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Unhyeongung, Seoul

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Castle Historic Site
At Unhyeongung, explore the former residence of Prince Regent Daewon-gun, and learn how the Korean royalty once lived. Dating back to the 14th century, the site has grown and diminished over the years; today, a women's university occupies its grounds. You can explore the palace's historical female and male living quarters, as well as the event hall and kitchen. The last royal wedding ceremony was held here, and is faithfully reenacted twice a year to this day. See Unhyeongung and all Seoul has to offer by arranging your trip with our Seoul travel itinerary planner.
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  • Pros (1) Entry Fee - Free (2) Beautiful Traditional Korean Old Style building (3) History - famous Historic character, Daewon-gun's (King Gojong's father) residence (4) Architectural Value (5) Opening...  more »
  • It's great to look around. The buildings are very nice. It's not as big as others in the city nor as colorful but it is worth seeing.  more »
  • Palace of shit is in the business district within easy reach mahia d can be electric cables 3 anguk station in front of the Palace there is a small row of greenhouses is long.
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  • You can rent beautiful hanbok and walk around Unhyeongung Palace like a princess~!
  • Visit and know more about Korea history.
  • Small nice palast. Hanbok rental 3.300₩ for 20min.
  • This is one of the last palaces that was built and actually used by the Korean monarchy. As such it's less colorful than it's older counterparts and the architecture feels just a little less impressive. That being said, they rent out hanboks that you can wear around the palace and take photos in. It's a nice little way to spend an hour in one of the quieter palaces of Seoul. Insadong is also a short walk away to the east so definitely stop by a tea house or a restaurant if you get peckish.
  • The original size is about 4 times than what's left of it. Originally it was a private resident. The emperor/king even promoted a pine tree he used to play to a minister rank. I was told here that many people say traditional Chinese, Japanese & Korean roods are the same but Korean roof is quite different.

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The Seoul metropolitan area has two districts especially appealing to backpackers--Jongno just northeast of the city, and Hongdae to the west. Both offer good shopping and dining, as well as easy transport links to the rest of the city. Mid-range options may prove difficult to find in peak season (July to August), unless you don't mind staying at a traditional hanok guesthouse, where loads of character make up for any lack of amenities. Finally, a range of top-end hotels with an impressive list of services and facilities lie scattered around the city.
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