Day 02: Gyeongbokgung Palace

Gyeongbokgung Palace is the main royal palace and the largest of the Five Grand palaces of the Joseon Dysnasty . It was built in 1395 but was destroyed by fire during the Imjin War and was abandoned for two centuries. This was then restored but was again ruined by Imperial Japan. Thereafter, the palace is reconstructed to its original form.

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How to Get There:

Getting there is simple. All you have to do is to ride Seoul Line 3 Subway and alight at Gyeongbokgung Station.  Exit at Exit #5. Tada! That simple. 🙂

 

Operating Hours

January-February 09:00-17:00 / March-May 09:00-18:00
June-August 09:00-18:30 / September-October 09:00-18:00
November-December 09:00-17:00

The palace is close every Tuesday.

* Last admission: 1 hr before closing
* Operating hours are subject to change depending on conditions or circumstances.

 

Admission Fees

Adults (ages 19-64): 3,000 won / Group (over 10 pax): 2,400 won
Children (ages 7-18): 1,500 won / Group (over 10 pax): 1,200 won

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Changing of Guards

Aside from the beauty of Gyeongbokgung Palace, another attraction here is the changing of guards ceremony. The schedule is shown below but is subject to change. Also note that event may be cancelled in case of rain.

Sumunjang (Royal Guard) Changing Ceremony:
10:00, 13:00, 15:00 / three times a day / 20 minutes per ceremony

Gwanghwamun Gate Guard-on-Duty Performance:
11:00, 14:00, 16:00 / three times a day / 10 minutes per ceremony

Sumungun (Gatekeeper) Military Training (outside Hyeopsaengmun Gate):
9:35 (15 minutes) / 12:35 (15 minutes) / before and after the Guard Changing Ceremony and the Guard-on-Duty Performance

Free Tour

There is a free tour at Gyeongbokgung Palace. All you need to do is to wait at the Information Center at Heungnyemun Gate. No need to have reservation if you are less than 10pax in a group. The tour is very detailed and informative, hence I suggest that you join the tour. Tour schedule are as follows:
English: 11:00, 13:30, 15:30
Japanese: 10:00, 12:30, 14:30
Chinese: 09:30, 11:00, 13:30, 15:00, 16:30

Duration: 1 hr – 1 hr 30 min

* Reservations are required for groups of 10 or more.
Group reservation: +82-2-723-4283
Reservations in Chinese: +82-2-723-4268

 

How Long To Stay:

After our tour, we strolled and  took lots of selfies, twofies and groufies around the palace. We arrived at 9:30am and waited for the changing of guards ceremonies

Gwanghwamun is the main gate of the palace.

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Geunjeongjeon Hall also known as the throne hall.

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Hyangwonjeong Pavilion is an artificial islet created in the middle of the pond, on which a hexagonal pavilion was built with the name Hyangwonjeong, meaning the “Pavilion of Far-Reaching Fragrance”. The bridge across the pond was named Chwihyanggyo, which means “intoxicated with fragrance”.

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Streets within Gyeongbokgung Palace

The place is well-preserved and the scenery is just perfect.

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