One of the highlights of a trip to Seoul in September and October, Gyeongbokgung Palace, where you can enjoy Korea’s history and beauty at the same time, is one of the beautiful night view spots in Jongno, Seoul. If you visit Gyeongbokgung Palace on an autumn night, you can discover its serene beauty under the lights. The historic palace and gardens take on an even more special atmosphere at night, providing a romantic experience.
In this article, I would like to introduce the night opening hours of Gyeongbokgung Palace in the fall, how to reserve tickets, free admission, parking, hanbok rental, etc.
Gyeongbokgung night tour opening hours
The opening period of the Gyeongbokgung night tour opening varies every year, but this fall, 2023, a special viewing event will be held from September 1 to October 29.
– Operating period: 2023.09.01 (Fri) ~ 2023.10.29 (Sun)
– Opening hours: 17:00~21:30 (Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)
How to reserve and enter Gyeongbokgung night tour ticket
Advance reservations and same-day tickets
Admission is only available for two months, September and October, and reservations are held separately in September (first viewing) and October (second viewing). Reservations are available at 11th Street Ticket.
※ You can reserve up to 4 tickets per person.
※ After purchasing tickets, receive tickets from the unmanned ticket machine at the box office on the day of the show and then enter.
※ Reservations can be made up to 1 day before the viewing date, but reservations cannot be made on the day of the viewing.
※ Refund available if the reservation is canceled by 17:00 1 day prior to viewing
Foreigners can enter by purchasing 200 same-day tickets on a first-come, first-served basis.
※ Foreigners can purchase same-day tickets up to 2 tickets per person.
The ticket fee is the same for both online and offline, 3,000 won per ticket.
How to issue tickets
Tickets can be issued at the Gwanghwamun ticket office, but please note that tickets and admission are not available at the ticket offices below.
※ Ticket issuance and entry are not available at the Folk Museum ticket office, Yeongchumun ticket office, and Sinmumun ticket office.
How to get free admission to Gyeongbokgung night tour
If you wear a Hanbok or meet the conditions below, Gyeongbokgung night tour admission is free.
￮ Free admission: ※ reservation is not required (no limit on the number of people), the relevant registration certificate must be brought.
- Persons of national merit (including those eligible for veterans compensation) and their spouses
- National Bereaved Family certificate
- A severely disabled person and one accompanying person
- A person with a mild disability
- Infants under 6 years old accompanied by a guardian (however, advance reservation is required for the guardian)
- Seniors aged 65 years or older
Those eligible for free admission can enter after checking their ID and related documents at Heungnyemun (ticket reception area) without on-site ticketing, and those wearing hanbok can enter after checking whether they are wearing hanbok in accordance with the free hanbok admission guidelines. Please refer to the free hanbok viewing guide below. Please refer to the line.
Go to the free Hanbok viewing guidelines (👈 Click the message)
How to rent a hanbok
There are many stores near Gyeongbokgung Palace that specialize in renting Hanbok.
Rental prices range from 10,000 won to 70,000 won depending on the concept and quality of the clothes.
I noted a few hanbok rental stores that I know,
but since there are many hanbok stores nearby, I recommend comparing other places as well.
- 경복궁한복관 참한복(Cham-hanbok)
- 한복 소녀(Hanbok-girls)
Gyeongbokgung night tour parking lot
For parking near Gyeongbokgung Palace, we recommend using the nearby Gyeongbokgung parking lot or the nearby Gwanghwamun parking lot.
Gyeongbokgung parking lot
– Operating hours: 06:00~23:00 (closed every Tuesday), open all year round
|Category||Under 1 hour||Excess fee (every 10 minutes)||Rotation time (10 minutes)||Remark|
Parking fee reduction(duplicate discount not possible)
|Reduction (80%)||Vehicles for the disabled|
Vehicles of persons of national merit
Vehicles that recognized as a doctor’s box
|If you have a certificate or confirmation document issued by the government (welfare card, merit certificate, doctor’s certificate, etc.), board a vehicle with the relevant identification sign attached.|
|Reduction (50%)||Light passenger vehicle (1,000cc or less)|
Low-emission vehicles (including hybrid vehicles)
Multi-child family vehicle (3 or more children)
|If you have documents or ID that you are a multi-child family (multi-child card, Please bring your family relationship register, health insurance card, etc.)|
|Reduction (30%)||Multi-child family vehicle (2 children)|