Gyeongbokgung palace, Seoul

After exploring Kwangjang market in the morning and Changdeokgung palace the day before, I couldn't walk anymore halfway through, but I managed to take some beautiful pictures and video clips of Gyeongbokgung. Enough to create this 15 minute video.   

Gyeongbokgung is the largest palace in Seoul and inside, there are two museums, the National Palace Museum of Korea and the National Folk museum of Korea, which have free entrance. I have to warn you that it is a very large place (a lot of walking!), so please wear a pair of comfortable shoes. There is a reason why I saw people wearing sneakers under their beautiful Korean hanboks. I only caught a glimpse of it, but the changing of the Royal guards ceremony is held in front of the main gate every hour from 10:00 - 15:00, so even if you miss it, you can wait for the next one. You can also make online reservations ahead of time for an inside tour of the Gyeonghoeru Pavilion (40 minutes, only in Korean language, and free).   

I haven't visited the National Palace museum of Korea, as I planned to go another day, as it is very close to the entrance and metro stop, but in the end, I didn't have any time to spare. I did visit the National Folk museum of Korea, which is located at the very end of the Gyeongbokbung palace grounds, and I also had a Royal tea experience. You will read more about that in the next blog posts.

Gyeongbokgung palace (official website)
Note: closed on Tuesdays.
General admission fee : 3,000 won
Opening hours: 9:00 - 17:00/18:00/18:30 (depending on period of the year)
Free guided tours three times per day in English, Japanese, and Chinese. 
Metro: Gyeongbokgung Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 5 or Gwanghwamun Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 2.

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