Gyeongbokgung

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Photo Spot Summary

Category: Architecture

Country: South Korea

City:

GPS Latitude: 37.579617

GPS Longitude: 126.977043

Directions: This palace is right in front of the Blue House, Korea's presidential manor. The nearest metro station is the Gyeongbokgung station on the Line 3. You can also take the Gwanghwamun Station on Line 5.

Photo Spot Details

This palace is closed at night except for twice a year: once in the fall and once in the spring. Needless to say, it gets incredibly crowded. Good time to go is around 8:30 PM, 30 minutes before closing. By then many of the people have already come and gone.

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Canon DSLR + EF50mm f/1.4 USM @ 50mm, ISO 400, 1/125, f/1.8

Tripods are allowed and a necessity, although I did manage to get this shot handheld. If you want a clean shot of the the Gyeongheeru (the featured photograph above), you’re going to have to fiercely fight for a spot among myriad of couples with their selfie sticks.

Nevertheless, it is quite a spectacle and a unique opportunity to see one of the many wonders of Seoul in a new light.

I saw that someone else posted Cheonggyecheon as one of the spots. It is very close to this palace (about 10 mins walking distance) so I highly recommend going to both.

Map

Gyeongbokgung

161 Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

 

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