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Address: 99, Yulgok-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03072, South Korea
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Tue - Sun 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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This 600-year-old UNESCO World Heritage Site is the city's jewel. It's as...

This 600-year-old UNESCO World Heritage Site is the city's jewel. It's as famous for its outstanding architectural details as for its verdant and expansive gardens.

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A taste of Royal Korea

We enjoyed our 2 hour visit on a sunny morning in late-March. The first cherry trees were in blossom beside some of the palace buildings, and everyone was taking photos beside... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We enjoyed our 2 hour visit on a sunny morning in late-March. The first cherry trees were in blossom beside some of the palace buildings, and everyone was taking photos beside them. There were lots of visitors but the place is so big you can easily get away from the crowds. We enjoyed seeing locals in Korean dress, it helped... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

So great to see Korea's cultural past on display. It is great to walk the grounds and imagine what it would have been like during those times.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Saw changing of the guards Buildings are very interesting and seem to be in the middle of Seoul If you can go with a guide or someone knowledgeable it makes the visit far more informative Prepare to spend a couple of hours

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The palace was nice and was interesting. Not sure if they do it everyday, but while we were there, a lot of people dressed in historic local attire, both male and female, were there and it was very neat. Very friendly people and willing to take pictures with the tourists without having to pay. When they close, they close and... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

For tourist who likes touristy and history - the place to go. Walked the palace and discovered many interesting facts too. Worth going!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You can go any season but each season I think evokes a different ambiance to the place. It's a very relaxing place. Go for the guided tour. It will greatly help.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was the second palace I wisted, the design and style is so Intricate, wonderful place to wander around and feel the essence of korean history.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Ideally to be see during the blossom time, but great anytime. Wonderful tour...well worth it. The guide was very knowledgeable and spoke excellent English.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This lacks the grandeur of Gyeongbukgung but I liked the serene feel of this palace, especially if you go for the Suwon. The area open to public is quite small, as majority of the land is within the secret garden tour. Actually, you can't explore the whole place even with the secret garden tour but it was worth the extra... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very relaxing, interesting place most especially if youre familiar with korean series ( traditional korean series theme). The secret garden part was mesmerizing. You could only imagine what was life before aged in Seoul. How they managed to restore those Korean architecture.

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Gwanghwamun / Jongno
If Gwanghwamun is the unofficial living room of Seoul, Jongno is the main hallway connecting some of Seoul’s most important historic sites and neighbourhoods. Being one of Seoul’s oldest neighbourhoods, the area is rich with history and culture in its palaces, shrines, and temples. Stand in the centre of Gwanghwamun Square with Gyeongbokgung Palace and Mt. Bugak in front of you, King Sejong the Great statue behind you, and modern office buildings encircling you—it’s one of the best ways to experience both past and present Seoul in one spot. The main street of Jongno is mostly dotted with restaurants and cafes, but explore deeper within its intricate alleys to pass decades-old restaurants, mom-and-pop shops, and pojangmachas (tents that open at night for quick bites and drinks) and life seems to run just as it did a decade or two ago. Don’t forget to stop at Gwangjang Market, Korea’s oldest traditional market, where it’s just as fun to explore as it is to eat the affordable market dishes that locals have been enjoying since the market first opened in 1905. For a break from urban life, walk along the restored Cheonggyecheon Stream that runs parallel to Jongno for a moment of natural refuge in metropolitan Seoul.
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