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Gyeongbokgung Palace

Gyeongbokgung Palace

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1,067 Reviews
161 Sajik-ro, Sejongno, Jongno-gu, Seoul

The Basics

The royal palace grounds stretch for 100 acres (40.5 hectares) and offers a number of sights to see, including the Gyeonghoeru Pavilion, Hyangwonjeong Pond, and the National Folk Museum of Korea, which features more than 98,000 artifacts that detail Korean history and culture. Other highlights are the Third Inner Gate (Geunjeongmun), the Throne Hall (Geunjeongjeon), the Executive Office (Sajeongjeon), and, of course, the king’s and queen’s quarters.

A stop at Gyeongbokgung Palace is included in most Seoul city tours and on just about every royalty-themed tour of Seoul. Visit on a bus or walking tour that includes entry and you can explore all parts of the complex while also stopping at other cultural sites such as Jogyesa Temple, Bukchon Hanok Village, and Namsangol Hanok Village.

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Morning Walking Tour: Gyeongbokgung Palace and Bukchon Hanok Village
Morning Walking Tour: Gyeongbokgung Palace and Bukchon Hanok Village
$60.26 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Ben is an excellent guide!
This tour was a highlight of my trip to Seoul. Ben was an excellent guide - he was knowledgeable (facts/history), interesting (shared hidden gems), and funny. I thoroughly enjoyed this tour and highly recommend Ben!
Rhonda_O, Jul 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Seoul

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My "seoul"
Jessica_H, Feb 2020
Korean Palace and Market Tour in Seoul Including Insadong and Gyeongbokgung Palace
All the attractions and places we visited were incredible and our tour guide was so cute and sweet. Definitely recommend this tour.
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Fabulous market, beautiful palace.
GBGAL, Feb 2020
Full Day Small-Group Royal Palace and Seoul Tour
Mr Kim was a excellent guide, leant a lot about the history of South Korea. The palaces were beautiful and the the market was amazing! Would highly recommend this tour,good value for the money.
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Walking with kelly is great
pauljury, Jan 2020
Morning Walking Tour: Gyeongbokgung Palace and Bukchon Hanok Village
Kelly was a wonderful guide, full of energy and knowledge about Seoul and Korea. we had a lovely time with her and thoroughly recommend her. walking Seoul is a great way to experience a wonderful city.
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A must!
ElizaD104, Jan 2020
Royal Palace and North Side of Seoul with Gwangjang Market
What a wonderful tour, especially for someone who is visiting Seoul for the first time and limited to a day. Learned some history through the Palace tour and then enjoyed Ihwha Mural Village, popular even with the locals. My guide was knowledgeable, helpful and help me find some delicious food in the Gwangjang Market.
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Seoul Tour
wvuwhitney, Nov 2019
Full Day Small-Group Royal Palace and Seoul Tour
Fantastic tour with Jake visiting the royal palace, several markets, temples and a delicious lunch. We only had two days in the city and this tour was worth it!
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Fantastic Tour!
madd2482, Nov 2019
Korean Palace and Temple Tour in Seoul: Gyeongbokgung Palace and Jogyesa Temple
Katie was a fantastic tour guide and knew her information. She was always accommodating towards taking pictures for guests and even recommending hidden gems to check out after the tour. We had a blast and got to see/understand a good amount of Korea's culture/historical background!
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Don’t miss this tour!
Sightsee16002, Nov 2019
Morning Walking Tour: Gyeongbokgung Palace and Bukchon Hanok Village
Ben was our tour guide and he was amazing! Gave us so much history about the palace and the area. He also helped us take some one of a kind pictures. I had little trouble getting to the meeting location and Ben was so accommodating and helpful. I Really recommend this tour!
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A Must Do!
quintChin, Nov 2019
Gyeongbokgung Palace Hanbok Rental Experience in Seoul
There’s something about visiting their oldest palace site (yes the buildings are replicas) in a Hanbok. Wonderful experience for the family and there are muted colours for the teens and extra large sizing for the Man of the House too so everyone is happy. Along the same street there are a number of other hanbok rental places but this is the largest and possibly has the most extensive range. The experience was marred by Long queues even though we were relatively early... there is one general queue to which we returned 3 times: 1. to establish that we had the viator coupon, and exchange it for a little stub advising the number and type of costume, 2. after changing and simple hairdo (part of the theme package) to “check out” and be given a wristlet with the return time; 3. Finally to return costumes and locker keys Would be better for 3 different queues that could be fluid when one is relatively shorter, especially when there’s only one cash register 🙄 Not complaining as we were v excited so the wait was bearable.... but I can’t imagine id someone had difficulty standing ... how the wait could be excruciating for him/her.
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Great Informational Walkiny Tour
Maria V, Oct 2019
Morning Walking Tour: Gyeongbokgung Palace and Bukchon Hanok Village
Jack was a good tour guide. He did a great job of directing us through the palace grounds and sharing a good amount of history, but not too much. My favorite thing was that Jack knew the best photo opps and kept stopping to take our picture. That was so appreciated!
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Great Private Tour
FirstIndiaTrip, Oct 2019
Full Day Small-Group Royal Palace and Seoul Tour
We didnt realize they would pick us up in a private car just for the 2 of us. Guide spoke English well. Her and driver were extremely professional and efficient. Lunch was delicious. This tour was a great blend between learning history and strolling/enjoying/shopping. What a great day!
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Brilliant tour.
R283SBsheilad, Sep 2019
Morning Walking Tour: Gyeongbokgung Palace and Bukchon Hanok Village
Ben our guide gave us a fantastic tour of the palace and Hanok village. He gave us so much information into the history of Seoul. He is very knowledgeable and a great guide. Would highly recommend this tour with Ben. She from Ireland
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Amazing Tour!!!
Maps66243688900, Aug 2019
Full Day Small-Group Royal Palace and Seoul Tour
The perfect tour for a day in Seoul!! We saw the large palace and temple and several markets. The tour guide even changed part of the tour to our preference!! Our guide was extremely good at English and was able to give lots of information about what we saw on the tour and was able to have conversations about other things. The day we went it was just my mother and I. So we ended up have a private tour!! I really recommend this tour!!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Wear comfortable shoes for exploring the complex's vast grounds.

  • Some areas of the palace complex offer limited access for wheelchairs.

  • Last admission is offered one hour before closing. The palace is closed on Tuesdays.

  • Restrooms are available onsite.

  • Pets are not allowed at the palace.

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How to Get There

The closest metro station is the aptly named Gyeongbokgung Station (Seoul Subway Line 3). Get out at Exit 5 and you'll emerge right at the palace grounds. A parking lot sits to the left of the palace.

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When to Get There

Gyeongbokgung Palace is open from Wednesday to Monday year-round, and on weekdays, it’s often full of touring Korean schoolchildren. Fall is a popular time to visit thanks to the autumn foliage that turns a deep red, while springtime brings cherry blossoms. If you want to see Gyeongbokgung Palace at its quietest, come early in the morning. (The Korean palace complex opens at 9am throughout the year but has varying closing hours.) The site is huge, though, so you should be able to find some peace and quiet no matter the time of day.

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Changing of the Royal Guard at Gyeongbokgung Palace

If you time your visit right, you’ll get to see the royal guard-changing ceremony, an experience that allows you to witness full Joseon-era regalia in all its glory. The ceremony takes place twice daily (except Tuesdays) at Gwanghwamun Gate—the imposing main gate that separates the palace from one of the busiest parts of the city—at 10am and 2pm.

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Gyeongbokgung Palace