Seoul Travel Guide

Seoul Sights

Gyeongbokgung Palace

  • 1 Sejong-ro
  • Jongno-gu
  • Castle/Palace/Chateau

Published 05/04/2017

Fodor's Review

The oldest and most famous of Seoul's palaces, Gyeongbokgung means "Palace Greatly Blessed by Heaven." Built in 1395, it served as the main seat of government throughout much of the Joseon Dynasty (1392–1910). Destroyed in 1592, the palace was unused for nearly 270 years as the government moved its seat to Changdeokgung. In 1867 the palace was rebuilt on a grand scale, with 5,792 rooms in over 330 building in the sprawling complex which again becoming a self-functioning city within a city. Unfortunately all but ten buildings of this majestic complex were destroyed during the Japanese occupation in the first part of the 20th century. Adding insult to injury, the colonial powers built the Japanese Government General building directly in front of Gyeongbokgung's throne hall. Restoration of the palace began again in 1990, and though no longer the seat of government, the palace has been restored to some of its former glory. Restoration continues, and in 2010 the palace gate, Gwanghwamun, was unveiled. A must-see for anyone interested in history and architecture, Gyeongbokgung is the most visited tourist site in Korea so crowds can be dense, especially in the warmer months and on weekends.

Sight Information

Address:

1 Sejong-ro , Seoul, Seoul, 110-820 , South Korea

Phone:

02-3700–3900

Sight Details:

  • W3,000

Published 05/04/2017

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