The National Palace Museum of Korea opened in 1992 displaying relics from the Joseon Dynasty [1392~1910]. Over 20,000 royal relics from Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace, Changgyeonggung Palace and Jongmyo Shrine are on display.

1. Royal Symbols and Records

The Joseon Dynasty attained Confucian ideals, and therefore, the king and his queen were worshipped as parents of all citizens. To elevate their authority, the Joseon royal households crafted various royal symbols.

2. Ancestral Rites

The royal ancestral rite was held at a royal shrine encompassing the ancestral tablets of the late kings and queens of the Joseon Dynasty. This was not merely a royal ancestral worshipping ceremony, but also a festival with music and dance, in the hope for the nation's eternal prosperity.

3. Palace Architecture

The palace was the living quarters of the king and his family as well as the center of administration where the king ruled the nation. The center of the palace in the Joseon Dynasty, according to traditional Oriental architectural planning, was featured at Jeongjeon. The main hall was the center of state events and political discussions, and the Pyeonjeon, the government office.

4. Joseon Sciences
The Joseon Dynasty strove to establish the legitimacy of its foundation to enrich the nation's economy. To attain these ideals, the dynasty unprecedentedly promoted such areas as the sciences and medicine while developing various weapons for national defence.

5. Royal Life
The king and queen were symbolic figures of the Joseon Dynasty, but they were also ordinary people who lived private lives within the palace. The palace was divided into various sections of living space such as the king's office, the queen's quarters, and the prince's study room. Each section contained appropriate pieces of furniture, which were made of the finest quality materials according to well-established criteria for the royal family.



12, Hyoja-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul[Google Map]



Homepage: (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)



How To Use


Admission / Participation Fees: 



Parking Fee: 

(S) 2,000
won / (L) 4,000 won for first 2 hours
 * 500 won for each additional
15 minutes


Structure Size: 

Building floor area: 18,284㎡ (B1-2F)





Gyeongbokgung Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 5. Walk for about 5 min.
Gwanghwamun Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 1.Walk for about 10 min.
Take Bus No. 1020, 1711, 7016, 7018, 7022 or 7212 and get off at Gyeongbokgung Palace Bus Stop.



Additional Info


Program Information: 

Top court lady royal kitchen experience


Foreign Language Intepretation Services: 

English 11:00, 14:30
Japanese: 10:30, 14:00
Chinese: 10:00, 15:00

* Foreign language guided tour service is limited to 2-25 people.
* Audio device available for rent at information desk on 2F for 1,000 won.
* This schedule is subject to change.



Advanced reservation required for groups of 30 students or more.
Inquiries: +82-2-3701-7500


zipcode: 03045

infocenterculture: • 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330
(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
For more info: +82-2-3701-7500

parkingculture: Use Gyeongbokgung Palace parking lot. (Inquiry: +82-2-738-7474)

restdateculture: January 1st, Day of Seollal (Lunar New Year) & Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving)

usetimeculture: 10:00-18:00
Wednesday & Saturday 10:00-21:00
* Last admission is 1 hour before closing.

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