Postcards from Seoul: Gyeongbokgung Palace
We figured that you’d enjoy taking a virtual tour of Seoul in pictures before we launch into our stories about the experience! First on our itinerary as a 10-man group was Gyeongbokgung Palace, which is conveniently located near a subway station (Seoul Subway Line 3, near Gyeongbokgung Palace Station). Seoul has a very efficient and convenient subway system. It’s hard to get lost as long as you know your destination!
Official information below
Built in 1395, Gyeongbokgung Palace is also commonly referred to as the “Northern Palace” because it is the furthest north when compared to the neighboring palaces of Changdeokgung (Eastern Palace) and Gyeongheegung (Western Palace). Gyeongbokgung Palace is arguably the most beautiful and remains the grandest of all five palaces.
Operating Hours March-October: 09:00-18:00
* Last admission: 1 hr before closing.
* Operating hours are subject to change depending on circumstances.
Adults (ages 19-64): 3,000 won / Group (over 10): 2,400 won
Children (ages 7-18): 1,500 won / Group (over 10): 1,200 won
Given its location within Seoul, it was certainly interesting to see an ancient structure amongst a sea of modern buildings. It speaks volumes about the way Korea managed to preserve its cultural heritage while keeping up with the times.
Changing of the guard at the main gate, Gwanghwamun (hourly from 10am-3pm)
Geunjeongjeon, The Imperial Throne Hall
At Gyeongbokgung, you can sign up to try wearing traditional Korean clothing for free and experience a professional photo shoot. Click here to book one. Unfortunately, you need to wait a while for a turn. We didn’t get to do it as most of us were raring to have lunch already!
These will do… for now!
Photography by Kay Dulay