Gyeongbokgung 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, was well planned with the mountains in the north and the stream in the south. Gyeongbokgung Palace was largely used during the reign of King Sejong from 1418 to 1450. It was destroyed or dismantled a few times but has been rebuilt and continues to be renovated so that someday, the city government hopes it will look as it did in its heyday.
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. Inside the walls, the noise of the traffic, the honks and the screeches and the yelling pedestrians seems to cease. Not only do tourists comes to see the views, but locals come for the peace and quiet and the respite in the traditional buildings.
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!
종로구 세종로 1-1
1-1 Saejong-ro Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea
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
Youth & Seniors: W1,500
Website: Gyeongbokgung Palace