15 amazing ways to experience Korean culture in Seoul
Korea surprises and fulfills travelers by its harmony. Korean culture is actually unique for its both modern and traditional traits. If you are finding a nation of bursting cities, tranquil villages, vibrant shopping markets, ancient history, and rich culture, Korea is exactly the destination you could not miss. Instead of losing among a brand new country with many things to explore, let this pocket tips guide you to the most attractive and breath-taking stops. You are definitely astonished with this Asian country for unbelievable and incredible things.
Gyeongbokgung palace: explore Korean culture at this particular spot
Gyeongbokgung palace is known as Korean very first, main and largest palace of Five Grand Palaces: Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace, Gyeonghuigung Palace, Deoksugung Palace and Changgyeonggung Palace, built in Joseon dynasty in 1395. It is also known as Northern Palace with no less than 500 buildings. From 1592-1598, Gyeongbokgung palace was destroyed by Imperial Japan and restored gradually later. Visit National Folk Museum to understand more about Korean culture in this most beautiful palace!
Changdeokgung palace: the second palace you could not miss in Korean culture journey!
If Gyeongbokgung palace is served as home of Kings in Joseon dynasty, Changdeokgung is the most favored place for its architecture and secret garden design. It is also called “East palace”. Compared to other cultural palaces, Changdeokgung is well-known for its well-preserved features and original ones from Joseon dynasty. Changdeokgung is listed as UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997. Come visit Changdeokgung palace to live harmonizedly with nature!
Bukchon Hanok village: tranquility in the Korean culture hectic city
After immersing yourself in the outstanding architecture by Joseon Dynasty, Korea delight you by its environmental–friendly Bukchon Hanok village. Let’s take a walk forwards north-central of Seoul to reach this peaceful place! “Buckchon” means North village and “Hanok” means traditional Korean house. Bukchon Hanok village settles in the hilly area between Gyeongbokgung palace and Changdeokgung palace. This village is known as residence of high-ranking government officials du
ring Joseon dynasty. Exploring this narrow path is one of the favorite activities of tourists.
Tip: This place is free of charge, just remember to wearing sturdy shoes for a walk and this place is very fit for who finding the silence and tranquility in the bursting city.
Jogyesa Buddhist temple: colorful Korean culture scenery
Walk very close to Gyeongbokgung palace, you will find a Jogyesa Vuddhist temple, located on the cultural street of seoul, Insadong. It was first established in 1395. During Japanese invasion 1910-1945, Jogyesa Buddhist is built as resistance to Japanese trying to put an end on Korea Buddism. Coming here to see the colorful architecture Daeungjeon, the main temple building and appealing green sceneries: about 500-year-old Chinese scholar trees and baeksong pine trees.
#Tip: There are a lot of Buddhist shops around with special souvenir gifts. Do not miss them!
Bulguksa temple: A Buddhism masterpiece of Korean culture
Bulguksa temple is located on Mount Toham. It is considered as a masterpiece of Korean Buddist golden age with seven National treasures of South Korean including stone pagodas, stone lantern, bridges and Buddha statue. Bulguksa temple is designated in UNESCO World Heritage list and considered as No.1 site of history and scenery.
Tip: Try to ring a big bell at Bulguksa temple, close your eyes, do meditation in its 1 minute-long vibration chanting. That is an amazing feeling to live in Buddhism spirit and taste Korean culture!
War Memorial and museum: Back to history!
Going back to history and its incident, War memorial and museum is the place you should not miss. It was established in 1994 to exhibit Korean war history. The building system includes six indoor rooms and one outdoor area. Both indoor and outdoor areas show military equipments as statue of brothers, aircrafts, helicopters, guns, tanks, missile, vessels…
Tip: If you are interested in Korean war history and its related Asian neighborhood incidents like Japanese, Chinese and Vietnam during war. Stop by this place to see what it is about!
Goryeo Celadon museum: the combination of nature and artistic spirit in Korean culture
The museum was established 1997 for preserving and Gangjin Kilt site. Pottery in Goryeo dynasty (918-1392) is at its high level of refinement. During this time, celadon is produced on a Korean peninsula with a hue of green ceramic type. There are about 30,000 pieces of celadons collected at museum. The fact is that Goryeo artisans from the beginning age learned from Chinese potters. For those who looking for the beauty of pottery and celadon, Goryeo Celadon museum is the best spot you should never miss.
Tip: You need to pay about 2000won (adults), 1500won (teenagers) and 1000won (children) to access to this place.
Han river: place you could have bunch of fun activities
Han river is the forth longest river in Korea. In the history, Hanrive is considered as trade route to China via yellow sea. Have you known that Han River is the place of many Korean famous music video and films as the Host film, Castaway on the Moon, Inchon, Gangnam style song…
Tip: Along Han river, at the lower stretches, there are bicycle paths, parks, camping areas, pedestrian walkways. You could come here for a day out with fresh air and see how Korean lifestyle citizen is.
Cheonggyecheon stream: Chilling out like a Korean local citizen
Cheonggyecheon stream is restored in 2005 as a part of Korean urban renewal project. It was initially a natural stream has a influenced effects for Korean citizens. There are cultural activities took place here every year. Just take a walk along it to explore water and light shows, looking at ducks and fishes, seeing thousands of wishes, experiencing wall of art and culture and visiting Cheonggyecheon museum….
Tip: It is completely free to walk along or join any activities at this natural stream in a busy city.
Namsan mountain: Lovers! The best place for the love locks and romantic views!
Namsan mountain is 860ft high at its peak. You could walk up or take cable car to reach the top of it. There are some interesting places as N Seoul Tower, Namsan Library, aquarium on there… At N Seoul Tower, try love locks for lovers, try dinner. You could also Namsangol Traditional Village for experiences of Korean culture.
DMZ: Known as Demilitarized Zone Tourism
DMZ, a line across Korea peninsula was established in 27, July 1953 as a buffer zone between South and North Korea. DMZ spreads from Gyeonggi-do to Gangwon-do . At Gyeonggi-do, there are some major points you can visit in here such as Nuri peace park, the third tunnel, Dorasan station, joint security area, Odusan unification observatory. At Gangwon-do, you could visit the second tunnel, cheorwon peace observatory, Woljeongri station, Cheorwon Korean Party Head quarter, peace dam….
Tip: Because there are a lot cities and counties on this land. Be focused on some places you pick for your limited time.
Independence Hall of Korea: Place of Korean history
If you want to know more Korean culture, visit this large Korean history museum. Was established in 15, August 1987, Independence Hall of Korea focuses on independence movements in Japanese Colonial Period. With seven indoor exhibition rooms, the first room is for prehistoric age to Joseon Dynasty exhibitions.
Suwon’s Hwaseong Fortress: big influence on Korean culture
Hwaseong Fortress is listed in UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is brick and and stone walls surrounding center of Suwon city, Gyeonggi-do Province. During Josen dynasty, in 1794-1796, the fortress was built by King Jeongjo for his father remain and defensive purpose, Crown Prince Jangheon. The fortress is considered is proof of. It is actually an excellent architecture collected ideas brought both from East and West. If you are a huge fan of Korean culture, you surely understand more about social and technical development in 18th century in Korea by visiting this fortress.
Gyeongju is a coastal city of North Gyeongsang Province in South Korea. It is was the second largest city in the province and the capital of Silla kingdom. Gyeongju was famous for its name ”the museum without walls”. There are some historical sites belonging to Gyeongju was listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Explore Korean culture and history in a wide range! Come to Gyeongju!
#Tip: Gyeongju is known as one of the most attractive destination for both domestic and international tourists. Make sure that you book everything in advance and focus one some places interest you most when planning to stay at Gyeongju
One of the best way to immerse yourself in Korean culture is enjoying its performances. In order to promote folk plays spreading to public, Nori Madang offers traditional performances held every weekends and about 120 performances every year.
Your tour ends with happiness, pleasure and fulillness. I am sure that though there are some neighbors like Chinese, Japan and Vietnam being rich in culture, Korea definitely brings you a very different and distinct taste of culture. Come to Korea, particularly Seoul to not also exploring Korean culture but also reflecting yourself in the ancient history.