- Changing of the Royal Guard at Gyeongbokgung
After some extensive historical research, this splendid and elegant traditional Korean royal court cultural ceremony was first re-enacted in 1996 and has been a must-see among Seoul's tourist attractions ever since. This ceremony is a great opportunity to experience a rare traditional scene in Korea, as the ceremony is reenacted exactly as it used to be held, with guards wearing royal uniforms, carrying traditional weapons and playing traditional instruments. A tradition comparable to the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace, this ceremony takes place three times a day in front of Gwanghwamun, the main gate of Gyeongbokgung (palace) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (except for on Tuesdays).
Place 12, Hyoja-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Period Ongoing (Closed Tuesdays)
10AM ~ 3PM (3 times per day, 10AM, 1PM, 3PM)
11AM, 2PM, 4PM: only the guard exiting ceremony
*Bad Weather (Heavy Rain or Snow, Low or Hot temperature)
: The changing of the royal guard ceremony may be cancelled.