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- 85%Local Culture
- 77%Art & Design Lovers
- 62%Budget Travelers
- 58%Family Travelers
- 51%Green Travelers
User Reviews (58 Reviews)
- Gyeongbok PalaceMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsMar 03, 2014
The grandest of Seoul's Joseon Dynasty Palaces, the giant Gyeongbokgung complex perhaps bespeaks more of the nature of contemporary Seoul than any other single attraction. Completely swallowed by the boxy grey sprawl of the modern city, on a quiet morning within the palace walls, wandering the gardens on worn cobbles between the ornate wooden pavilions with their sweeping grey slate roofs, it's possible to imagine the days of Seoul as the capital of the "Hermit Kingdom", an inward-looking nation fulfilled in quietly living its traditions. That impression vanishes the moment you step thru the Gwanghwamun gate, and into the mad crush of Seoul traffic, where toddlers walk by watching live television on their mobile phones and absolutely everything hums with the city's pali-pali (hurry-hurry) vibe. These buildings -- first built in the late 14th century, but largely dismantled by the Japanese and subsequently reconstructed -- may not be the most striking palace-architecture in East Asia (Japan usually wins that race), but are the perfect place to experience firsthand the way the city (and Korea as a whole) have both negated and preserved their traditions -- Seoul with one foot firmly in its deep past, even as it races forward into an increasingly frenetic and space-age future.
- Gyeongbok PalaceCommunity ManagerMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesBackpackers+ 4Feb 07, 2014
Walking through Gyeongbok Palace is something of a dream. We came here early in the morning, the South Korean chill sneaking into our layers of winter wear. Everything seemed to have a crystalline quality, from the calm lake to the barely moving trees. The historic temples, so large they could be described as imposing, were impressive sites to walk through. And when the morning sun finally popped up from the clouds, streaming across the rooftops and gliding through delicate treefingers, it was like history coming to life.Recommended for:History Buffs
- Gyeongbok PalaceMember ofBudget TravelersFamily TravelersLuxury TravelersNov 30, 2013
This is the largest palace in Seoul. Some of the rooms have furniture. Many are closed. There is a lot of walking. Don't forget to go all the way in the back. There is a beautiful garden and pond. Next to the national folk museum.
- Gyeongbok PalaceMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Oct 17, 2013
The Palace is mostly composed of vast spaces with temples mixed in. I saw a woman wear a hombok and was walking around the palace, making it feel like I wondered into a Korean historical film. Also, the traditional dressed guards at the main entrance are receptive to having their pictures taken with tourists.
- Gyeongbok PalaceMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 4Oct 16, 2013
Hands down, my favourite place in Seoul. Geyongbok palace is the nicest place to see the royal life of the old days. You can see the skyline over the roof of the palace, and it gives an interesting feeling. You are literally in the middle of the royal palace, in one of the biggest and the modernest cities in the world. I like to go and feel the quietness around the backyard. Take your time, walk around and imagine the life of King and Queen.
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- Gyeongbok PalaceMember ofFoodiesBackpackersAdventure TravelersJul 05, 2012
Gyeongbok is the largest of the palaces in Seoul, and is definitely pretty cool. There's a palace museum and folk museum on the grounds. There's a nice changing of the guard ceremony. It's not my favorite palace in Seoul (that's Changdeok Palace) but it's nice.
- Gyeongbok PalaceCommunity ManagerMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 8Jul 05, 2012
A huge palace and grounds to tour around. In front of the gates they have soldiers and guards lined up. If you ask nicely, they are friendly and will take a picture with you. Inside, you can walk around the palace grounds, peeking into the rooms and courtyards. There is a professional photographer that have traditional gowns where you can dress up and takes pictures in for a fee. It comes out really nice and with a nice paper frame.
It's just amazing to see the location of palace amidst the busy city and intersection right outside.
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Aliases: Gyeongbokgung Palace, 경복궁