Gyeongbukgung Palace Always a Draw

Every year it seems I have some reason, be it a visitor a new friend or other, that has me going back to Gyeongbokgung Palace. This year it was a couple family visitors and I was happily surprised when I scoured the internet for anything interesting and fun and found that the palaces in Seoul are offering a traditional music/dance series throughout the spring and summer and just our luck the one at Gyeonbokgung was this past weekend.

Gyeongbokgung Palace was the first compound to be built by the Joseon founder. The largest of the palaces in Seoul, the layout was well planned and they seem to have finished all of the renovations to the back parts that hadn’t been finished the last time I visited last year. Gyeongbokgung Palace was largely used during the reign of King Sejong from 1418 to 1450.

Gyeongbokgung Palace was destroyed by the Japanese invasion from 1592 and 1598 and the area was left vacant for some 273 years after that until it was rebuilt and expanded upon during the reign of King Gojong from 1863 to 1907.

Always a winner in any season as far as I’m concerned it is open from 9:00 to 18:00 from March until October with extended hours during their concert series days. Tickets are only W3000 and I learned something new, you can also get a combo ticket for W10,000 which allows you to go all four of the palaces and Jongmyo Shrine as long as you use the tix within a month. Totally worth it!


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1-1 Saejong-ro Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea

Phone: 02-3700-3900


Bus: 103, 109, 150, 162, 171, 272, 401, 402, 406, 408, 601, 606, 700, 704, 706, 707, 1020, 1711, 7016, 7018, 7022, 7025, 7212


Gyeongbukgung Station, exit 5. Exits right directly into the palace complex.

For the main gate view before you enter the palace, take Gyeongbukgung Station, exit 6. Make a u-turn and you’ll see the palace main gate across the street.

Gwanghwamun Station, exit 2. Walk straight.

Anguk Station, exit 1. Walk straight.


Monday & Wednesday – Sunday: 9:00am – 6:00pm. (Last entrance permitted at 5:00pm)

Closed on Tuesdays


Adults: W3,000

Youth & Seniors: W1,500

Website: Gyeongbokgung Palace

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