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 Trip-1 Royal Relics Morning Tour

Tour number : Trip-1
Price : 35,000won / $35 / per person
No. of people : minimum 1person
Time : 9:00 ~ 12:30
Conditions : Guide, Transportation, Pick-up service, Entrance fee, Taxes

* Price : 35,000won / $35 (minimum 1person)

* Itinerary

Day

location

Time

Itinerary

Meal

Day 1

Seoul







9:00






12:30

Hotel Pick-up
Jogye Temple
Pass by the Presidential Blue House
Cheongwadae Sarangchae
Changing of the Guard Ceremony
Gyeongbok Palace (Deoksugung Palace on Tuesdays)
National Folk Museum
Drop off at Itaewon

 


* Conditions : English Speaking Guide
                       Hotel pick up Service, Transportation 
                       Entrance fee
                       Taxes

* Remarks : Deoksugung Palace on Tuesdays
                     Shopping : Duty free shop


* Description

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.

- The Blue House : Go and get a chance to see the place where the most important person in Korea lives!
- Sarangchae: Follow the footsteps of presidents of Korea and gain insight into the history of Seoul.
- Guard Changing Ceremony : you will see performance, costume and implement of the Royal security guard. You can compare with the Buckingham Guard Changing ceremony of the UK.
- Gyeongbok Palace : Meet the main palace from Joseon Dynasty with 600 years of history.
- The National Folk Museum : Looking for A chance to know about Korea? Please meet 5000 years of history, culture and life which can help you to understand Korea.
- Jogye Temple : See the administrative Buddhist temple of Korea located in the center of Seoul.


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.
Jogyesa Temple does not give off the solemn and traditional air of the other temples located deep in the mountains, or offer the seasonal scenery of the mountains and the sea. But because it is located in the middle of the city, the transportation is convenient, and is well connected to the surrounding areas. It is good for tourists on a tight schedule. Along the street around Jogyesa Temple are many Buddhist specialty shops, selling such things as prayer beads, Buddhist writings, incense, as well as souvenirs such as dolls and key chains. If you are interested in Buddhism, these stores may be worth looking around.


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. The blue tiles and the smooth curve shape of the main office roofs are elegantly built. Approximately 150 thousand tiles compose the roof of the Blue House. Each were baked individually which make them strong enough to be used for hundreds of years. If you turn to the right you will see Chunchugwan. The roof of Chunchugwan was made of earthen tiles. This is where the president's press conferences are held. On the left side of the main office, there is the Yeongbingwan. It was designed to hold large conferences and official events for foreign guests. It looks luxurious with 18 pillars.
You can walk along the Nokjiwon and the Mugunghwa Valley. At Nokjiwon a succession of presidents planted trees on memorial occasions. There is one famous tree which is 310 years old.
The Mugunghwa Valley has the flowers, a fountain, and a phoenix statue, which makes it perfect for taking pictures. It is best to visit here between July and October when the Mugunghwa flowers bloom. There are many places to go to in Hyoja-dong Sarangbang. Presents given from around the world to the president are displayed here. You can tour for free and buy Cheongwadae souvenirs. One place you should not miss is "the Seven Palaces." The area has seven palaces with traditional houses and yards from the Joseon Dynasty. After opening in November 2001, many tourists have visited.
A walk around the paths just outside the the Blue House grounds is a pleasure as the surroundings are peaceful and beautiful. The paths follow Gyeongbokgung Palace to Blue House and to Samcheong-dong Park. The walk from the East Gate of Gyeongbokgung Palace to the Blue House is the most beautiful part. With the road in the middle, there is the Gyeongbokgung Palace stone wall on the left and galleries and old buildings on the right. The stone wall of Gyeongbokgung Palace is scattered with beautiful old trees that will comfort you. With their colorful leaves, the path is a romantic course to walk through during the fall season. Across the street are Hyundai Gallery, Geumho Gallery and other famous galleries and stylish cafes. Of the many nice cafes and restaurants, there is "The Restaurant." Its interior is modern and one side of the building is a glass wall where you can enjoy viewing the scenery and the stonewall alley while dining. After you pass this area, and before you reach the Blue House, turn to the right and you will reach Samcheong-dong Park. There are many famous restaurants and galleries. In particular, on the way to Samcheong Park, there is a restaurant called 'Sancheong-dong Sujaebi' which is the most renowned in Samcheong-dong. If you walk pass the restaurant, you will find Samcheong-dong Park at the end of the road. There are many trees, a mineral spring, and another famous walking path. When you visit the Blue House, don't forget to take a stroll on the quaint and narrow Samcheong-dong street. It is much quieter than Insa-dong and is popular among foreigners.


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. The ones on the side were for his court. In the yard, Pumgyeseoks stand on each side. Jagyeongjeon and Gyotaejeon were the King’s mother and Queen’s sleeping quarters. Jagyeongjeon is famous for it’s flower wall and Sipjangsaeng guldduk (chimney). The guldduk is recognized as the most beautiful made in Joseon period, and is listed as National Treasure no. 810. Gyotaejeon was the Queen’s personal living area, and the wall and the rear entrance overlooking Amisan Mountain are particularly eye-catching.
What adds to the elegance of Gyeongbokgung is its lotus pond. Gyeonghoeru and Hwangwonjeoung. Gyeonghoeru was where foreign dignitaries met and special festivals were held when good events occurred in the nation. Hwangwonjeong is behind the sleeping quarters, and is in the back courtyard. It also has a lotus pond, but has a distinct feminine feel to it compared to Gyeonghoeru’s. Its architecture makes great use of the surrounding Amisan’s geography, and the area blends in beautifully, a great example of traditional Korean palatial structure. There is also the library, sujeongjeon, and the King’s work quarters, Sajeongjeon.
There are many designated Cultural Assets in the Palace. Many of these were collected from all over the nation, such as Gyeongcheonsa’s 10-story stone tower (No. 86), Beomcheonsa’s Jigwangguksa-Hyeonmo tower (No.101), and Borugak’s Automatic Clock and Heumgyeonggak’s Water Clock and Cheonsang Clock.
In 1910, when the Korea-Japan Treaty was signed, Japan tore down all the Jeongak buildings in the south area and built their Command Center on the spot. The Japanese building has now been dismantled and the palace is in the process of being restored.


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. 


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