Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul from next month will begin evening tours of the ancient royal palace under the nighttime spring sky.
The Gyeongbokgung Palace Management Office, a subsidiary of the Royal Palaces and Tombs Center of the Cultural Heritage Administration, on March 22 said the tours in this year's first half will begin on April 1 and run through May 31.
Since their inception in 2010, the tours have grown so popular that tickets have sold out immediately every year.
The operating hours are 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and the last entry time is 8:30 p.m. No tours are held on Mondays and Tuesdays and April 30.
The maximum number of visitors a day is 2,000 -- 1,700 with reservations and 300 with onsite ticketing.
Tickets are available from March 25 at 2 p.m. through the e-commerce platform 11 Street (https://ticket.11st.co.kr). Onsite ticketing is offered only to those ages 65 or over and foreign nationals at the ticket office in front of Gwanghwamun Gate.
One person can buy up to four tickets either in advance or at the palace. A ticket is priced at KRW 3,000 but admission is free for those wearing Hanbok (traditional costumes).
Because of COVID-19, all visitors must follow quarantine rules including taking temperature checks, wearing masks and maintaining a distance of 2 m from others.
For more information on the tours, visit the palace office's website (www.royalpalace.go.kr).