Most people know Korea for K-pop and a strong IT Industry, but have you noticed that Korea is the country with thousands of years of history and is a racially homogeneous nation?
If you are an international traveler, you might know that Seoul is one of the rare cities that has hundreds years historic footprints. You will see high-tech right next to thousand-year-old tradition. The palace is the one of the popular historical sites. The Chosun Empire ended in 1910, while Seoul was the capital of the Josun dynasty for the past 500 years. There are 5 important palaces you don’t want to miss and they are the most popular sites for visitors.
What is your first impression of the word “Palace?” Is it a place for kings and noble families? That’s true but only a part of it. You will see the area where kings and families lived with 2000 people to rule the whole nation. Only parts of palaces remain which makes many people think they’re only for kings and family. The palace was the place for discussions on how to rule the country. The palace was like a huge company running a big organization, a nation where 2000 people worked together inside. Most people now understand the palace as only for the king and family after modern city development.
After the second world war, the family of the Korean empire became normal average people and there was no more empire. All the palaces belongs to the Republic of Korea. Does your country have a king and family? Do you still have a palace for them? There is no more king and family in Korean society, but most Koreans all remember them and their history as they are an all-important part of history, although it was not happy ending.
There were 2 big important functions of the palace. “Kweol” is where all governors, ministers, scholars and the king got together, had important discussions, and made decisions. “Koong” is located in the center of the palace where the king and his family stayed. You can enjoy it more if you understand that the whole palace was designed for efficiency of communication with people who visited or stayed there. There are places for politics, the living area for the king and his family, and gardens. Take a close look and experience how all the functions and locations were designed and connected. There are 5 palaces in Seoul. Gyeongbokgung, Changdeokgung, Changkyeong-gung, Gyeongungung(Deoksu Palace), and Gyeongheegung.
Eastern Asian palaces are noted for the generally common characteristics of their design that includes “naturalism” and “humanism” but the philosophy behind and representation style element differed from country to country.
Spend a full day discovering the beautiful architecture and landscape of Seoul while learning about its history, culture and traditions. With your guide, visit two grand palaces, including the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Changdeokgung Palace, learn about traditional lifestyles at a museum, and explore bustling local markets on foot.
After pickup from your Seoul hotel in the morning, travel by air-conditioned coach past the Blue House, the residence of the South Korean head of state and the President of the Republic of Korea.
Your first stop is Jogyesa Buddhist temple, the chief temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism. Admire the lovely locust and baeksong trees lining the entrance and enter the main temple, dating back 500 years, to see the statue of Seokgamoni, the historic Buddha at the moment of enlightenment.
The next stop is Gyeongbokgung Palace, constructed in 1395. Because much of this royal palace was destroyed during the Japanese occupation, there are many restoration projects underway. With your guide, marvel at the grandeur of the original and new portions.
Inside, visit the National Folklore Museum, whose historical replicas illustrate traditional Korea. Browse the extensive artifacts to learn what life has been like for Koreans from ancient times to the 20th century. You’ll also learn about the deep roots of Confucianism in Korean culture.
(Please note that Gyeongbokgung Palace is closed on Tuesdays, in which case you’ll visit Deoksugung Palace instead. This walled compound of traditional palace buildings, forested gardens and a statue of King Sejong the Great is home to the Seoul Museum of History, where you’ll discover Seoul’s traditional culture as you browse the exhibits with your guide.)
At midday, enjoy a tasty Korean lunch at a local restaurant before driving to Changdeokgung palace, a perfectly preserved palace from the Joseon Dynasty. As you explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site, discover the grand palace pavilions, massive gate, several halls and the Geumcheongyo Bridge, the oldest bridge in Seoul. At the Huwon (Rear Garden), marvel at the beautiful landscape of lotus ponds, lush lawns, trees and flowers.
(Please note that on Mondays, you’ll visit NamsanHanok Village instead.)
Head next to the Insadong Antique Alley in central Seoul. With your guide, wander down alleys to browse traditional Korean restaurants, tea-houses and galleries full of antique artifacts and local artwork.
Finish your tour at Namdaemun Market, the largest traditional market in Korea, opened in 1964, with various goods in store. You can find great bargains here and snatch up the perfect souvenir to remind you of your trip to Korea! You’ll then be taken back to your hotel
Here and there of Seoul~ culture, history, and shopping included. The best organized tour. Satisfaction of 100 out of a 100.
Every hour on the hour from 10 am to 4pm, the chief gatekeeper changing ceremony has been continued, which happened during Joseon Dynasty symbolizing safety of the kings and security of the nation, and guiding of the prestige.
Consistency expressionless face expression and sobriety mood of chief gatekeepers at the ceremony stimulates the foreign tourists’ interests.
Kyeongbokgung Palace is one of the oldest of the five places in Seoul. It is such a great and magnificent building as a representative of Joseon Dynasty. It shows off the beauty of its construction.Through this, it can be a representative tourism spot for foreigners to understand the tradition and history of Korea.This tour course takes around one and a half hours; you will see remarkable pavilions like Kyunghoiru and Hyangwonjung, and beautiful/classy wooden and stone structures as Kyungcheonsaji 10-story tower, you also will see Kyotaejeon and Kangnyungjun places where you can experience the life of noble people with a guide.
The choicest tour place for foreign tourists.
Gyungbok-gung Palace is the starting point of 500 years of history in Joseon Dynasty.
You will defiantly enjoy the stroll around the place feeling the quiet and peaceful mood.
It can be a representative tourism spot for foreigners to understand the tradition and history of Korea.
If you want to know the history of Korea properly, you should visit this place.
National Folk Museum of Korea has been researching daily life of Korea from the past to present and preserving and displaying folk culture of ancestors in Korea as a representative life history museum.
This is one of the best location to explain Korean history and culture easily to foreigners.
This tour is a driving tour course, which stops by Choonchugwan, the main building of the Blue House, and Youngbingwan. During this tour, information and explanations about each building and optimistic parts of current government will be provided by your guide.
We recommend this informative opportunity to foreign tourists, which gives you an opportunity to look around the most famous house in Korea, the Blue House.
Bibimbap (Korean pronunciation: [bibimbap], sometimes anglicized bi bim bap or bi bim bop) is a signature Korean dish. The word literally means "mixed rice". Bibimbap is served as a bowl of warm white rice topped with namul (sautéed and seasoned vegetables) and gochujang (chili pepper paste), soy sauce, or doenjang, a salty soybean paste. A raw or fried egg and sliced meat (usually beef) are common additions. The hot dish is stirred together thoroughly just before eating. In South Korea, Jeonju, Jinju, and Tongyeong are especially famous for their versions of bibimbap. In 2011, it was listed at number 40 on the World's 50 most delicious foods readers' poll compiled by CNN Travel
Changdoekgook Palace is the only place that is designated as a World Heritage site within Korean palaces.
Changdeokgoong palace receives a lot of praises for its beauty and is well remained as its original state.
Especially the back garden, which occupies over half of the palace, shows the beauty of the Korean traditional garden the most well.
This place is where the kings of Joseon Dynasty had relived their stressed and spirits from state affairs in the past.
Let us become like a king of the past during the Joseon times and take a stroll and rest around the backyard of the Changdoekgook Palace.
Ginseng is renowned for its effectiveness as a great healer for living ever so young.
Especially if you eat ginseng when you lose your energy, it really helps to regain energy.
Korea is acknowledged by the world because of the quality of ginseng as if it is the birthplace of ginseng.
You can experience various kinds of ginseng products like gingersnap, extract, ginseng preserved in honey, and other great quality of products made in Korea.
When foreign celebrities visit Korea, they always stop by this area; the closest Korean styled avenue, this is Insa-dong.
Not only hundreds of art galleries are there but, dozens of traditional handcraft shop, antique art markets, and traditional tea houses. Because of the development of modern civilizations, many foreign Coffee shops and restaurants have launched around the place, yet this area unconventionally use Korean on their gate signs.
The oldest traditional market Namdaemun market has been originated from 14th year of king Taejong (1414). Merchants were allowed to open shops around Namdaemun which now became modern market.
As is its long history, the scale is huge. 17 acre large size of land where 54 acre size of shopping flats are located. Not by only just size of the market but you will be surprised by the variety of what you can buy. Except the construction materials and furnitures, you can literally find everything. Food, medicine, fashion items and so on.
Although the each shop occupies tiny area, they have unique echo system to sustain their business model. They buy directly things from manufactures or someone nearby to minimize distribution cost. And you can find many shops are selling their own products which means merchants are the manufacturers.
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