5 Grand Palaces in Seoul

Must-Visit 5 Grand Palaces in Seoul

The capital of Korea is the best for tourism. If anyone wants to explore Korean tradition, Seoul comes at the top. Not only the traditional architectural work in the 5 Grand Palaces in Seoul reflects the history of Korea, but the great Hanbok also steals the sight of the visitors. Furthermore, they are available as rentals for the photoshoot. The visitors can take as many selfies as they want in Korean traditional Hanbok.

Let’s explore the 5 Grand Palaces in Seoul. We will take you on the palace tour, which consists of the history of every palace, the proper address, and nearby facilities for tourists like shopping malls, restaurants, and comfortable accommodations. This will provide ease for the visitors.

The Guide for 5 Grand Palaces in Seoul

Gyeongbokgung Palace 경복궁

It is the largest palace built in 1395 under the Joseon Dynasty and is commonly known as the Northern Palace because it is located towards the north. This palace is known as the best site for a photo shoot in Hanbok refers to the Traditional attire of Korea. Hanboks are available on rent and the entrance fee is free in case you are in Hanbok. It is a great experience for tourists to wear hanbok and take beautiful pictures at these traditional palaces. Moreover, Gyeongbokgung Palace was once destroyed during the Imjin war held in 1592-1598 by fire. Also, later reconstructed under the kingdom of King Gojong. The time the visitors can go for free Gyeongbokgung palace tour starts from 9 a. m. and the closing time is different according to the season. Check out more information on THIS POST.

Address & Open Hours

  • Address
    • 161 Sajik-to, Sejongno, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea.
  • Open
    • January, February: 09:00 – 17:00
    • March-May: 09:00 – 18:00
    • June-August: 09:00 – 18:30
    • September, October: 09:00 – 18:00
    • November, December: 09:00 – 17:00

The last entry is about one hour before the closing time and the palace closes on Tuesdays. The other facilities available in the neighborhood of Gyeongbokgung Palace are described below.

Nearby Tourist Sites

  • Gwanghwamun Gate
  • National Museum (Modern and Contemporary Art)
  • Palais De Seoul
  • Africa Museum of Art
  • Gwanghwamun Square

Nearby Restaurants

  • Italyjae (western food)
  • The Hanok Smith Likes (Korean food)
  • Dugahun (western food)
  • Gogung Tteurak (bars, cafes, clubs)
  • Hwangsaengga Kalguksu (Korean food)

Nearby Markets

  • Tongin Market (Traditional local markets)
  • Cheongwadae Sarangchae Souvenir Shop (shops and malls)
  • Eunnamu (craft workshops)
  • Lee Seo-yun Hanbok (shops and malls)
  • Dongwha Duty-Free Shop (duty-free shops)

Changdeokgung Palace 창덕궁

Changdeokgung Palace built in 1405 and considered being the second largest in Seoul. This palace consists of the public Palace area, the residence building, and the rear garden. After visit Gyeongbokgung palace, you can reach here by foot as it is walking distance. It is another great palace, while walking, in between Bukchon Hanok Village attracting the sights of the tourists. The beautiful Changdeokgung palace’s garden was constructed under the kingdom of King Taejong. Go enjoy the authentic Korean charm garden.

Changdeokgung Palace cherry blossom image

Pavilions and Fountains in the Garden

  • Buyongjeong
  • Buyongji
  • Juhabru
  • Eosumun
  • Yeonghwadang
  • Bullomun
  • Aeryeonjeong
  • Yeongyeongdang

Address & Open Hours

  • Address
    • 99 Yulgok-ro, Waryong-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Open
    • February-May- 6:00 p. m.
    • June-August- 6:30 p. m.
    • September, October- 6:00 p. m.
    • November, January- 5:30 p. m.
    • Closed on Mondays.
  • Web

Nearby Tourist Sites

  • Jongno Cheonggye Special Tourist Zone
  • Changdeokgung Injeongmun Gate
  • Insa Art Space
  • Nakseonjae Hall
  • Hyangnamu Tree in Changdeokgung Palace

Note that these places can be reached by foot.

Nearby Restaurants

  • Baengnyeon Tojong Samgyetang (Korean food)
  • Luden Loquen Space (bars, cafes, and clubs)
  • Dining in space (western food)
  • Chanyangjip (Korean food)
  • Keungiwajip (Korean food)

HERE, you can check the list of the best Korean restaurants in Jongno-gu and Jung-gu, the center of the city, Seoul.

Shopping Streets

  • Jilsiru (rice cake Cafe)
  • Gogungmasil (shops and malls)
  • Saint James Boutique Samcheong
  • Jilkyungyee Uriot, Inc.

Comfortable Accommodations

  • Dajayon Guest House – Hanok
  • Ultari Hostel
  • The Place Seoul – Hanok
  • Cheong Yeon Jae Hanok Hotel – Hanok
  • Hanok B&B Mon Oncle à Seoul – Hanok

Changgyeonggung Palace 창경궁

This Palace located in the center of Seoul was built by the 4th ruler, King Sejong for King Taejong. This palace was initially named as Suganggung Palace. But after the renovation during the leadership of King Seongjong, the palace was renamed as Changgyeonggung Palace. In addition, there is an Okcheongyo Bridge, after the main entrance at Honghwa Gate. Myeongjeongjeon, the office of the king is situated near the Myeongjeongmun gate. And the highest building in the Changgyeonggung Palace was built for the queen as is referred to as Tongmyeongjeon.

Changgyeonggung Palace Pond

Address & Open Hours

Nearby Tourist sites

  • Nakseonjae Hall
  • Changgyeonggung Palace Honghwamun Gate
  • Yoo’s Family
  • Theatre Changdeokgung

Nearby Restaurants

  • Dining in space (western food)
  • Chanyangjip (Korean food)
  • Jirisan Restaurant (Korean food)
  • Nwijo (Korean food)
  • Nuri (Korean food)

Nearby shopping streets

  • Jilsiru (shops and malls)
  • Sewoon Electronics Department Store (shops and malls)
  • Jongno 3 (sam)-ga Jewelry District (shops and malls)
  • Gogungmasil (shops and malls)
  • Insta Art Plaza (souvenir shops)

Great Accommodations nearby

  • Dajayon Guest House – Hanok
  • Moon Guesthouse – Hanok
  • Hostel Tommy – Youth Hostel
  • The Place Seoul – Hanok
Changing Ceremony of the Royal Guards

Deoksugung Palace 덕수궁

Located in the corner of Seoul’s business area. This palace was previously named as Gyeongungung Palace in 1611, and after 1907, it was named as Deoksugung Palace. Deoksugung refers to the palace of virtuous longevity. Besides, this palace is famous for its beautiful stone wall.  When you enter the palace, you will see the Geumcheon stream bridge. The very first western-style building in this palace was the Jeonggwanheon Hall. Moreover, Seokjojeon Hall is another western-style building in this palace. Stone-wall is an attraction to it.

Address & Open Hours

  • Address
    • 99 Sejong-daero, Jeong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea.
  • Open
    • 09:00 – 21:00 (Visitors should try to reach 1 hour before closing time, as the entry closes at 8:00 p. m.)
    • Closed on Monday
  • Web

Nearby Tourist sites

  • National Museum of modern and contemporary art
  • Deoksugung Doldam-gil (Deoksugung Stone-wall Road)
  • Jeongdong Theater
  • Jeongdong Observatory
  • Seoul Plaza

Nearby Restaurants

  • Dalgaebi (Korean food)
  • Jinju Hall (Korean food)
  • Luii (Chinese food)
  • Danube (Western food)
  • Great Shanghai (Chinese food)

Nearby shopping streets

  • Dongwha Duty-Free Shop (duty-free shops)
  • Lotte Duty-Free Shop- main branch
  • Saeran Glasses (shops and malls)
  • Namdaemun Market Mungu (stationary) Street (shops and malls)
  • Sungnyemun Imported Goods Shopping Center (shops and malls)

Comfortable accommodations

  • Koreana Hotel
  • Hotel The Plaza
  • Lotte Hotel Seoul
  • New Kukje Hotel
  • New Seoul Hotel

Gyeonghuigung Palace 경희궁

This Palace was considered as the secondary palace for the king of Joseon. Located in the western region of Seoul. In addition, Gyeonghuigung palace reflects the traditional beauty with it’s slanting architecture. For the king’s audience, Sungjeongjeon and Jajeongjeon building were taken under consideration and for sleeping and resting quarters, Yungbokjeon and Hoesangjeon buildings were there. A great palace and also consists of a Japanese school.

Address & Open Hours

  • Address
    • 45 Saemunan-ro, Sajik-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Open
    • 09:00 – 18:00
    • Closed on Mondays and January 1st.
  • Web

Nearby Tourists attractions

  • Seoul Museum of history
  • Korean national police heritage museum
  • Seoul Gyeonggyojang House
  • Sungkok Art Museum
  • Geumho Art Hall

Nearby food facilities

  • Yu Yuan (Chinese food)
  • Samjeon Hoejeon Chobap (Japanese food)
  • Halmaejip (Korean food)
  • Mijin (Korean food)
  • Sajo Tuna (Japanese food)

Shopping areas in the neighborhood

  • Larva town
  • Dongwha Duty-Free Shop
  • Lee Seo-Yun Hanbok

We have discussed the 5 Grand Palaces in Seoul. All the necessities that are required by the travelers are listed. The tourists can consider this as a tour guide to Seoul. Furthermore, these 5 grand palaces in Seoul reflect the history of Korea and also acts as historical representations. These palaces are so old that the rulers/kings used to live in them. Tourists should visit them and tell the children about The Korean culture and the history behind these palaces.  

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