According to Wikipedia, Gyeongbokgung, also known as Gyeongbokgung Palace or Gyeongbok Palace, is a royal palace located in northern SeoulSouth Korea. First constructed in 1394 and reconstructed in 1867, it was the main and largest palace of the Five Grand Palaces built by the Joseon Dynasty. The name of the palace, Gyeongbokgung, translates in English as “Palace of Shining Happiness.”

We took the subway line 3 (Orange) to Gyeongbokgung palace station, exit #5 and walk round to your left until you find an entrance to the palace on your right. There are a lot of signs so you won’t miss it.

You may also take subway line 5 (purple) to Gwanghwamun station exit #2 and walk straight. Take the underpass under the main road and then walk round to the right until you get to an entrance to the palace.

You can get the KRW 10,000 won combined palace tickets but we opted for the Gyeongbokgung Palace only Admission for 3,000 won or about PHP120 since this is the only palace we plan on visiting.

While waiting for our turn to buy tickets, we spotted these beauty pageant contestants. I’m not sure for which pageant.

The Palace is open every day except for Tuesdays. Operating hours is from 9:00 – 18:00. They have this changing of the royal guards from 10:00 – 15:00 every hour. It was nice.

And you can take pictures next to the palace guards after. I don’t think you’re allowed to touch them or their weapons. They don’t smile too for obvious reasons. Haha.

The throne.

A typical palace living quarter.. 
We loitered around for about an hour. Then we saw this KBS show they were taping for traditional music.

This stage is just in front of what seemed like a man-made lake with an impressive building in the middle. There’s also a cafe near it that lets you dress up in costume (hanbok or palace guard garb) for 5 minutes. There are also life-sized cardboard cutouts where you can stick your face in and take pictures like what these people did. :)

We saw a photo shoot on our way out. We spent about approximately a couple of hours touring the palace.

 

 

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