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Deoksugung Pungnyu (덕수궁 풍류)

Deoksugung Pungnyu (덕수궁 풍류)

0m    3039     2020-04-14

99, Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul
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Deoksugung Pungnyu is a night-time traditional arts performance that takes place at Deoksugung Palace in downtown Seoul. Traditional art specialists (many officially recognized as ‘intangible cultural assets’) take the stage with their apprentices to fill the cool night air around the stately palace walls with the hauntingly beautiful melodies of the past.

The performance is part of an effort to help visitors immerse themselves in the traditional Korean arts while getting a more authentic experience of the palace, instead of just observing the world of the ancients from afar.

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Deoksugung [MMCA  Deoksugung] (국립현대미술관 (덕수궁관))

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Deoksugung [MMCA Deoksugung] (국립현대미술관 (덕수궁관))

10m    37036     2021-01-14

99, Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul
+82-2-2022-0600

The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Deoksugung [MMCA Deoksugung] was originally built as an annex to the National Museum of Contemporary Art. The museum specializes in seeking out and researching modern art, exhibiting and preserving it, supporting and developing educational programs, and furthering publications and international exchanges. Located within Deoksugung Palace, the center maintains a unique traditional atmosphere. The museum planned and showcased a total of 38 unique exhibitions from 1998 to 2005. Besides the exhibitions, the center has various performances such as music and mime, as well as lectures or seminars on artists' works.

Deoksugung Doldam-gil (Deoksugung Stone-wall Road) (덕수궁 돌담길)

Deoksugung Doldam-gil (Deoksugung Stone-wall Road) (덕수궁 돌담길)

30m    47214     2021-02-22

Jiha 101, Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul
+82-2-120

Stretching approximately 900 meters in length, Deoksugung 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 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.

Deoksugung Palace (덕수궁)

Deoksugung Palace (덕수궁)

38m    410962     2020-12-03

99, Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul
+82-2-771-9951

Registered as Historic Site No. 124, Deoksugung Palace was not originally a royal palace, but was the home of Grand Prince Wolsan (1454-1488), the older brother of King Seongjong (1469-1494) of the Joseon dynasty. It wasn't until 1593 that the palace was used as a temporary palace of the royal family after their home was burned down during the Imjin War. King Seonjo also stayed at Deoksugung Palace after returning to the city. 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 change officially to Deoksugung Palace, meaning the “palace of virtuous longevity,” until 1907. While the palace once encompassed a vast area with many buildings, the current palace grounds are just a small shadow of the prior splendor, with very few structures remaining.

Deoksugung Palace Royal Guard Changing Ceremony (덕수궁 왕궁수문장교대의식)

Deoksugung Palace Royal Guard Changing Ceremony (덕수궁 왕궁수문장교대의식)

135m    105857     2021-02-17

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 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.

The Royal Guard Changing Ceremony is a highly recommended event for tourists. It is held three times a day, with each ceremony following the same procedure and lasts for forty minutes to an hour, and 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.

The Royal Guard Changing Ceremony is a great opportunity to experience a rare traditional scene. The guards’ splendid costumes, with their brilliant primary colors, are a pleasure to view. Once the ceremony is over, visitors can take pictures with the gatekeepers.

Deoksugung Palace's Daehanmun Gate (덕수궁 대한문)

Deoksugung Palace's Daehanmun Gate (덕수궁 대한문)

163m    23065     2020-06-29

99, Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul
+82-2-771-9951

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.

Seoul Cathedral Anglican Church or Korea (대한성공회 서울주교좌성당)

Seoul Cathedral Anglican Church or Korea (대한성공회 서울주교좌성당)

179m    7538     2020-03-30

15, Sejong-daero 21-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
+82-2-730-6611

Seoul Cathedral Anglican Church of Korea began construction under Mark Trollope, the third bishop of the Anglican Church of Korea, in 1922. It was designed by a English architect Arthor Dixon. Dedication ceremony of the church was held On May 2, 1926 when the construction work hadn't been completed yet. At that time, the church building was a 3-storey building with a 992 m² floor size. Later in 1993, the original blue print of the church was found at a library in England and the construction resumed and would be completed in 1996.

The church building is a harmonious combination of Romanesque and traditional Korean style. The exterior of the church is shaped like a cross with various lines placed in harmony. Inside the cathedral, there are 12 stone columns symbolizing the 12 apostles, a mosaic of Jesus on the front wall, and a brass plate in commemoration of Mark Trollope. Under the brass plate, the remains of the bishop Mark Trollope are enshrined.
* Size: B1-3F
* Building site area: 519㎡ (157 pyeong), Ground area 909㎡ (275 pyeong)

Jeongdong Theater (정동극장)

Jeongdong Theater (정동극장)

186m    51835     2021-01-07

43, Jeongdong-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
+82-2-751-1500

Jeongdong Theater is located along Deoksugung Doldam-gil and serves as a cultural hub for locals citizens. Opened on June 17, 1995, Jeongdong Theater is historically significant as it was established to restitute the legacy of Wongaksa, the first modern theater in Korea. Jeongdong Theater features numerous critically-acclaimed productions, such as “Traditional Art Performance,” “Masters Exhibition,” and “Art Frontier,” as well as programs like “Art Stage at Noon” that are geared toward the general public. As a result, Jeongdong Theater has become one of Korea's representative traditional arts performance theaters and was designated as a Seoul Future Heritage in 2015..

The theater successfully held the performance “Miso” in 2010, featuring the traditional musical "Love Songs from Chunhyang," written and created by Jeongdong Theater. The musical attracted many international visitors from all over the world, passing on Korean cultural values and beauty, as well as gaining attraction by critics worldwide. In addition, the theater also produced "The 2nd Story of Miso: Baebijang-jeon," offering a modern interpretation of the fundamental values found in Korea's culture and art.

Yurimmyeon(유림면)

Yurimmyeon(유림면)

198m    62     2020-12-28

139-1 Seosomun-ro Jung-gu Seoul
+82-2-755-0659

This store, which has a long history of over 50 years, makes noodles using only Bongpyeong buckwheat. The best menu at this restaurant is buckwheat noodles. This Korean dishes restaurant is located in Jung-gu, Seoul.

Seoul Museum of Art (서울시립미술관(서소문본관))

Seoul Museum of Art (서울시립미술관(서소문본관))

219m    139778     2020-11-13

61, Deoksugung-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
+82-2-2124-8800

Seoul Museum of Art (SeMA), opened on August 19, 1988, is a modern art museum conveniently located in the Deoksugung Palace area near Jeongdong Theater. The museum's facade showcases architecture of the 1920s, while the rest of the building was remodeled in 2002.

SeMA is a 3-story building with six exhibition halls, a lecture hall for educational programs, and a library where art-related books, magazines, and visual reference materials are available to the public. In one of the exhibition halls is a permanent collection titled "The Soul of Chun Kyung Ja," an exhibition of the works of the famous Korean artist Chun Kyung Ja.

An art museum popular among both locals and visitors, SeMA holds internationally renowned exhibitions twice a year and has hosted Chagall, Matisse, Picasso, Van Gogh, Pompidou, and many other famous collections.

Jeongdong Observatory (정동전망대)

164m    16696     2020-07-01

15, Deoksugung-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
+82-2-120

Jeongdong Observatory is located on the 13th floor of Seoul City Hall Seosomun building. The observatory has a cafe inside where visitors can enjoy a drink while gazing upon the magnificent view of Deoksugung Palace from above. In addition, the walls of the cafe are decorated with photos of old Jeongdong.

Dalgaebi (달개비)

179m    15772     2016-12-09

16, Sejong-daero 19-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
+82-82-2-765-2035, 2068

This is a traditional Korean restaurant serving food in attractive bowls. Its main dishes are steamed rice in bamboo and raw rice wine (Makgeolli). When you pour makgeolli into a glass which is brewed in the old way, your nose gets ticklish because of the smell of yeast. Steamed rice cooked with Indian millet, glutinous rice and beans in a bamboo stick, provides the delicious smell of bamboo.

*Best Korean Restaurant as designated by The Seoul Metropolitan Government