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“The Main Palace to Visit in Seoul”

Gyeongbokgung Palace
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Ranked #15 of 847 things to do in Seoul
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 2 April 2018

The Gyeongbokgung Palace was the main royal palace of the Joseon dynasty and was definitely a must-visit on our Seoul bucket list.. Built in 1395, it is located in northern part of Seoul and with that said, it was a rather gobsmacking experience to observe how much Seoul has modernised over the years just by standing at the entrance of the palace. The colours, design and interior of the palace was remarkable and well-preserved over the years.

I visited the place at 1pm, just in time for their change-of-guard ceremony which lasted for about 10 minutes. It was an interesting performance to witness and thank goodness for perfect timing. Expect a lot of tourists dressed up in hanboks (traditional Korean garments) lining up to take a photo with the palace guards or posing everywhere along the palace grounds (and I mean it, EVERY WHERE). I visited the palace on a Tuesday (mind you it was a non-holiday season) and it was packed. I can't imagine what it would be like on a weekend!

There are free tours of the palace grounds in English but I did not follow the crowd as I started getting annoyed at the number of tourists mindlessly carrying their selfie sticks and swinging them around everywhere. It was just me though, I dislike crowded places and flocks of tourists. Worth a visit, nevertheless!

Thank smurphetteee
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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

Nice place for tourists, especially the changing of guards, it will be more meaningful when you are able to see it. If I'm not mistaken its 2pm.

Thank Eunice L
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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

We made the mistake of going in a Tuesday, but was still able to see the surroundings and go to the museum, which was also free.

Thank Brittany_Herrell
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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

The place is really big, was there just as the guards switched and was very nice. Most Korean wore traditional clothing which was nice too. Would definitely recommend a visit when you’re in Seoul.

Thank shayl1980
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Reviewed 30 March 2018 via mobile

This is the largest and most impressing of the royal palaces in Seoul
Not to be missed
After visit this Palace there are interesting neighborhoods and markets near by also museums so you can plan a full day of. Sightseeing in this area before heading to the famous shopping and street food areas

Thank TonyCardenas
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