** 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
** You can take some photo in front of the Presidential Blue House.
** You cannot take videos in front and around Presidential Blue House.
** Royal Guard Changing Ceremony might be cancelled due to the weather condition.
** Some performance at Korean Folk Village might be cancelled due to the weather condition.
|TOUR SPOT||Seoul City / Vicinity|
|MINIMUM NUMBER||2 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 – Korean Folk Village (Korean Traditional Performance) – 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).
The National Folk Museum is located on the compound of Gyeongbokgung palace. It shows you the traditional life about both of the ordinary people and aristocracy and has exhibits from all parts of Korea. There are displayed plenty of traditional farming methods, hunting, weaving, cooking and other house-keeping chores. The museum has three main exhibition halls, with over 98,000 artifacts and open-air exhibits, such as replicas of spirit posts where villagers used to pray, stone piles for worship, grinding mills, rice storage shelters and pits for Kimchi pots.
Korean Folk Village is a full introduction of lives of people in Joseon dynasty. The village is a living museum that shows us lifestyle of several centuries ago.
There are potters, weavers, blacksmiths and other artisans who practice their trades in a traditional fashion. Also there are about 270 traditional houses opened to visitors. The village has official's houses, ordinary people's houses, traditional schools, hospitals, and government office.