Gyeongbokgung Palace Walk: Royalty for a day

Hello! I just dyed my hair with the lightest color I have ever dared to use (which I will post about some other time), as a celebration of me turning 30. Aaand while waiting for my hair dye to settle, I’m continuing our #theabellastraveltoSouthKorea.

Amidst the modern city of Seoul are five palaces, home of the royal blood during the Chosun Dynasty. Almost every first-time tourist includes a visit to at least one, if not all, of the grand royal palaces so, on our second day, we paid a visit to the largest and the most beautiful palace – Gyeongbokgung Palace.

It was Saturday and our second day in Seoul. We were very excited to tour the city and even more excited because our Korean friends and their son will join us for the day. Our friends, S and J are a married couple I met 8 years ago while I was working as an ESL teacher. That time, it was just the two of them. Their son, H came a year after. Thanks to them, we get to experience something memorable during our trip.

Our friends picked us up from our Airbnb apartment and then we went to Hanboknam, a hanbok rental shop near Gyeongbokgung Palace.  Actually, I told them that we are contented with just renting the hanboks inside the palace or the ones for free at the tourist center in Myeongdong but they insisted we go to this shop. You’ll find out why later.

S took care of the rental procedures because obviously it’s easier if they speak in Korean and I think she had all these planned since the night before, I’m so moved. We were given 30 minutes to choose our clothes and change into them but since its early morning (around 9am), they are not strict.


Here is a picture of me and little K in our hanbok 


The Kings


Our “Gongju” (princess)


And “Wangja” (prince) who is busy looking at the accessories

I honestly thought we would just take pictures but…

Tadaa! We toured the palace in our hanboks. Apparently, entrance to the palace is free if you are wearing a hanbok.



Other tourists were amused with how we are dressed so we ended up having to take pictures with them. Lol!

It was summer then and considering the layer of clothing we have on, it was unbearably hot. Notice little K looking grumpy in every picture.


No more eyes because of the sun. Sorry little K!

Behind us is Geunjeongjeon Hall where the king formally granted audiences, given declarations or received envoys.



On the Yeongjegyo bridge leading towards the Geunjeongjon Hall




The queens: Me and S


The Royal Family A

I love how intricately designed the ceilings of the palace are.


The intricate design of the Geunjeongjeon Hall



Hyangwonjeong Pavilion connected to the palace grounds by a bridge




Do we look authentic enough? 




One last family picture inside the palace


We walked inside the palace for about 2 hours, stopping frequently to take pictures. I don’t know what made us able to endure wearing layers of clothes under the sweltering heat of the sun. It was even a miracle to get little K wear it for that long. I guess we just didn’t want to pass on this opportunity to dress like royalties which we only see in Korean dramas. Despite the heat, we enjoyed every bit of this experience. We even decided that we would wear traditional costumes of the countries we will go in our future travels.

After 2 hours of sightseeing inside the palace grounds, we gave up to the sun and headed out to have lunch. I would like to be back here in autumn or spring.

Here’s more information about Gyeongbokgung Palace

Gyeongbokgung Station (Subway Line 3) Exit 5 (Enter the Gwanghwamun Gate)

Entrance Fee: Adults(19-64) KRW 3,000, Youth(7-18) KRW 1,500

Operating times: 9:00-18:00, closed on Tuesdays

Changing of Palace Guards: every hour from 10:00 until 14:00




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38 thoughts on “Gyeongbokgung Palace Walk: Royalty for a day

  1. Michelle Solee (@michisolee) August 22, 2016 at 9:19 am Reply

    Nice! I would love to wear hanbok too if I will visit the place parang Jewel in the palace lang. 🙂


    • wifeymommyrn August 26, 2016 at 11:59 am Reply

      Wearing hanbok is a must try! Magandang mag emote emote sa loob ng palace


  2. nilyncartagena August 22, 2016 at 2:09 pm Reply

    Ahhhh!!! Who doesn’t love to go to Korea? I bet no one does! Such an awesome place! your photos remind me of the Korean television series that I watch like jewel in the palace and Empress Ki.


    • wifeymommyrn August 26, 2016 at 12:04 pm Reply

      It’s really nice in Korea! The people are friendly especially towards kids and the places to see are just amazing. 🙂


  3. Coi Ibanez August 22, 2016 at 4:21 pm Reply

    Little K looks so cute in her hanbok! 🙂 I would also love to experience wearing a hanbok even just once in my lifetime and roam around the palace hehe. That would be a childhood dream coming true! Love the photos and the palace’s interiors


    • wifeymommyrn August 26, 2016 at 12:05 pm Reply

      Thank you! It’s a miracle nga we were able to put one on her. I hope you can go to Korea too! 🙂


  4. Rowena Wendy Lei 林露薇 (@animetric) August 23, 2016 at 8:02 am Reply

    We went there in 2012, I didn’t know you could dress up pala lol. XD


    • wifeymommyrn August 26, 2016 at 12:09 pm Reply

      Back in 2012 i think they offer hanbok rentals inside the palace lang ..lately lang ata nag ipen and dumami yung hanbok rental places outside


  5. Anna “Mommy Anna” Plaida August 23, 2016 at 2:22 pm Reply

    It so cute, one of our travel list to visit Korea 🙂


  6. Cheanne August 23, 2016 at 3:02 pm Reply

    Oh, this is so cool! 🙂 We’ve been there when I was still single. We didn’t get to try wearing hanbok while inside though. Sabagay, it was winter then, the hanboks might not have been enough to keep us warm.


    • wifeymommyrn August 26, 2016 at 12:12 pm Reply

      Thanks! Oh and you know, they have really cute hanboks for winter. It has that wooly vest included kaya i would love to be back there on cold days.

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  7. Eve August 23, 2016 at 6:49 pm Reply

    Wow! This is so nice. I love those hanboks, I would love to wear them also. Hehe. I saw one of my friends who went to Korea wearing hanbok as well. I guess, this is something you shouldn’t miss when going to Korea.


    • wifeymommyrn August 26, 2016 at 12:20 pm Reply

      Yes, this is a must try but just make sure you don’t wear them long on summer, like we did hehe


  8. rollcoastermom August 24, 2016 at 11:30 am Reply

    Oooh you guys look so cute in your costumes. The palace looks great too. I’d love to go there and experience that someday too. 🙂


  9. Ma. Yvette Heart (@mayvetteheart) August 24, 2016 at 12:29 pm Reply

    Ang cute 🙂 If given a chance to travel outside the Philippines, Korea would be one of the places I would love to go to. What a memorable experience for your family ♥


  10. Cheryl F August 25, 2016 at 9:57 am Reply

    Wow I’d love to visit there too. It’s cool na kahit for a day, feeling royalty. I wanna dressed up like that too. It’s so cool.


    • wifeymommyrn August 26, 2016 at 12:25 pm Reply

      Haha, yes it was a nice feeling! Ang sarap din umemote! 🙂


  11. one proud momma August 25, 2016 at 6:51 pm Reply

    I’ll do the same when I go there, play dress up! So cool and nice place really.. I’m sure your whole fam enjoyed that trip!


    • wifeymommyrn August 26, 2016 at 12:26 pm Reply

      We really enjoyed, ayaw pa nga nmen umuwi hehe. Do try wearing hanbok when you go there 🙂


  12. Maan Laxa August 25, 2016 at 6:55 pm Reply

    Aaaah! As someone who is into all things Korean (and firmly believe she was a Korean during her past life hahaha), I’m so jealous right now! I must visit Gyeongbokgung Palace!


    • wifeymommyrn August 26, 2016 at 12:28 pm Reply

      Same here! Korean fan here! You definetely have to there!


  13. Joy Domingo Gurtiza August 26, 2016 at 8:04 am Reply

    So nice! Now, I want to go to Korea! 🙂


  14. mamaneesnest August 27, 2016 at 2:43 pm Reply

    Ang ganda naman ng place! Tapos ang kyut nyo sa hanbok para talaga kayung royal family hehe.


    • wifeymommyrn August 29, 2016 at 7:27 pm Reply

      Thank you! Feeling royalty kahit isang araw lang 🙂


  15. Jing Giorgious August 27, 2016 at 11:15 pm Reply

    Very nice photos! Would love to go to Korea too and wear those pink hanbok 🙂


  16. Fully Housewifed! (@fullyhousewifed) August 28, 2016 at 7:43 am Reply

    i’m interested with your Airbnb experience in Korea. How was it? Was it affordable?


    • wifeymommyrn August 28, 2016 at 12:21 pm Reply

      We stayed in a condo unit. It was good, complete amenities and it is just 5mins from the train station. There’s also a convenience store and a lot of fast food chains near it. We spent around 3k a night.


  17. momi berlin August 29, 2016 at 4:00 pm Reply

    The dresses are a real beauty. Plus the background are super beautiful. Traveling with loved ones is indeed a fruitful experience. There will always be funny things to talk about and reminisce as we eat dinner or just gather in the living room.


  18. coffee and beyond August 29, 2016 at 7:22 pm Reply

    I would love to wear one too! Nakakatuwa ang mga pictures nyo. Makes me wanna go and visit the place too..


    • wifeymommyrn August 30, 2016 at 7:47 am Reply

      The hanbok is so nice! There are a lot of designs to choose from pa 🙂 thank you!


  19. mhaan.a-ds August 30, 2016 at 3:46 pm Reply

    It is always my dream to go to Korea and to wear their traditional costume, I hope next year! I’m excited to see my little man in prince costume! Thank you for sharing! 🙂


    • wifeymommyrn August 30, 2016 at 5:34 pm Reply

      You’re welcome! I hope you can go there next year! Go there during spring or autumn para di masyadong mainit pag naka hanbok 🙂


  20. Edel San August 30, 2016 at 5:54 pm Reply

    I haven’t been to Korea (yet) but was able to wear a hanbok a couple of years ago when we got invited by my daughter’s Korean friend’s family and the mommy asked us if we want to try wearing their hanbok. Its a bit time-consuming to wear but it was really worth it in the end. Hoping to visit SKorea soon and wear hanbok in one of the palaces. 🙂


  21. mumwrites (@vixquips) September 5, 2016 at 10:49 am Reply

    Wow, this looks like a once-in-a-lifetime experience to visit these beautiful palaces in these lovely traditional dresses. Truly a must-do for every family who visits Korea 😀


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