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161 Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03045 South Korea
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GyeongbokgungSeoul Metropolitan Subway4 min
GwanghwamunSeoul Metropolitan Subway6 min
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No Shopping DMZ Half Day Tour from Seoul
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No Shopping DMZ Half Day Tour from Seoul

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Enjoy the highlights of the DMZ and get back to Seoul in time for lunch on a guided group tour. Listen to immersive commentary during visits to Imjingak Park, Dora Observatory, and other important landmarks. Have your camera ready for an unobstructed view of one of the world's most famous demilitarized zones. Best of all, this excursion does not include unnecessary shopping stops that other tours add on, which saves you valuable vacation time.
$55.00 per adult
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Grover R wrote a review Feb 2020
Pensacola, Florida9,948 contributions709 helpful votes
There are 3 gates that you must enter to reach the palace. It is the Gwanghwamun Gate that is the first gate. It is not the prettiest or most intricate. However, it is the this gate that separates the world of the 1400’s from the 21st century. It seems easy to say but unless you visit you will not understand this juxtaposition. On one side are modern skyscrapers, heavy traffic and the bustle of the current world. On the other side is the palace which when in it appears like it’s isolated in the calm natural environment. It is quiet and ancient and appears just as it was 600 years ago. However these two different environments are separated by only 15 feet of wall. Again you just have to experience it.
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Date of experience: February 2020
Krishhere wrote a review Nov 2019
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), India1,408 contributions86 helpful votes
This huge gate is the entrance to the Gyeongbokgung palace, which is the biggest among five palaces in Seoul. A changing of the guards ceremony happens at the gate at 10 am and 2 pm. You can view the ceremony for free. Entry ticket is to be purchased for visiting the palace
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Date of experience: April 2019
3lfy-da wrote a review Nov 2019
54 contributions2 helpful votes
The changing order ceremony is a must see! You dont need to buy ticket to see the ceremony as it is held before the gate ; at the area where the ticket counter is. They are quite punctual and lasted moreless about 10mins.
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Date of experience: November 2019
Ian K wrote a review Nov 2019
Singapore252 contributions10 helpful votes
Well, since it is considered an attraction all by itself and it is right next to Gyeongdukgung Palace, there really isn't any reason to miss Gwanghwamun Gate. Visit when the guards are changing, grab some pictures and move on.
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Date of experience: October 2019
Oldjack wrote a review Oct 2019
Greater Melbourne, Australia20,407 contributions2,281 helpful votes
This is an impressive and large gate into the palace and best seen during the changing of the guard every hour between 10 AM and 3 PM each day.It was built in 1395 but destroyed during a Japanese invasion in 1592, and rebuilt in 1867. A popular place for tourists.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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