Unhyeongung Palace was formerly a private residence of Prince Regent Heungseon (1820-1898), the father of Emperor Gojong (the 26th king of the Joseon Dynasty). The young Gojong lived here before he assumed the throne. The royal wedding ceremony of Emperor Gojong and Empress Myeongseong also took place here. During the reign of Emperor Gojong, Unhyeongung was as grand as any other palace in Seoul, but today's complex is much smaller than its original size. Over time, many of the palace buildings have been heavily damaged and destroyed during various conflicts. A reenactment of Emperor Gojong and Empress Myeongseong’s royal wedding ceremony is held on the grounds of the palace every year. Events are also held regularly highlighting traditional Korean royal culture. Unhyeongung Palace is a great sight to add to a day itinerary as the popular Insadong Street and Bukchon Hanok Village are located nearby.
Reenactment of the royal wedding ceremony
These days, Unhyeongung Palace has the very special role of introducing traditional Korean royal culture to both native Koreans as well as visitors from all over the world. The reenactment of the royal wedding ceremony is the most well-known of the palace's events. The event is divided into the pre-ceremony and the main ceremony. The pre-ceremony contains a royal carriage parade as well as the performance of a royal court dance and Chitadae (Korean orchestra). The main ceremony consists of the ceremony where Lady Min (later to be Empress Myeongseong) is crowned queen and the ceremony where the king welcomes the queen. The ceremony of the royal carriage parade is particularly spectacular and majestic.
Address 464, Samil-daero, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Website http://unhyeongung.or.kr/index_eng.php (English)
Hours of Operation 09:00 ~ 19:00
November to March
09:00 - 18:00
April to October
09:00 - 19:00
(Last admission 30 minutes before closing time)
Holiday Every monday.
Days of Operation ： Tuesday – Sunday
Korean Unhyeongung traditional etiquette school.
Unhyeongung cultural classroom.
Facilities for the Disabled Accessible restrooms
Wheelchair-accessible ticket and information booths