** Gyeongbokgung Palace is closed on Tuesdays - instead, we go to Deoksugung Palace.
** National Folk Museum is closed on Tuesdays - instead, we go to Cheongwadae Sarangchae.
** Changdeokgung Palace is closed on Mondays - instead, we go to Namsan Hanok Village
|TOUR SPOT||Seoul City|
|MINIMUM NUMBER||1 person|
|DURATION||Pick-up (around 08:30) ~ 17:30|
Transportation, Tour guide, Admission fee, Lunch
Hotel – Jogyesa Buddhist Temple – Presidential Blue House (pass by) – Royal Guard Changing Ceremony – Gyeongbokgung Palace – National Folk Museum – Korean Ginseng Center – Lunch – Changdeokgung Palace – Insadong Antique Alley – Amethysts Center – Namdaemun Market & Namdaemun – Hotel
Jogyesa is the chief temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism, becoming so in 1936. It thus plays a leading role in the current state of Seon Buddhism in South Korea. The temple was first established in 1395, at the dawn of the Joseon Dynasty; the modern temple was founded in 1910 and initially called "Hwanggaksa." The name was changed to "Taegosa" during the period of Japanese rule, and then to the present name in 1954. Jogyesa is located in Gyeonji-dong, Jongno-gu, in central Seoul. Natural monument No. 9, an ancient white pine tree, is located within the temple grounds.
The symbol of Cheongwadae (known as the Blue House or the presidential residence) is the blue tiles. The first thing catches your eye when you arrive at Cheongwadae that is the blue tiles of the main building.The blue tiles and the smooth roof are in beautiful harmony with Mt. Bukaksan which is behind it. As the Blue House represents Korea, the blue tiles and the smooth curve of the roof represent the beauty of Korea.
There are many visitors come Gyeongbokgung palace to watch a reenactment that “the Royal Guard Changing” ceremony, they take it at the Gwanghwamun and Heungnyemun plazas.During the year Joseon Dynasty (1392~1910), the royal guards were in charge of protecting the gates of the capital city and the royal palace.
Gyeongbokgung Palace was built in 1395, it is also commonly referred to as the “Northern Palace”. Because of it located more toward the north, compared to the neighboring palaces of Changdeok (Eastern Palace) and Gyeonghee (Western Palace). Gyeongbokgung Palace is arguably the most beautiful and to remains the grandest of all the 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 had restored under the leadership of Heungseondaewongun during, the reign of King Gojong (1852-1919).
Changdeokgung Palace is famous for its beautiful feature as recorded on UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list in 1997.
Changdeokgung Palace was the second royal villa built following the construction of Gyeongbokgung Palace in 1405. It was the principal palace for many of the Joseon kings and is the most well-preserved of the five remaining royal Joseon palaces. The palace is set within a large park in Jongno-gu, Seoul. It is one of the "Five Grand Palaces" built by the kings of the Joseon Dynasty (1392–1897).
As it is located east of Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung along with Changgyeonggung it’s also referred to as the "East Palace".
Insa-dong, located near Gyeongbok palace in the heart of the city, is an important place where old but precious and traditional goods are on display. There is one main road in Insa-dong with alleys on each side. Within these alleys are galleries, traditional restaurants, traditional teahouses, and cafes.
The galleries are the heartbeat of Insa-dong. There are about 100 galleries in the area and you can see every example of traditional Korean fine art from paintings to sculptures.
The teahouses and restaurants are the perfect complement to the galleries. At first they might be hard to find, but if you take the time to stroll around the twisting alleyways, the window shopping in itself can be very entertaining.
The shops in Insa-dong are very popular among all age groups, because each one is unique. There are traditional performances and exhibits as well.
Insa-dong is especially popular with foreign tourists. This is where they can experience and see traditional Korean culture firsthand, and also purchase pieces of fine art. On the street you can see many foreigners lost in all the joyous festivities of the street.
Soongryemun (Namdaemun) is a main gate of former Seoul fortress in Joseon dynasty. It is commonly called as Namdaemun which means “Great South Gate” to the old city.
The gate was built in 1396, in King Taejo's reign. And it was reconstructed in 1447 by king Sejong and in 1479 by king Seongjong.
In 2006 the Seoul city opened the passage to the gate to public. The gate is now listed as Korea's national treasure #1. But in February 10TH 2008, the gate was all burnt away by arsonist and the wooden gate was all burnt away by that accident.
The Cultural Heritage Administration has announced to rebuild the gate similarly to its original appearance. The rebuilding was done by early in 2013.