Seoul Journals

Seoul - A Cultural Immersion

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A travel journal to Seoul by jmineo

Downtown Seoul Photo, Seoul, South Korea More Photos
Quote: Once again, the Government decided I needed to take a business trip to attend high-viz conferences. This time the trip would be back to Seoul. This particular trip extended itself across a weekend allowing me the opportunity to spend some time being a tourist.

Seoul - A Cultural Immersion

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Overview

Another Seoul Cityscape Photo, Seoul, South Korea
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Seoul is immersed in cultural activities. So many times I've visited what they affectionately call The Land of the Morning Calm, yet never had the time to truly indulge myself in its rich culture. Most of my activities in the past have been limited to the occasional Korean BBQ restaurant, a trip down Itae-Won market for some cheap knock-off American products, an OB or Hite beer with other government colleagues, a summer night walk by the Hahn River or working overtime, never having the chance to leave the government installation. This trip was different in that I had the opportunity to stay over the weekend and immerse myself in a little bit of Korean culture, like the Kyongbok Palace, Korean Natio...Read More

Chogyesa Temple

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Attraction | "Chogyesa Buddhist Temple"

Chogyesa Temple Photo, Seoul, South Korea
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Chogyesa Temple is an important temple for Korean Buddhism. This is one of the few Buddhist temples actually within the Seoul city limits. Buddhist temples were moved into the mountains of Korea to escape persecution from invading countries. I noticed in the front yard of the Chogyesa Temple, stands a white pine and locust tree, each more than 400 years old. We happened to be there during the Buddha's birthday and hundreds of electric bulbs were strung across the trees and on the temple itself, presenting a magnificent sight. We heard one of the festivities of Buddha's birthday brings the "Feast of the Lanterns", which includes an evening lantern parade from Chogyesa Temple through the streets of S...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 28, 2001

Chogyesa Temple
45 Gyunji-dong
Seoul, South Korea 110-170
+82 (0)2 732 2115

Korean Folk Village

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Attraction

Korean Folk Village Photo, Seoul, South Korea
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This would be a fascinating place to take the kids. That was the first thing that crossed my mind when coming to this open-air museum. The Korean Folk Village reminded me of our very own Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia, an historical haven for adults and children alike. The folk village seemed like a Korean national treasure, showing a live illustration of the way things used to be in a Korean foregone era. Its located 20 miles south of Seoul, near Suwon and is actually a lot larger village than I thought. The open-air museum village stands on 243 acres. Designed and devised to preserve the various aspects of Korea's traditional life, sites are assembled over a total of 200 separate buildings i...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 28, 2001

Korean Folk Village
107 Bora-dong
Yongin, Gyeonggi 449-900
031 288-0000

National Folk Museum of Korea

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Attraction | "Korean National Folk Museum"

National Folk Museum of Korea Photo, Seoul, South Korea
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Within the grounds of the Kyongbok Palace is the Korean National Folk Museum. The exhibits within this museum depict early and rural Korean living, with some pretty life-like dioramas. The dioramas particularly interested me here, since it brought back the days of my grade school tenure, where teachers helped us create miniature scaled dioramas of different events. Anyway, the folk museum was selling a wide range of items if you're interested in bringing back part of your trip beyond just pictures and camcorder clips; including pottery, lacquerworks, masks and other folk handicrafts that were displayed throughout. The actual museum facility itself is comprised of three interconnected buildings. T...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 27, 2001

National Folk Museum of Korea
1-1 Sejongro Jongno-gu
Seoul, South Korea 110-050
+82 (0)2 3704 3114

Gyeongbokgung Palace

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Attraction | "Kyongbok Palace"

Gyeongbokgung Palace Photo, Seoul, South Korea
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Now here's a chance to see some of Korea's yester-year royalty in all its glamour and glory. Kyongbok Palace or the "Palace of Shining Happiness" was beautifully restored and many buildings had just been painted, with some yet to receive their new facelift. Quite an excellent opportunity to see some of Korea's best, restored history. It cost 700 Korean Won (less than $1) to enter. I suppose they expected revenue from the gift shops. The palace is actually a series of main buildings within a huge compound within Seoul's city limits. Its considered the biggest and most beautiful palace in Seoul. Built in 1394, it was the residence of the first royal family of the Chosen Dynasty. Set amidst the vast...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 25, 2001

Gyeongbokgung Palace
161, Sajik-ro
Seoul, South Korea
02 3700-3900