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