City Walking Tours

Traditional Culture Tour: Gyeongbokgung (Gyeongbok Palace) – Hyoja-dong
Visit the heart and center of the Joseon Dynasty, Gyeongbokgung!

The main palace of the Joseon Dynasty, where the glorious days of Joseon's political, economic and cultural affairs took place

This walking tour starts at Gyeongbokgung (Gyeongbok Palace), the first royal palace built by the Joseon Dynasty over 600 years ago, and along a charming traditional stone wall path to Cheongwadae (Blue House) Sarangchae, a historical memorial museum about the Korean presidential residence, where visitors can learn about the past, present and future visions of Seoul and Korea.


Walking Tour Details

Route:
1) Gyeongbokgung (Gyeongbok Palace): Gwanghwamun (Main and South Gate) -> Heungnyemun (Second Inner Gate) -> Geunjeongmun (Third Inner Gate) -> Geunjeongjeon (Imperial Throne Hall) -> Sajeongjeon (Executive Office) -> Gyeonghoeru (Royal Banquet Pavilion) -> Gangnyeongjeon (King's Quarters) -> Gyotaejeon (Queen's Quarters) -> Jagyeongjeon (Late Queen's Quarters) -> Hyangwonjeong (Hyangwonjeong Pavilion) -> 2) Street in front of Cheongwadae Sarangchae -> 3) Cheongwadae Sarangchae

Length of Tour: 2 hours

Meeting Place: In front of Gwanghwamun (main entrance of Gyeongbokgung)

※ Experience programs offered by museums are not included in the walking tour. Participation in experience programs must be done individually once the tour is over.



Major Tourist Attractions
Gyeongbokgung (Gyeongbok Palace)

Gyeongbokgung was the first royal palace built by the Joseon Dynasty, three years after the Joseon Dynasty was founded in 1395. It was built by King Taejo, the first king and the founder of the Joseon Dynasty at the heart of newly appointed capital of Seoul (then known as Hanyang) and represented the sovereignty of the Joseon Dynasty. The largest of the Five Grand Palaces (the others being Gyeonghuigung, Deoksugung, Changgyeonggung, Changdeokgung), Gyeongbokgung served as the main palace of the Joseon Dynasty. Gyeongbokgung is comprised of several palace buildings, most notably Geunjeongjeon, a majestic imperial throne hall designated as Korea's National Treasure No. 223; Gyeonghoeru, a magnificent royal banquet hall designated as Korea's National Treasure No. 224 and Hyangwonjeong, a beautiful lake-side pavilion.

Website:
http://www.royalpalace.go.kr
Cheongwadae (Blue House) Sarangchae

Originally the home of the public information hall of Cheongwadae (the Blue House, the Korean presidential residence) called "Hyojadong Sarangbang", it re-opened as a historical memorial museum about the Korean presidential residence, where visitors can learn about the past, present and future of Seoul and Korea. Cheongwadae Sarangchae is a place where visitors can see the footprints of past presidents and the evolution, democratization and industrialization of Seoul.

Closed:
Mondays
Website:
http://www.cwdsarangchae.kr


Map of Walking Tour Route


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