Seoul Day 4: Gyeongbokgung Palace | Things to do

We checked out from Seoul Global Hostel and check-in to our next hostel – Yoos Family Guesthouse since the accommodation are just near the historical palaces and because we also wanted to stay on a traditional house in Korea.

After the check-in and a light breakfast, we headed to Gyeongbokgung Palace to start our 4th day. We passed by another palace – Changdeokgung Palace and just took some photo because our planned itinerary is just to visit Gyeongbokgung palace for the day.

 

ABOUT GYEONGBOKGUNG PALACE

The palace is also known as the northern palace and is the largest of 5 grand palaces built in 1395 by the Joseon Dynasty. Part of the Five Grand Palaces are Changdeokgung, Changgyeonggung, Deoksugung, Gyeongbokgung and Gyeonghuigung, for details you can check here. The Gyeongbokgung Palace which means “Palace Greatly Blessed by Heaven” served as the home of Kings of Joseon dynasty, the government and its servants.

Today, Gyeongbokgung Palace is a popular tourists destination for both locals and tourists.

 

HOW TO GET TO GYEONGBOKGUNG PALACE

Walk: From Yoos Guesthouse, walk towards Changdeokgung Palace. From there, walk towards Subway Line 3 – Anguk station. From Anguk station, either ride subway to Gyeongbukgong station (1 stop) or continue walking for 10 minutes until you reached the entrance gate of the palace.

Detailed Train app map from Anguk station to Gyeongbokgung station. Screen from Kakao Metro app

 

Simple view of Subway map from Anguk to Gyeongbokgung station. Screen from Kakao Metro app

 

Subway:

From Gyeongbokgung station, go to exit 5 and walk to the entrance gate of the Gyeongbokgung for 5 minutes.

Gyeongbokgung palace is walkable from Gyeongbokgung station exit 5

 

From Gwanghwamun station, go to Exit 2 and walk towards the entrance gate of Gyeongbokgung for 10 minutes.

Gyeongbukgong Palace is walkable from Gwanghwamun station exit 2

 

 

THINGS TO DO IN GYEONGBOKGUNG PALACE

#1: Watch the Changing of Guard Parade

To Kickstart your Gyeongbokgung Palace visit, watch the changing of guard parade in different parts of the palace.

Check the below schedule for details:

  • Gwanghwamun Gate Guard on Duty Performance
    • 11:00; 13:00; 10 minutes per ceremony
  • Sumunjang (Royal Guard) Changing Ceremony
    • 09:35; 13:35; 20 minutes per ceremony
  • Sumungun (Gate Keeper) military
    • 09:35; 13:35; 15 minutes per ceremony

 

#2: Wear Guard Costume for Free

Aside from Hanbok Costume experience (or wearing of traditional Korean dress), you can also try wearing Guard Costumes inside the palace premises for free. The guard costumes can be availed near Gwanghwamun gate. Normally guard costumes are designed for men but as a part of experience they will allow you to wear it regardless of gender.

 

#3: Wear Hanbok (Traditional Korean dress)

Walking inside the palace wearing a traditional dress is indeed a different experience. Aside from the experience, the entrance fee are forfeited! Just show up at the ticketing office dressed with the Hanbok and they will give you the entrance pass for free! Don’t miss the chance to try it in Seoul! We rented ours at a nearby shop – Gung Nadri Shop – just outside the Gyeongbokgung Palace or you can plan ahead and book days before your trip here  – Hanbok Experience.

 

#4: Book Interpretation group tour inside Gyeongbokgung Palace

To better understand the history of Gyeongbokgung Palace, daily tours are available for both locals and tourists. The free tour takes about 1 to 1.5 hours. For group of 10 or more, a reservation is needed atleast a day before target tour. Once you’re already at the palace grounds, inquire at the information center in Heungnyemun Gate.

Tour Schedule:

  • English: 11:00; 13:30; 15:30
  • Japanese: 10:00; 12:30; 14:30
  • Chinese: 10:30; 12:30; 14:00; 16:00

 

Gyeongbokgung Palace

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

Closed every Tuesday

For Fees and Schedule hour of operation – check it here –  http://www.royalpalace.go.kr:8080/content/guide/guide01_tab01.asp

 

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