Looking for a chance to see the historical part of Korea.
On the way to Gyeongbokgung Palace the bus will pass by the Presidential Blue House. After The Presidential Blue House, guests will be led to Kyongbok Palace, which was built in 1394 as the main palace of the Joseon Dynasty. It is the most comprehensive and grandest of the five palaces for the Joseon Dynasty.
After Gyeongbokgung Palace, we will visit the National Folk Museum, which portrays many activities of the Korean life style. These include religious rituals, housing, household tools, and social dynamics of traditional Korean life. The next stop is Jogye. The Jogye Order is the largest and most influential denomination in Korean Buddhism today.
After Jogye Temple, we will head to the Ginseng Center or the Amethyst Factory. Ginseng is recognized all over the world as a cure-all, and processed products made of ginseng are sold in this center.
Amethyst symbolizes peace, sincerity and health, and the amethyst produced in is recognized as among the highest quality in the world.
1. Jogye Temple
Jogyesa 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 thing 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. One locust tree is about 26-meter high, and in the summer, provides a large amount of shade to enhance the mood of the temple. The baeksong tree is designated as a Natural Monument. The Daeungjeon building is a stately building built in 1938. The Dancheong is particularly beautiful with all the different colors painted on it, and inside the building is the Seokgamoni statue. In front of the Daeungjeon building, you can also see a 7-story stone pagoda containing Jinsinsari.
2. Cheonggyechon Stream
Until it was restored in 2005, Cheonggyecheon Stream existed only as a neglected watercourse hidden by an overpass. Today, it has been transformed into a haven of natural beauty amidst the bustle of city life.
Narae Bridge, expressing a butterfly in flight, and Gwanggyo Bridge, symbolizing the harmony of the past and future, are just two of the more than twenty beautiful bridges that cross the stream. The ‘Rhythmic Wall Stream’, lined with fine marble, sculptures, and Korea’s 8th stone building, Palseokdam, adorn the Cheonggyecheon Stream.
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.
3. Presidential Blue House
Go and get a chance to see the place where the most important person in Korea lives!
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 Cheongwaaae are 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 unique buildings Cheongwadae are comprised of the Main Office, Yeongbingwan (Guest House), Chunchugwan (Spring and Autumn Pavilion), Nokjiwon (Green grass), the Mugunghwa (Rose of Sharon) Valley, and the Seven Palaces. It is interesting to see that these buildings have special shapes. They are unique and beautifully designed, built in the Korean traditional style.
4. Gyeongbokgung Palace
Gyeongbokgung was the main palace during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). One of five palaces in Seoul, it has a 500 year history. It was built by the founding King of Joseon dynasty, Lee Seong-Gye, in 1395 as he moved the capital city from Gyeseong to Seoul. Located in the northern part of Seoul, it is sometimes called “Bukgwol.”
Gyeongbokgung is 5.4 million square feet and rectangular in shape. On the south side is the main gate Gwanghwamun. To the north, Sinmumun, east, Yeongchumun, and west, Geonchunmun. In the palace are the Jeongak buildings such as Geunjeongjeon, Gyotaejeon, Jagyeongjeon, Gyeonghoeru, and Hyangwonjeong. Geunjeongjeon, the main hall, was where inquiries and morning sessions were held. In the front courtyard, three granite walkways are present. The slightly more elevated middle walkway was for the King.
5. The National Folk Museum
The National Folk Museum displays the lifestyle of ancient Koreans. There are 20,000 vestiges, with a total of 4000 folk relics. In the Center Hall there are traditional culture or folk related exhibits. The “Hall of Korean Lifestyle” shows the lifestyles of Koreans from pre-historic times to the Joseon Period (1392~1910). You can compare the cultural characteristic and vestiges by period and you can see the development of pottery, agricultural implements and prints. The 2nd Exhibition called ‘Hall of Koreans at Work‘ displays tools for farming, hunting, fishing, along with clothes and houses. It includes handicrafts, accessories, dishes, kimchi and jangdokdae. The 3rd Exhibition is called the ‘Hall of a Korean Life Cycle‘ and presents the life of an ancient Korean from birth to marriage to death. Outside the museum is more interesting than inside. The Jejudo Island sculptures such as Dolharubang, windmills, treadmills and sheds are displayed outdoors. The National Folk Museum holds a ‘Korean Folk Concert’ every Saturday at the auditorium. The National Folk Museum designates the first Sunday every month as ‘Visit the Museum’ Day in admission fee is waived.