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Cheonggye Plaza developed along Sejongno, and acts as the starting point of the Cheonggyecheon. It is known for the grand sight of a candle fountain harmonizing with three-colored lighting and a two-staged cascading falls at a height of four meters. On both sides of the fall, it is covered with 'Palseokdam,' which were manufactured by 8 stones coming from the entire country. At night it makes for a fantastic scene of light and water. Moreover, the 1/100 miniature of the whole Cheongyecheon region is also said to be spectacular.

 

 

 

The palace was originally constructed by order of King Gwanghae, the fifteenth king of the Joseon Dynasty, and was completed in 1623. From the beginning it was much-loved and served as a secondary palace for some ten kings of the Joseon Dynasty. Most of Gyeonghuigung's buildings were relocated to Gyeongbokgung during the 19th century reconstruction. During their occupation of Korea, the Japanese dismantled much of Gyeonghuigung in order to build Gyeongseong Middle School for Japanese citizens in 1910. Later on, after years of neglect, the remaining buildings of the palace, such as Sungjeongjeon (Hall), were demolished, and the site was reduced to half its original size.

 

 

 

 

Bukchon is a charming, fascinating neighborhood that boasts endless mazes of traditional Korean houses, private art galleries and museums, and memorable personalities who are dedicated to cultural preservation. For visitors who wish to experience traditional Korean living, Bukchon is a must-visit area of Seoul.

 

 

Changdeokgung Palace is the second royal villa built after Gyeongbukgung Palace in 1405. Chandeokgung served as the principal palace by many Joseon kings and remains the best preserved among the five royal Joseon palaces. The rear garden that was used as a place of rest by the kings boasts a gigantic tree that is over 300 years old, a small pond, and a pavilion. The palace grounds are comprised of a public palace area, a royal family residence building, and the rear garden.

 

 

 

Insadong, located in the middle of the city, is an important place where old but precious and traditional goods are on display. There is one main road in Insa-dong with alleys on each side. Within these alleys are galleries, traditional restaurants, traditional teahouses, and cafes. The most famous galleries are Hakgojae Gallery, which functions as the center of folk art, Gana Art Gallery, which promotes many promising artists, and Gana Art Center. The best way to visit these galleries is to use the ¡°Art Center Bus.¡± It will take you to over 10 of the most famous galleries at a very reasonable price.

 

 

 

¡°Times Square¡± is one of the biggest multipurpose shopping malls in Korea. It consists of shopping spaces, such as Shinsegae Department Store and E-Mart, cultural spaces, such as the CGV cinema and Kyobo Book Center, and even overnight accommodation at the Marriott Hotel. The ceiling of the main mall is constructed from large panes of glass to allow people to see the blue sky outside while they enjoy shopping inside. With diverse brand-name goods, resting areas and a central location, people of all ages can enjoy an urban lifestyle in Times Square.

 

 

 

Seonyudo Park is located on Seonyudo (Island), one of the islands situated on Hangang (River). The park used to be a filtration plant, but was converted into an ecological park. Seonyu literally means "a place of scenic beauty". Seonyudo Park utilizes the previous filtration plant to a great extent. It contains four parks and many walking trails. Apart from these, the park has other facilities such as Seoul Design Gallery, and a botanical garden. Seonyudo Park is a much loved place where visitors can experience nature and relax with beautiful views of the river.

 

 

 

Opened in Insa-dong in 2004, Ssamzie-gil is a new traditional culture and shopping complex. An iconic Korean street, Insa-dong is famous as the most traditional street, lined with a large number of antique shops and folk art galleries. Ssamzie-gil is a place that continues the traditions of Insa-dong while complementing it with modern convenient facilities. For instance, Ssamzie-gil¡¯s footpaths run alongside the shops like a spring around a courtyard, reminiscent of an alleyway in Insa-dong. Meanwhile its book cafés, galleries and traditional experiences help create a cultural complex.

 

 

 

BonghwaBonghwanggak (Pavilion) was constructed in 1912 by Euiam Son Byeonghui (Euiam is Son Byeonghui's pen name). Son Byeonghui was a Korean nationalist and Korean independence activist during the Japanese occupation. Bongwhanggak was built in order to teach the doctrines of Cheondogyo (Religion of the Heavenly Way) and educate the leaders of the Korean independence movement, and is therefore considered to be the main shrine of Cheondogyo. Cheondogyo is a Korean religion based on Donghak (Eastern learning) founded by Choe Jeu. 

 

 

 

COEX Mall is the largest underground shopping mall in Asia and is connected to several exhibition halls, a convention center, a hotel, a department store and an office building. The mall houses around 260 stores and leisure facilities including fashion, beauty, entertainment and cultural spaces, and offers a pleasurable one-stop shopping experience, regardless of the weather.

 

 

 

Namsan Park is the largest park in Seoul and is home to many species of trees, plants, and animals. The park is well-known for its beautiful walking trails which allow visitors to see the local wildlife, such as its squirrels. The park covers a large area and features a number of tourist attractions including Baekbeom Square, the Namsan Cable Car and N Seoul Tower. Namsan Park is considered Seoul's principal park and on average welcomes 23,000 visitors every day.

 

 

 

The six-story building of the National Museum of Korea is ranked as the sixth largest museum in the world. The museum building is constructed so as to withstand violent oscillation in an earthquake. The architectural style harmoniously blends traditional and contemporary styles. It was built to house more than 140,000 national relics and artifacts, and also to serve as a complex cultural facility with a sculpture garden, open plaza and outdoor exhibition area. Also, artificial falls, streams, and green fields have been cultivated to create a beautifully landscaped space for visitors.

 

 

 

The Seoul Olympic Museum was established in 1990 to commemorate the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul. Comprised of five major zones, each themed area is dedicated to different aspects of the Seoul Olympics: Place of Harmony, Place of Prosperity, Place of Hope, Place of Glory and Place of Peace. There is also a cafeteria on the second floor and a museum shop for souvenirs.

 

 



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