99, Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul
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Deoksugung Palace has held a guard-changing ceremony since 1996 after thorough historical research by leading historians. The ceremony, which is held in front of the Daehanmun Gate of Deoksugung Palace, is a tradition similar to the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace and offers a rare opportunity to experience royal culture. The royal gate is opened and closed at pre-determined times, and the gatekeepers in charge of guard duty and patrols hold a shift ceremony three times a day.
Special Programs: The Royal Guard-Changing Ceremony is a highly recommended event for tourists. It is held three times a day (11:00 / 14:00 / 15:30) in front of Daehanmun Gate at Deoksugung Palace. As each ceremony follows the same procedure and lasts for thirty minutes, visitors can choose whichever time is most convenient. The ceremony is free of charge. There are no ceremonies on Mondays as well as on severely cold or hot days.
As the ceremony begins, the changing of the guards commences replete with traditional musical instruments, and exchanges a password for verification. An eight-minute guard ceremony ensues, followed by a seven-minute change ceremony, and finally a patrol that completes the ceremony. The procedure takes a dramatic turn when 18 guards in six official positions beat a drum and bellow some orders.
Major Highlights: The Royal Guard-Changing Ceremony is a great opportunity to experience a rare traditional scene. Be sure to bring a camera. The guards’ splendid costumes, with their brilliant primary colors, are a pleasure to view. While you cannot take pictures with the guards during the changing of guards, you can take a background picture of the guards and palace. You can also take photographs with the gatekeepers after the ceremony is over. Visit the palace and enjoy the beauty of Korean palaces following the ceremony.
199, Everland-ro, Cheoin-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do
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Everland hosts the Tulip Festival to mark the onset of spring from March to April each year. Over 1.2 million tulips in 100 different varieties including Apeldoorn, Synaeda Blue and Pink Diamond will be on display. Guests will love to visit the themed garden, featuring sculptures and paths adorned with beautiful spring flowers. One of the most popular photo zones is the 26 meter-tall Flower Magic Tower, and as night falls, the unique LED Musical Rose Garden can be enjoyed, where LED roses are lit in various colors, accompanied with dynamic background music.
36, Gongwonsunhwan-ro, Dalseo-gu, Daegu
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Daegu Chimac Festival celebrates what Koreans love to enjoy, chicken with beer, and will take place at Duryu Park in Dalseo-gu, Daegu. The term "chimac" is a portmanteau of chicken and maekju (meaning "beer"). With over 880,000 visitors in 2015, and one million visitors during the festival of 2016, the number of total visitors continue to increase as this festival steps up to become one of the most significant events in Korea. This year's festival will include music and cultural performances, making the entire festival overflow with youthful energy.
99, Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul
Inhwamun Gate used to be the main gate before the main hall, Junghwajeon Hall, was built. The palace was expanded in 1902, building Junghwajeon Hall, Junghwamun Gate and Jowonmun Gate in order to furnish the sytem of law books. After that, the site for Inhwamun Gate became the site for Geongeukmun Gate, and Daehanmun Gate was built to the east of Jowonmun Gate, using it as the main gate. The gate was rebuilt in 1904 and it was currently moved back due to the expanded road.
Deoksugung-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
Stretching approximately 900m in length, Deoksugung Palace Stone-wall Road was Korea’s first successful attempt at creating a comprehensive urban space where both people and nature can coexist. The road was built using eco-friendly materials and the utmost precautions were taken to ensure pedestrian safety. There are over 20 benches and 130 trees along the road offering great places to rest and enjoy the unique atmosphere.
Walking along Deoksugung Palace Stone-wall Road is a memorable experience. The romantic stone-wall road is an ideal date spot for couples to stroll along and also makes for an excellent cultural walk being located near Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul Museum of History, and important historical complexes.
99 Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul
Located at the corner of Seoul's busiest downtown intersection, Deoksugung Palace is famous for its elegant stone-wall road. It is also the only palace that sits alongside a series of western style buildings that add to the uniqueness of the surrounding scenery. Deoksugung Palace originally belonged to Wolsandaegun (1454-1488), the older brother of King Seongjong (1469-1494) of the Joseon Dynasty. It became a proper palace when Gwanghaegun (1575-1641) ascended to the throne and gave this royal residence the name Gyeongungung Palace in 1611. Over the following decades, the palace alternated between being an official palace and a temporary residence. The name did not official change to Deoksugung Palace, meaning the “palace of virtuous longevity,” until 1907. While the palace incompassed a vast area with many buildings, the current palace grounds are just a small shadow of the prior splendor, with very few structures remaining.
Upon entering Deoksugung Palace through Daehanmun Gate, visitors will cross the wide bridge of Geumcheon Stream. The king's carriage would pass over this bridge during ancient times. The legal building Junghwajeon Hall is very stately, revealing its long history. The Jeukjodang Building received its name from Gwanghaegun and In-Jo, who both ascended to the throne here. The front sign on Jeukjodang was written personally by Gojong (26th king of the Joseon Dynasty, r. 1863-1907) in 1905 after he became king. Hamnyeongjeon Hall was where Gojong slept, named with the meaning of wishing for lasting peace for Gojong. The East Wing served as the king’s room, and the west wing was for the queen.
Jeonggwanheon Hall was the first Western-style building built in the palace, completed in 1900. Gojong enjoyed drinking coffee and spending his free time here. The back of the building had secret passageways to the Russian Emissary, which still exist today. Seokjojeon Hall is the other Western-style building that still remains in Deoksugung Palace, and it was in the process of being built by a British man for his company, when in 1905 the property rights were transferred to Japan. It was finally completed in 1910. After Gojong’s death, Seokjojeon Hall became a Japanese art gallery open to the public. After the Korean Declaration of Independence, the American-Russian joint commission was held here as well in May 1946. The east wing of Seokjogwan Hall now serves as a palace treasure exhibition, and the west wing is used as part of the National Modern Art Center.
Junghwajeon Hall was the center of politics during the Korean Empire and served as the backdrop to critical discussions on national affairs among the country’s leaders. The elaborateness of the hall’s interior is said to reflect the confidence of King Gojong in his ability to effectively lead the country into the 20th century. One of the most striking parts of the building is the pair of dragons that decorates the canopy above the throne of the king. These dragons can also be seen on the ceiling of Junghwajeon Hall and were representative designs of Deoksugung Palace, the imperial palace at that time. Though Junghwajeon Hall was originally built in 1902 as a multi-roofed building, it was redesigned as a single-roofed building in 1906 after it caught on fire two years before that.
10, Yudong 1-gil, Suncheon-si, Jeollanam-do
Simonggwan Hanjeongsik is located in Suncheon, a city that holds on to it's traditions through attractions such as Nagakeupseong Fortress, Songgwangsa Temple and Seonamsa Temple. Simonggwang Hanjeongsik serves Korean table d'hote, offering tourists the chance to enjoy a traditional meal fit for kings. All dishes are made with the freshest ingredients and prepared with the best traditional Korean food chefs in the city.
22-5, Sejong-daero 14-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
Masan Place is located in a famous food alley near Seoul City Hall. The restaurant has been in operation for over 40 years, being most well known for their soegogi gukbap (beef rice soup) and modeum jeon (assorted pancakes). The latter comes with pan-fried oysters, seafood, and other ingredients. This dish goes particularly well with alcohol.
Masan Place is known for being frequented visited by Former President Roh Moo-hyun. Since the establishment opened, the same cook has prepared its delicious meals. The restaurant was named after the proprietor from Masan.
265, High 1-gil, Sabuk-eup, Jeongseon-gun, Gangwon-do
Located inside a Gwangwon-do Province resort, Unamjeong is an upscale Korean restaurant that features traditional dishes served in many different styles such as ilpum (main individual dishes), hanjeongsik (set dishes), natgoetsang (lunch) consisting of banga dishes (noble class cooking style), sikgaek (gourmet) bansang, sura jeongsik (royal court meal) and jineobyeol manchan (feast). The restaurant is largely divided into Bongwan (main restaurant), Daryegwan (tea house), Hwangjeonggwan and Sikgaekgwan (separate guest rooms), and Suratgan (kitchen), and has Unamji Pond and Unmaru Pavilion in its yard. Thanks to its authentic traditional meals and charming ambiance, Unamjeong is widely sought after by many for family gatherings and other occasions, including filming of Korean drama Sikgaek starring Kim Jeong-eun and Jin Gu.
15, Myeongdong 8na-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
Spao is a global clothing brand shop offering various items from casual wear to men's suits, women's suits, children's clothing, underwear, sportswear, and accessories. Spao works on star marketing in collaboration with SM Entertainment and offers product lines co-produced with top-notch designer, Chang Kwang Hyo.
115, Toegye-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
Shopping Mall, located in Myeong-dong, provides customers with easy access to its stores, as it is directly connected to the Myeongdong Subway Station (Seoul
Subway Line 4) and also has its own parking facility. If Dongdaemun claims to be the shopping district for teenagers, Myeong-dong is regarded as the shopping district for youth in their 20’s. Throughout the area, signs are written in English, Chinese and Japanese for foreign visitors. Many shops in this district sell unique self-designed
and up-and-coming designers' clothes, bags, shoes, and fashion accessories at very reasonable prices. This is a one-stop shopping spot for fashion items that will dress you from head to toe. Right outside of the 1st floor of the Migliore building, an outdoor stage has been erected for various fashion shows, concerts, and festivals.
263, Jangchungdan-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
Migliore is a clothing fashion mall located in Dongdaemun with hundreds of wholesale shops. Much of the Dongdaemun area from Jongno 5(oh)-ga to the Dongdaemun Subway Station is a flea market selling clothing, sporting goods, home appliances, furniture, etc. However, as Dongdaemun underwent modernization, fashion malls like Migliore, Cerestar, and Doota were established. The Dongdaemun Migliore sells the latest fashions marketed to the younger generation, with customers in their teens making up 80% of their business. Migliore is a convenient facility that has an enormous variety of products sold at reasonable prices.
39, Seojeon-ro, Busanjin-gu, Busan
Toyoko Inn Hotel in Busan is a branch of a Japanese business hotel chain that has 242 franchises in Japan. The hotel has a very good location with Seomyeon Subway Station a 5-minute walk away and Migliore Shopping Center across the street. A Lotte department store and duty free shop is within a 10-minute walking distance, and Gwangalli Beach is 15 minutes away by car.
The hotel features two designated rooms for people with disabilities. They are twice as large as the other guestrooms and have no door sills, allowing wheelchairs to enter and move around the room easily.
67, Dongbaek-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan
The Westin Chosun Busan was first established in 1978 and was one of the accommodations of choice for those attending the 2005 APEC Summit, living up to its reputation as one of Busan’s best business hotels. The Westin Chosun Busan is located at the entrance of Dongbaek Island and is only 40 minutes away from Gimhae Airport and 30 minutes from downtown Busan. Nearby attractions include the Busan Exhibition and Convention Center (BEXCO), Dongbaek Island, Nurimaru APEC House, Busan Aquarium, Suyeongman Yachting Waters, Jangsan Mountain hiking trails, Yonggungsa Temple, and Gwangandaegyo Bridge.
11, Toegye-ro 60-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
Situated near the Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Subway Station, the K-POP RESIDENCE Dongdaemun offers the ideal location for tourists. The residence strives to provide comfortable services and clean facilities at reasonable prices for business travelers and tourists, and to create a friendly atmosphere for all its guests. As the residence is adjacent to the Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Subway Station, Exit 5, on Lines 2, 4, and 5, guests can enjoy their stay in the energetic and youthful city of Seoul, shopping and discovering Korean culture at the Dongdaemun Market and the DDP (Dongdaemun Design Plaza).
55, Sapyeong-daero, Seocho-gu, Seoul
The Simsan Cultural Center was established to commemorate the Confucianism and patriotic spirit of Simsan Kim Chang-Suk. It is a place that provides educational programs that develop life skills and nurture the artistic sensitivities of program participants, while adding to the overall quality of life of the area’s residents.
1, Jong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Kyobo Bookstore is Korea's largest chain of bookstores. Approximately 2.3 million books are categorized electronically so you can easily find whatever selection you are looking for. It is always crowded with people, especially on weekends with readers both young and old enjoying a good book.
Kyobo also hosts a variety of events, including a book of the month event where authors come and meet with readers to discuss their work. There's also a character shop, a stationery store and a music store where you can listen to your favorite album. The foreign book corner is popular among foreigners because there are numerous books written in various languages. Those unable to find specific titles can order them for delivery at the counter.
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There are many streets around Kyobo Bookstore famous for delicious food. If it's traditional spirits and tasty side dishes you're after then head straight to Pimatgol. There are many different dishes to enjoy in a comfortable atmosphere. The Chungjin-dong haejang-guk (broth to relieve hangover) street and the Mukyo-dong octopus restaurants nearby are also very famous.
Carrying numerous national and international bestsellers and just about every other book imaginable, Gangnam's Kyobo Bookstore is a popular meeting point for people of all ages. It was also the filming location for the drama, "Yeongae Sidae (Alone In Love)."
234, Gongnyongbangmulgwan-gil, Hwangsan-myeon, Haenam-gun, Jeollanam-do
The area of Haenam Uhang-ri is designated as Natural Monument No. 394 since the area remains not only a fossil district with footprints of dinosaurs, pterosaurs, and birds, but also has a rich geologic history. So, Haenam-gun created the Haenam Uhangri Dinosaur Museum in order to showcase the natural heritage and experience the dinosaur exhibition such as a 4D video room and special exhibition. The museum is the very first dinosaur museum in the southwest region of Korea and features plenty of dinosaur remains and other related exhibits.
32, World Cup-daero, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon
Daejeon World Cup Stadium is one of the stadiums where games were held during the 2002 World Cup Korea/Japan. The stadium can accommodate up to 42,000 fans. Korea advanced to the quarterfinals on this field and it is still frequented by many when World Cup or Olympic games are broadcasted.
618, Maesohol-ro, Nam-gu, Incheon
Munhak Sports Complex is located in Nam-gu, Incheon-si. Construction began in July, 1994 and was completed in February, 2002. The complex and its grounds measure 432,034.60 ㎡. The complex originally began its construction as the main venue for National Athletic Competition, but was changes were made along the way to hold the Korea-Japan soccer game during the FIFA World Cup in 2002.
806, Bongsu-daero, Seo-gu, Incheon
Incheon Asiad Main Stadium is the main stadium for
the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon. Construction began in June 2011 and the stadium
opened on June 1, 2014. Built on a 631,975㎡ lot, the five-story stadium has a total
floor area of 113,620㎡ and 61,818 spectator seats (capacity to be reduced by
32,514 seats after the 2014 Asian Games).
The stadium has an oval running track enclosing a regulation-size soccer field. Outside, there's a tennis court, a subsidiary stadium, and the 1,415.13㎡ Yeonhui Cricket Ground (연희크리켓경기장).