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History Tour Course

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The first itinerary of a city tour centered on Gwanghwamun Square starts from Cheongwadae Sarangchae. After exploring Cheongwadae Sarangchae, where you can find an exhibition on former presidents of Korea, you will arrive at the main royal palace of Joseon Dynasty – Gyeongbokgung Palace. On the way along Gwanghwamun Square, The National Museum of Korean Contemporary History is where one can find both modern and contemporary history of Korea, from the late nineteenth century to the present, at a glance. Take a look around Gwanghwamun Square where the Statues of Admiral Yi Sun-shin and King Sejong are located while feeling the vivacious energy of Seoul. From there, you can reach Cheonggye Plaza shortly after crossing the street in the direction of Cheonggyecheon Stream.

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    Cheongwadae Sarangchae (청와대 사랑채)

    Cheongwadae Sarangchae is a comprehensive tour promotion hall where you can look around Korean culture and walk in the footsteps of former Korean presidents. The first floor is divided into the Gallery of Korean Culture and Tourism and the special exhibition room, where various themes are displayed throughout the year. Blue House Hall, located on the second floor, introduces the Blue House and former presidents while Happy World Hall shows the vision the government is aiming for.

    • Address : 45, Hyoja-ro 13-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
    • Phone : +82-2-723-0300

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    Gyeongbokgung Palace (경복궁)

    Gyeongbokgung Palace was founded by King Taejo (Yi Seong-gye), the first king of the Joseon Dynasty. Gyeongbokgung Palace is also commonly referred to as the Northern Palace because its location is furthest north when compared to the neighboring palaces – Changdeokgung Palace (Eastern Palace) and Gyeonghuigung Palace (Western Palace). Gyeongbokgung Palace (Historical Site No. 117) is arguably the most beautiful, and remains the largest of all five palaces.

    • Address : 161, Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
    • Phone : +82-2-3700-3900~1

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    National Museum of Korean Contemporary History (대한민국역사박물관)

    The National Museum of Korean Contemporary History is Korea’s first museum recording the nation’s comprehensive history from the late nineteenth century to the current time. Visitors can view Korea’s state of development through the four permanent exhibition halls and a Children’s Museum that offers special exhibitions throughout modern time’s history and educational and cultural programs is also available for students. In addition, visitors may catch a picturesque landscape view of Inwangsan Mountain, Seochon Village, Gyeongbokgung Palace and Gwanghwamun areas from the roof of the museum.

    • Address : 198, Sejong-daero, Jongno-gu, Seoul
    • Phone : +82-2-3703-9200

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    Gwanghwamun Square (광화문광장)

    Gwanghwamun Square is located at the center of Sejong-ro with an approximate scale of 555m by 34m in length and width respectively. The symbolic icons of the square are the huge green grass patch, the statue of Statue of Admiral Yi Sun-shin and King Sejong Statue. Visitors may spend a fruitful time at the exhibition halls and galleries around the square.

    • Address : 172, Sejong-daero, Jongno-gu, Seoul
    • Phone : +82-2-120

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    Cheonggyecheon Stream & Cheonggye Plaza (청계천 & 청계광장)

    At the entry point of Cheonggyecheon Stream, Cheonggye Plaza was established based on the design of traditional Korean bojagi (a colorful wrapping cloth), featuring the elegant beauty of traditional stonework that is colorful yet refined. People can fully enjoy nature within the city through a fountain that showcases the magnificent synchronicity of three colored lighting fixtures with a 4m-high, two-tiered waterfall installed here. Visitors can enjoy the fantastic display of light and water even at night. A ‘walking tour’ program where one can learn about the history of Cheonggyecheon Stream is currently in operation. Interested participants may make reservations online (www.cheonggyecheon.or.kr) at least 5 days prior to their planned visit.

    • Address : Taepyeong-ro 1-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul
    • Phone : +82-2-2290-6803

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Recommended DiningRecommended Dining

  • Mugyo-dong Bugeogukjip

    Menu : Bugeo guk
    (Dried Pollack Soup)
    Phone : +82-2-777-3891

  • Gomguksijip

    Menu : Guksu Jeongol
    (Noodle Hot Pot)
    Phone : +82-2-756-3249

  • Chamsutgol

    Menu : Bibimbab, Yangnyeom Galbi
    (Marinated Grilled Beef Ribs)
    Phone : +82-2-774-2100

Recommended LodgingsRecommended Lodging

  • Koreana Hotel

    Phone : +82-2-2171-7000

  • The Westin Chosun, Seoul

    Phone : +82-2-317-0404

  • Somerset Palace Seoul

    Phone : +82-2-6730-8888

Cheongwadae Sarangchae (청와대 사랑채)

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Gyeongbokgung Palace (경복궁)

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National Museum of Korean Contemporary History (대한민국역사박물관)

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Gwanghwamun Square (광화문광장)

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Cheonggyecheon Stream & Cheonggye Plaza (청계천 & 청계광장)

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