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The Grandeur of Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul

Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul is South Korea’s first imperial palace. If Beijing has Forbidden City, Seoul has Gyeongbokgung Palace. If you compare both of them, they have similarities in architectural style. And for sure, they have differences, too. Both, however, are listed as UNESCO World heritage Sites.

EXPEDITION TO PYONGYANG, NORTH KOREA

Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul is the first imperial palace of South Korea.

Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul is the first imperial palace of South Korea.

Travel Tips:

Come early. When visiting Gyeongbokgung Palace, make sure to come before 10 in the morning so you can witness the soldier’s parade at the entrance, right after you buy the tickets. It is the country’s version of London’s changing of the guards.

Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul is the first imperial palace of South Korea.
Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul is the first imperial palace of South Korea.
Wear comfortable shoes. This is a huge imperial palace and can be tiring. Exploring one hall to another hall can be monotonous, too. They seem to look exactly the same! Some halls are even empty and they’re not really interesting to look at.
Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul is the first imperial palace of South Korea.
Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul is the first imperial palace of South Korea.

Dress up like an Emperor or Empress. Inside the palace, there’s a corner where you can rent an imperial costume. Boy, that was so much fun to do. The whole garb was complete with headdresses, weapons and other accessories. I tried to convince the vendor to let me wear the empress costumes but he was so stern in rejecting my request. I told him it was just for fun and he said, “No, it’s no fun for me.” 😀

Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul is the first imperial palace of South Korea.

Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul is the first imperial palace of South Korea.

Join a tour. When you buy the ticket, ask what time is the tour. I’d recommend you to join this to make your experience inside more interesting. After the tour, you can explore on your own.

Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul is the first imperial palace of South Korea.
Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul is the first imperial palace of South Korea.
Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul is the first imperial palace of South Korea.

Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul is the first imperial palace of South Korea.

Gyeongbokgung Imperial Palace in Seoul is the first imperial palace of South Korea.
Gyeongbokgung Imperial Palace in Seoul is the first imperial palace of South Korea.
Gyeongbokgung Imperial Palace in Seoul is the first imperial palace of South Korea.

Gyeongbokgung Imperial Palace in Seoul is the first imperial palace of South Korea.

Gyeongbokgung Imperial Palace in Seoul is the first imperial palace of South Korea.
Gyeongbokgung Imperial Palace in Seoul is the first imperial palace of South Korea.
Gyeongbokgung Imperial Palace in Seoul is the first imperial palace of South Korea.
Gyeongbokgung Imperial Palace in Seoul is the first imperial palace of South Korea.
Gyeongbokgung Imperial Palace in Seoul is the first imperial palace of South Korea.

Gyeongbokgung Imperial Palace in Seoul is the first imperial palace of South Korea.

Gyeongbokgung Imperial Palace in Seoul is the first imperial palace of South Korea.

Gyeongbokgung Imperial Palace in Seoul is the first imperial palace of South Korea.

Gyeongbokgung Imperial Palace in Seoul is the first imperial palace of South Korea.
Gyeongbokgung Imperial Palace in Seoul is the first imperial palace of South Korea.
Gyeongbokgung Imperial Palace in Seoul is the first imperial palace of South Korea.

Gyeongbokgung Imperial Palace in Seoul is the first imperial palace of South Korea.

Gyeongbokgung Imperial Palace in Seoul is the first imperial palace of South Korea.
Gyeongbokgung Imperial Palace in Seoul is the first imperial palace of South Korea.

CLASSIC SOUTH KOREA
TOUR: EXPEDITION TO PYONGYANG, NORTH KOREA

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