Most people understand Korea for K-pop and strong IT Industry. But, have you noticed Korea is the country has thousands of story and a racially homogeneous nation?
If you are international tourist, you might know Seoul is one of uncommon cities has hundreds years story footprints. You will see high-tech right next to thousand-year-old tradition. Palace is the one of popular historic places. Chosun Empire has finished in 1910 while Seoul has been the capital of Chosun dynasty for the past 500 years. There are 5 key palaces you don’t want to miss and they are the most popular places for visitors.
What is first impression of the word “Palace”? Place for kings and noblesse? It is true but only the part of it. You will see the area where kings and families lived with 2000 people governed whole country. There is only parts of palaces remain which makes many people find they are only for royal family. Palace was the place for council how to govern the country. The palace was like a great company runs a big organization, nation where 2000 people are working together inside. Most people now understand the palace only for royal family after modern city development.
After the Second World War, family of Korean empire became normal average people and there is no more empire. All palaces belongs to Republic of Korea. Does your country have royal family? Do you still have the palace for them? There is no more royal family in Korean society. But most of Korean all remembers them and their history as they are all important part of history although it was not happy ending.
There were 2 big important functions of palace. “Kweol” is where all governors, ministers, scholars and king got together and made important debate and decision. “Koong” is located in the middle of the palace where king and royal family stay. You can enjoy more if you understand the whole palace was designed for effectiveness of communication with people who visit or stay palace. There are places for politics, living area for royal family, and gardens. Take a close look and feel how all the functions and locations are designed and connected. There are 5 palaces in Seoul. Gyeongbokgung, Changdeokgung, Changkyeong-gung, Gyeongungung(Deoksu Palace), and Gyeongheegung.
Eastern Asia palaces are noticed that the mainly common distinctive of the design are “naturalism” and “humanism” but the philosophy behind and depiction style aspect are differed from the country.
Spend a full day discovering the beautiful structures and scenery of Seoul while learning about its history, culture and traditions. With your guide, visit two grand palaces, including UNESCO World Heritage-listed Changdeokgung Palace; learn about folk lifestyles at a museum; and explore bustling local markets by foot.
After pickup from your Seoul hotel in the morning, travel by air-conditioned bus 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 representative temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism. Wonder at the lovely locust and baeksong trees lining the gate and enter the main temple, dating back 500 years, to see the statue of Sakyamuni, the historic Buddha at the moment of enlightenment.
The next stop is Gyeongbokgung Palace, constructed in 1395. Because much of this royal palace was broken during the Japanese occupation, there are many repair projects ongoing. With your guide, marvel at the grandeur of the original and new portions.
Inside, visit the National Folklore Museum, whose historic model illustrate traditional Korea. Look around the extensive craftworks to learn what life has been like for Koreans from antiquity 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 structures, forested gardens and a statue of King Sejong the Great is home to the Seoul Museum of History, where you’ll discover Seoul’s folk 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 browse 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), wonder at the beautiful view 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 alleyways to explore traditional Korean restaurants, teahouses and galleries full of antique craftworks and local artwork.
Finish your tour at Namdaemun Market, the largest folk market in Korea, opened in 1964. With diverse goods in store. You can find great good buys here and get the perfect souvenir to remind you of your trip to Korea! You’ll then be taken back to your hotel
A new dynamic in a careful balance of Eastern and Western influences.
Today’s fusion of tradition and modernity has made Seoul vibrant, complex and ever intriguing.
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.
his 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.
Before we finish this tour in Seoul, as the very last part of this tour, we will make a brief stop at a place where you can get the national stone of Korea. It is among the most famous local products produced from Korea. One of the attractions of this jewel is not only the color and the beauty but also the infrared from Amethyst will make you relax and your blood circulation better. It’s a purple color precious stone as well as birthstone of February. It’s made from granite and it takes millions of years to change from granite to this particular kind of stone. Can anybody take a guess what this is? This is amethyst. Back in Seoul, we will stop by an amethyst factory which owns an amethyst mine. There, you can get a decent quality Korean amethyst at factory price which is almost half of the regular price. It could be a very good surprising gift for your loved ones especially for female, like your wife, daughter, or mother, if you have any. We will stay there for about 20 minutes and we will visit the very last place of downtown in Seoul called Itaewon where all of you will be dropped off.
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
Korean Folk Village is an overall reproduction of the ethnological life/folk behaviors of Korea.You can see and experience the traditional culture of Korea at this place.
Especially there are various character role playing within the Joseon Dynasty at the Korean Folk Village. People put costume on from this era as merchants, a poor person, and others. It stimulates the interests of people.
This is a beloved tour spot by both Koreans and foreigners with various attractions.
The village offers farmer’s music and dance and tight rope walking acrobatics performance on a daily basis. A traditional marketplace offers the exotic flavors of Korean cuisine from different regions. Shops stock a variety of traditional handicrafts and souvenirs.
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.
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