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Gyeongbokgung Palace, Seoul
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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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  • It's a sprawling complex so comfy shoes are essential. We used an audio guide which was very helpful in explaning the background of the palace. 
  • At first, I thought that Gyeongbokgung is quite small, but then it is totally big which took me around 2 hours going around. This palace also provides night tour which should be bought in advance. 
  • Although there are many palaces in Seoul, Kyng-bokkung most definitely seems to be the best. Hanbok worn: free and many more events, please take a look not bad.
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  • It's a great place and it's well preserved. It remains intact and is situated in front of the Blue House, and behind the statue of King Sejong. If you want to know more about South Korea's history, this is the way to go. It only took us a 3-5 min. Walk from our guesthouse, (Guesthouse Korea). There was a performance for like every 20 mins or so? Where performers dress up as the way that people dressed before and did the rituals etc. To depict the old times. At the end of the ceremony, some performers stand outside the palace and station there where you can take a picture with them (Proper manners and gestures should be observed. They'll feel violated if you get touchy with them.) Inside, I can say that the overall palace is well-maintained. The comfort rooms are also great. Once you get out, you will see the front of the Blue House, you can also take a stroll in the side walks to enjoy the streets of Korea while enjoying the views of the falling leaves of the tree's
  • It's interesting that the palace had been demolished during the occupation of Japan, and then rebuilt to its original state in the 20th century. I did enjoy going around the palace. Hey, don't miss the show of 'guard turn taking'. It was great!
  • Beautiful palace. Well kept and a nice place to visit. Good value too.
  • Historical place in korea. I highly recommend that should get a tour guide. My tour guide tell, and explain us for how , why, what about each buildings and stories. And can see many korean in korean custom. Beautiful and colourful dresses.. Should have comfy shoes and water bottle.
  • Very well maintained with a very descriptive museum highlighting Korea's history. A nice place to spend your day