The Five Grand Palaces of Joseon Dynasty
Stroll through royal palaces and see the beauty of Joseon-era architecture and unique contrast between the centuries-old landscape and modern skyscrapers outside the walls.

Gyeongbokgung Palace

Built in 1395, this was the first and the largest palace of the Joseon Dynasty.

Changdeokgung Palace

The principal palace for many kings of the Joseon Dynasty, the most well-preserved of the remaining royal Joseon palaces.

Deoksugung Palace

Mainly built in the 20th century, it is the smallest yet most well-preserved of Seoul’s palaces, and it shows a pleasing combination of traditional Korean and modernistic architectures.

Changgyeonggung Palace

The Residence for the Queen, this palace later became a park with a zoo and a botanical garden during Japanese colonial rule.

Gyeonghuigung Palace


Situated on the west side of Seoul, this secondary palace was where the king moved to in times of emergency.

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