Gyeongbokgung Palace – Seoulistic

Gyeongbokgung Palace


The largest and most popular of the Five Grand Palaces, Gyeongbokgung Palace was built in 1395 during the Joseon Dynasty. However, since much of the Palace was destroyed by fire during the Imjin War, much of what you actually see at the Palace is a restoration that happened during King Gojong’s rule.  And what a fine job he did. Gyeongbokgung Palace is certainly most deserving of its “grand” title, and one could easily spend an entire day at the Palace. If you’re not sure which of the 5 Royal Grand Palaces to see Seoul, pick this one. It’s the grandest and most representative of them all. There are also tours available here in English, Japanese and Chinese.

Tip: Inside the palace grounds is the National Folk Museum of Korea, which gives a abridged overview on the history of Korea and Korean people throughout the museum.

* Free Guided Tours:
– English: 11AM, 1:30PM, 3:30PM
– Japanese: 10AM, 12:30PM, 2:30PM
– Chinese: 10:30AM, 12:30PM, 2PM, 4PM

Operating Hours:
Nov to Feb: 9AM - 5PM | Mar to May: 9AM - 6PM | Jun to Aug 9AM - 6:30PM | Sep to Oct: 9AM - 6PM (*Admission allowed until one hour before closing.)
3,000 won (Adults)
1,500 won (Age 7-18)
Free (aged 6 and below or 65 and above)
Combination Ticket: 10,000 won admission to all 5 palaces
Free if wearing hanbok (traditional Korean clothes)
Phone Number:
161, Jongno-gu, Sajik-ro, Seoul, South Korea
Subway Station:
Gyeongbokgung Station (Line 3)

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