Gyeongbokgung Evening Tours 2019: Here’s When You Can Visit

Gyeongbokgung Evening Tours 2019: Here’s When You Can Visit

Night admission to Gyeongbokgung is available from April-October of 2019. Those who are looking to visit may rent their hanbok here.

For a memorable tour, make sure to rent a   hanbok   or Korean traditional wear!

For a memorable tour, make sure to rent a hanbok or Korean traditional wear!

The Rundown

  • Want to see Gyeongbokgung in the evening? Admission is available on the third and fourth week of each month from April to October 2019.

  • Aside from seeing Gyeongbok Palace dazzle at night, dance performances and musical concerts are also in store for visitors.

  • Complete your tour to this famous palace in Korea by wearing a hanbok. Rental is pretty cheap, and you can check out the rates here.

  • Only 500 visitors can be accommodated per night, and evening admission tickets to Gyeongbokgung will be sold on a first-come first-served basis.

  • If you’re looking to watch the famous guard-changing ceremony at Gyeongbok Palace during the day, you may also book this interesting tour.

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Visit Gyeongbokgung (경복궁) at Night

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The Korea Tourism Organization has announced that special evening admission for Gyeongbokgung or Gyeongbok Palace will be available this year beginning April 26, 2019. Visitors will be able to tour and take photos of this famous palace in Korea as well as traditional performances that will surely delight. Entrance fee is waived for those who wish to participate on the opening night (April 26th), and regular night admission to the palace will be available every third and fourth week of the months of April to October 2019. No evening tours will be offered on the month of August. Additionally, Gyeongbokgung night tours will be limited to 500 visitors per day only, and tickets will also be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

Those who are looking to add the evening admission for Gyeongbokgung into their Seoul itinerary may refer to the following schedule:

  • April 26–May 5: open from 7-9:30pm

  • May 19–June 1: open from 7-9:30pm

  • June 16– 29: open from 7:30-10pm

  • July 21–August 3: open from 7:30-10pm

  • September 12-15 (Chuseok holiday period): open from 7-9:30pm

  • September 22-October 5: open from 7-9:30pm

  • October 20–31: open from 7-9:30pm

Do note that Gyeongbokgung is closed on Tuesdays and that last admission to the palace will be one (1) hour before the allotted closing time.

Those who would like to experience more of the Korean royal culture may also check out the following events at Gyeongbokgung this 2019:

  • Royal Culture Festival - mini-events and activities available at the Four Royal Palaces and Jongmyo Shrine from 9am-10pm until May 5, 2019

  • Gyeonghoeru Pavilion Fantasy - dance performance that is available from April 28-May 5, 2019

  • Traditional Concerts - available from April 27-May 4, 2019


BOOK IT!

Geunjeongjeon Hall at Gyeongbokgung Palace. Image credit:  Korea Tourism Organization

Geunjeongjeon Hall at Gyeongbokgung Palace. Image credit: Korea Tourism Organization

Those who are interested to visit Gyeongbokgung at night may purchase their special evening admission ticket onsite for the price of ₩3,000 (around ₱140 or $2.6). Children under the age of six (6) years old may enter Gyeongbok palace for free.

  • ADDRESS: 161, Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 종로구 사직로 161)

The KTO also provided the following information about getting free entrance to Gyeongbok at night by wearing a hanbok:

For a chance to receive a free ticket to the evening admission, first follow the approved hanbok guideline (Korean only, for inquiries call +82-2-3700-3900) to the palace and sign up for a free ticket at the Auction or Interpark websites. Visitors who signed up can pick up their ticket at the box office. Reservations can be made at the Auction and Interpark websites starting 14:00 on April 12. Reservations for free admission wearing hanbok for May to October will be announced on the official Gyeongbokgung Palace website at a later date.

While it is not exactly clear if those who will wear a hanbok would get free admission to Gyeongbokgung, it’s highly-recommended that you rent one to complete your evening tour (and it’s quite cheap too!). Here are some details:

Screengrab from  Klook

Screengrab from Klook

  • Hanbok Rental Voucher

  • PRICE: starts at ₱365 or $7

  • Inclusive of one (1) set of traditional hanbok for 1.5 hours, inner skirt, hairstyling, and access to 'self studios'.

  • Some customers who availed this hanbok voucher said that they were able to visit Gyeongbokgung during the day for free! Check out their user reviews here.

TIPS

  • If you’d like a guided day tour of the palace, you may book this activity: Joseon Palaces & Folk History Day Tour

  • If you’re looking to visit Gyeongbok Palace during the day, know that admission is free every last Wednesday of each month (night admission not included).

  • Wearing a hanbok when visiting Gyeongbokgung is highly encouraged to preserve the solemnity of the palace.


Reference

For any questions, call +82-2-3700-3900 (English, Korean, Chinese, & Japanese available) or visit the website of Gyeongbokgung Palace.

You may also refer to the post published by the Korea Tourism Organization regarding the special evening admission to Gyeongbokgung here.

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