Accessibility Review of Kyungbok Palace, Korea

11.27.2016
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Catherine and Kunho are taking their audience on an accessible tour of Seoul, Korea. This time they are exploring Kyungbok Palace near Gwanghwamun Square.

“Kyungbok Palace is the main palace of Korea,” says Kunho of the popular tourist destination. “The palace was built in the late 1300s, and this is where kings and queens used to live.” It’s also a great place to see traditional Korean costumes, as visitors often dress in this attire while exploring the palace grounds. While there are many ramps leading to parts of the palace, Kunho notes that several ramps are quite steep, and oftentimes wheelchair users might require assistance getting up them.

Some of the ground around the palace is quite smooth making it an easy for wheelchair users to glide over. But other areas, particularly Geunjeongjeon, the central area of the palace where officials and kings once held meetings, is paved with large cobblestones that “are extremely bumpy,” says Kunho. Instead, he advises wheelchair users to access the paths along the sides of the open areas where the ground is more even.

Gyeongbokgung, the main building of the palace area, has many steps leading to the entrance, and is not accessible. “Wheelchair users can still enjoy the beautiful traditional architecture from outside at ground level,” says Kunho.

And around the complex are 7 wheelchair accessible restrooms. Their locations are shown on a map at the end of the video. Take a look!

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