Gyeongbokgung Palace: Everything You Need to Know in 2024

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I, Md Masud Gazi, have come in Korea back in 2023 for competing my higher studies and I live in Seoul as well. I also become fascinated to know about their unique culture and explore K-World.

Before diving into my full experience, let’s learn a bit of history about the palace. This famous palace is called Gyeongbok Palace, and Gyeongbokgung means “Palace Greatly Blessed by Heaven.” This palace is one of the historically significant palaces in South Korea. The history started in 1395, which is three years after the Joseon Dynasty was founded. It served as the main royal palace of the Joseon Dynasty.

However, the palace complex includes numerous buildings with beautiful architectural designs, gardens, and courtyards. It follows traditional Korean architectural principles.

Halls of the palace

There are several halls there. I think you should try to visit all of them. You will never feel bored. People are always around the halls, taking pictures. It’s an amazing experience.

  • Geunjeongjeon Hall: The main throne hall where the king conducted state affairs.
  • Gyeonghoeru Pavilion: An open two-story pavilion used for royal banquets and special occasions, located on an artificial island in a pond.
  • Hyangwonjeong Pavilion: A small, picturesque pavilion set on a pond.
  • Gangnyeongjeon Hall: The king’s living quarters.
  • Gyotaejeon Hall: The queen’s living quarters.
  • Sajeongjeon Hall: Offices for conducting daily administrative affairs.
  • Donggung: The living quarters of the crown prince.
Gyeongbokgung Palace map
Gyeongbokgung Palace map

Gyeongbokgung Palace's attractions and features

Gyeongbokgung Palace and people with traditional clothes

The day I went there was perfect the weather was neither too hot nor too cold. Interestingly, I did not sleep well the night before, but I never felt sleepy as I enjoyed every moment. Before entering the gate, I saw a bunch of people wearing clothes I had never seen before; they were nice for both men and women. If you wear traditional clothes, you can enter the palace for free.

Changing of the Guard Ceremony: After reaching there, something was happening that I did not know about—a reenactment of the traditional Joseon Dynasty changing of the guard ceremony, held several times daily at the main gate (Gwanghwamun Gate). I fell in love with it.

National Palace Museum of Korea: Located on the palace grounds, this museum offers insights into the history and culture of the Joseon Dynasty.

National Folk Museum of Korea: Also located within the palace grounds, it showcases the traditional life and culture of Korean people.

Beautiful Gardens and Grounds: The palace is surrounded by well-maintained gardens and offers scenic views, especially during cherry blossom season and autumn.

Gyeongbokgung palace entrance fee

Admission Fees: There is an entrance fee 3k won for each person, but there are discounts available for children, seniors, and groups. Combination tickets are available for access to multiple palaces.

Operating Hours: Typically, open from 9 AM to 6 PM (March to October) and 9 AM to 5 PM (November to February). Closed on Tuesdays.

Tips for Visitors

Best Time to Visit: I think, Spring and autumn are ideal for visiting due to the pleasant weather and beautiful foliage. Early mornings or late afternoons are less crowded.

Guided Tours: Free guided tours are available in multiple languages, offering a deeper understanding of the palace’s history and significance.

Cultural Etiquette: Respect the cultural heritage by not touching artifacts and following posted guidelines.

Photography: The palace is very photogenic, so if possible, bring a camera to capture the beautiful architecture and gardens.

Nearby Attractions

Bukchon Hanok Village: A traditional Korean village with preserved hanok houses, located nearby. My point of view, you should visit it as well. 

Insadong: A vibrant area known for its traditional tea houses, art galleries, and antique shops. I really do recommend, if you have enough time to visit, but you should visit first Hanok Village first. 

Cheonggyecheon Stream: A modern public recreation space in downtown Seoul, offering a pleasant walk near the palace. We also enjoyed walking around, each of moment was really remarkable. So, cheonggyecheon stream you should not miss.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Gyeongbokgung Palace Location?

161 Sajik-ro, Jongno District, Seoul

Gyeongbokgung palace entrance fee

Gyeongbokgung Palace is not free to entre. It requires 3k won each person to enter.

Gyeongbokgung palace hours

Typically, open from 9 AM to 6 PM (March to October) and 9 AM to 5 PM (November to February). Closed on Tuesdays.

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