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
    61 reviews

    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 ...

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  • 2
    0.17 mi

    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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  • 5
    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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    0.75 mi


    0.75 mi from Gyeongbokgung
    58 reviews

    Lots of shopping, souvenirs, food, tea houses, food carts

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  • 7
    0.52 mi

    Bukchon Hanok Village

    0.52 mi from Gyeongbokgung
    9 reviews

    North of the palace and Seochon is Bukchon, a uniquely historical neighborhood that is not to be missed when traveling in Seoul. The streets are lined with traditional Korean hanoks (some lived in, some not) and the neighborhood boasts quaint cafes and restaurants. Though Bukchon is certainly not going through as much of a modern revolution as Seochon, it's proximity ...

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    0.88 mi

    Changdeokgung Palace

    0.88 mi from Gyeongbokgung
    15 reviews

    This palace is situated near Seochon, Bukchon, and Gyeonbokgung, and I prefer the grounds to those of Gyeongbok palace. In the summer, this place is absolutely beautiful, and the outdoor gardens, greenhouses, and ponds are a pleasant way to spend a Sunday afternoon. There are walking tours available at the entrances to all the palaces if you're interested in brushing ...

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  • 9
    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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  • 10
    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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    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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    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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    0.91 mi

    Dongdaemun Market

    0.91 mi from Gyeongbokgung
    3 reviews

    Shopping! For clothes! And more clothes! And food! And then drinking! And then more clothes! EVEN AT 3 AM!!!! It's touted as the world's largest fashion market, and it goes on until the wee hours. Not to be missed.

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    0.58 mi

    인사동쌈지길 (Ssamziegil)

    0.58 mi from Gyeongbokgung
    5 reviews

    Ssamziegil is a big groups of stores right in Insadong. There are some really cute, artsy shops here. I especially enjoyed checking out the customized music box store.

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    0.88 mi

    Myeong-dong NANTA Theatre

    0.88 mi from Gyeongbokgung
    8 reviews

    Korea's answer to Broadway's "Stomp." You don't need knowledge of Korean--or any language--to enjoy it.

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  • 16
    0.91 mi

    Seoul City Hall

    0.91 mi from Gyeongbokgung
    28 reviews

    The entire City Hall area has just undergone a renovation and the new building looks great. Plus, the police will no longer bother you for sitting on the grass on a nice day...providing that you're not with a group larger than, say, three people. Mass gathering and protesting is still prohibited on the lawn.

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  • 17
    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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    0.91 mi

    National Museum of Korea

    0.91 mi from Gyeongbokgung
    19 reviews

    Set on the grounds of the Gyeongbok Palace is the grand National Folk Museum featuring comprehensive exhibitions that portray the History of Korean People, The Korean Way of Life, and the Life Cycle of Koreans. The museum and its gardens are beautiful, picturesque and worth the visit.

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    0.45 mi from Gyeongbokgung
    11 reviews

    This charming enclave is only a five minute walk from Insadong's entrance near Anguk Station, but it feels like a world away. The little neighborhood, off the beaten path for the typical tourist, is teeming with modern art museums, unique boutiques, adorable cafes and high-end restaurants. It's the most "New York" part of Seoul. Spend an afternoon strolling in and ...

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  • 20
    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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