Light spills into the courtyard of Gyeongbokgung Palace, and despite the shadows of boggling tourists,you are reminded of the grandeur of the place. Known as the 'Northern Palace', Gyeongbokgung is the largest and most well known of the five palaces. Although you run the risk of lacking originality with a visit to such a common destination, one mustn't forget that the 1395 edifice is also one of the most representative of the Joseon Dynasty. Especially on a clear blue day, looking at the sky reflected around Gyeonghoeru Pavilion, you can be reminded of why certain popular destinations remain as such.
If you’re in Seoul, a visit to the royal palaces is a must. In the middle of the skyscraper jungle, traditional roof tiles with wooden pillars stand gracefully, reminding all of us of Korea’s long history. While you wander on the same grounds the royal family stepped on hundreds of years ago, why not wear the type of clothing they did? You can rent a hanbok at numerous shops around Seoul and rental fees for four hours are 13,000 to 15,000 won. While that may seem like a hefty sum, those wearing a hanbok are granted free entrance to the four major palaces in Seoul, which are Gyeongbokgung, Changdeokgung, Deoksugung and Changgyeonggung. Plus, the colorful clothes will make for unforgettable pictures. For more information, go to: visitseoul.net