Photo: Gyeongbokgung Palace’s Gyeonghoeru Pavilion & Changgyeonggung Palace’s Chundangji Pond
Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changgyeonggung Palace will be opening their doors for late-night admission July 16-29. During the night opening, visitors can avoid the peak of summer heat during the daytime while still managing to enjoy a romantic walk through the palace grounds after sunset. In addition to being open late, visitors can also enjoy an evening music performance, taking place every evening throughout July.
Gyeongbokgung Palace manages to hold on to the majesty of traditional royal architecture while harmonizing with the modern ‘urban forest’ just beyond Gwanghwamun Gate. This palace will have additional night openings in 12-day periods August 20 – September 2 and September 17-30. During the late-night admission period, the National Palace Museum of Korea will also extend operating hours until 22:00.
In comparison with the grandeur of Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changgyeonggung Palace’s charm lies in the quiet and calm ambiance found within the small palace grounds. The most representative location at the palace is Chundangji Pond; the surrounding trees lit brightly from below reflect on the still waters and make for a beautiful night scene. In particular, the illuminations at Changgyeonggung Palace will go under improvement studies during August and September, making this chance in July truly one not to miss!
Information courtesy of Cultural Heritage Administration