Gyeongbokgung Palace was built during the Joseon Dynasty as the first and largest royal palace. Built in 1395, the Palace of Gyeongbokgung was located in the heart of the newly designated capital of Seoul (then known as Hanyang) and depicted the sovereignty of the Joseon Dynasty. Gyeongbokgung served as the main capital of the Joseon Dynasty, being the largest of the Five Grand Palaces (the others being the Palace of Gyeonghuigung, Deoksugung Palace, Changgyeonggung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace).
For generations to come, the Korean government has spent a lot of time and effort rebuilding, restoring and maintaining the palace. These efforts include rebuilding and restoring the buildings that were destroyed during Japan's occupation. On the palace premises, tourists to Gyeongbokgung can also visit the National Palace Museum of Korea and the National Folk Museum of Korea.
The palace's western gate, Yeongchumun, was opened to the public in December 2018 to enhance accessibility to Seochon from Gyeongbokgung Palace and vice versa. For the past 43 years, there were only three entrances to Gyeongbokgung Palace — the southern door of Gwanghwamun, Sinmumun's northern gate, and the eastern entrance of Korea's National Folk Museum. However, it was now possible to enter the palace from all directions with the opening of the western Yeongchumun gate.
Adults (age 19-64): 3,000 won / groups (10 people or more): 2,400 won Children (age 7-18): 1,500 won / groups (10 people or more): 1,200 won* Free entry: pre-schoolers (age 6 and older), elderly (age 65 and older), people wearing hanbok, last Wednesday of each month (culture day)* Please refer to the website for data.
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