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Gyeongbokgung Palace, Seoul

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Dating back to 1395, Gyeongbokgung Palace served as the residence of the Joseon dynasty rulers, their households, and governments. Though much of the original structure was destroyed by fire in the late 16th century, the palace was reconstructed during the 19th-century reign of King Gojong. The expansive complex includes a number of pavilions and halls, as well as the royal family's private quarters. Also on premises, you'll find the National Folk Museum, National Palace Museum, and a number of traditional Korean gardens. Plan a trip to Seoul easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.
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  • Great visit. Many tourists can be seen wearing traditional Korean attire.Mountains at its back look awesome. Like Buckingham Palace guard changing ceremony this palace also offers something similar wh...  more »
  • Beautifully restored buildings and it's an oasis of calm in this mega city. There is so much to see.  more »
  • I enjoyed our tour of this palace. The Korean tour guide is English speaking and has an excellent knowledge of the history and culture of Korea. We entered here wearing a Hanbok and our entrance is fr...  more »
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  • Free guided tour with Free Tour Seoul. The guide was super helpful. The palace is grand. Our group got there early morning 9:15 AM and there were not many tourists. The ticket prices are reasonable, $3 for foreign and free for 65+ seniors. The tour can be finished in about an hour and a half. Palace is well kept. However it gets repetitive after a while. There's a change of guard at 10 AM. Don't forget to attend that.
  • This place is fantastic! Have a lot of the Korean history over there. Spread around the area you will find several different attractions like the country side style and how the folk people used to live, beautiful gardens and houses..., the museum inside is also very nice. There are some options to rent a traditional clothes that you can walk around and take epic photos wearing like a folk Korean. You can expend at least half day to explore everything. In cold seasons the weather may get too cold but still very nice to check it out.
  • A must see when visiting Seoul. It shows the culture and beauty of the past. It is located close to some of South Korea's most iconic statues and you can get a glimpse of the Korean blue house, the equivalent of the USA's white house from inside. Wearing traditional Korean dress while visiting the palace is now trending. The traditional dress adds to the atmosphere and makes photos taken appear more authentic, as if they were taken at a time past when the Palace was thriving.
  • This is hands down the best place in Seoul. This palace has so much history and beauty in it, it's actually really hard to write down into words. You have to go see it for yourself. It's super serene and beautiful. If you get the chance, go at night.
  • Gorgeous place! I've never had the privilege of seeing anything like it before. The tour guide from the airport was awesome as well, very knowledgeable. Its a stunning palace, very well maintained too. I loved it!

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The Seoul metropolitan area has two districts especially appealing to backpackers--Jongno just northeast of the city, and Hongdae to the west. Both offer good shopping and dining, as well as easy transport links to the rest of the city. Mid-range options may prove difficult to find in peak season (July to August), unless you don't mind staying at a traditional hanok guesthouse, where loads of character make up for any lack of amenities. Finally, a range of top-end hotels with an impressive list of services and facilities lie scattered around the city.
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