Great Gyeongbokgung palace
Second, we have visited the Gyeongbokgung palace which is, of course, the biggest and the one you should do for sure when you are in Korea. Gyeongbokgung is undoubtedly the most beautiful and remains the largest of all five palaces in Seoul.
The palace and surroundings were once destroyed by a fire during the Imjin War caused by Japanese Invasions. But later restored during the reign of King Gojong. Other main attractions nearby the palace are the National Palace Museum of Korea and the National Folk Museum. The admission fee is 3000 won for each person. Like I said before we can visit the palace for free if you are wearing a hanbok & last Wednesdays of each month. This time I had to pay too since I gave back my rented hanbok and put on my jeans and a t-shirt.
The main attractions of this palace are Gwanghwamun Gate, Geunjeongjeon Hall(Korea’s largest wooden structure). Then Geunjeongjeon Hall includes Sajeongjeon Hall and Gangnyeongjeon Hall, the king’s private quarters, and the queens quarters of Gyotaejeon Hall, Hyangwonjeong Pavilion and Gyeonghoeru Pavilion.
We couldn’t go inside or take good pictures of Hyangwonjeong Pavilion as it closed with tall cardboard fence all around the pavilion. Some construction work going on there I guess.
And another pavilion, Gyeonghoeru pavilion is one of the beautiful pavilions which was used for banquets and entertainment. It is a two-story, open-walled pavilion appearing to float over a lotus pond. The pavilion is one of Gyeongbokgung Palace’s most attractive locations.
We have heard one can enter the pavilion with separate permission. However, we didn’t see anyone entering in there. We can only see that magnificent build from across the pond.
How to reach there?
It’s only a walkable distance from Changdeokgung palace or
Gyeongbokgung Station (Seoul Subway Line 3) and Exit 5.
Anguk Station (Seoul Subway Line 3) and Exit 1.
Take Bus No. 1020, 7025,109, 171, 172, 601 or 606 and get off at Gyeongbokgung Palace Bus Stop.
Take Jongno Bus No. 11 and get off at the National Folk Museum of Korea Bus Stop.
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