Tour Destinations: Seoul
Seoul is a modern city where ancient Korean culture combines with lots of modern architecture, developed infrastructure and technology. (panorama photo: Fedor Belikov)
Gyeongbok Palace was built in 1394 as the main palace of the Joseon Dynasty. An impressive history and Palace set in the heart of Seoul’s bustling outer world.
Deoksugun Palace – one of its buildings now houses the Royal Museum, which preserves sophisticated royal court articles.
National Folk Museum features aspects of both the traditional folk culture of ordinary people and that of the aristocracy, centering particularly on the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). You can compare the cultural characteristics and vestiges by period and you can see the development of pottery, agriculture and prints, tools for farming, hunting, fishing, along with clothes and houses. Devoted to the study, collection, and preservation of folk artifacts, it is also a forum for social education on folk culture through exhibitions and classes, which are designed to provide a better understanding of traditional Korean culture.
The Korean Folk Village is an open-air folk museum and international tourist attraction for both Korean and foreign visitors. It is the home of the true Korean heritage where many features of the Korean culture have been collected and preserved for succeeding generations to see and learn about. The village is located outside of Seoul.
There is another place in Seoul – Namsangol Traditional Village. Foreigners can take pictures here wearing traditional wedding costumes.
COEX Mall is a huge mall along the underground labyrinth with ultra modern design. Here you can shop till you drop, grab a coffee and it also is home to a movie theatre and Aquarium.
COEX Aquarium located inside COEX Mall shows more than 40,000 fish and dozens of big sharks.
Nanta Performance is a combination of traditional Korean folk performance and western art. On the stage is a giant kitchen, the 4 cooks appear and start cooking dishes using rhythm and beats.
Tokebi Storm Performance (a winner of Herald Angel Award in Edinburgh Fringe Festival) – a very unique non-verbal music performance composed of specialized performers and the representative character of Korea.
Namdaemun market is one of the largest general open markets covering various items. It functions as a wholesaler and retailer of textile goods, miscellaneous goods for everyday use, industrial products such as kitchen supplies, folk artworks, local products, accessories, imported goods, groceries, agricultural and marine products as well as children’s clothes, men’s clothes and women’s clothes at a lower than usual retail price.
Each store produces most of the goods directly, open hours vary by store however many are open late. Some stores also allow you to bargain.
The phrase “KAKKA JUSEYO” is a helpful tip meaning – lower the price please!
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