Gyeongbokgung Palace

Local name경복궁
LocationJongno District, Seoul, South Korea

The palace was built in 1395 by the Joseon dynasty (as the biggest one of its Five Grand Palaces). Throughout its history it was twice destroyed in wars with Japan (first in the 16th century and then again in the 20th century). It is still being renovated at the moment. Nowadays, it houses the National Palace Museum of Korea and also the National Folk Museum of Korea.

The whole complex is very large, there are several entrance gates, courtyards, bridges and also vast gardens. Among the most interesting buildings worth noticing are the Geunjeongjeon (which used to serve as a throne room), the Gangnyeongjeon (the king’s quarters) or the Gyotaejeon (the queen’s quarters).

There are free guided tours organised in several languages every day (be sure to check the official website for details). You may book your tour through the official website but a reservation is not necessary.

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Opening hours

Closed on Tuesdays.

(Last admission one hour before closing.)

Check the guided tours times via the official website.


Adults: 3.000 KRW
Children (7 - 18): 1.500 KRW
Children (under 6), seniors (65+): free

Combined ticket valid for Gyeongbokgung, Changdeokgung, Changgyeonggung, Deoksugung and Jongmyo Shrine: 10.000 KRW

More information and contact


Official Website

Phone +82-2-3700-39001

Address 161 Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Coordinates 37°34'47.505" N 126°58'36.44" E

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