Korean palaces extend opening hours into the night

Korean palaces extend opening hours into the night

Ancient palaces illuminated at night -- just think of all the photo ops
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Seoul palaces open at night only a few times a year.

To take advantage of the precious few days of fall weather left in Korea, two Seoul palaces are extending opening hours from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. this week.

Both Gyeongbokkung and Changgyeonggung will be lit up for nighttime visitors.

While visitors to Gyeongbokkung must stick to the guided paths, visitors to Changyeonggung can wander freely around the palace grounds.

At the latter, various cultural events will also be staged in the evenings; these include changing the guard at 6:40 p.m., 7:40 p.m. and 8:40 p.m. each evening in front of Honghwa gate; a traditional music performance on October 6 at 7:30 p.m.; and a historical play on October 5 and 6 at 6:30 p.m.

Ancient palaces, lighted paths, actual decent weather. Count us in.     

All visitors must enter the palace grounds by 9 p.m. Extended opening hours come to an end on Sunday October 7.

Gyeongbokgung,1-1 Sejong-ro,  Jongro-gu, Seoul (서울시 종로구 세종로 1-1); +82 2 3700 3900, admission: ₩3,000 (US$2.60); www.royalpalace.go.kr

Changgyeonggung, 2-1 Waryong-dong Jongro-gu, Seoul (서울시 종로구 와룡동 2-1); +82 2 762 4868; admission: 1,000 (US 90 cents) english.cha.go.kr

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