A trip to Seochon Village, located west of Gyeongbokgung Palace, enables people to see traces of Seoul in the 1970s and 1980s. People can experience entering an old coffee house, a comic book store and a photo studio from the 1970s at the “Street to the Past,” located in the outdoor exhibition hall of the National Folk Museum. Cheongwadae Sarangchae is located on the way to Seochon Village. The starting point of Seochon Village is Tongin Market. As soon as people enter the market, a delicious aroma will stimulate their sense of smell. Kkwabaegi (twisted breadsticks) and gireum tteokbokki (spicy oil rice cakes) taste exactly like in the past. There are lots of worthwhile things to see in Seochon Village such as Daeo bookstore (60 years of operation) and ‘Okgin game room’ (an old electronic game room recreated by the fundraising of Seoul citizens).
Introduction The National Folk Museum of Korea displays the folk culture of Korea. Cultural materials related to agriculture, fishing and hunting are exhibited here. The outdoor exhibition is made into a park that consists of Street to the Past, waterwheel, and jangseung (Korean traditional totem pole at the village entrance).
|37, Samcheong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul||+82-2-3704-3114||March~May, September~October : 09:00~18:00
June~August : 09:00~18:30
November~February : 09:00~17:00
May-August Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays :
09:00-19:00 (open year-round)
Culture day on the last Wednesday of every month : 09:00~21:00
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/td>||+82-2-723-0300||
AM 09:00 ~ PM 06:00
(Closed on Tuesdays.)
Introduction Tongin Market is a famous traditional market in Seoul, popular even as a date course. An estimated number of 70 diverse shops fill up the narrow alleys, ranging from banchan (side dish) stores, restaurants, vegetable stores, fish stores, to tailor shops and other stores. Tongin Market is also well-known for their “dosirak (lunch box) café,” where people use yeopjeon (brass coins) to buy banchan of their choice at the market for a take-out lunch box. Yeopjeon can be purchased with cash at the entrance of Tongin Market.
|18, Jahamun-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul||+82-2-722-0911||07:00~21:00 (Closed on the third Sunday of every month)|
Introduction This gallery uses the house in which painter Park No-Soo lived for 40 years. The painter constructed an independent style by adding simple bold lines and audacious touch to Korean traditional paintings. It takes about an hour to look around the gallery of donated works, collections, garden, observatory, and structural beauty.
|34, Okin 1-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul||+82-2-2148-4171||Tue~Sun 10:00~18:00
(Closed on Mondays.)
Introduction Along with Bukchon, this village is a famous attraction for people to see pleasant alleys of Seoul. This village is referred to as ‘Sejong Village’ because this is where the Great King Sejong, the fourth king of the Joseon Dynasty, was born. Daeo Bookstore, continuing its business for 60 years, Okin Game Room, old souvenir shops, and other worthwhile attractions allow many Koreans reminisce the old days. Many people visit the village on a meokbang tour (food tour) because there are many famous restaurants and dessert shops.
|Tongin-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul||+82-2-732-2828|