Known as East Asia’s most developed country, South Korea is a place where centuries-old customs rub shoulders with the latest advances in science and technology. Located in the Southern portion of the Korean peninsula, Korea sees close to 12 million tourists annually. Read on to know more about some of the wonderful experiences and activities this country has to offer.
1. Soak in the Grandeur of Gyeongbokgung Palace
Rebuilt from ruins and ashes many times over the centuries, this palace once boasted of a staff of 3,000. The changing of the guard ceremony, museums, ornamental gardens, and magnificent sculptures are just some the things you will get to explore here.
Timing: 9 am to 5 pm (Wed-Mon) (Nov-Feb)
9 am to 6 pm (Mar-May, Sep – Oct)
9 am to 6.30 pm (Jun-Aug)
2. Travel Back in Time at Bukchon Village
Literally translating to ‘North Village’, this is the perfect place to sight some traditional Korean settlements. Characterized by patterned walls and tiled roofs, this village has been in existence since the 14th century, making it a must-see on every tourist’s itinerary.
Timing: Open always.
3. Take in the Views From Bugaksan
The tallest peak in Seoul, the Fortress Wall runs alongside this mountain ridge. Security is tight in the area and there are restrictions on photography and filming. An art gallery, a museum, and a restaurant are located in the vicinity.
Timing: 9 am to 3 pm (Apr-Oct).
10 am to 3 pm (Nov-Mar).
4. Shop Till You Drop at Itaewon Street
A great place for shopping, eating, and simply chilling out, Itaewon is a favourite with tourists. You can go ice skating here or shop for antique furniture and pottery; taste some local cuisine or choose from Greek or American food.
Timing: All day.
5. Be Amazed by Wonderful Changdeokgung
A World Heritage site, this is perhaps the most beautiful of the five palaces in Seoul. A terraced garden, pavilions, ponds, and a two-storey library are a few of the things that you will come across.
Timing: 9.00 am to 5.00 pm (Tue-Sun).
6. Watch the Change of Guards at Deoksugung Palace
Built by the Joseon rulers, one unique aspect of this palace is that it is illuminated in the evenings for the benefit of visitors. It offers a blend of Korean and Western architectural designs. The changing of guard ceremony is held thrice daily.
Timing: 9.00 am to 9.00 pm (Tue-Sun)
7. Experience Spirituality at Jogye-sa Temple
Housing three big Buddha statues, this temple has a huge wooden hall which is its chief attraction. A 10-storey Stupa adjacent to it houses one of the Buddha’s relics. You can also choose to stay here overnight.
Timing: Open 24 hrs.
8. Rest Awhile in Olympic Park
This park is best known as the venue for some of the events during the 1988 Olympics, there are plenty of ponds and sculptures which make it a picturesque location. The ruins of an ancient fortress can be seen here, as also the Olympic Museum.
9. Browse Through the War Memorial Museum
A treasure trove of information about the Korean War, this sprawling museum has photos, maps, and various other remnants of the time. The Honour Guard Ceremony is worth your while and so is a visit to the Combat Experience Room.
Timing: 9.00 am to 6.00 pm (Tue-Sun)
Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this Confucian shrine sits in the midst of a dense woodland. The spirits of rulers of the Joseon Dynasty are believed to dwell here inside wooden tablets. The architecture and special rituals held here are what make it unique.
Timing: 9 am to 5 pm (Wed-Mon) Mar-Oct
9 am to 4.30 pm (Wed-Mon) Nov-Feb
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