Night Palace Opening at Gyeongbokgung
For four times a year, 120 days in total, palaces such as Gyeongbokgung and Changgyeonggung are open to the public from 17:00 to 21:00. During the night opening, the palaces and the various gates and pavilions will be lit up, showcasing their beauty in a different way.
The number of tickets sold per day is limited to 2,500, and each guest is only allowed to purchase 2 tickets maximum. The tickets cost 3,000KRW each for Gyeongbokgung and 1,000KRW each for Changgyeonggung and Deoksugung. Guests can book the tickets from www.royalpalace.go.kr for tickets to the Gyeongbokgung night opening. Foreigners who purchase the tickets on-site need only to pay 500KRW each for the tickets, provided that there are available tickets.
Visitors who wear a hanbok, or traditional Korean costume gets to go in for free! There are many hanbok rental shops in Seoul, and we have guides on how you can rent an affordable hanbok over at http://www.voucherkorea.com/archives/14964 (Hanbok Experience).
- Exchanging for the tickets with the reservation slip
- See how beautiful the palaces light up at night.
- Plenty of photographers discovered.
- Plenty of picture taking.
- Another picture taking.
- The interior of the palace is also lit up during the special night opening.
- Surreal, isnt it?
- Perfect for the night time stroll.
- Simply breathtaking.
As you walk along the paths of the palace compounds, you will slowly begin to appreciate the serenity of the area and understand why this place was chosen by the kings for their palace. The Bugaksan mountain is located to the north of the palace, and provides for a natural barrier against external invaders. The rest of the palace grounds were surrounded by the fortress walls, and of which certain parts still exist to this day.
- Gyeonghoeru Pavilion in all its glorious beauty at night.
- Bugaksan in the background.
- A couple checking out their shots.
- Hyangwonji Pond at night.
- Even the shop staff got in on the act, dressing in traditional Korean hanbok!
If you happen to be in Seoul during the night opening period, do not pass the chance to explore the palace compounds at night! It is a rare opportunity and Koreans usually snap up the tickets very quickly. The night opening is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy a tour of the palace grounds with your friends or loved ones in a completely different environment, and marvel at the beauty of traditional Korean architecture.
Address: Gyeongbokgung Palace, 161, Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Subway: Gyeongbokgung Station, Line 3
Opening Hours: 1900 ~ 2200 (Last admission at 2100, closed on Tuesdays)
Contact Number: +82 3700-3900 (English, Chinese, Japanese, Korean)
Address: Changgyeonggung Palace, 185 Changgyeonggung-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Subway: Anguk Station, Exit 3, Line 3
Opening Hours: 1900 ~ 2200 (Last admission at 2100, closed on Mondays)
Contact Number: +82-2-762-4868~9 (English, Chinese, Japanese, Korean)
Address: Deoksugung Palace, 99 Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul
Subway: City Hall Station, Exit 2, Line 1/2
Opening Hours: Open year round until 2100 (Last admission at 2000)
Admission Fee: 1,000KRW for foreigners
Contact Number: +82-2-771-9951 (English, Chinese, Japanese, Korean)
To book your tickets, visit www.royalpalace.go.kr and select the English language option. The reservation system will be up when the night opening period is open. For more info on more travel suggestions and special events in Seoul during the different seasons, kindly visit www.voucherkorea.com!