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Gyeongbokgung Palace

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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.
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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161 Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
+82 2-3700-3900
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed July 11, 2017

The palace is frequently visited by tourists and locals. On any given day, you will see young people dressed up in their traditional clothing, hanbok, taking pictures at the palace. The guard change ceremony starts at 10 on the main ground but there is a...More

17  Thank Terri3x3
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Reviewed June 22, 2012

Ok, it had been a long flight and I was tired, hot and dehydrated. I'd also taken a wrong turn and gone in the wrong direction for a while, so when I got to the complex I was a bit grumpy. It looks beautiful, a...More

10  Thank Gordon_Bennett_NZ
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Amazing! Went by fall when the colors are so vivid. Not that many other tourists also. Really recommended

Thank stiroa
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

If you only have time to visit one of Seoul’s grand palaces, I would recommend this palace. If at all possible, time your visit for either 10 AM or 2 PM for the changing of the guard. You won’t even need to buy an admission...More

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A friend of ours recommended this place and we were surprised the gardens were beautiful some of the trees were loosing their leaves and the old buildings were pretty and you got to get a sneak peek at one of the buildings getting a upgraded...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Gyeongbokgung Palace is a must see, the most iconic sight in Seoul. The palace was build in 1395 and it was the largest of the five grand palaces in Seoul. The name Gyeongbok means “greatly blessed by heaven” The architecture , the trees and the...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

From what I recall, this place used to serve as the king's household back in the day. It was destroyed a few times, but it has been restored to its striking beauty. The main palace and gate can be quite busy with tourists, but if...More

Thank wanderingtravlr
Reviewed 4 days ago

Neat place. Though destroyed last in the 20th century Japanese occupation, it has been nicely restored. The grounds are extensive so plan a couple of hours, depending on your speed and interest in details. The great thing is that a guided tour is available once...More

Thank ilivetotravel_Raul
Reviewed 4 days ago

The architecture is mesmerizing. Even can relate to China and Japan's architectures, still it has its own identity

Thank mrbadsyam
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Wounderful autumn view in the palace. Stunning view must visit place in Seoul. We take a lot of beautiful pictures wearing hanbok. However, the palace is super crowded so is advisable to visit in the morning.

Thank Anna F
Reviewed 4 days ago

Went there as part of the group tour package we had on Nov 1-6 2018. I havent read anything about the place so i cherished the experience of just soaking it all in. We went first to the National museum and just a stone throw...More

Thank jeffreyopada
Reviewed 4 days ago

It is one of the important landmark to visit when you're in South Korea. Huge place with plenty of history. Worth a visit.

Thank Nicholas S
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November 2, 2018|
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Response from Umesh M | Reviewed this property |
At the main gate, Gwanghwamun.
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Response from Peppale P | Reviewed this property |
Hi! I think it would be better to check their official website for further information.
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September 9, 2018|
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Response from tmimi8316 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, For Nighttime Tours, yes it must be booked online. Bookings can be made through : Auction or Interpark