Gyeongbokgung Palace of the Joseon Dynasty was revived. Gyeongbok Palace, which has regained its former dignity after more than two decades of restoration projects, stands proudly at Gwanghwamun Square under the foot of Mount Bukak.
Jeonggung(Main Palace) of Joseon dynasty stands majestically in front of the foot of Bukaksan Mountain.
Gyeongbokgung, the historical site No. 117, was the first of five palaces made during the Joseon Dynasty.
The Five Palaces made during the Joseon Dynasty.
The first king of the Joseon Dynasty, Yi Seong-gye, began building in 1394, the third year of his throne, and was completed in 1395, the following year.
The name means “the new dynasty will enjoy great blessings and prosper.”
After being destroyed during the Japanese Invasion of Korea in 1592, it was reconstructed during King Gojong’s reign in the late Joseon Dynasty and used as a palace again. Throughout the period of Japanese colonial era, the demolition and damage continued by Janpan.
The restoration of Gyeongbok Palace began only after liberation and came to this day after 20 years of extensive restoration work from 1991.
Gyeongbokgung Palace, which was the center of the Joseon Dynasty, is different in scale.
The fence surrounding the palace is 2,404 meters long and is the only one of the five palaces to have four gates. The palace include royal court where the king and government official do the governmental affairs, Junggung for queen, east palace for prince and other houses for servant.
Geunjeongjeon: National Treasure No. 223, a main throne hall in which the king was granted a report by his subjects. It was used as a royal venue for various coronation ceremonies, and granite embedded in the ground contained royal officials’ rank provisions.
Gyeonghoeru: The pavilion, located in a cozy pond, is next to Geunjeongjeon Hall. Three stone bridges, centered around the pavilion, stretch out of the pond, are beautiful, and appear in the 10,000-won bill.
Gyeongbokgung Palace Nightly Hall
: At Gyeongbok Palace, a special night viewing will be held to give visitors a sense of the palace’s night atmosphere on two occasions, in spring and autumn. Tickets for various cultural performances are sold in limited quantities only through the Internet, but visitors can enter the palace free of charge if they wear hanbok, and Senior citizens and foreigners aged 65 or older can purchase them on-site.
Royal Guard Changing Ceremonies
: It will be held every day at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on time and in front of Heungnyemun Gate inside Gwanghwamun. Starting with the loud drumming, a procession of royal Guard Changing Ceremonies will follow.
Janunary-February 09:00-17:00 (last admission 16:00)
March-May 09:00-18:00 (last admission 17:00)
June-August 09:00-18:30 (last admission 17:30)
September-October 09:00-18:00 (last admission 17:00)
November-December 09:00-17:00 (last admission 14:00)
Operating hours are subject to change depending on conditions or circumstances.
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
Free admission: Preschoolers (age 6 and younger), seniors (ages 65 and older), people wearing hanbok, the last Wednesday of every month (Culture day)
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 (흥례문).
Duration: About 1 hr-1 hr 30 min
English: 11:00, 13:30, 15:30
Japanese: 10:00, 12:30, 14:30
Chinese: 10:30, 13:00, 15:00