Tour Code: KR011 Departure Date: You Choice!
Tour Route: Seoul (Could Customize)
Hotel(09:00) - Passing By Deoksugung Palace and Cheonggye Stream - Gyeongbokgung Palace - Korean folklore Museum - Jogyesa Temple - Presidential Office -Lunch- Amethyst or Ginseng Center - Seoul N Tower - Namsan Hanok Village - Namdaemun Market – Hotel(17:00) from KRW86169~~ per person
Deoksugung, also known as Gyeongun-gung, or Deoksu Palace, is a walled compound of palaces in Seoul that was inhabited by various Korean royalties until the colonial period around the turn of the 20th century. It is one of the "Five Grand Palaces" built by the kings of the Joseon Dynasty. The buildings are of varying construction, including some of natural cryptomeria wood, painted wood, and stucco. Some buildings were built in Western style. In addition to the traditional palace buildings, there are also forested gardens, a statue of King Sejong the Great and the National Museum of Art, which holds special exhibitions. The palace is located near the City Hall Station.
Cheonggyecheon Stream: The Cheonggyecheon Stream is where water from Bukaksan Mountain, Inwangsan Mountain and Namsan Mountain meet and pass through downtown Seoul. Originally, the Cheonggyecheon Stream dry up during the dry season but it was often flooded even if there was just slightly heavy rain in the summer. For this reason, flood control businesses were required since the Joseon Dynasty. There are two bridges in the Cheonggyecheon Stream and the second bridge is the Gwangtonggyo Bridge, which was the largest bridge in the city during the Joseon Dynasty. The Gwangtonggyo Bridge connected Jongro and Namedaemunro and was most popularly used not only for royal carriage and envoys procession but also by the general public.
Gyeongbokgung Palace: Built in 1395, Gyeongbokgung Palace is also commonly referred to as the “Northern Palace” because it is the furthest north when compared to the neighboring palaces of Changdeokgung (Eastern Palace) and Gyeongheegung (Western Palace). Gyeongbokgung Palace is arguably the most beautiful and remains the grandest of all five palaces. The premises were destroyed by fire during the Imjinwaeran War (Japanese Invasion, 1592-1598). However, all of the palace's 7,700 rooms were later restored under the leadership of Heungseondaewongun during the reign of King Gojong (1852-1919).
The National Folk Museum: Located inside Gyeongbokgung Palace, the National Folk Museum of Korea presents over 4,000 historical artifacts that were used in the daily lives of ordinary Korean people. Here you can fully immerse yourselves in previous domestic and agricultural lifestyles, and learn about Korea’s cultural beliefs.The National Folk Museum of Korea has three permanent and two special exhibitions as well as a library, souvenir shop, and other subsidiary facilities.
Jogyesa Temple is the center of Zen Buddhism in Korea, and is famous for being located in the city. From the busy streets of Jongno, follow the road towards Anguk Subway Station, and you will see Jogyesa Temple. The first thing you will notice at the temple are the lovely trees. These locust trees and baeksong trees in front of the Daeungjeon, the main temple building, are about 500 years old. One locust tree is about 26-meter high, and in the summer, provides a large amount of shade to enhance the mood of the temple. The baeksong tree is designated as a Natural Monument. The Daeungjeon building is a stately building built in 1938. The Dancheong is particularly beautiful with all the different colors painted on it, and inside the building is the statue of Seokgamoni. In front of the Daeungjeon building, you can also see a seven-storey stone pagoda containing Jinsinsari.
The Cheongwadae or the Blue House (presidential office)-- is the executive office and official residence of the South Korean head of state, the President of the Republic of Korea and located in the capital city of Seoul. The Korean name literally translates to "pavilion of blue tiles." The Blue House is in fact a complex of buildings, built largely in the traditional Korean architectural style with some modern elements.
Built upon the site of the royal garden of Joseon Dynasty (1392–1897), the Blue House now consists of the Main Office Hall, the Presidential Residence, the State Reception House, the Chunchugwan Press Hall, and the Secretariat Buildings. The entire complex covers approximately 250,000 square metres or 62 acres.
Amethyst or Ginseng Center Korean ginseng, which is considered to be the best quality ginseng, is widely available throughout Seoul at markets, supermarkets, department stores and other outlets. The quality varies however, and one way to ensure you are buying authentic quality Korean Panax ginseng, which was cultivated in Korea and not a cheaper version imported from China, is to look for the Korea Insam seal which shows that the product has been approved by the government.
N Seoul Tower Mt. Namsan offers a beautiful backdrop in Seoul. It has a lush green public park, a botanical garden, an octagonal pavilion, and statues of famous figures. On its summit soars the N Seoul Tower, where spectators can enjoy a panoramic view of Seoul. Commanding a fine view of Seoul, Seoul Tower is equipped with observatories and a revolving restaurant with a full–circle view.
Namsan Hanok Village If you get off at Chungmuro Subway Station, you are right in front of Namsangol Hanok Village (traditional Korean village). You may consider it interesting to find this area standing between the tall buildings. This village has five restored traditional Korean houses and a pavilion, a pond and a time capsule, which make it a perfect spot to take a walk.
When you enter the front gate, you will see the vast valley and the Chunugak building to the left of the pond. Along with the pond, it is a splendid place where performances are held. On the side you will see five traditional houses. These houses were rebuilt after the traditional houses of Joseon Dynasty and belong to those of various social classes, ranking from peasants to the king. The furniture in the house is situated to help guests understand the daily life of the past, and the clean, traditional houses and their antique items provide a great photo op. If you would like to check out some souvenirs, stop by the traditional craftwork exhibit where you can buy small dishes and other items. You can also have traditional tea and refreshments. On the grounds, there are traditional games you may try such as 'neolttwigi' (sea-saw jumping), 'tuho'(arrow throwing) and 'yunnori' (traditional game of throwing wooden yut sticks). Don't forget to go see the traditional marriage ceremony! During the weekends, traditional marriages are shown at Bak Yeong Hyo's Residence. The traditional marriage ceremony is an interesting event for both Koreans and foreigners and many gather to watch. During the winter season (November to February), there are not as many wedding ceremonies as held in the spring and fall. Weddings are typically held around noon or 1 p.m. and visitors can take pictures with the husband and wife wearing traditional wedding costumes. There is also a time capsule commemorating Seoul’s 600 Year Anniversary that was buried in 1994 and is scheduled to be reopened four hundred years later in 2394.
Namdaemun Market: Namdaemun Market is named after Koreas National Treasure No.1 Namdamun (South Gate). The gate and market are only a short distance apart. The market is popular among local residents and tourists alike for its bargains in everything from clothes to flowers and foodstuffs. Its crowded streets are lined with tiny shops selling almost every product imaginable and there are buildings which specialize in a category of products such as homewares, clothing, jewelry etc. Youll have an opportunity to experience Koreas amazing market culture.
Korea Folk Village: Korea Folk Village situated near Suwon about 40 kilometers south of Seoul, is modeled after an authentic traditional Korean way of life. Over 200 architectural relics and models of typical residences of the later Chosun Dynasty, houses of “Yangban and Nongbu”, noblemen and farmers from each local Korean provinces are assembled in 700,000 square meters and offer realistic representations of village life in Korea long ago including the ancient art of utensils and toolmaking as well as the spices and flavors of traditional Korean cuisine.
Suwon Fortress Castle: the wall surrounding the centre of Suwon, the provincial capital of Gyeonggi-do, South Korea, was built in the late 18th century by King Jeongjo of the Joseon Dynasty to honour and house the remains of his father Prince Sado, who had been murdered by being locked alive inside a rice chest by his own father King Yeongjo having failed to obey his command to commit suicide. Located 30 kilometres (19 mi) south of Seoul and enclosing much of central Suwon including King Jeongjo's palace Haenggung, UNESCO designated the fortress a World Heritage site in 1997. The Suwoncheon, the main stream in Suwon, flows through the centre of the fortress.
NANTA is a comic musical non-verbal performance derived from the traditional Korean instrumental performance “Samulnori.” The kitchen is its backdrop, chefs its main characters. Knives and other kitchen utensils are transformed into musical instruments in the hands of the performers. They thrill the audience with acrobatic cooking shows, a surprise wedding ceremony, and an exciting dumpling challenge.
NANTA has been one of the most popular shows in Korea ever since it premiered in October 1997, drawing the largest number of spectators in Korean stage history. NANTA made its international debut in 1999 at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where it received an award for the best performance. Sincethen, it has been staged in the U.K., Germany, Austria, Italy, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, the Netherlands, Australia, etc. Eventually NANTA made it all the way to New York, premiering at the Minetta Lane Theater on March 7, 2004 and running for one and a half years. NANTA had become the first Asian show to open its own off-Broadway theater!