Official LMCE 2016 Travel Agency (Plaza 21 Plus)
Built in 1395, Gyeongbokgung was the principal palace for many of the Joseon kings, and is the best preserved among the five remaining royal Joseon palaces. It was designated as a World Cultural Heritage in 1997. Nestled between two royal palaces is Bukchon Hanok Village, home to hanoks, many of which have been transformed into accommodation and other commercial buildings while maintaining their traditional appearance and feel.
Gyeongbokgung Palace was built in 1395 as the primary residence for the royal family. Geunjeongjeon, the largest and most impressive building in the palace, served as the throne room and audience hall. Gyeonghoiru, a spacious two-story pavilion, overlooks a picturesque man-made pond just northwest of the throne hall. It served as a banquet hall for gatherings of royal ministers and diplomats. Samcheongdong Street goes through the middle of the city, but is a peaceful, quaint area. The street is lined with cafes, museums, antique shops and a number of famous art galleries.
The N Seoul Tower offers amazing panoramic views of Seoul and is the site of the city’s largest park and a botanical garden. Enjoy a hike to the peak or ascend by cable car. One of the oldest and largest markets in Seoul, Dongdaemun Market is a colorful, bustling spot for bargain shoppers. Many stores are not much bigger than closets, but the combination of goods covering a wide spectrum brightens the sprawling 10-block shopping area. You can find the largest selection of silk as well as other fabrics, shoes, sports equipment, bags, and clothes of all kinds. This market is no stranger to foreigner visitors, who come here from all over the world to find bargains at any time of the day, even 5’oclock in the morning!
The Korean Folk Village is a living museum that recreates the lifestyle of several centuries ago. There are potters, weavers, blacksmiths, and other artisans who practice their trades in traditional fashion. There are also 240 traditional homes and a small amphitheater for music and folk performances. Suwon Hwaseong Fortress, the Brilliant Fortress in Suwon, Gyeonggi-do Province, was built with the first use of cranes and other latest construction engineering of the 18th century. The construction was planned by the 22nd king of the Joseon Dynasty, Jeongjo, when he moved his father’s tomb in 1789. Each structure well harmonizes architectural splendor and function on a key strategic spot.
Truly one of the most unique & rarest experiences in the whole world, this visit will leave you with a dramatic sense of the tremendous tragedy of separated families, division of the peninsula and hopes for reunification. The North Korean 3rd Tunnel is one of several underground tunnels dug under the DMZ (demilitarized zone) for the purpose of infiltrating troops into South Korea in case of hostilities. It is deep under the surface and tourists are invited to descend to the bottom to view it for themselves. Cameras are permitted in the DMZ but it is essential that all visitors bring along their passports.
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