The jewel of Seoul's five historic palaces, Gyeongbokgung was built in 1395 by Lee Seong-Gye, founder of the Joseon Dynasty, who established the city as the capital of Korea. The magnificent rectangular palace, which now contains the National Museum of Korea and National Folk Museum of Korea, and features Royal apartments and staterooms, gardens and elegant lotus ponds. The pavilion features on the 10,000 won note. The palace is in a process of continual restoration as new archaeological treasures are uncovered and restored to their former glory. This historic palace complex consistently ranks as one of Seoul's best loved tourist attractions.

Address: 1 Sejong-no, Jongno-gu

Website: www.royalpalace.go.kr

Transport: Five-minute walk from exit 5 of Gyeongbokgung station (Seoul Subway Line 3)