The Five Royal Palaces in Seoul

Royal Palaces Open for Special Evening Admission

The major palaces are now open for springtime evening admissions. Visitors will be guided to explore the evening beauty of Gyeongbokgung PalaceChangdeokgung Palace, and Deoksugung Palace in Seoul as well as the Temporary Palace at Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon. The palaces offer evening admissions and programs every year and they are some of the most awaited events that the tickets become sold out almost immediately. Not only do visitors get to tour the palace grounds under the moonlight, but they can also get access to premises that usually remain closed. Each palace differs in admission hours, ticket availability, and programs, so visitors are advised to check in advance before visiting.

Gyeongbokgung Palace Evening Admission

Event period: April 5 – May 31, 2023
* Except Mondays, Tuesdays, and April 26 – May 2
Operating hours: 19:00-21:30 (Last admission 20:30)
Admission: 3,000 won (ages 7-64)
* Foreigners can purchase tickets at the ticket booth on-site only (limited to 200 visitors daily)
* Limited to two tickets per person
* Must present a valid ID, such as a passport
* Children age 6 & younger accompanied by an adult who holds an admission ticket and visitors wearing hanbok are eligible for free admission
Website: (Korean, English)
Inquiries: +82-2-3700-3900, 3901

Changdeokgung Palace Moonlight Tour

Event period: April 13-June 6, 2023
* Except Monday-Wednesday, April 29-30, and May 11-12
Operating hours: 1st Session 19:20, 19:25, 19: 30 / 2nd Session 20:00, 20:05, 20:10
* Admission time will be designated based on reservation number after an ID check
* Each team will enter in 5-minute intervals
Admission: 30,000 (ages 8 & older)
* Children must be accompanied by an adult
* Tickets sold online only
* Limited to two tickets per person
Website: (Korean, English)
Inquiries: +82-1522-2295

Deoksugung Palace and Seokjojeon Pavilion at Night

Event period: April 11 – May 11, 2023
* Except Mondays and May 5-7
Operating hours: 1st Session 18:20 / 2nd Session 18:50 / 3rd Session 19:25
* 3 times a day
Admission: 26,000 won
* Tickets sold online only
* Limited to two tickets per person
Website: (Korean, English)

Hwaseong Temporary Palace Moonlight Tour

Event period: May 3 – October 29, 2023
* Except Monday-Tuesday
*Check the operating schedule in advance
Operating hours: 18:00-21:30 (Last admission 21:00)
Admission: Adults 1,500 won / Teenagers 1,000 won / Children 700 won
* Tickets sold on-site only
* Free admission for visitors in hanbok
Website: (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Inquiries: +82-31-290-3612

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