Gyeongbokgung is the main royal palace of the “Five Grand Palaces” built during the Joseon Dynasty in 1935. Being situated at the northern part of the city, it is often referred as the ‘Northern Palace’. Unfortunately, the palace got destroyed during the Imjinwaeran War during the Japanese Invasion. Restoration of the 7,700 rooms though was pushed through during the reign of King Gojong in 1852-1919.
The most representative building of the Joseon Dynasty which are Gyeonghoe-ru Pavilion and Hwangwonjeong Pond are very well preserved. This tells us something about Korean architecture, of it being extraordinary as has withstood the test of time. Moreover, the palace houses the National Folk Museum of Korea as well as the National Palace Museum of Korea. The Changing of Guards ceremony performed in front of the palace gate is a must-see when visiting the area.
Early this year, one of the streets of Hyoja-dong was decorated and was called "Taegukgi-gil" in celebration of Korea's 70th anniversary on its victory over Japan. Over 250 flags are displayed along that street near Gyeongbukgung palace. The flags were put up last March 1, 2015 in remembrance of the Sam-Il Movement - one of the earliest Korean public demonstration against Japanese occupation. Take note that this is a temporary display, the flags will be put down by the end of the year.
January-February 09:00-17:00 / March-May 09:00-18:00
June-August 09:00-18:30 / September-October 09:00-18:00
* Last admission: 1 hr before closing
※ Closed on Tuesdays
Adults (ages 19-64): 3,000 won | Group (over 10 years): 2,400 won Children (ages 7-18): 1,500 won | Group (over 10 years): 1,200 won
Things to try
» Join the FREE guided tours) available in front of the Information Office at
the Heungnyemun Gate (흥례문).
The City of Seoul is offering a free walking tour for all visitors of the palace. The tour is available
in English, Chinese, and Japanese. If you are interested in learning more about the History of Seoul,
particularly of Gyeongbukgung Palace, this is a must-do activity.
English Tour Schedule: 11:00, 13:30, 15:30
Duration: 1hr – 1.5 hours
Meeting point: Gyeongbokgung ticket booth Subway Line 3, Gyeongbokgung Station, Exit 5
» Put your face on a digital Korean money at the National Folk Museum.
The National Palace Museum of Korea is located south of Heungnyemun Gate, and the National
Folk Museum is located east within Hyangwonjeong.
»Don’t miss out the Changing of Guards Ceremony
☞ Sumunjang (Royal Guard) Changing Ceremony
10:00, 13:00, 15:00 / three times a day / 20 minutes per ceremony
☞ Gwanghwamun Gate Guard-on-Duty Performance
11:00, 14:00, 16:00 / three times a day / 10 minutes per ceremony
☞ Sumungun(Gatekeeper) Military Training (outside Hyeopsaengmun Gate)
9:35, 12:35 / 15 minutes per ceremony
Address : 161 Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Seoul-si > Jongno-gu
-Get on Subway Line 3 (orange line)
-Get off at Gyeongbokgung Station 경복궁, Exit 5
-Walk straight ahead and you will see the gate to enter the palace
The Cultural Heritage Administration has been restoring the Palace since 1990. First of all, the old Japanese government-general building was dismantled and Heungnyemun and its cloisters were reconstr > READ MORE
The Cultural Heritage Administration has been restoring the Palace since 1990. First of all, the old Japanese government-general building was dismantled and Heungnyemun and its cloisters were reconstructed. The bedchambers of the king and the queen, named Gangnyeongjeon and Gyotaejeon, as well as Donggung Palace, or the East Palace, the residence of crown prince, were restored. Currently, Gwanghwamun, the Palace's main gate has been restored since 2010. Thus, the Palace is regaining its old splendor.
At the same time, the Palace’s official homepage has recently been refurbished to provide better service to Internet users. The site offers virtual tours around the Palace and introduces colorful events held in its beautiful compounds. Its service has been further upgraded with diverse functions, including a bulletin board for visitors to share their memories of the Palace.
The staff of the Gyeongbokgung Palace Office will continue to do its best to preserve and promote the Palace, a most illustrious legacy of our ancestors. > Less more
Telephone Number 82-2-3700-3900
Fax Number 82-2-3700-3909