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Gyeongbokgung Palace, Seoul

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Castle Historic Site
Dating back to 1395, Gyeongbokgung Palace served as the residence of the Joseon dynasty rulers, their households, and governments. Though much of the original structure was destroyed by fire in the late 16th century, the palace was reconstructed during the 19th-century reign of King Gojong. The expansive complex includes a number of pavilions and halls, as well as the royal family's private quarters. Also on premises, you'll find the National Folk Museum, National Palace Museum, and a number of traditional Korean gardens. To visit Gyeongbokgung Palace on your trip to Seoul, use our Seoul trip itinerary maker.
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  • This is a huge palace that has been restored by a fire in the past. If you exit from the train station Gwanghwamun, you will be awed by a huge golden statue of King Sejong placed in the square outside...  more »
  • Rented a hanbok and was able to enter the palace for free. Joined the on-site tour in English and it was good :) Enjoyed the guard-changing ceremony too!  more »
  • I was there with friend after our work it's amazing and beautiful.we very much enjoy wearing costumes hanbox a traditional Korea Stye where u can find rent from outside palace cost approx 15000-20000 ...  more »
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  • Great view overall, rich with history. Didn't get chance to go into folk museum but otherwise neatly done. Place has decent English translation which helps by and there are so many travellers so...I think it's easy to get help if needed lol. Traditional palace food/tea experience was nice.
  • Beautiful grounds. Take your time to walk around passed the initial gate plaza. While taking a stroll here, I had the sense that the air was cleaner (don't take my word for it). It inspires peace.
  • This is a great place if you are into palaces and history of Korea. This used to be one of the main palaces that past kings resided in. Very awesome that they preserved this to this day, you can clearly see how Korea does a very good job, blending the modern times with the past. There are also tours available in English, but not needed to enjoy this palace at all. A must see place if you stop in Korea.
  • More like a peaceful zen in the middle of bustling Seoul. Doesn't mean it lacks the majesty of a palace. Definitely a must-visit for tourists.
  • Enjoyed the area. The weather was beautiful. Lots of school groups but as the palace grounds are so large, we only really noticed them at the entrance. Lots of people rent Hamboks to make the experience even more fun, which I recommend to anyone for photo ops. The one thing that I think would make this tour better and something we saw happen often in Japan, is to have volunteer tour guides who can give tours in English. Maybe even offer paid tours. We would have loved to have learned more about the history of Gyeongbokgung.