Gyeongbokgung Palace

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Within the busy city of Seoul, there lies the ancient Gyeongbokgung Palace.  Built in 1395 around the Joseon Dynasty and reconstructed a couple of times.  This palace is one of the most iconic symbol for the South Korean nation and the royal family because of its history.  During my stay in one of the hotels in Seoul, I went to see this Palace – I have been watching a couple of Korean drama that had a royal theme (Goong), and I wanted to see how the Korean royalties lived before.  This palace is huge, it may take a good 2-3 hours just walking around seeing different sections.  Also, they have a ‘Changing of the Royal Guards’ ceremony which takes place every hour on the hour from 10:00 – 15:00.  The guards are dressed in a very colorful and traditional uniform, some of them are also playing instruments and others are carrying weapons.

Changing of the Royal Guards Ceremony

Royal Throne Seat

This section of the Palace is the most photographed sites in all of Seoul.

More info:

– Address: Sajik-ro 22 Jongno-gu Seoul-Si

– How to get there: Subway line #3 to Gyeongbokgung Palace, exit #5

– Dates: March – October 9:00 – 18:00, November – February 9:00 – 17:00

– Entrance fees: 1,500 Won for minors, 3,000 Won for Adults

 

Published 7 January, 2013

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