Gyeongbokgung Palace: Your Ultimate 2024 Guide

In 2024, Gyeongbokgung Palace, a significant symbol of Seoul and the Joseon Dynasty, invites you to explore its rich history and captivating beauty. 


South Korea has decided to enhance the experience at three Joseon-era palaces in Seoul, including Gyeongbokgung Palace, by adding more activities.

Here's a guide to make the most of your visit:

Travel Back in Time

Take a historical journey through Gyeongbokgung, the main palace of the Joseon kings, their families, and officials. Marvel at the grand architecture, each building telling stories of the past.

Entrance fees for Gyeongbokgung Palace are as follows: Adults aged 19-64 will be charged 3,000 won, while children aged 7-18 will have to pay 1,500 won for admission. However, adults aged 65 and above, as well as children under 7, can enter the palace for free.

Embrace Tradition in Hanbok

Immerse yourself in Korean culture by renting a hanbok, the traditional attire. It not only adds charm to your visit but also grants free entry to the palace.

Witness the Changing of the Guard

Experience the Changing of the Guard Ceremony, where Royal Guards, dressed in vibrant attire, perform this ancient tradition, offering a glimpse into the palace's history.

Unveil the Palace At Night (Limited Time)

Keep an eye out for special night tours offered biannually. Explore the palace under moonlight for a unique perspective on its grandeur. Remember, these tours are popular and sell out quickly.

Indulge at Saenggwabang

Taste history at Saenggwabang, Gyeongbokgung Palace's royal kitchen opening this year. Sample traditional Korean treats enjoyed by royalty, including sweet rice cakes and herbal teas, a perfect way to conclude your palace tour.

Reservations are required for the 70-minute tasting sessions, offered four times a day with limited spots from April 17th to June 24th. Booking starts online on April 3rd at 2 pm, with another opportunity on April 30th.


Gyeongbokgung Palace isn't just beautiful architecture and rich history anymore! This year, they've opened Saenggwabang, the royal kitchen. Now you can experience Korean history through your taste buds too!

In addition to learning about the past, walking the stunning grounds, and even wearing traditional clothes (which gets you free entry!), you can now savor delicious Korean treats enjoyed by royalty themselves.

It's a full experience for all your senses – sight, sound, touch, and now, taste!

Here are simple directions to Gyeongbokgung Palace:

If you're coming from Gyeongbokgung Station (line 3, exit 5), it's only a 3-minute walk to reach the palace.

If you're arriving at Gwanghwamun Station (line 5, exit 2), it will take you about 7 minutes to walk to the palace.

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