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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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  • Spent half a day visiting the whole palace. The biggest palace and we thoroughly Enjoyed our visit  more »
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  • Be sure that you come here to watch the guard change which happens every hour at the entrance! The palace itself is incredibly large and there are few signs posted, so I would recommend accompanying a tour group if possible. Well kept grass areas are available for a break and a traditional food cafe is offered as well in one of the buildings. This is a great place to learn about Korean history.
  • This palace covers an extremely large area. You need about 3 hours to explore its history, culture and functions. Entry fee is 3000 Won. Closed on Tuesday. There are so many buildings with different purposes scattered all over but you can systematically follow the roads and lanes to visit all of it. The royal library is quite interesting. There is a small restaurant attached to it. There is one building reserved just for Empress Myeongseong. There are ample seats for you to rest. You can see guards changing ceremony twice a day at 1000 & 1400.
  • 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.
  • The Palace ground contain beautiful gardens with ponds, small bridges and many trees. The buildings have colorful hand painted roofs. Very peaceful.
  • Immerse oneself in the history of Joseon dynasty when you visit the gyeongbokgung palace. The first guard changing ceremony starts at 10am, try to catch the whole reenactment of this ceremony and be amazed at how well everything has been preserved over the years. This palace is magnificent and beautiful. I'd recommend coming here if you're in Seoul.

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