Seoul Journals

Soulful Seoul

A May 2009 trip to Seoul by akakd

Namsangol Traditional Folk Village Photo, More Photos
Quote: Seoul is a CLEAN, modern city with a traditional flavor. Included in this journal are easy walking adventures from the Koreana Hotel, in the city center. Perhaps the best part of the location is its proximity to Cheonggyecheon River Walk.

Namsangol Traditional Folk Village

Attraction | "Traditional Korean Village Set Within the Modern City"

Namsangol Traditional Folk Village Photo,
Quote:
In the midst of city skyscrapers, the Namsangol traditional Korean village comes as a pleasant surprise. Within the village are five traditional Korean homes representing various social ranks of the society from the common peasant to the King. In addition to the homes, several artisans are on site to demonstrate traditional crafts, cooking, and cultural arts. In the open plaza, you can try your hand at several ancient games.

Admission is free.

This was a bit far to walk from our hotel in the city center. We took a cab, stopping on our return at the Namdaemun Open Market.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 14, 2010

Namsangol Traditional Folk Village
84-1 Pil-dong 2-ga
Seoul, South Korea 100-272
+82 (0) 2 264 4412

Changdeokgung Palace

Attraction | "UNESCO World Heritage Site, Changdeokgung Palace"

Changdeokgung Palace Photo, Seoul, South Korea
Quote:
Changdeokgung Palace became a World Heritage Site in 1997. Located only a short walk away from Gyeongbukgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace was built in 1405. While Gyeongbukbung Palace is reminiscent of the Forbidden City in China, Changdeokgung Palace appears to me to be more calming than concrete. Behind the palace is a lush garden with a small pond and a pavillion where royals and tourists alike can rest and soothe the soul.

Again, admission is free for children under the age of 6 and seniors over the age of 65.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 14, 2010

Changdeokgung Palace
1 Waryung-dong Jongno-gu
Seoul, South Korea 110-360
+82 (2) 762 8262

Gyeongbokgung Palace

Attraction | "Grand Palace"

Gyeongbokgung Palace Photo, Seoul, South Korea
Quote:
Gyeongbokgung means "Palace Greatly Blessed by Heaven". It was originally constructed in 1395, but was destroyed in the 1500's during the Japanese occupation. The palace was completely restored in the late 1800's & early 1900's and now stands as a grand reminder of a dynasty's past. Allow plenty of time to visit. The compound is massive. Children under age 6 and seniors over age 65 get free admission.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 14, 2010

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

Chogyesa Temple

Attraction | "Korean Buddhist Temple"

Chogyesa Temple Photo,
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Surrounded by mesmerizing Buddhist chants, Chogyesa Temple is rhythmic to the soul. Built in 1910, the temple became the main temple of Korean Buddhism's Chogye Order in 1936. The ornate handpainted lattice wood doors are worth a photo or two. In the courtyard stands a 500 year old white pine tree, brought from China, which holds special spiritual significance for the worshippers at the complex.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 14, 2010

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

Cheonggyecheon Riverwalk

Attraction | "Soulful, Soothing Walk in the middle of a bustling city."

Cheonggyecheon Riverwalk Photo, Seoul, South Korea
Quote:
The Cheonggyecheon River Walk was constructed in 2005 in an area that was once concrete roadways in the center of Seoul. Now it is a beautiful oasis in the center of a bustling city, a respite from the hustle & bustle of life itself, & a welcome calm in the midst of chaos. Along the Cheonggyecheon River are places to rest & reflect, outdoor art museums, stepping stones to cross from one side to the other, soothing water sounds, and plenty of greenery.

Cheonggyecheon River Walk makes Seoul the soulful city it is.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 14, 2010

Cheonggyecheon Riverwalk
Downtown Seoul
Seoul, South Korea

Koreana Hotel

Hotel | "A Lovely Hotel in a Great Location"

Koreana Hotel Photo,
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The Koreana Hotel is a modern facility with all the amenities any guest would need. Although we skipped on the expensive hotel restaurants, of which there are three (Japanese, Chinese, & Western), along with a bar, we did enjoy the little coffee shop downstairs. There's also a nice fresh baked bakery next to the hotel for inexpensive breakfast items. We did use the business center for internet service. But the best part of the Koreana Hotel is the location, just adjacent to the soothing Cheonggyecheon River Walk.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 14, 2010

Koreana Hotel
61 1 KA TAEPYUNG RD
Seoul, South Korea
82 02 2171-7000