Gyeongbokgung Palace (경복궁)
Built in 1395, Gyeongbokgung Palace is commonly referred to as the Northern Palace because its location is furthest north when compared to the neighboring palaces of Changdeokgung (Eastern Palace) and Gyeonghuigung (Western Palace). Gyeongbokgung Palace is arguably the most beautiful, and remains the largest of all five palaces.
The premises were once destroyed by fire during the Imjin War (1592-1598). However, all of the palace buildings were later restored under the leadership of Heungseondaewongun during the reign of King Gojong (1852-1919).
Remarkably, the most representative edifices of the Joseon dynasty, Gyeonghoeru Pavilion and the pond around Hyangwonjeong Pavilion have remained relatively intact. The raised dias and stone markers of Geunjeongjeon showcase the representative art style of their time.The National Palace Museum of Korea is located south of Heungnyemun Gate, and the National Folk Museum is located on the eastern side of Hyangwonjeong Pavillion.
Admission Fees : Individuals - Adults 3,000 won / Children 1,500 won
Groups - Adults 2,400 won / Children 1,200 won
* Adults (ages 19-64) / Children (ages 7-18)
* Groups: 10 people or more
* Free admission: Preschoolers (ages 6 and younger), senior citizens (ages 65 and older), people wearing hanbok, all visitors the last Wednesday of every month (Culture day)
Restrooms : Available
Parking Fees : First two hours: Small vehicles 3,000 won / Large vehicles 5,000 won
* 800 won for each additional 10 minutes
* Free for vehicles leaving within 30 minutes
Interpretation Services Offered : Tours depart from in front of the information center at Heungnyemun Gate.
- 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, 13:00, 15:00
Reservation Info. for Natives : Reservation available online