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“Free english guided tour is great”

Gyeongbokgung Palace
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Half-day Walking Tour: Gyeongbokgung Palace and Bukchon Hanok Village
Ranked #4 of 752 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.
Toronto, Canada
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“Free english guided tour is great”
Reviewed March 5, 2014

The palace grounds are quite large, you could easily spend a half day or whole day exploring. We wandered around for 45 min on our own, but there are almost no signs indicating the history of the building or history. So we decided to take the free English tour. The tour is excellent, the guide takes about an hour and gave us a detailed and heartfelt description of the buildings, cultural significance. The tour is not just about the buildings but explains what was achieved in the buildings such as the creation of the korean language. We felt like we really learned a lot and had a better understanding of the Korean culture and it was Free!

English Tours: 11am, 1.30pm, 3.30pm

Visited March 2014
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Seoul, South Korea
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“Nice visit with kids”
Reviewed March 4, 2014

There is plenty of room on the palace grounds to let kids run around. Overall it is very affordable and a nice place to visit in the heart of Seoul

Visited February 2014
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“Get a guided tour”
Reviewed March 3, 2014 via mobile

An interesting place, amazing that it's been completely rebuilt. Join the free guided tour, you'll notice a lot of details that you would have otherwise missed.

Visited March 2014
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Big and more grand than other palaces”
Reviewed March 2, 2014

Directions: Gyeongbokgung station (exit 5) or Gwanghwamun (exit 2). I went from the Gyeongbokgundg station and once you get out of the exit, you will go in from the side door of the palace.

Admission fee: 3000 won (each person)

If you want to know more about the palace, there are free English Tours at the following timings: 11am, 1.30pm, 3.30pm. The duration of the tour is 1hour.

I did not take the tour and we just walked around the premises. The palace is really big. Thus, although there are loads of tour buses, you will not feel that it is very crowded. The instructions are far and few. Maybe it will be good to go for the guided tour or the audio guide.

Although this palace is bigger and more grand than other palaces, i love Changdeokgung better. It is more tranquil and prettier.

Anyway, the changing guard ceremony is held in front of the main gate every hour from 10:00 to 15:00 (i.e. 10am, 11am etc). You can see it as an experience. You can also take photos with the guards.

Overall, if you only have time to go 1 palace, choose Gyeongbokgung if you like big and more grand palace and also to see the changing guard ceremony. Else, I will recommend going Changdeokgung instead.

Visited February 2014
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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“Worth multiple visits”
Reviewed February 28, 2014

Gyeongbokgung is so centrally located that it's easy to find yourself there on an outing in Seoul. I've been on multiple occasions, each time exploring different areas of the complex. The changing seasons add to experiencing the palace anew every couple of months.

While you're there, check out the museum that is near the subway entrance.

Visited July 2013
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