Hotel → Jogyesa Buddhist Temple → Changing of the Guard Ceremony → Gyeongbok Palace (Deoksu Palace on Tuesday only) → Pass by Presidential Blue House → Cheongwadae Sarangchae (closed on every Monday) → Ginseng Center → Lunch → Wearing Hanbok (Korea Traditional Costume) → Learning Greeting Etiquette → Folk Games → Practice in Kimchi Cooking → Shopping Center → Hotel
Extend an invitation to you! Frist visit in Korea? You can start with Korea’s representative structure.Sarangchae is a kind of Museum of Korea and Seoul where you can find brief information about them. Gyeongbok Palace, the oldest palace and the grandest of the five palace of the period, Enjoy magnificent view of the palace complex. Heard about Kimchi? Try to make one of the healthiest food, Kimchi in the world! Too spicy? Then, make your own Kimchi!
Tour Course Information
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.
Kimchi is any one of numerous traditional Korean pickled dishes made of vegetables with varied seasonings. A common manifestation is the spicy baechu (cabbage) variety. Kimchi is the most common banchan, or side dish, in South Korea and many South Korean communities and locales. Kimchi is also a common ingredient and combined with other ingredients to make dishes such as Kimchi stew (Kimchi) and Kimchi fried rice (Kimchi). Kimchi is so ubiquitous that the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) developed space Kimchi to accompany the first Korean astronaut to the Russian-manned space ship Soyuz.
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.
Jogyesa Buddhist Temple
Jogyesa Buddhist Temple is the center of Zen Buddhism in Korea, and is famous for being located in the city. From the busy streets of Jongno, follow the road towards Anguk Subway Station, and you will see Jogyesa Temple. The first things you will notice at the temple are the lovely trees. These locust trees and baeksong trees in front of the Daeungjeon, the main temple building, are about 500 years old.
Presidential Blue House
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.
The newly opened Cheongwadae Sarangchae, which opened to the public on January 5th, 2010, is a history center that gives visitors a chance to follow in the footsteps of presidents of Korea and gain insight into the history of Seoul. It encompasses the past, present and even the future of Seoul as well as the entire nation. It serves as a tourist information center that offers detailed information on World Cultural Heritage sites and assets.
Hanbok is the traditional Korean dress. It is often characterized by vibrant colors and simple 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. 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. Throughout history, Korea had a dual clothing tradition, in which rulers and aristocrats adopted different kinds of foreign styles, while the commoners continued to use a distinct style of indigenous clothing that today is known as Hanbok.