On the foot of Mt Bugak and on the city of Seoul’s doorstep. Stands one South Korea’s most iconic landmarks that is steeped with centuries of history, Gyeongbokgung Palace.
Where is it
Gyeongbokgung is the northern part of Seoul in the Jongno region. The area is not just about the palace however with plenty of shopping and restaurants to keep you busy.
How yo get there
The best way to get to the palace is by train. Get off at Gyeongbokgung station on subway line 3 or at Gwanghwamun station on subway line 5. Either station is fine depending on which line you come. From there it is only a matter of a few minutes walk from both subway stations.
What to do
Get ready to burn a few calories as Gyeongbokgung Palace is one of the peaceful and spiritual walks you will ever have. Nestled in centuries of South Korean tradition with some of the finest buildings or amongst the beautiful landscaped gardens with a stunning mountain backdrop. You will be right at home as you admire the tranquillity that Gyeongbokgung has to offer.
Once your feet get tired from all the walking you have endured. Stop into the café for a coffee or a small bite to eat. It is located by the the magnificent Gyeonghoeru, which was originally used as a Royal Banquet Hall. You could also enjoy a music performance of traditional music in traditional Korean hanbok dress.
History of the Palace
It was built in the year 1395 and named Gyeongbokgung, which in translation means, the Palace greatly blessed by heaven. After the capital Seoul was raided by the Japanese in 1592 the palace remained derelict for 270 years. with another built and used in that time in the Seoul area Changdeokgung.
It was reconstructed again in 1867 with vast changes. Unfortunately it would not last long as majority of the Palace was torn down during the Japanese occupation in the early 1900’s. In that time Gyeongbokgung has been attempted to be restored to original format since 1990 and is still on going to this day.
So do yourself favour and head to this mighty Palace when in Seoul and stand amongst a great part of Korea history.