A must include destination on your travel to South Korea is to visit their 5 famous Palaces :
- Gyeongbokgung Palace
- Changdeokgung Palace (UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE)
- Deoksugung Palace
- Changgyeonggung Palace
- Gyeonghui Palace
The entrance fee ranges from 1000 Won to 3000 Won ( ₱41.00- ₱120.00) Budget friendly indeed! However you can scratch it off from your expenses and allocate it instead to buying food or subway tickets by scheduling your visit on KOREA CULTURE DAY.
Remember the day : LAST WEDNESDAY OF EVERY MONTH- Is Korea Culture Day.
Starting Jan 2014, the day is set to promote Culture and Art to all. (Koreans and including Foreigners). Not only Palaces are free to enter, but also Museums. Other National Facilities also offer special Discounts. Sulit!
You may visit this link for the complete list of participating organization on culture day.
Last Autumn (Oct 2016) we went to Gyeongbokgung/Changdeokgung here are some pictures.
Gyeongbokgung Palace (161, Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul )
Built in 1935. The largest and most beautiful among all 5 palaces in Korea. Inside the Palace is the National Folk Museum and National Palace Museum Korea.
Monday – Friday 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM ( Closed every Tuesday)
How to Go:
Train: (Seoul Subway Line 3) Gyeongbokgung Station Exit 5 or Anguk Station Exit 1.
Bus: Bus No. 109, 171, 172, 601, 606, 1020, 7025 then alight Gyeongbokgung Bus Stop.
Changdeokgung Palace (99, Yulgok-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul)
Built in 1405, Changdeok is the second palace built after Gyeonbokgung. A must visit in this place is the Huwon Secret Garden which is declared as as UNESCO World Heritage Site. ( Note that Entrance to the garden is not free during Korea Culture Day)
Monday – Friday 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM ( Closed every Monday)
How to Go:
Train: (Seoul Subway Line 3) Anguk Station , Exit 3. You need to walk 5- 10 minutes towards the Palace entrance.
Bus: Bus No. 100, 102, 104, 106, 107, 108, 140, 143, 150, 151, 160, 162, 301, 710 then alight Changdeok Bus Stop.
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