Gyeongbokgung is beautiful in the winter! The decorative elements and architecture make this palace, gate, and surrounding structures, including the National Folk Museum of Korea, one of the top cultural sights to see in Seoul. I should also mention that admission to the Folk Museum is free with your ticket to Gyeongbokgung Palace so make sure to stop by. Right next to the museum there is a little village, complete with street adverts and replica shops so you can feel like a time-traveler!
I really want to go back and experience this place in the summer, when all the trees are blooming and full of life. In the winter, it was serene (and cold and windy, grab a scarf!) but the stillness made for a contemplative experience. Now, that’s not to say there weren’t people around – even on a cold day there was a steady stream of tourists throughout the palace and museums. Quick tip, definitely wear comfortable shoes because the palace and the grounds are seemingly endless. There are plenty of views so of course bring a camera but take time to just enjoy the moment. It’s almost mind blowing that we walked in the same place where kings ruled and made decisions that impacted thousands.
Thanks for reading! New video, vlog #2 from visiting the museum coming on Sunday!