|Gyeongbokgung Palace (경복궁)|
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|Built in 1395, Gyeongbokgung Palace is also commonly referred to as the “Northern Palace” because its location is furthest north when compared to the neighboring palaces of Changdeokgung (Eastern Palace) and Gyeongheegung (Western Palace). Gyeongbokgung Palace is arguably the most beautiful and remains the largest of all five palaces.
The premises were once destroyed by fire during the Imjinwaeran War (Japanese Invasion, 1592-1598). However, all of the palace's 7,700 rooms were later restored under the leadership of Heungseondaewongun during the reign of King Gojong (1852-1919) .
Remarkably, the most representative edifices of the Joseon Dynasty, Gyeonghoe-ru Pavilion and Hyangwonjeong Pond, have remained relatively intact. Woldae and the sculptures of Geunjeongjeon (The Royal Audience Chamber) represent past sculptures of contemporary art.
The National Palace Museum of Korea is located south of Heungnyemun Gate, and the National Folk Museum is located on the eastern side within Hyangwonjeong.
A new street called taegeukgi-gil (literally "Korean flag street") has been developed on one of Hyoja-dong's streets, where a total of 240 flags will be flown along the street near Gyeongbokgung Palace. A similar street can be found in front of Cheongwadae (the Blue House, or presidential residence). The street was created to mark the nation’s 70th anniversary and victory over Japan, which liberated Korea from Japanese occupation. The display of the taegeukgi will be put up on March 1 in remembrance of the March 1st Movement, also known as the Sam-il Movement, one of the earliest public displays of Korean resistance during the Japanese occupation of Korea. The flags will be taken down at the end of the year.
* Tickets for Gyeongbokgung Palace are also valid at the National Palace Museum and the National Folk Museum.
|Historic Site No.117|
|January-February 09:00-17:00 / March-May 09:00-18:00
June-August 09:00-18:30 / September-October 09:00-18:00
* Last admission: 1 hr before closing
* Operating hours are subject to change depending on conditions or circumstances.
[Summer operating hours (7.30-8.11.2014)]
19:00~22:00 (last admission at 21:00)
※ Ticket box closes 1 hr before closing time
※ Times are subject to change
|Cars: 280 parking spaces
Buses: 40 parking spaces
|Adults (ages 19-64): 3,000 won / Group
(over 10 years): 2,400 won
Children (ages 7-18): 1,500 won / Group (over 10 years): 1,200 won
Integrated Ticket of Palaces
- Four Palaces (Changdeokgung Palace (including Huwon, Secret Garden), Changgyeonggung Palace, Deoksugung Palace, Gyeongbokgung Palace) and Jongmyo Shrine
- The ticket is 10,000 won and may be used within a month after purchase.
- Visitors cannot receive any refund upon visiting at least one place.
※ Visitors may take a combined tour of Changdeokgung Palace and Changgyeonggung Palace (additional ticket must be purchased at Hamyangmun Gate).
※ The Jongmyo Shrine tour will be offered only at specific times during the day, except on Saturdays, when visitors may tour at their leisure. The passage connecting Jongmyo Shrine and Changgyeonggung will be closed to the public.
※ Closed on Monday: Changdeokgung Palace, Deoksugung Palace, Changgyeonggung Palace
※ Closed on Tuesday: Gyeongbokgung Palace, Jongmyo Shrine
|Facilities for the Handicapped|
|* Wheelchair rental service available at Geunjeongmun guard post. * Parking spaces available for people with disabilities * Accessible toilets (the toilet is near the parking lot outside of the etrance to Gyeongbokgung Palace). * The main entrance has a wheelchair ramp for easy access.|
|Interpretation Services Offered|
|Tours depart in front of the Information Center at Heungnyemun Gate
Duration: 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
* Reservations are required for groups of 10 or more.
Group reservation: +82-2-723-4283
Reservations in Chinese: +82-2-723-4268
|Baby Stroller Rentals|
|Available (near Geunjeongmun Gate)|
Gyeongbokgung Palace Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 5
Gwanghwamun Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 2