161, Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
10 reviews

Gyeongbokgung was originally built during Korea's Joseon dynasty, first meant to house King Taejo. The original was destroyed by the Japanese, but the palace and the grounds have been restored beautifully. Today, the palace sits just to the west of the lovely Seochon neighborhood, north of Insadong, and near the historical Bukchon neighborhood. It's proximity to these places, as well ...

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    0.0 mi

    Gyeongbokgung Palace

    0.0 mi from Gyeongbokgung
    62 reviews

    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. ...

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    National Folk Museum of Korea

    0.17 mi from Gyeongbokgung
    2 reviews

    One of the 'must visit' place in Seoul. This is the best museum in Korea I've ever been. Their exhibit is very intimate. Not just showing things from the past in the glass compartments, they actually built an old style houses in the museum so we can sit and feel what it's like. You can learn about history, culture, food, ...

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    0.17 mi

    Sejong Cultural Center

    0.17 mi from Gyeongbokgung
    2 reviews
  • 4
    0.24 mi

    국립고궁박물관 national palace museum

    0.24 mi from Gyeongbokgung
    1 review

    This has many treasures. I loved the artifacts but most of all what royal life looked like was my favorite. What was the best feature was the modern facilities and air conditioning.

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    0.23 mi

    Gagarin Used Book Store

    0.23 mi from Gyeongbokgung
    1 review

    Gagarin is a great used book store in the Seochon neighborhood. It has a bunch of used design and art books which are fun to leaf through even if you aren't in the market for a 20-pound volume on typography. The woman that works the store most days is really sweet, and they also sell some artsy trinkets by local ...

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  • 6
    0.75 mi


    0.75 mi from Gyeongbokgung
    59 reviews

    Tons of great little antique shops full of culture plus plenty of nice ice cream and beer stands!

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    0.88 mi

    Changdeokgung Palace

    0.88 mi from Gyeongbokgung
    15 reviews

    This is my favorite palace in Seoul (and I have been to basically all of them). The Secret Garden tour, in particular, is excellent, but you may have to book in advance. Go in the spring or fall for the most beautiful conditions.

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    0.58 mi

    인사동쌈지길 (Ssamziegil)

    0.58 mi from Gyeongbokgung
    5 reviews

    adorable little shopping area with great amount of things to see!

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  • 9
    0.52 mi

    Bukchon Hanok Village

    0.52 mi from Gyeongbokgung
    9 reviews

    Quite a good place to go. But better go with sam-cheong dong, because its not worth to go there just for Hanok. A good place for historical siteseeing.

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  • 10
    0.48 mi

    Jogyesa Temple (조계사)

    0.48 mi from Gyeongbokgung
    3 reviews

    The pre-eminent Buddhist temple within downtown Seoul, Jogyesa is the seat of the Jogye order of Korean Buddhism, and makes an excellent stop while you're in the central Gwanghwamun / Insadong neighborhood. I've taken lots of visitors to the city to this small, pretty collection of traditional pavilions, with their enormous ornate Buddhas, but my fondest memories of it come ...

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  • 11
    0.91 mi

    Seoul City Hall

    0.91 mi from Gyeongbokgung
    28 reviews

    Better in the summer as they put on nightly, traditional performances for free. Bring a blanket and some food/drinks to enjoy on the grass while you watch.

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    0.96 mi

    Deoksugung Palace

    0.96 mi from Gyeongbokgung
    14 reviews

    I liked Gyeonbuk palace better than this palace. During my visit one section of the palace is under renovation. But this palace right next to the city hall makes it more convenient to visit. Also, there are many eating joints right next to this palace so wen u r hungry after walking around this place, you can eat n relax ...

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  • 13
    0.71 mi


    0.71 mi from Gyeongbokgung
    7 reviews

    Jongno is the center of Seoul - transportation, history, culture, and art, but most of all - street food. The street might be filled with people during the day, but it will be replaced with the bright-light street food vendors cart at night. Great price, and great atmosphere to check out some of the best street foods in Seoul.

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    0.54 mi

    Gwanghwamun Square

    0.54 mi from Gyeongbokgung
    21 reviews

    Huge central plaza in front of Gyeongbukgong Palace, and easily accessible through the city subway. Check out the statue of King Sejong at the middle of the square - there's an entrance at the back leading to an underground museum dedicated to the life and works of Sejong The Great.

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  • 15
    0.88 mi

    Myeong-dong NANTA Theatre

    0.88 mi from Gyeongbokgung
    9 reviews

    An awesome comedic theater performance! There isn't much talking, but a lot of action and hilarious gestures and facial expressions. It's a story surrounding food, people, music, and some audience participation. If you are looking for fun entertainment, this would be it!

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    0.91 mi

    National Museum of Korea

    0.91 mi from Gyeongbokgung
    19 reviews

    I learned so much about Korea at this Museum. This place opened up my eyes and allowed me to see more of Korea that I never knew, from their pivotal roll in history to the fight during the Korean War. I would recommend this place for families and anyone who is just curious.

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  • 17
    0.45 mi


    0.45 mi from Gyeongbokgung
    11 reviews

    Full of great little shops and cafes. Really good walking street to get some shopping done and don't forget to stop for a coffee break. Try Woodside coffee on top of the hill, awesome atmosphere and great waffles! Really cute area.

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  • 18
    0.76 mi

    Gyeonghuigung Palace

    0.76 mi from Gyeongbokgung
    7 reviews

    A true gem in the center of city Seoul. Must-See. Beautiful palace built in Chosun Dynasty. Do not miss Kyunghee-ru, a gorgeous palace in the middle of a pond. The scenery from the palace is fantastic.

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  • 19
    0.97 mi


    0.97 mi from Gyeongbokgung
    3 reviews

    Changgyeonggung is one of the big palaces in Seoul. The grounds are very scenic. During the colonial period, the Japanese built a zoo and botanic garden on the grounds, so not many of the original buildings remain. I recommend this as one of the most interesting palaces in Seoul.

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    0.91 mi from Gyeongbokgung
    3 reviews
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