5 Grand Palaces in Seoul

There are five grand palaces in Seoul during Joseon Dynasty.


With our English speaking tourist guide.
Check out my Gyeongbuk Palace post here.


Gyeongbuk Palace - translates in English as "Palace of Shining Happiness." located in northern Seoul, South Korea. the main and largest palace of the Five Grand Palaces built by the Joseon Dynasty. originally constructed in 1394 by King Taejo, the first king and founder of the Joseon Dynasty. houses the National Folk Museum of Korea and the National Palace Museum of Korea. (Source: Wikipedia)

Official Website: http://www.royalpalace.go.kr/html/eng/main/main.jsp

Operating Hours:
March ~ October 09:00-18:00
November ~ February 09:00-17:00
English Guided Tour: 11:00, 13:30, 15:30
Closed every Tuesday

Admission fee: 3,000 won (Adult)

How to go:
1. From Exit No. 5 of Gyeongbokgung Subway Station (Seoul Subway Line No.3), walk 5 minutes.
2. From Exit No. 2 of Ganghwamun Subway Station (Seoul Subway Line No.5), walk 5 minutes.

Source: KNTO

If you go through this gate in Changdeok Palace, you won't 
get old. Try it! My post here

Changdeok Palace - the second palace after Gyeongbokgung. The literal meaning of Changdeokgung(昌德宮) is "Palace of Prospering Virtue". referred to as the East Palace(東闕, Donggwol). was the site of the royal court and the seat of government until 1872. added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1997. Portions of the palace were used to film the hugely popular Korean Drama Dae Jang Geum. (Source: Wikipedia)

Official Website: http://eng.cdg.go.kr/main/main.htm

Operating hours:
April ~ October: 09:00 - 17:30
November/March: 09:00 - 16:30
December ~ February: 09:00 - 16:00
English Guided Tour: 11:30, 14:30
Closed every Monday

Admission fee: 3,000 won (Adult)

How to go:
Anguk Subway Station ,Line 3, Exit 3, walk 5 minutes


Ticket counter at Deoksu Palace. Check out my post
here for more pictures of Deoksu Palace.

Deoksu Palacewas originally the residence of Prince Wolsan, the older brother of King Seongjong. This residence became a royal 'palace' during the Seven-Year War after all of the other palaces were burned in 1592 during the Japanese invasions of the Seven-Year War. (Source: Wikipedia)

Official website: http://www.deoksugung.go.kr/eng/index.asp

Opening time:
09:00 -21:00
Closed on Mondays
English guide tour: Tuesday to Friday 10:30

Admission fee: 1,000 won (Adult)

How to goSubway lines 1 or 2, City Hall Station, exit 3 walk towards Deoksugung (Palace) 

The other two grand palaces in Seoul that I haven't been to are: 


Picture courtesy of Picable
Changgyeong Palace - referred to as the East Palace(東闕, Donggwol). Originally the Summer Palace of the Goryeo Emperor. (Source: Wikipedia). My friends Iris, Nyna, Hanim and Fiza visited the palace recently and I'm going to put up a post for it sometime later.
Official website: http://english.cha.go.kr/

Operating Hours:
April ~ October 09:00 - 18:30
November/March 09:00 - 17:30
December ~ February 09:00 - 17:00
Closed on Mondays


Admission Fees:
1,000 won (Adult)

How to go: Jongno 3-ga subway Station, line 3
Checkout picturesofkorea

Gyeonghui Palace - literally Palace of Serene Harmony. served as the secondary palace for the king, and as it was situated on the west side of Seoul, it was also called Seogwol (a palace of the west). The Secondary palace is usually the palace where the King moves to in times of emergency. (Source: Wikipedia)

Official website: http://english.cha.go.kr/

Opening time:
Weekdays 09:00 - 18:00

Weekend 10:00 - 18:00
Closed every Mondays.


Admission fee: Free 

How to go:
Get off at Seodaemun Subway Station,Line 5, Exit 4, walk for about 10 minutes.

More info on Gyeonghui Palace here.

Note: From May 1st, 2010, visitors may visit and take a tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace (Rear Garden included), Changgyeonggung Palace, Deoksugung Palace, and Jongmyo Shrine by buying one all-inclusive ticket. The ticket is 10,000 KRW and may be used within a month after purchase.
Source: KNTO

For more info, check out KNTO and RoyalPalace

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