Where: Seoul, straight out from Anguk Station, Exit 3 (5 minute walk) or Jongno 3 (sam)-ga Station, exit 6 (10 minute walk)
Duration: 1.5 hours with only the palace, 2.5-3 hours with the Secret Garden Tour
A Brief History: Started as a secondary palace for the royal family, but after all the royal residences burned after a Japanese invasion, it was rebuilt to become the main palace for more than 200 years.
Point of Interest: The Secret Garden tour comes in several languages and can be reserved online or at a ticket booth with limited amounts of people–it’s a beautiful tour through the leisure routines of the Korean royals of yore and the best part of the palace.
Recommendation: On it’s own (no Secret Garden tour) 3/5, beautiful, small, crowded. With the Secret Garden Tour: 5/5, tranquil, quiet, secluded, and the tour guides are knowledgeable about the buildings and their uses.