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.
Cheongwadae Sarangchae is an exhibition hall where you can look around Korean culture, Cheong Wa Dae, and walk in the footsteps of former Korean presidents.
You can enjoy exhibitions of Korea’s tourist attractions and former Korean presidents, including various programs and special themes for visitors.
|45, Hyoja-ro 13-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
AM 09:00 ~ PM 06:00
(Closed on Tuesdays.)
Introduction 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.
|161, Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
AM 09:00 ~ PM 05:00
March-May/September-October : AM 09:00 ~ PM 06:00
June-August : AM 09:00 ~ PM 06:30
(Closed on Tuesdays.)
Introduction 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.
|198, Sejong-daero, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Sun, Tue, Thu, Fri : AM 09:00 ~ PM 06:00
Wed, Sat : AM 09:00 ~ PM 09:00
(Closed on Mondays.)
Introduction 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.
|172, Sejong-daero, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Introduction 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 (http://dobo.visitseoul.net/webMain.do) at least 5 days prior to their planned visit.
|Taepyeong-ro 1-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul