Located right beside the Seoul Museum of History, Gyeonghuigung Palace is quite likely the least popular to visit of the royal palaces in Seoul. It may even be considered the forgotten royal palace. It was originally the 2nd residence of the Joseon King and was used in times of emergency. But starting with the Japanese occupation, this royal Korean palace started to be dismantled piece by piece. One of the gates is being used as the front gate of Shilla Hotel, and another gate is at Dongguk University. And now it’s so sparse that it’s possible to walk around here without meeting another person. Something about the emptiness of the place transports you into another time–a feeling quite different from the other palaces. It’s the best royal palace in Seoul to wander leisurely in private with your own thoughts.
* Free Audio Guide available in English, Japanese and Chinese. (ID required.)