If you have seen one of the other palaces already in Seoul, you may wonder if Gyeongbokgung Palace worth a visit. The answer is... yes, it is.
While it may look too similar to some of the other ones, like Changdeokgung, with the main throne building, there are some differences. Like the pavilion in the lake, and the mountain in the background. Plus this one is more bigger and grander than the other ones, and has the Changing of the Guard ceremony throughout the day.
You can leave and re-enter the palace with your ticket stub. You will need it, if you plan to visit the National Folk Museum of Korea or the National Palace Museum of Korea, as you are technically leaving the palace.
Gyeongbokgung was the first palace built in 1394, by the first king of the Joseon Dynasty. And remained the main palace until the 1590's, when it was burned down and remained in ruins, until it was re-built in 1867. It remained the main one until the Colonial Period, when the Japanese destroyed most of it. The palace started to be restored in 1996, a work that continues to this day.
Seeing this palace can be tricky, since there are not enough description boards telling the story of each building, when compared to Changdeokgung. Also, there may not be any English tour booklets available.
There is the option of the audioguide, but that has its own issues. This is more of a pointer pen, where you point it at a number on a palace map, and you get information on the corresponding building. But the map also has subsections, like 3-1 and 3-2, which makes it more confusing, as you are not sure where you should be standing. So the audioguide, which cost extra money, is not really worth it.
Audioguide issues aside, Gyeongbokgung is still worth visiting, even just for the architecture and the picturesque backdrop of the palace.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.