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Unhyeongung Royal Residence (운현궁)

  • Unhyeongung Royal Residence (운현궁)
  • Unhyeongung Royal Residence (운현궁)
  • Unhyeongung Royal Residence (운현궁)
  • Unhyeongung Royal Residence (운현궁)
  • Unhyeongung Royal Residence (운현궁)
  • Unhyeongung Royal Residence (운현궁)
  • Unhyeongung Royal Residence (운현궁)
  • Unhyeongung Royal Residence (운현궁)
  • Unhyeongung Royal Residence (운현궁)
  • Unhyeongung Royal Residence (운현궁)
Notices
* Closed temporarily from February 25, 2020 until further notice.
* Limited viewing due to maintenance renovation until January 2021.
Address
464, Samil-daero, Jongno-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 종로구 삼일대로 464 (운니동)
Type
Palaces/ Fortresses/ Gates
Inquiries
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330
(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
• For more info: +82-2-766-9090
Homepage
www.unhyeongung.or.kr (Korean, English)
  • Information
    Introduction
    Unhyeongung Royal Residence is a historic site located in Unni-dong, Jongno-gu in Seoul. The residence belonged to Heungseon Daewongun, Emperor Gojong's father and was where the emperor-to-be grew up as a child. Although the residence was to serve as a private home for the royal family rather than a place for political affairs, some of the most historically important events took place within the walls of Unhyeongung Royal Residence towards the end of Joseon dynasty.

    When Gojong was appointed as king at an early age, Heungseon Daewongun rose in power as king regent. During this time, Unhyeongung Royal Residence went through upscaling renovations, increasing in size and grandeur. After Heungseon Daewongun stepped down from regency, Unhyeongung Royal Residence's reputation slowly deteriorated as the family went through financial difficulties and could not afford to maintain the facilities. The ownership of the residence was confiscated by the Japanese administration in 1912, then returned to Heungseon Daewongun's descendants in 1948. The complex was then donated to and purchased by the Seoul Metropolitan Government, followed by renovation efforts in 1993 to recover and preserve whatever was left of the historical site.

    Current Status
    Historical Site No.257 (Designated on November 22, 1977)

    Closed
    Mondays (If Monday falls on a public holiday, the palace will be open)

    Activity Information
    [Traditional Clothing Experience]
    Visitors can try on traditional clothes and take photos within the complex
    - Venue: Planned exhibition hall
    - Schedule: Summer 10:00-18:00 / Winter 10:00-17:00
    * Not available when Unhyeongung Royal Residence is closed

    Operating Hours
    Summer (April-October) 09:00-19:00
    Winter (November-March) 09:00-18:00
    * Last admission is 30 minutes before closing

    Parking Facilities
    Not available

    Admission Fees
    Free

    Restrooms
    Available

    Interpretation Services Offered
    Audio guide vailable in English, Japanese, and Chinese
    - Operating hours: Summer 09:00-18:00 / Winter 09:00-17:00
    - Rental fee: 1,100 won

    * Rent an audio guide and listen while walking through Unhyeongung Royal Residence.
    * Purchase a voucher for the audio guide rental at the ticket booth and exchange voucher with the audio guide at the audio guide rental counter.
    * A valid ID, including passport, must be submitted for audio guide rental. It will be returned when the audio guide is turned in.
    * Storage of personal belongings are not allowed at the counter.

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