• Attractions in Korea

Attractions in Korea

 

Pickup at Incheon International Airport
Meeting with the guide: delivering tour preview handouts(address of the travel agency office/contact no./email(guide&driver's contact no./location of accommodation&contact no.).
The Presidential Blue Houses
The symbol of Cheongwadae (known to westerners as the Blue House or the presidential residence), is the blue tiles. The first thing that catches your eye when you arrive at Cheongwadae is the blue tiles of the main building. The blue tiles and the smooth roof are in beautiful harmony with Mt. Bugaksan behind it. As the Blue House represents Korea, the blue tiles and the smooth curve of the roof represents the beauty of Korea.
Changing of the Guard Ceremony
Every day visitors to Gyeongbok palace can watch a reenactment of the “Changing of the Royal Guards” ceremony, which takes place at the Gwanghwamun and Heungnyemun plazas. The royal guards of the Joseon Dynasty (1392~1910) were in charge of protecting the gates of the capital city and the royal palace.
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Built in 1395, Gyeongbok Palace is also commonly referred to as the “Northern Palace” because it is located more toward the north, compared to the neighboring palaces of Changdeok (Eastern Palace) and Gyeonghee (Western Palace). Gyeongbok Palace is arguably the most beautiful and remains the grandest of all the five palaces.
National Folk Museum
National Folk museum is located inside Gyeongbok palace. It exhibits about 4,000 relics related to the lives of Korean. It has three permanent exhibition hall and a outdoor exhibition hall. You can see the lives of ancient Korean from the old stone age to Goryeo dynasty and Joseon dynasty. Also, the outdoor exhibition hall has variety of mills and the visitors can rest there.
Changdeokgung Palace
It is famous for its beautiful feature. It is recorded as UNESCO World Cultural Heritage in 1997 for having its beautiful appearance of that time. Changdeokgung Palace was the second royal villa built following the construction of Gyeongbokgung Palace in 1405. It was the principal palace for many of the Joseon kings and is the most well-preserved of the five remaining royal Joseon palaces. The palace grounds are comprised of a public palace area, a royal family residence building, and the rear garden. Known as a place of rest for the kings, the rear garden boasts a gigantic tree that is over 300 years old, a small pond, and a pavilion.
Insadong

Insadong is a place of traditional culture near Gyeongbok palace. Insadong was famous since the Joseon dynasty for having lots of antique shops. Today Insadong is popular among tourists for having lots of traditional teahouses, antique shops, traditional handcraft shops, and lots of other shops.

Insa-dong is especially popular with foreign tourists. This is where they can experience and see traditional Korean culture firsthand, and also purchase pieces of fine art. On the street you can see many foreigners lost in all the joyous festivities of the street.Insadong is a place of traditional culture.

Gwanghwanmun Plaza
Gwanghwamun Square opened to the public On August 1st, 2009, after the redesigning. With the inauguration of the square, Sejong-ro, located at the center of the 600-year-old historic city of Seoul, was transformed into a human-centered space that harmonizes with the beautiful scenery of Gyeongbokgung Palace and Bukaksan Mountain.
Cheonggyecheon Stream
Cheonggye stream is a river that flows across the seoul city. It was covered by road since the industralization has proceeded. In 2003 the recstoration has begun, and eventually in 2005 it has got its original appearance. Cheonggyecheon Stream passes close to Deoksugung Palace, Seoul Plaza, the Sejong Center, Insa-dong Street, Changdeokgung Palace, and Changgyeonggung Palace, allowing visitors to easily visit major tourist sites after a leisurely stroll along the stream.
Hallyu Hall of KTO
The Korean Wave (Hallyu) Hall has K•Star Gallery, a photo zone where visitors can take pictures with life-size cutouts of some of Korea's most famous celebrities. Hallyu celebrities' hand prints are also displayed here. At the nearby K•Star Shop, guests will find a selection of Hallyu celebrity products.
Namsan Hanok Village
The Namsan Hanok village was well known traditionally for having lots of yangban's residence. The Namsan Hanok Village is a place that has real hanok resided by yangbnas. The hanoks were moved from its original place. You can see the real houses of the old days and also lives of Joseon dynasty's people. Inside the village, there is a garden named namsangol traditional garden, which has traditional Korean plants, a small stream with a pond, and a gazebo. Inside the village, there is a time capsule under 15m of the ground, that has 600 relics representing lives of contemporary people and Seoul city in it.
Dongdaemun Market
Ever since its opening in 1905, Dongdaemun Market has been one of the major markets in Korea. Specializing in wholesale clothing, the market has grown large, having more than 20 shopping malls. A full range of fashion items that cover head to toe, are found in Dongdaemun Market at inexpensive prices. Just name it and you shall find it! No wonder the market is always crowded with retailers, foreigners, customers and tourists.
N Seoul Tower
N seoul tower was originally built for broadcasting tower. Today the tower has observatory that visitors can observe the whole city at a glance. The tower of 236.7m high, was built in 1969 for broadcasting, and was opened to public in 1980 when the observatory has been built. The tower room has 5 floors, having a observatory on 2nd and 3rd floor and a restaurant on 5th floor. The 'sky restroom' on 2nd floor and the 'revolving restaurant' on 5th floor, which rotates 360。every 48 minute, are the well-known features of N seoul tower.
Hangang River Cruise
Hangang River Ferry Cruise is one of the best ways to enjoy the scenery around Hangang River that flows through Seoul. Cool wind from the river, the surrounding scenery, which get more beautiful in the evenings, are the rewards the ferry cruise can offer you. On the cruise, you can see Hangang River’s beautiful scenery, the surrounding islands, Jeoldusan Park, the 63 City Building, N Seoul Tower, Jamsil’s Multi Sports Complex, and other famous tourist spots. The cruise is often used for weddings, birthday parties, music performances and other events. The live concerts connect piano playing with singing voices, and will live on in memories. During the summer, the docks also offer motor boat rentals.
63 City Skyart-Observatory
The 63 Building in Yoido stands 264 meters above sea level and is considered one of Seoul’s most well known landmarks. The 60th floor ‘Sky Deck’ of the 63 City Building has been newly remodeled into the ‘Sky Art Museum’, offering a place for art exhibitions, magic shows, and various cultural experiences. Visitors will also be able to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Hangang River through the observatory’s large windows.63 Seaworld is an aquarium that opened in 1985 in the 63 Building. It was the first public aquarium in the country. The aquarium hosts about 1,000,000 visitors each year..
63 City Seaworld-Aquarium
63 Seaworld is currently home to 20,000 animals representing 400 species, including king penguin, jackass penguin, pirarucu, piranha, Oriental small-clawed otter, harbor seal, sea lion. The aquarium includes 80 tanks, 54 of which are available for public viewing, with the rest being used for breeding rare sea creatures
Myeongdong Shopping Town
Myeongdong is one of the primary shopping districts in Seoul. The two main drags meet in the center of the block with one beginning from Myeongdong Subway Station (Seoul Subway Line No. 4) and the other from Lotte Department Store at Euljiro. Many brand name shops and department stores line the streets and alleys. Common products for sale include clothes, shoes, and accessories. Unlike Namdaemun or Dongdaemun, many designer brands are sold in Myeongdong. In addition, several major department stores include Lotte Department Store, Shinsegae Department Store, Myeongdong Migliore, Noon Square and M Plaza. The department stores carry many premium labels and other fashionable goods at reasonable prices.
Nanta Performance
Nanta is a non-verbal play full of rhythms made by beating objects. The background of the play is a kitchen, so the play uses frying pans or saucepans to make sounds. Also Nanta is famous because the audiences can be a part of the play. They can actually play a role to make sounds, and play a simple game. It was first shown in 1997 and continuously beloved.
Fanta-Stick Performance
Fanta-stick performance makes you feel the heart-pounding, stirring rhythms of traditional Korean music! Fanta-Stick (previously Korea Rhapsody) is a dynamic live show of Korean traditional musical that incorporates western percussion with melodies played on oriental musical instruments. The Fanta-Stick troupe is comprised of talented teams performing: fusion percussion, Korean music, breakdancing, acrobatics, and martial arts.
Making Kimchi
Kimchi is the most popular Korean food. Kimchi goes through a special fermentation progress that makes the special taste. Kimchi is a very healthy food; it was selected as a World's best healthy food 5. Kimchi has lots of fiber and less fat, so it is well known as diet food. A chinese cabbage Kimchi is most known, but there are hundreds of kimches differing from the ingredient and region it was made. Ordinarily Kimchi is spicy, but in this program, you can make less-spicy kimchi as you like. Don't worry - even if it's less spicy, the nutrition in kimchi is as same as the original!
Hanbok Experience
Hanbok is the traditional Korean dress. It is often characterized by vibrant colors and simple, curved lines without pockets. Although the term literally means "Korean clothing", hanbok today often refers specifically to hanbok of Joseon Dynasty and is worn as semi-formal or formal wear during traditional festivals and celebrations. The modern hanbok does not exactly follow the actual style as worn in Joseon dynasty since it went through some major changes during the 20th century for practical reasons. Try beautiful hanboks and take photo!
Everland Theme Park
Everland is the biggest and best amusement park in Korea. Everland has five sections of themes. Each of the sections are full of various attratcions. It has several festivals and shows around the year,. Also there are several attractions for you to enjoy. On winter, you can visit Snowslide, which is the longest and largest in Korea. Not only these, there are also lots of things to enjoy, such as the Safari World. Everland provides more than 40 fascinating attractions, seasonal flower festivals, Korea’s longest and biggest sledding track and Safari World, which contains a variety of animals that are rare worldwide. In general, Everland is known for its fine amusement facilities, which is popular amomg all ages. More than 10 million visitors have visited Everland – 5th among all the theme parks in the world, placing it just below the Disney’s theme parks. Moreover, Everland surprised the international leisure industry by recording the world’s highest attendance increase for three successive years. Everland is still improving, both in service and in content..
Korean Folk Village
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. In the Korean Folk Village, lots of historical soap operas were filmed. Also you can enjoy lots of attractions like museum and traditional performances.
Nami Island
Nami island is a artificial island made in the river, with the construction of Cheongpyeong dam. Therefore it was merely a alluvial island before. Since the buyer of the island started to plant trees in there, the island could have beautiful appearance as you can see today. Nami island is also famous for soap operas filmed there, like the Winter Sonata. Not only the forest, in the island is lots of galleries and atelier. You can see the whole island by riding bicycles lent there.
Mt.Seorak
Seoraksan mountain was named Seorak ('Seol' meaning 'snow' and 'Ak' meaning 'big mountain') because the snow would not melt for a long time keeping the rocks in a permanent state of white. In August 1982, it was designated as a Biosphere Preservation District by UNESCO. The park is spread across 4 cities and counties: Sokcho, Inje, Goseong and Yangyang. The highest peak is Daecheongbong; to the east is OeSeorak and to the west is NaeSeorak. North NaeSeorak is composed of Bukcheon, which flows to Ingyecheon and Baekdamcheon streams. There are numerous valleys in NaeSeorak. Follow the Baekdamcheon valley where all the streams meet and you will reach Baekdamsa Temple, which is known for its beautiful scenery. Upstream there is Gayadong valley and Suryeomdong valley, and past Yeongsiam and Mangyeongdae there is Madeungryeong ridge (1,327m) that leads to Seorakdong

Ski in Korea

Winter in Korea may be cold, but it is a perfect (and the only) time to have fun in the snow. One of the most popular winter activities is skiing, and ski resorts abound throughout Korea. For anyone who has been itching to go skiing on some of the world's greatest slopes or simply to experience snow, the Korea Tourism Organization offers winter travel packages every year during the Ski & Snow Festival period. Read on to find out more about the Ski & Snow Festival, which hundreds of tourists from both cold and warm regions have already attended.

DMZ (Demilitary Zone)

This spot is the most known traveling course of Demiliterized Zone. You can see the North Korea in your eyes via the observatory and the tunnel. The Military Demarcation Line is surrounded by the Demilitarized Zone under the provisions of the Armistice (cease-fire) Agreement signed on July, 1953. The Military Demarcation Line runs 155miles and separates the South and the North. Southern and Northern boundaries of the DMZ are located 2km apart from the MDL. The Demilitarized Zone, which consists of the area between Southern and Northern boundaries of the DMZ, was established to serve as a buffer zone to prevent any means of provocative action and collision between the South and the North. The civilian off-limit line was set up near the southern boundary of DMZ creating the civilian off-limit area, and its exact location varies from 5 to 20km away from Southern boundary of the DMZ. The civilian off-limit area is different from the actual DMZ where installation of military facilities, station of armed troops and positioning of weapons are prohibited under the provisions of the Armistice Agreement. Because of its low population density and restrained development, the civilian off-limit area was able to maintain excellent level of natural environment. Along with the DMZ, the area recently is highly valued for environmental resource and undisrupted ecosystem.

Namdaemun & Namdaemun Market
Soongryemun(Namdaemun) is a main gate of former Seoul fortress in Joseon dynasty. It is commonly called as Namdaemun. The gate was built in 1396, in King Taejo's reign. And it was reconstructed in 1447 by king Sejong and in 1479 by king Seongjong. In 2006 the Seoul city opened the passage to the gate to public. The gate is now listed as Korea's national treasure #1. But in February 10th 2008, the gate was all burnt away by arsonist Chae Jong-gi. The wooden gate was all burnt away by that accident. The Cultural Heritage Administration has announced to rebuild the gate similarly to its original appearance. The rebuilding was originally planned to be done by 2012 but the plan is slightly delayed to be done by early in 2013.