Unhyeongung Palace

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Noandang, one of the halls at Unhyeongung Palace

Noandang Hall at Unhyeongung Palace

Know Before You Go

Closed on Mondays.

This palace is not included with the Integrated Ticket Of Palaces.

Unhyeongung Palace, or Unhyeongung Royal Residence, is a royal residence where Gojong lived before he was emperor. The residence was owned by Heungseon Daewongun, the father of Gojong. Gojong, who went on to become emperor, lived here until the age of 12.

Heungseon Daewongun lived here for most of his life. His time was spent handling business and political issues. During his free time he would paint, read, and write.

Ordered by Queen Mother Jo, the residence was renovated into a grand complex with four gates.

Norakdang Hall, a women’s residence, and Noandang Hall, the men’s residence, were built in 1864. This was during the first year of Gojong’s rule. Irodang Hall, an exclusive residence for women, was built five years later in 1869.

Main gate of Unhyeongung Palace

Main gate

On March 21, 1866, King Gojong and Empress Myeongseong (Queen Min) were married on the grounds of the palace. Twice a year, a reenactment of the wedding is held here. The reenactment ceremony is a great way for visitors to learn about the lifestyles and history of the Joseon dynasty and the royal family.

Following the death of Heungseon Daewongun, the residence was inherited by his eldest son Yi Jaemyeon. After the Korean War, most of the residence was sold reducing its size considerably. Duksung Women’s University now occupies some of the former grounds of the palace.

Unhyeongung Palace is located near Insadong in the business district of Seoul.

Stone drum at Unhyeongung Palace

Stone drum



Sights

Irodang Hall

Irodang Hall Thumb


Irodang Hall was the main building of the palace and the exclusive residence for women. The wife of Yi Haeung, or Heungseon Daewongun, lived here. He ran the day to day affairs of the royal residence from this location.

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Noandang Hall

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Noandang Hall served as the men's residence at Unhyeongung. Here, Yi Haeung, or Heungseon Daewongun, read, wrote, painted, rested, and met with guests. The word Noan means old man who is comfortable and at ease. Men felt relaxed and at ease while in this building.

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Norakdang Hall

Norakdang Hall Thumb


Norakdang Hall was one of the residence halls for women at Unhyeongung. The other was Irodang Hall. This is the largest building at Unhyeongung. Construction on Norakdang, along with Noandang, was completed in 1864 during the first year of the reign of King Gojong.

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Sujiksa

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Sujiksa, located east of the main gate, is the building where stewards, guards, and maintenance men were housed. Inside the structure are artifacts such as clothing, furniture, and other daily items. There artifacts were used by security, stewards, guards, and maintenance while at the palace.

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Directions

  • Option 1
    Take Subway Line 3 to Anguk Station (Exit 4).

    Option 2
    Take Subway Line 5 to Jongno-3-ga Station (Exit 4).

Hours

  • November-March : 9:00-18:00
    April-October : 9:00-19:00
    Ticket office closes 30 minutes before closing time.

    Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays following national holidays.

Fees

  • Adult (25-64) : 700 won
    Young Adult (13-24) : 300 won
    Senior (65+) : Free
    Child (12 and Under): Free

Map

  • GPS Coordinates (Longitude and Latitude) of Unhyeongung Palace : 37.576181, 126.987241.

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