a wide shot of the main throne room at gyeongbokgung at night

Gyeongbokgung Night Tour (Updated 2023)

This post was originally published in May 2023 but has been updated for September 2023.

Korea is full of beautiful and historical landmarks, but 경복궁 (Gyeongbokgung) will always be our favorite. We visit the palace at least once every season, in every kind of weather, any chance we get. We love the history, unique architecture and vibrant colors. In fact, it’s even the place my husband proposed.


Needless to say we never tire of roaming the palace grounds, but one of our favorite times to visit would have to be when it opens at night. As the sun sets and sky darkens, the dim yellow glow of lights and lanterns start to highlight the intricate wooden frames of each building. It is a hauntingly beautiful sight that only gets better as guests begin to funnel in dressed in colorful hanbok. It really brings the palace to life!

Right now the Gyeongbokgung Night Tour will be taking place from September 1 – October 29. Tickets go on sale at the palace ticket booth at 6:30pm, with tickets set aside every night specifically for foreigners. Entrance to the palace is only 3,000 KRW (~USD 3), but completely free if you dress in hanbok.

The Gyeongbokgung Night Tour only occurs twice a year, so make the most of your visit with our tips. It truly is a one of a kind experience and if you happen to be in Seoul definitely check it out. You won’t be disappointed!



6 thoughts on “Gyeongbokgung Night Tour (Updated 2023)

  1. Hi Lexi, so glad to see your blog post again, have missed your Korea posts! 🙂 Gyeongbokgung looks so beautiful at night, hope I’ll get a chance to see it!

    1. Feels good to have been missed!!! I took an indefinite hiatus when covid hit and then made an unexpected shift over to tiktok. Now my husband and are trying to revive the blog. Hope to bring more fun posts your way!

      1. That’s great, following you on tiktok too but mostly catching up with your fun reels via IG. 🙂 Thanks for the update and happy to hear that you’re reviving the blog, looking forward to your posts!

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