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Gyeongbokgung Palace is located in a corner of central Seoul, the first palace constructed during the Joseon Dynasty. Gyeongbokgung features gorgeous scenery all year round, with cherry blossoms in the spring, green trees in summer, ginkgo trees in autumn, and pearly white snow in winter. Korean dramas, such as "Da Jang Geum", "The House of Kings", and "You from the Stars" have all been filmed here. The east side of Gyeongbokgung Palace is Geonchunmun Gate, with Yeongchumun in the west, Sinmumun in the north, and Gwanghwamun in the south. Gwanghwamun Gate is the main entrance to the palace, featuring exquisite craftsmanship, clever architecture, and a magnificent stylistic design. The changing of the guard ceremony is certainly worth a watch.
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Also known as the Northern Palace, the large Gyeongbokgung Palace complex has gone through some incredible turmoil over the years. It was first built in 1395 during the Joseon dynasty, who built five grand palaces around Seoul. The palace has been bombed, destroyed, rebuilt several times, occupied by the Japanese (first in 1592), and only finally restored in 1990. Be sure to check out Gyeonghoeru Pavilion and Hyangwonjeong Pond, two of the remaining original structures from the Joseon period.
The palace compound can be explored on a guided walking tour. There are also two museums inside the grounds (the National Palace Museum and the National Folk Museum), both worth a visit.
Address: 161 Sajik-ro, Sejongno, Jongno-gu, Seoul
A must see when in Seoul! This is the largest of all palaces and is really the historic soul of Korea! You can rent traditional hanboks to wear and take pictures too. Lots of history over the 500 year dynasty, and the rebuilt and restored palace is yet another display of a proud and resilient Korean people who have endured hardship time and again and come back better and stronger than ever. Come and visit this historical place. It’s super beautiful!
Having spent three years living in Asia and visiting all kinds of cities across the region, Seoul remains one of my favorites. Three days is a great amount of time to see the city and this Seoul itinerary will help you make the most out of every minute!
Day 1 in Seoul – Gyeongbokgung Palace, Bukchon Hanok Village, Insadong
Day 2 in Seoul – Inwangsan Peak, Gwangjang Market, Myeongdong N-Seoul Tower
Day 3 in Seoul – Changdeokgung. Dongdaemun Design Plaza, Gangnam, Common Ground
Seoul is a huge city, but much of what you’ll want to see is within a smaller area of the center. This Seoul itinerary encourages quite a bit of walking. Not only is this often the easiest way to get around, but there are so many picturesque streets in between sights that you won’t want to miss out on.
Thankfully, for those times you do need public transport, Seoul’s public transport systems are fantastic.
Visit the bustling city of Seoul during any season and you'll be in for a beautiful treat. We loved visiting Gyeongbokgung Palace to see the changing of the guard and the nearby Bukchon Hanok Village to see a historical and calm side of the city. he food was unbeatable at every corner from Michelin recommended noodles and spicy rice cakes to mouthwatering BBQ pork and fragrant kimchi dumplings. The GwangJang Market was an absolute highlight of our trip where we sampled plenty of local delicacies served at the variety of stands and restaurants. Myeongdong is a must visit for all the cute shops and unique cafes. You can pick up all the famous Korean beauty products on offer and try street food in between shops. DongDaeMum is another must see shopping area for Seoul's famous wholesale fashion markets and a variety of night markets selling popular local eats. At sunset we searched for anywhere with sweeping city views or a romantic spot beside the Han River to enjoy stunning skyline. Make sure to visit one of the city's many luxurious bars for a true treat and finish the night with late night Korean BBQ. A perfect weekend getaway for a group of friends or couple looking for a fun and exciting city.