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“Small palace”
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History and Culture of Seoul Walking Tour
Ranked #29 of 751 things to do in Seoul
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Owner description: This mid-15th-century palace houses the Royal Museum.
Chennai (Madras), India
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“Small palace”
Reviewed 13 April 2014

Small in size compared to the big and famous gyeongbokgung palace. Situated right next to the city hall metro station. Very convenient to reach. Had the modern art exhibition when I visited. But the guard changing ceremony is not to be missed. In fact can be better appreciated here, as crowd is less. If you reach early, can take photographs with the royal guards. Very friendly. But the palace complex itself is small in size and some parts are under renovation, hence closed.
But can spend few hours here.

Visited March 2014
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“Historical Place in city center”
Reviewed 12 April 2014 via mobile

Must visit place. To get a feel for culture. Just oposite to City Hall. Entry 1000won. If you lucky you will see parade too.

Visited April 2014
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“History and culture in the middle of the city ”
Reviewed 10 April 2014 via mobile

Would highly recommend the changing of the guard ceremony in front of the entrance, particularly if you have kids! Guards and soldiers are dressed in full traditional costumes and regalia with traditional music playing the background.

In the middle of the ceremony, the audience is invited to take pictures with the soldiers.

I saw tourists in traditional costumes - I think there is a tent near the front providing costumes to add to the experience.

The palace grounds are well presented (we had the extra bonus if cherry blossoms) with the palace buildings here and there along the grounds. We found an hour was sufficient to walk around.

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Los Angeles, California
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“Right next to the subway station”
Reviewed 3 March 2014

Situated in the center of the city, right at the subway exit. Not a very big one, which makes it a good choice when you don't have much time but still want to do some sightseeing. Entrance is only $1 but there's additional charge for entering the museum located inside. Pretty crowded among netizens during lunch time. Make sure to check the schedule of changing guards ceremony outside the main gate.

Visited February 2014
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Hong Kong, China
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“U can be part of the changing guard ceremony”
Reviewed 24 February 2014

While changing guard ceremony is a must see (and free) at the palace gate, you can be part of it by registering at the tent in front of the gate. There are also many clothes to lent to visitors to have a taste of traditional costumes, men women kids. Looks like we are travelled back in time, contrasted with the surrounding skyscrappers. I was invited to be in full dress and hit the drum as part of the ceremony. A white guy looked at me, in full guard costume, with envy (or not). If you found it too cold to stand in the wind, there is a cafe in wall glass and chairs facing the gate.

Visited February 2014
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