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Gyeongbokgung (경복궁)
Completed in 1395, Gyeongbokgung (which means 'Palace greatly blessed by heaven') is situated in the heart of Seoul surrounded by government buildings. It is the largest of the Five Grand Palaces and served as the main palace of the Joseon dynasty. Restoration works have been ongoing since the 90s to repair damage done to the buildings during the Japanese occupation. The palace has over 7,700 rooms (!) but don't worry - you don't need to visit all of them. The best bits to visit include the Gyeonghoe-ru Pavilion and Hyangwonjeong Pond. If you have time, it's also definitely worth stopping by to visit The National Palace Museum of Korea (located south of Heungnyemun Gate) and the National Folk Museum (located east within Hyangwonjeong). Don't forget - the reenactment of the Changing of the Royal Guard ritual takes place at 10am and 3pm each day so bring your camera! Admission starts from: Adults (ages 19-64): 3,000 won / Group (over 10): 2,400 won Children (ages 7-18): 1,500 won / Group (over 10): 1,200 won *There is an integrated ticket available for 10,000won which includes entry to all five palaces. Location: 22, Sajik-ro 9-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul 서울특별시 종로구 사직로9길 22 Directions: Travel by underground to Gwanghwamun Station. From Exit 2 and walk straight for approx. 10 minutes. Cross the main road and you should arrive at the main entrance gate to Gyeongbokgung. (See images for map) Website: http://www.royalpalace.go.kr Operating Hours: January-February, November-December: 09:00-17:00 March-May, September-October: 09:00-18:00 June-Auguest: 09:00-18:30 * Last admission: 1 hr before closing. * Closed on Tuesdays For more information: +82-2-3700-3904~5 +82-2-738-9171 (For multilingual support, please contact the 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)) .
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