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  • Nine Tree Premier Hotel Insadong

    Nine Tree Premier Hotel Insadong

    4-star

    Anguk-dong0.8 kilometer to Gyeongbok Palace

    Guest rating9.2.Superb744 Hotels.com guest reviews
    Nine Tree Premier Hotel Insadong
  • Shilla Stay Gwanghwamun

    Shilla Stay Gwanghwamun

    4-star

    Insadong0.8 kilometer to Gyeongbok Palace

    Guest rating8.4.Very good1,324 Hotels.com guest reviews
    Shilla Stay Gwanghwamun
  • Somerset Palace Seoul

    Somerset Palace Seoul

    4-star

    Anguk-dong0.5 kilometer to Gyeongbok Palace

    Guest rating8.8.Fabulous424 Hotels.com guest reviews
    Somerset Palace Seoul
  • Samcheongdong Korea Guest House

    Samcheongdong Korea Guest House

    2.5-star

    Gahoe-dong0.6 kilometer to Gyeongbok Palace

    Samcheongdong Korea Guest House
  • Mingyudang by Butlerlee

    Mingyudang by Butlerlee

    3.5-star

    Seochon0.7 kilometer to Gyeongbok Palace

    Mingyudang by Butlerlee
  • Soosong Guest House - Hostel

    Soosong Guest House - Hostel

    2.5-star

    Insadong0.7 kilometer to Gyeongbok Palace

    Guest rating9.0.Superb71 Hotels.com guest reviews
    Soosong Guest House - Hostel
  • Bonum 1957 Hanok and Boutique

    Bonum 1957 Hanok and Boutique

    2.5-star

    Gahoe-dong0.7 kilometer to Gyeongbok Palace

    Guest rating8.4.Very good56 Hotels.com guest reviews
    Bonum 1957 Hanok and Boutique
  • Seoul Story Hanok

    Seoul Story Hanok

    3-star

    Anguk-dong0.7 kilometer to Gyeongbok Palace

    Guest rating9.4.Exceptional3 Hotels.com guest reviews
    Seoul Story Hanok
  • Woo Guest house

    Woo Guest house

    3-star

    Anguk-dong0.2 kilometer to Gyeongbok Palace

    Guest rating6.6.Good9 Hotels.com guest reviews
    Woo Guest house
  • Hide & Seek Guesthouse

    Hide & Seek Guesthouse

    2.5-star

    Sajik-dong0.4 kilometer to Gyeongbok Palace

    Guest rating10.0.Exceptional1 Hotels.com guest review
    Hide & Seek Guesthouse
  • Gongsimga Hanok Guesthouse

    Gongsimga Hanok Guesthouse

    2-star

    Anguk-dong0.4 kilometer to Gyeongbok Palace

    Guest rating9.4.Exceptional27 Hotels.com guest reviews
    Gongsimga Hanok Guesthouse
  • Xiwoo Hanok Guesthouse

    Xiwoo Hanok Guesthouse

    2.5-star

    Cheongunhyoja-dong0.8 kilometer to Gyeongbok Palace

    Guest rating7.4.Good6 Hotels.com guest reviews
    Xiwoo Hanok Guesthouse
  • Olive Hotel

    Olive Hotel

    2.5-star

    Insadong0.7 kilometer to Gyeongbok Palace

    Guest rating5.6.Fair4 Hotels.com guest reviews
    Olive Hotel
  • So Hyeon Dang Hanok Guesthouse

    So Hyeon Dang Hanok Guesthouse

    2.5-star

    Anguk-dong0.4 kilometer to Gyeongbok Palace

    Guest rating8.8.Fabulous13 Hotels.com guest reviews
    So Hyeon Dang Hanok Guesthouse
  • Hanok Residence Hotel Side

    Hanok Residence Hotel Side

    2.5-star

    Seochon0.7 kilometer to Gyeongbok Palace

    Guest rating8.0.Very good3 Hotels.com guest reviews
    Hanok Residence Hotel Side
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Gyeongbok Palace Hotels

Presiding over Seoul’s Five Grand Palaces is the majestic Gyeongbokgung Palace, occupying a vast oasis of gardens and forest in the centre of built-up Jongno. Visiting all 5 palaces makes for an impressive tour, and they’re helpfully located in a circle around the historic core of this now ambitiously forward-thinking city. But with the treasures to feast your eyes upon at each palace, plus numerous shrines, ornamental gardens, and museums to explore, it might take you at least a week.

Things to see

If you only have time to see one of Seoul’s Grand Palaces, then Gyeongbokgung Palace is the one to go for. Passing through a series of elaborate gates, topped with tiered roofs, you reach Guenjeongjeon Hall, a regal, oriental palace adorned with elaborate carvings and brilliant colours. Inside, the Throne Room gives a sense of the ancient pomp and ceremony which took place here, and further into the complex, you can glimpse into the royal living quarters.

For nature lovers, the neighbouring Changdeokgung Palace is a real treat, with the most beautiful gardens of any of the palaces. Floral perfumes hang in the air, and there’s a sense of serenity that’s rare in Seoul. After all that tradition and history, how about a modern Seoul experience? Ssamji-gil is one of the quirkiest developments in this part of the city – part boutique shopping mall, part craft market, part modern art gallery.

Hotels in Gyeongbok Palace

While the Grand Palaces may be uninhabited, you can still enjoy a regal stay in one of the luxury hotels near Gyeongbokgung. A contemporary take on the palatial theme, lavish suites with panoramic views are just part of the experience here – you can also enjoy spa pampering, fine dining and signature cocktails, as well as indulgent extras like valet parking or limousine transport around town. For a traditional stay, opt for one of the cheap Gyeongbokgung Palace hotels such as Woo Guest house. Many are rustic guesthouses offering futon beds and Korean décor, though free WiFi and air conditioning bring them into the modern era.

Where to stay

The guesthouses around Gyeonbokgung Palace, especially on the west side of the palace site, are the best for budgets, and if you’re looking for an authentic Korean experience. You’ll be within walking distance of the palace, and within easy reach of other central Seoul sights. For luxury Gyeonbokgung Palace hotels, Myeongdong district just to the south of the palace has the best of the bunch, and is a trendy, modern district, bursting with skyscrapers, innovative restaurants, and sleek shopping malls. It offers the best of both worlds – historic and futuristic – and it’s also possible to bag a cheap hotel here.

How to get to Gyeongbok Palace

Gyeongbokgung Palace and the surrounding neighbourhoods are well connected by metro. The closest stations to the palace are Anguk on line 3 and Gwangwhamun on line 5. However, if you’re coming from Incheon International Airport or otherwise connecting through Seoul Station, it can be quickest to take line 1 to the City Hall and walk from there, or hop in a taxi. There’s a bus from the airport to Gyeongbokgung Palace, which takes about 2 hours. By comparison, the airport train to Seoul Station takes about 40 minutes, and Myeongdong is just a few minutes on the metro from there.

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