Gyeonghoeru, an off-limits pavilion in Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul, has reopened to the public for seven months from April to October, according to the Cultural Heritage Administration.
Also known as the Pavilion of Joyous Meeting, Gyeonghoeru is situated on an artificial pond in Seoul's Gyeongbokgung Palace, the largest royal palace which is a must see with a number of facilities representing the past palace life. Gyeonghoeru is commonly regarded a valuable cultural asset for its aesthetic quality that illustrates the traditional Korean architecture style with simplicity and splendor. In order to protect and preserve this historical architecture, Gyeonghoeru pavilion normally remains closed to visitors, merely served as the stage for special exhibitions between June 2005 to March 2008, as well as accepting special tours over a seven month period in 2010 and 2015.
The beautiful scenery of Gyeonghoeru pavilion in winter
Fortunately, Gyeonghoeru is accessible to visitors standing here to take in the fascinating views of Gyeongbokgung Palace from April to October this year. It is obviously a great chance to admire one of South Korea's largest elevated pavilions with wooden structure that once appeared on the Korean 10,000 won banknote. A maximum of 100 people, including 80 Koreans and 20 foreigners, will be allowed to visit for 30 to 40 minutes each time and visitors can make a reservation online in advance. There are three time slots available on weekdays and four slots on weekends.
Visiting on October 3rd, the National Day of South Korea, you may have a chance to see Korean traditional performances right in the front of the main palace of Gyeongbokgung. If your time is right, you can also see the changing of the guards ceremony, as well as the King in company with his entourage wandering around the palace.
As many tourists will be attracted by the famous pavilion with such a good chance, it is suggested to make early application for admittance. You are welcome to contact us at and let us assist you with a tailor-made trip to South Korea including Gyeonghoeru Pavilion.