CONTRIBUTED BY ZOE V.
There are 5 royal palaces in Seoul but the largest and most popular is undoubtedly Gyeongbokgung Palace. When you exit the subway station you are greeted with most spectacular view of the palace nestled beautifully between modern Seoulite life and glorious mountains in the backdrop. After walking down the impressive strip you can buy your ticket at the entrance on the right side.
Free English Tours are available at 11:00, 13:30, 15:30. They depart in front of the information center at Heungnyemun Gate (흥례문) and last approximately 1 hr – 1 hr 30 min. I would definitely recommend you time your visit so you can take advantage of the free tour. It was fun and informative and made the whole experience much more fulfilling. Without the tour, it is still worth seeing but you miss out on all the superb information that really informs your understanding of what you are looking at.
The national folk museum is also located on the palace grounds and is included in the price of your ticket. Next to the museum is a cafe (that serves the most delicious pear tea, by the way!)
If you time your visit accordingly, you can also watch the changing of the guard at the front of the Gwanghwamun Gate. This takes place three times a day at 11:00, 14:00, 16:00 and lasts 10 minutes and is well worth a watch.
Gyeongbokgung Palace, Seoul
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
Adults (ages 19-64): 3,000 won
Children (ages 7-18): 1,500 won
Address: 161 Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul (Sejong-ro)
서울특별시 종로구 사직로 161 (세종로)
GPS Coordinates: 37.579617, 126.97704099999999
Subway: Gyeongbokgung palace station on Line 3. Exit 5.
OR Gwanghwamun station on Line 5, Exit 2.