Gyeongbokgung Palace

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Recently I found myself in Seoul, South Korea. When I started looking up places I wanted to explore I read about a Korean palace located right in the middle of the city. This quickly became one of my main goals to see when I was visiting. I only had 1 full free day in Seoul and my first was going to be here: Gyeongbokgung Palace.

I grabbed a taxi which was a short ten minute ride from the Shilla Stay Seodaemun. The palace was located right in the middle of a normal looking metropolitan area. High-rise buildings to the right and a piece of history to the left. An ancient Korean Palace. It was unique how it was just “there” in the mix of the hustle and bustle of city life.

Some useful information if you plan on visiting:

  1. I found it best to go right when they opened at 9:00 AM to avoid large crowds.
  2. The cost is only 3000 won which is less than $3.00 USD. ( Not bad at all!)
  3. When I was looking up information I found this site to be very helpful: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/
  4. You can rent traditional Korean attire and go take pictures around the palace at some local shops near here but, they weren’t open when I arrived. I was pretty bummed about it because when would I get the chance to do that?!?! (Bonus: the admission is free if you arrive in the traditional attire.)

 

 

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