Tips for a family itinerary from Seoul most beautiful Palace to the shopping and dining district of Samcheong-dong & Bukchon
Gyeongbokgung Palace or Gyeongbok Palace is one of those must-see places when visiting Seoul. First built in 1394 and reconstructed in 1867, it was the main and largest palace of the Five Grand Palaces built by the Joseon Dynasty.
The first key attraction for your visit will surely be the changing of the guard. The procession comes in and out according to a precise protocol. The costumes are rich and colorful. The parade is grandiose for all ages! The ceremony is held in front of the main gate every hour from 10:00 to 15:00.
Then you can just take a walk towards the middle of the pavilions. I’m sure your kids will have lots of fun going through the narrow gates, watching gracious paintings (numerous painted tigers, peacocks and other animals can be spotted), discovering beautiful inner yards and gardens and just trying to find your way around. Don’t forget to stop by the beautiful Gyeonghoeru Pavilion [west of the complex] built on the pond as well as the Hyangwonjeong Pavilion [north] – located also on an artificial islet in the middle of the pond.
Gyeongbokgung Palace houses also the National Folk Museum of Korea. Especially its very interesting Children’s Museum definitely worth visiting with kids. Two tours are offered providing glimpse on the traditions of Korea in a very interactive and playful fashion. Don’t forget to check the funny and very original outside playground;-)
After the Palace if you still have enough energy, I suggest taking a walk in the beautiful neighborhood of Samcheong-dong typical with numerous small art galleries, shops, and restaurants and of course famous for its Bukchon Hanok (Korean traditional houses) Village.
Opening hours Gyeongbukgung:
March – October 9:00-18:00
November – February 9:00-17:00
Adults 3,000 won
Children (7-18 years) 1,500 won
How to get there:
Use exit #5 of Gyeongbokgung Station (Subway Line #3)
For more information about the Royal Palace go to Gyeongbokgung