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Gyeongbok Palace Night Tours To Resume Late This Month

By March 3, 2017 at 8:03 am
Gyeongbok Palace night tours will be resuming this month (Photo : Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

The night tours of Gyeongbok Palace will be resuming later this month. The announcement was made by the Cultural Heritage Administration on Thursday.

Back in September, the Cultural Heritage Administration first launched the "Gyeongbok Palace Starlight Tour" on a trial basis. It quickly gained popularity because of the rare night views it offered.

The Cultural Heritage Administration said that the spring seasonal program, which is scheduled for Mar. 20 to Apr. 14, will be featuring a modern reinterpretation of a 12-plate royal dinner. It will also showcase the night viewing of Mount Inwang on the Gyeonghoeru pavilion.

The Gyeonghoeru pavilion has been described as the most beautiful spot in the palace. It had witnessed royal banquets for foreign envoys during the Joseon Dynasty, around 1392-1910.

The palace, which was built in 1395, was the main palace of the Joseon Dynasty and served as the home of Kings and their households. It continued to serve as the main palace until it was destroyed by fire during the Imjin War.

Gyeonbok Palace had been abandoned for two centuries before it was restored in the 19th century by Prince Regent Heungseon during the reign of King Gojong.

The guided night tour will have two schedules. It will run twice every day at 6:30 p.m. and 7:40 p.m. Each tour can accommodate up to 60 visitors and is priced at 50,000 (about 44 USD) per person.

It will start with a dinner banquet and guests will be entertained with a traditional Korean music performance. The tour guide will also be wearing traditional costume. Visitors will be going to "Jipgyeongdang" and "Hamhwadang," which are the queen's two royal chambers.

The Gyeonbok Palace night tour will also include a stop at "Hwangwonjeong," which is a two-tier hexagonal pavilion constructed on the islet in the royal pond. Guests can also explore "Jibokjae," King Gojong's library which has also been used before as a meeting place for foreign envoys.

The pavilions are not open to the public at night. However, it will be open exclusively to participants of the night tour.

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