The Five Royal Palaces in Seoul

The five palaces of Seoul are royal palaces of the Joseon Dynasty and symbols of Korea’s culture and history.
Each palace has its unique charms.

The five palaces of Seoul are royal palaces of the Joseon Dynasty and symbols of Korea’s culture and history. Each palace has its unique charms: Gyeongbokgung Palace, the royal residence; Changdeokgung Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site inscribed in 1997 with remarkable beauty; Deoksugung Palace, a combination of Korean aesthetics and Western architecture; Changgyeonggung Palace, now restored from the damages caused by Japanese Occupation; and Gyeonghuigung Palace, humble and simple.

  • Gyeongbokgung Palace : 161, Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul / +82-2-3700-3900
  • Changdeokgung Palace : 99, Yulgok-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul / +82-2-3668-2300
  • Deoksugung Palace : 99, Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul / +82-2-771-9955
  • Changgyeonggung Palace : 185, Changgyeonggung-ro, Jongno-gu, S eoul / +82-2-762-4868
  • Gyeonghuigung Palace : 45, Saemunan-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul / +82-2-724-0274

Built in 1395, Gyeongbokgung Palace is also commonly referred to as the Northern Palace because its location is furthest north when compared to the neighboring palaces of Changdeokgung (Eastern Palace) and Gyeonghuigung (Western Palace) Palace. Gyeongbokgung Palace is arguably the most beautiful, and remains the largest of all five palaces. The premises were once destroyed by fire during the Imjin War (1592-1598).

  • Address: 161, Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
  • Phone Number: +82-2-3700-3900
  • Operating Hours: 09:00-17:00 (18:00 / 18:30)
  • Closed: Tuesdays
  • Admission Fees: 3,000 won / Groups: 2,400 won

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  • Address: 99, Yulgok-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
  • Phone Number: +82-2-3668-2300
  • Operating Hours: Feb-May, Sep-Oct 09:00-18:00 / Jun-Aug 09:00-18:30 / Nov-Jan 09:00-17:30
  • Closed: Mondays
  • Admission Fees: 3,000 won / Groups: 2,400 won

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  • Address: 99, Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul
  • Phone Number: +82-2-771-9951
  • Operating Hours: 09:00-21:00
  • Closed: Mondays
  • Admission Fees: 1,000 won / Groups: 800 won

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  • Address: 185, Changgyeonggung-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
  • Phone Number: +82-2-762-4868
  • Operating Hours: 09:00-21:00
  • Closed: Mondays
  • Admission Fees: 1,000 won / Groups: 800 won

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  • Address: 55, Saemunan-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
  • Phone Number: +82-2-724-0274
  • Operating Hours: 09:00-18:00
  • Closed: Mondays & January 1
  • Admission Fees: Free