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Seoul Five Royal Palaces: Time travel Seoul

Seoul, capital of Korea, is city home of 5 royal palaces of Korea. It is a beautiful city to visit in any season of the year. Seoul has been the capital of Korea for more than 600 years since Joseon Dynasty.
Seoul Five Royal Palaces: Time travel Seoul
Seoul Five Royal Palaces: Time travel Seoul

The City of Five Royal Palaces, Seoul

Seoul, capital of Korea, is city home of 5 royal palaces of Korea. It is a beautiful city to visit in any season of the year. Seoul has been the capital of Korea for more than 600 years since Joseon Dynasty.

In Seoul, there are 5 royal palaces. Some of palaces are well reserved and re-constructed, some of the palaces are loss their original beauty and shape. we are trying to restore its original but it will takes time.

Here i’m trying to give you the information about 5 Royal palaces of Seoul and you could use this info and travel the best tourist spots in Seoul.

1. Gyeongbokgung Palace

Seoul Five Royal Palaces: Time travel Seoul: Gyeongbokgung palace
Gyeongbokgung palace

Gyeongbokgung Palace of the Joseon Dynasty was revived.

Gyeongbokgung 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.

Meanding “the new dynasty will get great blessings and prosper”. This is the first Palace of the five grand palaces. Geunjeongjeon hall, the symbol of royal palace, Gyeonghoeru Pavillion, a place for banquets and Royal Guard Changing Ceremonies are MUST-SEE attractions in this Palace.

Tips
Integrated Admission for Palaces
: Admission to the ‘Five Palaces” and Jongmyo Shrine, UNESCO World Heritage.
₩10,000 won

Closed
Tuesdays

Operating Hours
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)

Admission Fees
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)

Tour Schedule
English: 11:00, 13:30, 15:30
Japanese: 10:00, 12:30, 14:30
Chinese: 10:30, 13:00, 15:00

Homepage
www.royalpalace.go.kr (Korean, English)

2. Changdeokgung Palace

Seoul Five Royal Palaces: Time travel Seoul: Changdeokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace

Changdeokgung Palace and huwon was the second royal palace built following Gyeongbukgung Palace.

It was the principal palace for many kings.

It was built as a second royal palace to be used emergencies, such as wars or natural disasters. Compare to the Gyeongbokgung Palace, it is more nature friendly palace and well harmonize with its natural topography of the site. It was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997.

Royal Garden, Huwon

In particular, the representative royal garden of the Joseon Dynasty, Huwon is famous for its beauty. It was called Biwon because it was a garden of royal family members located behind Changdeok Palace.

Reservations are required because the number and time limited for viewing.

Closed
Mondays

Operating Hours
[Palace Tour]
Feb-May, Sep-Oct 09:00-18:00
Jun-Aug 09:00-18:30
Nov-Jan 09:00-17:30
– Last admission: 1 hour before closing

[Huwon Tour (Guided Tour only)]
Mar-May, Sept-Oct 10:00-17:30
June-Aug 10:00-18:00
Feb, Nov 10:00-17:00
Dec-Jan 10:00-16:30
– Last tour: 1hr 30min before closing

Huwon Tour (Secret Garden)
Adults (ages 25-64) 8,000 won
Young adults (ages 19-24) 5,000 won
Children and Teenagers (ages 7-18): 2,500 won

Homepage
www.cdg.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

3. Deoksugung Palace

Seoul Five Royal Palaces: Time travel Seoul: Deoksugung Palace
Deoksugung Palace

Deoksugung Palace means “Palace of virtue and longevity” in the spirit of praying for long life for Emperor Gojong.

Deoksugung Palace was built on flat ground. It combines both traditional Korean and Western style. A Changing of the royal guards ceremony is held at the front gate three times a Day.

Closed
Mondays

Operating Hours
09:00-21:00
Closed Mondays

Admission Fees
[Foreign Visitors]
Adults 1,000 won / Groups of 10 or more 800 won
Teenagers 500 won / Groups of 10 or more 400 won

Homepage
www.deoksugung.go.kr (Korean, English)

4. Gyeonghuigung Palace

Gyeonghuigung Palace
Gyeonghuigung Palace

Gyeonghuigung Palace served as the secondary palace for the king.

Situated on the west side of Seoul, it was called Seogwol, meaning “a palace of the west.”

It’s a large palace where many kings used to work and situated on the west side of Seoul, so it is called ‘The western palace’. It was demolished during Japanese colonial era and used as a school for the Japanese, so it lost its traces.

Closed
Mondays & January 1

Operating Hours
09:00-18:00

Admission Fees
[Korean Citizens]
Adults (ages 25-64): Individual 1,000 won / Group (10+ people): 800 won

[International Visitors]
Adults (ages 19 and older): Individual 1,000 won / Group (10+ people): 800 won
Teenagers & Children (ages 18 and younger): 500 won

* Free admission: Preschoolers (ages 6 and younger), visitors wearing hanbok, all visitors on the last Wednesday of each month

Homepage
cgg.cha.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

5. Changgyeonggung Palace

Changgyeonggung Palace

Changgyeonggung Palace was originally built as Suganggung Palace by the 4th king of the Joseon Dynasty for his retiring father.

It is connected to Changdeokgung palace. It Stands now as an independent palace but was used to provide additional residential spaces for Changdeokgung. There is botanical garden, the first Western-style garden built in Korea.

Out of five Palaces, Changgyeonggung Palace is the only palace to open at night permanently.

Closed
Mondays

2019 Changgyeonggung Palace permanent Nighttime Opening
(Enforcement on January 1, 2011)

Operating Hours
09:00-21:00 (Last admission 20:00)

Homepage
cgg.cha.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)


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