A visit to Korea will not be complete without seeing at least one palace. The most famous is Gyeongbokgung Palace. I can still remember the first time I went here and as far as I can remember, it’s pretty much the same from years ago and still as beautiful! If you have limited time in Seoul, I would highly recommend visiting at least Gyeongbokgung Palace and allot about 2 hours to stroll around the spacious grounds, pavilions and halls.
Built in 1395, Gyeongbokgung Palace is also 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) 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 (Japanese Invasions, 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 Hyangwonjeong Pond have remained relatively intact. Woldae and the sculptures of Geunjeongjeon (The Royal Audience Chamber) represent past sculptures of contemporary art.
The National Palace Museum of Korea is located south of Heungnyemun Gate, and the National Folk Museum is located on the eastern side within Hyangwonjeong.
Adults (ages 19-64): 3,000 won / Groups (10 people or more): 2,400 won
Children (ages 7-18): 1,500 won / Groups (10 people or more): 1,200 won
The walls and doors are perfect picture spots! Haha!
By the way, don’t forget your cap or umbrella when visiting Gyeongbokgung Palace. The enormous place is mostly open so it can be quite hot walking around.
See more of my Korea travel posts here:
Nami Island – http://lushangel.com/2016/11/30/korea-nami-island/
Petite France – http://lushangel.com/2016/12/05/korea-petite-france/
Gangnam + Bukchon Hanok Village – http://lushangel.com/2017/01/29/korea-gangnam-bukchon-hanok-village/