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“Top attraction in Seoul !” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Gyeongbokgung Palace

Gyeongbokgung Palace
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Half-day Walking Tour: Gyeongbokgung Palace and Bukchon Hanok Village
Ranked #4 of 734 things to do in Seoul
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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.
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“Top attraction in Seoul !”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 2, 2013

Visiting a palace is an essential item in your Seoul itinerary. Gyeongbok-gung is one of the top palace and it is worth a visit as it is within easy reach via Subway.

Taking pictures with the guards are free and they are all dressed in traditional Korean Costume, if you time your visit correctly you can see the changing of guards too !

Visited October 2012
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“One place you must visit to know Seoul”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 1, 2013

The name translates as the Palace of Shining Happiness. This palace has survived a lot of wars and rulers making is historical site a representation of how strong korea is as a nation and it's citizenry.
The interesting folk museum and palace museum is housed here including beautiful traditional korean gardens.
When in gyeongbogkung you must witness the royal changing of the guards that happens every hour from 10am - 3pm and of course have photos with the korean guards as well

Visited January 2013
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“Changing of the Guard was neat to see”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2013

Worth a visit for a glimpse of historic Seoul. The changing of the guard (a few times a day) is fun to see and hear.

The palace is wonderful to see juxtaposed between the mountain on one side and the modern city on the other.

The place is massive. You could explore for hours easily.

Visited January 2013
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“Excellent if a little boring”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2013

Impressive, huge Korean style royal palace. A must see in Seoul, but beware visiting involves a lot more walking AROUND buildings than inside them, and January in Seoul is usually bitterly cold, so dressing appropriately is essential (i.e. at least skiing-type clothes). I enjoyed the visit in spite of the cold, although I expected it to be a lot more about interior decoration than it proved to be the case.

Visited December 2012
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“We had the chance to see the guards changing”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2013 via mobile

We went there this Jan and we saw the ceremony of the guards changing. Really nice. The palace is huge and really nice altough not the originsl one - that was distroyed long time ago and they rebuild it after that. It is well preserved and you can feel the days of the dunasty.
Also you have access to the national museum and there are lovely exhibitions. Go and visit!

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