Gyeongbokgung Palace, located in the background of Bukaksan Mountain, is the main royal palace of the Joseon Dynasty, the last dynastic kingdom of Korea. It was founded by the first King of Joseon Taejo in 1395, around Gwanghwamun Gate, which embraced the Yookcho Street, which is now Sejong-ro.
The arrangement of the buildings is in the harmony of the unity and variety. The main gates and halls, including Gwanghwamun gate and Geunjeongjeon are arranged symmetrically from the center of the palace, and the subsidiary buildings are dispersed all over the palace. The name Gyeongbokgung signifies the blessings and prosperity of the new dynasty. Jeong Do-jeon, one of the founding contributors of the Joseon Dynasty, named the palace and the main halls upon the order of Taejo of Joseon.
Gyeongbokgung Palace, which was burnt down during the Japanese invasion of Korea in 1592, was rebuilt in 1867 during the reign of Gojong of Korea. His father Grand Internal Prince Heungseon led the reconstruction and rebuilt about 500 establishments, but most of them were demolished during the Japanese colonial period. Since then, only a few main buildings have remained.
In the restoration work that started in 1990, the former building of the Japanese Government General of Korea that hid Gyeongbokgung Palace was demolished, allows to see Gyeongbokgung Palace at a glance from Gwanghwamun Square. It is currently restored about 28%, and planned to restore up to 41% by 2045.
Besides Geunjeongjeon, Gyeonghoiroo, the main banquet hall on a lake, and Hyangwonjeong, two-story pavilion are popular photo spots for tourists. There are several traditional costume Hanbok rental shops nearby and, so many visitors enjoy taking a walk in the palace in Hanbok.
*The admission is free for visitors in Hanbok.
The entryway is wide with no steps, but is gently inclined. The main entrance is broad with no steps, but the slope is steep, so caution is needed for wheelchair and stroller users. There are ramps throughout the palace, however, it may be inconvenient for wheelchair users as there are unpaved roads and rough stone floors. There are single-user accessible restrooms at Hongbokjeon.
There are a diaper changing station, a microwave, and a sink in the nursing room near the information center. The wheelchairs and strollers rental is available.
Korean braille information maps are available at the information center near the ticket office, and Korean sign language commentary videos are provided through the QR code.
There are nine accessible parking lots in the outdoor parking close to the entrance.