Gyeongbokgung Palace with a Toddler

Gyeongbokgung Palace with Sam

We ventured out to explore Seoul's grandest palace. We headed out with 2 baby carriers and an umbrella and didn't know much about what to expect. The locals tend to use umbrellas to shade themselves from the harsh summer sun. I'm so glad we followed their lead, having a shady spot for the baby to sleep made a huge difference in temperature. It also calmed my fears of baby sunburn!

Gyeongbok Palace
Tel: (02) 723-4283
Hours: 9:00am- 17:00 (Closed on Tuesdays)
Prices: 3000 Won for Adults & 1500 Won for Children (7-18 years old)
Guided Tours: 11:00/13:30/15:30
Subway: Gyeongbokgung Stn. Line #3- Exit #5

The palace was about a 10 min. walk from the subway. We expected to just see it in the distance but we ended up having to ask someone which direction we should be walking. There was a map in the subway we should have stopped and examined before exiting.

Thankfully we both had a baby carrier on because the palace was huge and I'm not sure one of us could have held her the entire time. A large wheeled baby stroller with adequate sun protection would have been a nice amenity to have on this trip. Granted when going inside the different room the stroller would have to be left outside.

I ended up changing Sam on the shady side of one of the palace buildings but only because I didn't know about the changing stations inside the restrooms near the back of the palace grounds. The ticket office has maps (we forgot to ask for one, opps!).

As for food there is a small cafe on the palace grounds. There were only small traditional snacks and drinks. The cafe is very small with limited seating so on busy days expect to wait for a table. We didn't see any highchairs so the travel chair saved us again!

We took some great family pictures at the palace and enjoyed seeing some of Seoul's traditional attractions! 

After all that walking we left and were ready for lunch. We happened to find an amazing Italian restaurant on our way home called Jacob's Italian Restaurant. It's located on the left side (facing the statue) of the street by the Gwanghamun Fountain. There were highchairs and the staff was really accommodating when ordering Sam's food.

Gwanghamun Fountain- There were several kids playing in the fountain. We were talking to one father who said his kids ask to go there every Saturday! Bring a swimsuit for your sippy cup sojourner and enjoy the fun! (We had no idea we were going so we just let Sam run around with just a diaper!)