Gyeongbokgung Palace 경복궁

서울특별시 종로구 사직로 161 (세종로) | 161, Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul

Nov-Feb: 9:00-17:00

Mar-May, Sep-Oct: 9:00-18:00

Jun-Aug: 9.00-18:30

Last admission: 1 hr before closing.

Closed on Tuesdays.

Free Guided Tours: Start in front of Gyeongbokgung Palace Information Center at Heungnyemun Gate (1-1.30 hr). No reservation required.

  • English: 11:00, 13:30, 15:30

  • Chinese: 10:30, 12:30, 14:00, 16:00

Ceremony Times:

  • Changing of the Royal Guard Ceremony (Gwanghwamun Gate - main gate): 10:00, 14:00 (20 mins)

  • Gwanghwamun Gate Guard on Duty Ceremony: 11:00, 13:00 (10 mins)

  • Gatekeeper Military Training (Hyeopsaengmun Gate): 9:30, 13:30 (15 mins)

  • Adult (age 19-64): 3,000 won,  Child (age 7-18): 1,500 won.

  • Free for Adult above 64 and Child under 7.

  • Combination Ticket (Adult: 10,000 won, Child 5,000 won) to 4 palaces (Changdeokgung incl. Secret Garden, Changgyeonggung, Deoksugung, Gyeongbokgung) and Jongmyo Shrine available. 3 months validity.

  • Gyeongbokgung Station (line 3, exit 5). 3 mins walk.

  • Gwanghwamun Station (line 5, exit 2). 7 mins walk.

  • Seoul City Hall (1.2km, 17 mins walk or 6 mins by taxi)

Gyeongbokgung Palace, the "Palace Greatly Blessed by Heaven" was the first palace built by the Joseon founder in 1395.


This is the largest of all five grand palaces built in the Joseon Dynasty, remaining in Seoul. The palace is beautiful for visits in all four distinct seasons in Korea.

Visitors can enter Gyeongbokgung Palace through all four sides of Gyeongbokgung Palace. Gwanghwamun Gate (main gate) on the south, Yongchumun Gate on the west (newly opened on 6 Dec 2018), Sinmumun Gate on the north and National Folk Museum of Korea entrance on the east.

🍁 Beautiful Autumn Foliage at Palace's ground & the along the road outside Sinmumun Gate 🍁

❆ Winter Snow at Gyeongbokgung Palace ❆

✿ Cherry Blossom in Spring at Gyeongbokgung Palace ✿

☀ Summer at Gyeongbokgung Palace ☀

The site of Gyeongbokgung Palace was at the heart of Seoul and deemed auspicious according to the traditional practice of geomancy. Gyeongbokgung Palace provides a glimpse into Joseon's royal culture, palace life and architecture.

The Palace was destroyed by fire during the Imjin War (Japanese Invasions, 1592-1598), and the site remained vacant for the next 273 years. It was later restored during the reign of King Gojong.

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