Annyeonghaseyo from Seoul!
I finally had the chance to visit Korea’s most famous palace, Gyeongbokgung. This former seat of power was built in the late 1300’s and is said to be the most beautiful and the largest of all the palaces.
How pretty is that detailed painting on the ceilings. The colors!
Entrance fee is 3,000 KRW, but the trick is, rent the hanbok (Korean traditional dress) and get free access to the palaces. Not only is it a great photo opportunity, it’s also a great experience to walk around the city wearing these princess-like dresses that will take you back in time. What a great way to immerse yourself in the Korean culture! How to get there:
From Incheon airport, you may take an Express train (8,000 KRW one way) to Seoul for 45 minutes. Very comfortable seats by the way, and there’s free wifi.
Get off at Seoul station and transfer to Line 1, then get off at Jongno. From there, take Line 3 and end your trip at Gyeongbokgung station, which is right at the palace.
Another option is, from Seoul Station, you get off at Jongak station but be ready to walk for 20 minutes to the palace.
Each train ride costs around 1800-2000 KRW each way.
Hanbok rental for 2 hours: from 10,000-20,000 Korean Won (depending on the design of the dress and includes hair styling and accessories). You may also rent the hanbok for 4 hours or even the whole day. There are plenty of rental shops just outside the palace, you can choose the best deal for you.
Some rental shops may ask for original ID and deposit. Or if you’re a group, one person can leave the ID.
We rented our dresses from Best Hanbok. Why wear the hanbok?
- great photo opportunity
- feel like a princess (or a prince)
- immerse yourself in their culture
- free entrance to the palaces
These palaces are:
- Gyeongbokgung Palace
- Jongmyo Shrine
- Changgyeonggung Palace
- Changdeokgung Palace
- Unhyeonggung Palace
- Deoksugung Palace
- Gyeonghuigung Palace
Pretty great deal, if you ask me. Don’t miss the changing of the guards which happens twice daily, on 10am and 2pm except Tuesdays. The Palace is open Wednesdays to Mondays, 9am-6pm.
I highly recommend visiting this historic and stunning palace, and putting on the traditional dress. It will surely make you fall in love with South Korea even more.