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Seoul's 5 Palaces


A City home to 5 ancient palaces built centuries ago. A city where you can shop, eat and have fun even in the wee hours of the night. A city that leads today's world-famous K-pop and drama trends, a city with a population of more than 10 million. Seoul has been the nation's capital for more than 600 years since the Joseon Dynasty (1392~1910) when it was called 'Hanyang'. Although a fast-changing trendy city, it has well-preserved its precious history. 


Gyeongbokgung Palace 

Constructed in 1395. This was the first palace of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). It is the grandest of the 5 palaces in Seoul and portrays the essence of the Korean royal court culture. Palace walls contain offices for the King and state officials, living quarters, and Huwon(Secret)Garden, which houses Gyeonghoeru, regarded as the most beautiful pavilion of Korea, Also within the palace grounds are the National palace Museum, which displays relics of the Joseon Dynasty, and the National Folk Museum, where you can see the traditional lifestyle of Korea. 


Changdeokgung Palace 

As the palace where many kings resided for the longest period of time, it is the best-preserved among all other palaces of the Joseon Dynasty. The palace's Huwon Garden houses various species of flowers and trees that blend in beautifully with its surroundings. Held twice a year. the Moonlight Tour is a special program in which visitors can enjoy a guided tour of the palace and a traditional performance at night.  


Deoksugung Palace 

The lavish yet elegant culture of the imperial palace of the Daehan Empire (1897-1910) can be seen here. It shows a pleasing combination of traditional Korean and modern architecture like the Western-style seokjojeon Hall, where diplomatic missions were greeted.   

Gyeonghuigung Palace

Built in 1671 as the house of King Taejo Yi Seong-gye, the founder of the Joseon Dynasty, Gyeonghuigung was a secondary palace. It originally housed about 100 buildings, but most were damaged and lost. Today's palace remains quiet and serene. 

Changgyeonggung Palace

This palace was built in 1483 during the Joseon period. Although much of it was lost or damaged. Myeongjeongjeon Hall, the oldest wooden structure of Joseon, Daeonsil, Korea's first Western-style greenhouse, and Honghwamun Gate, which was renovated after it was damaged by fire, still remain inside the palace. its great harmony with nature makes for a beautiful photo spot. Special night hours are operated between July and August. Tickets can be purchased onsite, online, or by phone.