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Royal Palaces, Seoul, Korea

  • 2017.10.19
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Royal Palaces, Seoul, Korea



Gyeongbokgung Palace (경복궁)


Gyeongbokgung Palace was built in 1395 by the largest King Taejo in Joseon Dynasty and gave it the name Gyeongbokgung which means "Palace greatly blessed by heaven."  As Gyeongbokgung palace is located in the heart of Seoul and Northern part of Seoul, it is also commonly referred to as the Northern Palace. Gyeongbokgung is the most beautiful and the largest of all five palaces.


seoul southkorea gyeongbokgung traditional royal palace

seoul southkorea gyeongbokgung traditional royal palace

seoul southkorea gyeongbokgung traditional royal palace


During the Imjin War, the premises were destroyed by fire (Japanese Invasions, 1592-1598). However, during the King Gojong era (1852-1919), all the palace buildings were restored under the leadership of Heungseon Daewongun.


You can also check out The National Palace Museum of Korea and the National Folk Museum of Korea here. You can also watch changing guard ceremony that takes place outside of the main gate every hour from 10 am- 3pm featuring guards in traditional Joseon attire.


Opening Hours 

November - February : 9:00 - 17:00

March - May : 9:00 - 18:00

June - August : 9:00 - 18:30

September - October : 9:00 - 18:00

*Closed on Tuesdays

* Last admission : 1 hour before closing

* Operating hours are subject to change depending on conditions of circumstances


Admission Fees 

Adults (ages 19-64) : 3,000 won / Group (10 people or more): 2,400 won

Children (ages 7-18) : 1,500 won / Group (10 people or more): 1,200 won


*Royal Palace Pass : 10,000 won

Combination tickets for Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace (Secret Garden included), Changgyeonggung Palace, Deoksugung Palace and Jongmyo Royal Shrine.

Expiry : 3 months after purchase.


Address:

161, Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul


How to get to Gyeongbokgung Palace

[Subway]

Line 3 : Gyeongbokgung Station, Exit 5


Interpretation service offered

Tours depart from in front of the information center at Heungnyemun Gate (흥례문).

Duration : About 1 hr-1 hr 30 min

Tour Schedule* English : 11:00, 13:30, 15:30* Japanese : 10:00, 12:30, 14:30* Chinese : 10:30, 12:30, 14:00, 16:00


For more detailed info, go on to The Rediscovery of Korea website, Palace Guide, and the official Gyeongbokbung palace website.



Gyeonghuigung Palace (경희궁)


Gyeonghuigung Palace is the "Palace of Serene Harmony" and was built in 1623 as a secondary palace - the place the king moves to in case of an emergency. The palace was also called Seogwol which means "A palace of the west."

Gyeonghuigung Palace was built the slanted geography of the surrounding mountain. you can witness the traditional beauty in its architecture and huge historical significance.


seoul southkorea gyeonghuigung traditional royal palace

seoul southkorea gyeonghuigung traditional royal palace

seoul southkorea gyeonghuigung traditional royal palace


Once upon a time, the Gyeonghuigung Palace was composed of around 100 buildings. However, Japan began occupation of Korea in 1908, the Japanese School, Gyeongseong Middle School moved into the palace. As the result, the palace became leveled and moved.


Opening Hours

Weekdays : 9:00 - 18:00

Weekends and Holidays : 10:00 - 18:00

* Closed on Mondays and January 1st.


Admission Fees

FREE


Address

55, Saemunan-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul


How to get to Gyeonghuigung Palace

[Subway]

The Palace is located near 5 subway stops.

Line 5 : Gwanghwamun Station, Exit 7

Line 5 : Seodaemun Station, Exit 4

Line 3 : Gyeongbokgung Station, Exit 6

Line 2 : City Hall Station, Exit 12

Line 1 : City Hall Station, Exit 3




Changdeokgung Palace (창덕궁)


The name of the palace means "The Palace of Prospering Virtue." Changdeokgung Palace was the second Royal villa that was built following the Gyeongbokgung Palace in 1405. This was partly because of political strife within the Kingdom, but also due to the fact that its construction was more harmonious with nature and it retained many traditional elements that the other palaces were missing.


seoul southkorea changdeokgung traditional royal palace

seoul southkorea changdeokgung traditional royal palace

seoul southkorea changdeokgung traditional royal palace

seoul southkorea changdeokgung traditional royal palace


In 1592, the angry citizens burned it down after finding out that the royal family abandoned them by fleeing during the Japanese Invasion. The palace was restored later on in 1611 and it is one of the Korea's treasure, prompting the UNESCO World Heritage Site recognition. Changdeokgung Palace is has its most notable feature of the "Secret Garden", a beautiful place to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.


Opening Hours

February  - May, September - October : 9:00 - 18:00

June - August : 9:00 - 18:30

November - January : 9:00 - 17:30

* Closed on Mondays

* Last admission, 1 hour before closing.


Admission Fees

Adults (ages 19-64) : 3,000 won / Secret Garden: 5,000 won

Children and Teens (ages 18 or under) : 1,500 won / Secret Garden: 2,500 won

Group (over 10 or more) : 20% discount offered for regular tickets only.


*Royal Palace Pass : 10,000 won

Combination tickets for Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace (Secret Garden included), Changgyeonggung Palace, Deoksugung Palace and Jongmyo Royal Shrine.

Expiry : 3 months after purchase.


Address

99, Yulgok-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul


How to get to Changdeokgung Palace

[Subway]

Line 3 : Anguk Station, Exit 3


Interpretation service offered

English, Japanese, Chinese

Check website for more info


Get more info on the official Changdeokgung Palace website.


Changgyeonggung Palace (창경궁)


Changgyeonggung was built by the fourth King of Korea's Joseon Dynasty, King Sejong the Great. King Sejong is recognized as one of the great Kings of Korean History for his many achievements including creating Hangeul (Hangul), the Korean alphabet. King Taejong, who is the father decided to commisioned the creation of Changgyeonggung just next to Changdeokgung as a sort of "retirement" palace. During Japanese colonial rule, the temple grounds were turned into a zoo and botanical garden to undermine its royal status. Those have been removed and the royal splendor of this former palace has been restored.


seoul southkorea changgyeonggung traditional royal palace

seoul southkorea changgyeonggung traditional royal palace

seoul southkorea changgyeonggung traditional royal palace

seoul southkorea changgyeonggung traditional royal palace

seoul southkorea changgyeonggung traditional royal palace


Opening Hours

February - May, September - October : 9:00 - 18:00

June - August : 9:00 - 18:30

November - January : 9:00 - 17:30

* Closed on Mondays

* Last admission is one hour before closing


Admission Fees

Adults (ages 19 or more) : 1,000 won/ Group (over 10): 800 won

Children and Teens (ages 7-18) : 500 won

Children under age 6 : FREE


*Royal Palace Pass : 10,000 won

Combination tickets for Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace (Secret Garden included), Changgyeonggung Palace, Deoksugung Palace and Jongmyo Royal Shrine.

Expiry : 3 months after purchase.


Address

185 Changgyeonggung-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul


How to get to Changgyeonggung Palace

[Subway]

Line 4 : Hyehwa Station, Exit 3


Interpretation Services Offered

English : 11:00, 16:00 Japanese : 10:00, 14:00 Chinese : 09:30, 15:00

* Departure : In front of Okcheon Gyo Bridge / Duration: Approx. 1 hour

* Groups of 30 people or more are required to make a reservation two days in advance via phone at +82-2-762-4868.


Visit Korean Cultural Heritage Administration website and search for more details.



Deoksugung Palace (덕수궁)


Interestingly, Deoksugung Palace wasn't a palace at first. After the Japanese invasion in 1592, all of the Royal Palaces had been destroyed or at the very heavily damaged. Deoksugung Palace was chose to be a temporary palace. The King Gwanghaegun named it Gyeongung-Gung and made it an official royal palace. Deoksugung got its name- Palace of Virtuous Longevity - in 1907 in a doomed attempt to ensure the longevity of Gojong who was the last Joseon King and first emperor of Korea. He died in 1919 at the palace.


seoul southkorea deoksugung traditional royal palace

seoul southkorea deoksugung traditional royal palace

seoul southkorea deoksugung traditional royal palace


Opening Hours

09:00-21:00 (Last ticket sales and admission at 20:00)


Admission Fees

Adults : 1,000 won / Group: 800 won

Teens : 500 won / Group 400 won

*Free admission : Children (ages 6 or under), Seniors (age 65 or older), visitors wearing Hanbok


*Royal Palace Pass : 10,000 won

Combination tickets for Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace (Secret Garden included), Changgyeonggung Palace, Deoksugung Palace and Jongmyo Royal Shrine.

Expiry : 3 months after purchase.


Address

99 Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul


How to get to Deoksugung Palace

[Subway]

Line 1 or Line 2: City Hall Station, Exit 1,2 or 3


Interpretation Services Offered

English, Chinese, Japanese


Visit the official Deoksugung Palace website to find out more.




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