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Experience Royal Palace Life

【 Photo: Royal Guard Changing Ceremony at Gyeongbokgung Palace 】【 Photo: Hanbok, traditional Korean clothes 】

Royal palaces like Gyeongbokgung PalaceGyeonghuigung Palace and Changgyeonggung Palace are some of the many must-see tourist attractions in Seoul. As well as exploring the palace grounds, visitors can enjoy several experience programs that enable one to truly take in the culture of these royal places.

One of the major events held at Gyeongbokgung Palace and Deoksugung Palace is the reenactment of the historical Royal Guard Changing Ceremony. For a more personal experience, visitors can try wearing hanbok (traditional Korean clothes) for free at Deoksugung Palace as well as at Unhyeongung Royal Residence, a famous filming site from the drama “Guardian: The Lonely and Great God (2016).”

Special events such as Moonlight Tour at Changdeokgung Palace, special exhibition at Gyeonghoeru Pavilion, night admission, and more are also available on a seasonal basis. Please double check the information prior to your visit to avoid any unexpected inconveniences.

Permanent Experience Programs at Royal Palaces

* Operating hours and fees are subject to change. Please check in advance.

* Hanbok experience programs are available on a first-come, first-served basis on-site.

* Traditional culture programs at each palace are subject to change based on the season. Please check in advance.

1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Vietnamese, Thai, Malay)

Gyeongbokgung Palace LINK

Location: Sumunjangcheong (Gate Guard Headquarters) at Gyeongbokgung Palace

Program: Gyeongbokgung Palace Royal Guard Changing Ceremony

Operating hours: Twice a day at 10:00, 14:00 / Closed Tuesdays

Fee: Free

Website: (Korean, English)

Deoksugung Palace LINK

Location: Daehanmun Gate at Deoksugung Palace

Program: Deoksugung Palace Royal Guard Changing Ceremony and free hanbok experience

Operating hours: Three times a day at 11:00, 14:00, 15:30 / Closed Mondays, and during adverse weather (i.e. raining, snowing, extremely cold or hot weather condition)

Fee: Free

Website: (Korean, English)

* Visitors wearing experience program hanbok are not allowed to enter the palace; free hanbok experience program participants must stay within the courtyard by Daehanmun Gate.

Unhyeongung Royal Residence LINK

Location: Planned Exhibition Room within Unhyeongung Royal Residence

Program: Free hanbok experience

Operating hours: April-October 10:00-18:00, November-March 10:00-17:00 (Closed during lunch hours 12:00-13:00) / Closed Mondays (Open under normal operating hours if a public holiday falls on a Monday)

Fee: 3,300 won

Website: (Korean, English)

This page was last updated on June 19, 2019, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here.