Sights in Seoul

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Palace Building

Palace Building

K. M. Lawson

Shrines, temples, palaces, museums... Seoul has a rich cultural heritage that can be seen in its original setting or on exhibition in one of the many museums. An absoulte must are the historical sites of the Mongchon Toseong and the Achasanseong Fortress. Besides the impresiive construction, one can visit the neighbouring places and the well-preserved gardens, constructed a long time ago.

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National Folklore Museum

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The National Folk Museum of Korea is located in Gyeongbokgung Palace. Its 25,088 articles well represent the folklore and the traditional lifestyle of Korea. The museum features not only articles of the common folk but also those of the upper class, especially in the Joseon Dynasty (1392 ~ 1910). To get there take the subway to exit 5 at Gyeongbokgung Sta. of Line 3, exit 1 at Anguk Sta. of Line 3 or exit 2 at Gwanghwamun Sta. of Line 5. Alternatively take the intra-city bus and get off at Sejong-ro St. It is 15-minute walk to the museum.

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address:On the grounds of the Kyongbok Palace, 1 Sejongno, Chongno-gu, Seoul
tel:(02)734-1346 (Korean)

Saenamteo Catholic Church

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The church was built in 1987 to commemorate the Catholic martyrs that died during the 19th century.

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address:Gwanggyo Saenamteo
tel:82 2 716 1791

Changdok Palace

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Still the residence of the former Royal family. Be sure not to miss the secret garden (Piwon). You can only visit palace and garden when you are in a group. Tours take about 1.5 hours.

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Seodaemun Prison History Hall

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A harrowing and grisly reminder of Korea under Japanese occupation can be found at Seodeamun Prison. Watchtowers, cells and execution rooms are all preserved complete with graphic dioramas depicting the torture of prisoners.

It is not for the weak-hearted.

But what a visit does do is help convey the extent of Japanese brutality while they were masters of the peninsular from 1910 – 1945. The brutality may not match that of which Nazi Germany metered out in her occupied territories but there was brutality none-the-less.

Some 40,000 people passed through the more..

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tel:02 363 9750 1
openingHours:09:30 - 17:00 (18:00 Summer)
url:www.sscmc.or.kr

Korea War Memorial

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Korean Independence Memorial Hall June 6, 2005
Korean Independence Memorial Hall June 6, 2005
photo by: K. M. Lawson

this is when Kyle died. He was born in January 14, 1999. He is in fourth grade.

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address:#8 Yangsandong 1-ga, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
tel:(02)709-3114 (Korean)
accessibility:5 minutes walk from subway line no. 4 Samgakji station or 10 minutes walk from Naryangjin station on line no. 1
openingHours:Mar. 1 ~ Oct. 30: 09:30 - 18:00 Nov. 1 ~ Feb. 28: 09:30 - 17:00
url:english.seoul.go.kr

Samsung Children's Museum

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Very good place for your children's education.

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address:7-26 Shinchon-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul
tel:(02)2203-1871 (Korean)

Achasanseong Fortress

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The Achansanseong Fortress is a historic site were one cannot only see the impressive fort, built in the Baekje period, but also take a hike in the natural park.

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address:Gwanggyo
tel:82 2 450 1395

Kyongbok Palace

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Palace Building
Palace Building
photo by: K. M. Lawson

Built in 1392 by King Taejo, but in its long history damaged and rebuilt quite often. The present structure dates back to the end of the 19-th century. The walled grounds contains some very beautiful pagodas that were brought from all over the country (mostly during the Japanese occupation).

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National Museum of Korea

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National Museum of Korea
National Museum of Korea
photo by: K. M. Lawson

The museum exhibits 145 videotapes and 26,000 volumes on pottery, relics discovered in ancient ruins, traditional arts and crafts, and other topics on the indigenous cultural legacy of Korea.

The first floor focuses on the history of Korea with sections dedicated to each period.  It also has separate halls dedicated to the Hangul alphabet, and Korean maps throughout the ages.

The second and third floors contain artwork from each period of Korean history, a large area dedicated to Buddhist artwork, donation exhibitions, and a limited selection of art from other more..

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address:168-6 Yongsan-dong 6 ga, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
url:www.museum.go.kr
tel:82-2-2077-9000
openingHours:M-F 9:00-18:00 Sat, Sun 9:00-19:00

63 Building

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The View From The Top
The View From The Top
photo by: James Saunders

The 63 Building (known also as the Daehan Life Insurance) sits on Yeouinaru Island in the south central area of Seoul. Open since 1985 it was once the tallest building in Asia.

And once Korea’s tallest building, it offers the visitor many things including first class panoramic views of the city from its ultra stylish skydeck, located (of course) on the 63rd floor.

Its ground floor has recently been remodelled to include a number of trendy eateries along with an IMAX Theatre, Convention Centre, Banquet Hall and Aquarium with some twenty thousand fish on more..

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tel:02 789 5663 5
url:www.63city.co.kr
address:Yeouinaru

Kimchi Field Museum

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Entrance to the Kim Chi Museum
Entrance to the Kim Chi Museum
photo by: K. M. Lawson

A museum dedicated to promoting and educating about Kimchi in Korea.  It was originally built in 1986.  This relatively small museum is conveniently located inside the COEX shopping mall. 

The first room of the museum discusses the history of Kimchi in Korea through the ages, including the important introduction of red peppers.  Exhibits discuss several of the common ingredients and the process of creating kimchi, as well as role of kimchi in Korean culture. 

A long hallway offers a detailed list of the benefits of Kimchi to one's health more..

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address:#159-1 Samsong-dong, Kangnam-gu, Seoul
tel:02-6002-6456
accessibility:Subway line 2, Samseong Station, second basement level
openingHours:T-S 10:00-17:00, S 13:00-17:00 (Closed Mondays)
url:www.kimchimuseum.co.kr

National Cemetry

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National Cemetry, Seoul
National Cemetry, Seoul
photo by: Danika May

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address:Dongjak Station
tel:82 02 826 6237

Uireung

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This historic site houses the burial place of King Gyeongjong.

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address:Imunsamgeori

Toksu Palace

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Toksu Palace is opposite the Seoul Plazea Hotel. In the building you will find the Museum of Modern Art.

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Seoul Grand Park

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Seoul Grand Park lies south of the Seoul city limits, at the foot of Mt. Ch'onggye in Kwach'on city. It is the nation's largest park complex consisting of the nation's largest zoo and a botanical garden in one compound, and Seoul Land Amusement Park, a hiking trail, a campground and National Museum of Contemporary Art in separate compounds. On a hillside, overlooking the zoo's central pens, is the botanical garden, which houses 169,327 plants from 1,196 different species including tropical plants, subtropical plants, cactus, fleshy plants, oriental orchids, and ferns.

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Seoul Zoo

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The zoo, which opened on May 1, 1984, has 3,008 animals from 365 different species including birds, mammals, and reptiles on a lot of about 195 thousand square meters.

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Great King Sejong Memorial Hall

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address:San 1-157, Chongyangri-dong, Tongdaemun-gu, Seoul
tel:(02)966-2571 (Korean)

Korean Museum of Contemporary Clothing

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address:13-21 Namsan-dong 3-ga, Chung-gu, Seoul
tel:(02)319-5497 (Korean)

The 4.19 Cemetery

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Cemetry where the youths, that died during the April Revolution in1960, are buried.

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address:foot of the Mt. Samgaksan.
tel:82 2 996 0419

Hyomin-gong monument

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This monument was built to commemorate Hyomin-gong.

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address:Sadang
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