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Gyeongbokgung Palace is located in a corner of central Seoul, the first palace constructed during the Joseon Dynasty. Gyeongbokgung features gorgeous scenery all year round, with cherry blossoms in the spring, green trees in summer, ginkgo trees in autumn, and pearly white snow in winter. Korean dramas, such as "Da Jang Geum", "The House of Kings", and "You from the Stars" have all been filmed here. The east side of Gyeongbokgung Palace is Geonchunmun Gate, with Yeongchumun in the west, Sinmumun in the north, and Gwanghwamun in the south. Gwanghwamun Gate is the main entrance to the palace, featuring exquisite craftsmanship, clever architecture, and a magnificent stylistic design. The changing of the guard ceremony is certainly worth a watch.
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One of the best kept secrets in Seoul is that the last Wednesday of each month is Culture Day. What exactly does that mean? It means free admission to various cultural sites. Although the admission fees for these world famous cultural sites aren't expensive to begin with, who doesn't like free things?
My favorite way to take advantage of this event is to visit the many palaces in Seoul, of which Gyeongbokgung is my all time favorite. You can easily spend a day roaming through this palace's grounds. Another advantage of Culture Day is that it's in the middle of the week; this makes the sites a bit less crowded and you can enjoy them more peacefully. Make sure you mark the last Wednesday of the month on your calendar if you're in Seoul! #freethings #seoul #korea
Also known as the Northern Palace, the large Gyeongbokgung Palace complex has gone through some incredible turmoil over the years. It was first built in 1395 during the Joseon dynasty, who built five grand palaces around Seoul. The palace has been bombed, destroyed, rebuilt several times, occupied by the Japanese (first in 1592), and only finally restored in 1990. Be sure to check out Gyeonghoeru Pavilion and Hyangwonjeong Pond, two of the remaining original structures from the Joseon period.
The palace compound can be explored on a guided walking tour. There are also two museums inside the grounds (the National Palace Museum and the National Folk Museum), both worth a visit.
Address: 161 Sajik-ro, Sejongno, Jongno-gu, Seoul
A must see when in Seoul! This is the largest of all palaces and is really the historic soul of Korea! You can rent traditional hanboks to wear and take pictures too. Lots of history over the 500 year dynasty, and the rebuilt and restored palace is yet another display of a proud and resilient Korean people who have endured hardship time and again and come back better and stronger than ever. Come and visit this historical place. It’s super beautiful!
Having spent three years living in Asia and visiting all kinds of cities across the region, Seoul remains one of my favorites. Three days is a great amount of time to see the city and this Seoul itinerary will help you make the most out of every minute!
Day 1 in Seoul – Gyeongbokgung Palace, Bukchon Hanok Village, Insadong
Day 2 in Seoul – Inwangsan Peak, Gwangjang Market, Myeongdong N-Seoul Tower
Day 3 in Seoul – Changdeokgung. Dongdaemun Design Plaza, Gangnam, Common Ground
Seoul is a huge city, but much of what you’ll want to see is within a smaller area of the center. This Seoul itinerary encourages quite a bit of walking. Not only is this often the easiest way to get around, but there are so many picturesque streets in between sights that you won’t want to miss out on.
Thankfully, for those times you do need public transport, Seoul’s public transport systems are fantastic.