Gyeongbokgung Palace
Gyeongbokgung Palace
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The National Museum of Korea and the National Folk Museum are located on the grounds of this palace, built six centuries ago by the founder of the Chosun dynasty.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Connector34066868373
    Browns Mills, New Jersey1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Grand Palace
    My daughter and I visited the palace and it was absolutely amazing! Turn to the left and you're looking at the mountain. Turn to the right and you're looking at skyscrapers. It felt like a movie. My favorite part: THE LIBRARY!! If you are granted the opportunity, please go!
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 June 2023
  • LeeNClarke
    Sydney, Australia537 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful rebuilt Palace.
    A beautiful rebuilt of the Palace after it was destroyed in the last Japanese occupation. The architecture very ornate and beautiful. It is a very interesting visit ONLY if you wait for a guided tour in English. The English speaking guide was very engaging and informative. Made the trip worthwhile.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 June 2023
  • K.W.
    34 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Large Palace!
    My husband, 10 yr old daughter and I have been to Gyeonbokgung twice. The first time we walked the grounds but did not get to see everything (FYI it is very hot in August, especially while wearing Hanbok). The second was part of a quick stop to watch the changing of the guard. Do yourself a favor and make sure you do this. It is a recreation of what would have happened at the palace daily. Our daughter really enjoyed it.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 6 June 2023
  • Evo5sg
    33 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Palace in the city
    Very touristy place with bus loads of them. Not much shade available as it was very hot on the day of my visit - Monday. Witnessed the guard ceremony at 11 am. Youth from overseas do not need to pay for complimentary tickets currently.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 June 2023
  • Alicia F
    5 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see
    Make sure you catch the changing of the guard ceremony! Quite a bit of history at this site. I wished there were a few rooms open, like the sleeping places of those who worked and lived (beyond royalty) at the palace. Do many walls, but little else to see. We also made sure to see the Palace Museum (free) to complete our Palace tour.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 June 2023
  • Keith S
    Mount Claremont, Australia388 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Large palace with multiple building
    Large palace, multiple buildings, lots of people dressed up in hanbok. The palace stretches for hundreds of metres back and features multiple buildings, moats, temples and a small pagoda. Fun to explore
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 June 2023
  • Cheryl C
    36 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A lot of the same
    A lot of area to cover if you want to pay to go through the whole site. However if you just want a taste of the palace you can go in the front gate, see the changing of the guards for free. Many people dress up in time period clothes for pictures. We saw a store where you could rent the clothes right near the palace.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 June 2023
  • Moonrock1962
    Devonport, Australia1,104 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive palace and cultural experience
    Our first visit to a Korean Palace and we were not disappointed. Gyeongbokgung is easy to access via subway and impresses immediately on first sight. There is a regular changing of the guard and it is a colourful ceremony- well worth spending time to watch this. Over the road from the Palace are lots of little shops hiring out traditional Hanok clothing. If you don’t dress up you will be the odd one out and it really adds to the visuals. To locate the shops, just look at where streams of costumed people are coming from and follow the lines back. An apparent bonus is that wearing Hanok is free entry- well at least we were waved through at no charge which was nice. Interpretation signs in English scattered throughout the complex whith souvenir and coffee shop on site. An interesting and enjoyable visit.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 July 2023
  • William M
    Manila, Philippines50 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An amazing experience
    A very large palace that is easily accessible by subway. The changing of the guard ceremony is a must-see. You can also rent out the traditional hanbok clothing and enter the palace grounds for free. Take your time to go around the palace grounds and revisit history. It was a very impressive visit especially for those who are interested in the Korean culture.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 July 2023
  • MisterUserName
    Atlanta, Georgia2,024 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Scenic everywhere
    We enjoyed walking around and taking pics for almost three hours while we were there last Saturday July 1, 2023. Tickets were easy to buy & quite cheap (3,000 won each), finding a parking spot wasn’t hard at all, and it wasn’t too crowded. There were people from everywhere and many of them were wearing hanboks on a very hot summer day in Seoul, hottest day of the year, close to 90 degrees. While walking around, we enjoyed the stunning views and reading about its rich history.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 11 July 2023
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Pang O
Perth, Australia574 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
This is a must visit attraction in Seoul. Lots of history to absorb and learn about ancient Korea. Don't miss the changing of the guards.
Written 19 May 2024
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Debra B
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Spectacular piece of Korean history that is accessible to the public. Well worth making the time to visit, especially when it's changing of the guard time.
Written 18 May 2024
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747dch
Bengaluru, India6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
The entry and exit to the Palace is very well managed. Taking a tour in hanbok costume makes it even more special. Our English speaking guide was very nice too and she explained the history very well
Written 9 May 2024
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Phillip M
Australia70 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
We had a lovely day wandering around the palace. We also paid a little extra to go inside the pavilion, dress in traditional clothes and hear some traditional music. Good fun and interesting day
Written 4 May 2024
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sophie j
Kingston, Jamaica67 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Awesome experience. Rent a hanbok dress up get in for free, take photos, watch the changing of the guard at 10am or 2pm. Meet strangers and take photos with them. It is all about the Hanbok experience.
Written 4 May 2024
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Hoadjie
Gisborne, Australia290 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Had an amazing couple of hours. Watched the changing of the guards at 10 am.

Very busy on Saturday but still worth it.

I really liked Gyeonghoeru. There were a lot of people dressed up doing reenactments.
Written 4 May 2024
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Wayne L
Tauranga, New Zealand297 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Lovely expansive grounds - went on a Saturday and it was great- lots of families, people dressed in traditional attire (they get in free). Large grounds to enjoy. We walked to the location from the city and continued walking about after. Great day all round.
Written 4 May 2024
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petertaylor57
Auckland Central, New Zealand401 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Amazing place but crowds of people all hiring traditional Korean dress for the occasion turn it into a bit of a circus. Luckily, the grounds are large enough to escape a lot of it but it is fast becoming over touristy. See, the museums, there are 2 in the grounds and the king's throne.
Written 4 May 2024
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Soudamini Mohapatra
Bengaluru, India1,094 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Gyeongbokgung is the largest and most well known palace in Seoul built in 1395 by the  Joseon dynasty. It was destroyed many times, then rebuilt adding new structures. The palace has several quarters and need 4-5 hours to cover the whole place. The best part of touring the palace is watching the guard changing ceremony, which happens at 10 AM and 2 PM every day. Make sure to be there atleast 30 min before as it's extremely crowded. The palace is closed on Mondays. It's a must visit place in Seoul.
Written 26 April 2024
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MissHDC
London, UK252 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Fun day out.
We rented hanboks and then vsisited the palace's
Wearing the hanboks meant we got free entry into the Palace.
We managed to watch the changing of the guard ceremony.
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Scenery and interesting history
Written 26 April 2024
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