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“Royal Guard Changing Ceremony”

Gyeongbokgung Palace
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Half-day Walking Tour: Gyeongbokgung Palace and Bukchon Hanok Village
Ranked #3 of 745 things to do in Seoul
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The National Museum of Korea and the National Folk Museum are located on the grounds of this palace, built six centuries ago by the founder of the Chosun dynasty.
Melaka, Malaysia
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“Royal Guard Changing Ceremony”
Reviewed October 24, 2011

We went to Gyeongbokgong palace only to watch the Opening of Royal Guard Changing Ceremony at 10 am in the morning at the main entrance. This is a great opportunity to experience the rare traditional scene just in front of us. We were so excited and took photos with the traditional costume of the Guards after the ceremony. While waiting for the ceremony to be started, we took the opportunity to visit National Palace Museum located on the left of Gyeongbokgong main entrance which is free admission.

Visited September 2011
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“don't miss it. it's a good impression of the royal past of Korea.”
Reviewed October 24, 2011

Nice to walk around and to discover the many hidden corners.

Visited October 2011
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Charleston, South Carolina
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“A must see if looking to tour Seoul”
Reviewed October 21, 2011

I have one day to visit the sites of Seoul while on a recent business trip. This was a must see and the changing of the guards ceremony made it especially nice. It helped that I had an excellent tour guide, but all in all the beauty of the grounds spoke for themselves. The museum on the grounds was a bit hokey. Then again, I'm not a big museum person so probably not fair to criticize! I recommend this on the list of things to see -- if you go here, I would skip other temple sites. This was clearly the best.

Visited October 2011
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Reviewed October 19, 2011

Be prepared for a good walk as the palace compound is huge. The former kings must have chosen the place due to its good fengshui as it overlooks a mountain. If you want to know more about Korean history, head onto the museum inside the place which is covered by the entrance fee. There is basically information on how Koreans evolved over the years (i.e costumes, food, handwriting, traditions, etc). Also a good place to enjoy the air-condition after the long walk under the hot sun.

Love the trees and intricate architecture.

Be there before 10 am if you want to witness the changing of guards. The palace is closed every Tuesdays to allow it to be used for filming (presumably Korean period dramas).

As you head out of the palace, cross the road and walk straight for about 50-80 metres and you can find the Museum of King Sejong. TYou won't missed it because there is a huge statue of the King in front of the museum. Though small-scale, it's loaded with information and best of all, it's free. Do watch the short 4-D show to learn how the Koreans fought and won against their enemy with only 1/3 of the battleships. It's so surreal.

On your left after you cross the road as you exit the museum, you will find one of the biggest Starbucks in Seoul which is 4-storey high. A nice way to chill and end your trip to the palace.

Visited August 2011
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“Must see place”
Reviewed October 18, 2011

Big place, definitely a must do. You could spend half to a full day self exploring.

Visited January 2011
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