Gyeongbokgung Palace

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Gyeongbokgung Palace
Gyeongbokgung is the largest and grandest of Seoul’s Five Grand Palaces. Its name aptly translates to “Palace Greatly Blessed by Heaven,” with imperial structures and landscaped grounds that feel like a journey back in time – quite a contrast with the concrete jungle that surrounds it. The complex was built in 1395 during the Joseon Dynasty, Korea’s cultural Golden Age, and operated as the main royal quarters until the Japanese invaded in 1592 (and again in 1911 after being reconstructed). There’s a nominal $3 entrance fee for adults, but plenty to see: arched gates, royal residences, pavilions, and ornamental gardens. For a free glimpse at palace life, attend the colorful changing of the guard reenactment that takes place twice daily outside the Main Gate by Gwanghwamun Square.
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161 Sajik-ro, Sejongno, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
+82 2-3700-3900
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