(gung/kung is Korean for 'castle' or 'palace') is perhaps Korea's
most-visited tourist attraction. Located in and around the complex
are the numerous buildings
that made up the royal palace, The
National Folk Museum (in a very cool looking building), and fronting
the whole area is the massive and impressive Kwanghwa Gate.
The palace was the home of the royal family for 600 years - making
it a target
for the various Japanese invasions that helped reduce what was once
a 500-building complex into the, still impressive, complex you
- March-October: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
November-February: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Subway: Orange line (line 3) Kyungbokkung
Station, five minute walk
line (line 5) Kwanghwamun Station, 10 minute walk
Bus: Approximately 5-10 minute walk from any of the stops
near Kwanghwa Gate
Taxi: tell the driver to take you to 'Kwanghwa-mun' or 'Kyungbok-kung'
the easiest place to find in town. Get out of the taxi, off
the bus or out of the subway and look for the giant Kwanghwa
gate. Go through the gate and you're there. Can't find
home, crawl into bed and wait for the buzz to wear off.