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Where to stay near Gyeongbok Palace

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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