoo_N, Nov. 2019
Gyeongbokgung Palace Hanbok Rental Experience in Seoul
There’s something about visiting their oldest palace site (yes the buildings are replicas) in a Hanbok. Wonderful experience for the family and there are muted colours for the teens and extra large sizing for the Man of the House too so everyone is happy. Along the same street there are a number of other hanbok rental places but this is the largest and possibly has the most extensive range. The experience was marred by Long queues even though we were relatively early... there is one general queue to which we returned 3 times: 1. to establish that we had the viator coupon, and exchange it for a little stub advising the number and type of costume, 2. after changing and simple hairdo (part of the theme package) to “check out” and be given a wristlet with the return time; 3. Finally to return costumes and locker keys Would be better for 3 different queues that could be fluid when one is relatively shorter, especially when there’s only one cash register 🙄 Not complaining as we were v excited so the wait was bearable.... but I can’t imagine id someone had difficulty standing ... how the wait could be excruciating for him/her.
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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
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