Korean Manhattan and The 80s

Main sights: Yeouido, Times Square Mall, Yeongdeungpo Market, Mullae

A densely populated district of Yeongdeungpo is a rather off-the-beaten-path destination for foreign visitors. Most tourists prefer to end their acquaintance with the district with Yeouido Island, which has indeed a huge concentration of famous attraction for all tastes. However, Yeongdeungpo has a much more authentic feel than its “façade” part: narrow industrial streets, Chinese neighborhoods, traditional markets and glossy shopping malls are intertwined in a peculiar maze that is an incredibly fun mess to explore.  

Yeouido is a green island in central Seoul shaped by the wide waters of the Han River on one side and Saetgang stream on the other. From a sandy islet used for breeding horses and farming during Joseon times, it has grown to be a famous business district rivaling Gangnam with its skyscrapers, influence and affluence. Laws for the whole country are made in the National Assembly, new trends in entertainment are discussed in the major broadcasting companies’ headquarters and Korea’s economic future is decided in the top-floor offices of Yeouido.

Yeouido parks are incredibly popular for picnics and family outings – countless tents spring up as soon as the weather starts to warms up. Every season Yeouido has something new to offer: beautiful Cherry Blossom Festival attracts thousands of people with its fragrant alleys; summer opens ways for countless camping sites, water sports, and music performances; in early autumn the island hosts the spectacular Seoul International Fireworks. Throughout the year visitors can enjoy a romantic Han River cruise, explore the underground bunker and watch the sun set over the city from the observation deck of Building63.   

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Special Evening Admission to Gyeongbokgung Palace

Gyeongbokgung Palace

Experience Gyeongbokgung Palace, one of the most famous landmarks in Seoul in a new way! Gyeongbokgung Palace will be holding a special evening admission event starting from April 29 until November 3rd, 2019. Walking under the moonlight visitors will be able to immerse themselves in Korean history and be transported back to the Chosun dynasty. You can only get this feeling of serenity nighttime so don't miss this special offer. This event is not only popular for foreigners but also among local Koreans every summer!    Event Period & Opening Hours    Period: Every 3rd and 4th week from April 29 to November 3 (Closed on Tuesdays) Last entry: 1 hour before closing April 29 - May 6 (Royal Culture Festival) (19:00-21:30) May 20 - June 2 (19:00-21:30) June 17 - 30 (19:30-22:00) July 22 - August 4 (19:30-22:00) September 16 - 29 (19:00-21:30) October 21 - November 3 (19:00-21:30)   Ticketing    Where to buy: Foreigners can buy a ticket on-site (limited up to 500 visitors per day, first come first serve, up to 4 tickets per person) Price: 3000 Won *Bring your passport to validate your foreign nationality*   * Free entry if you reserve online and wear Hanbok through the sites below (each site has 250 quotas for free entry ) - Also applicable for foreigners 1. Auction Ticket  2. Interpark Ticket   Or go in person and check out some nearby Hanbok rental shops such as Hanbok-nam or 3355 Hanbok if you wish to rent and wear Hanbok to Gyeongbokgung Palace.   Weather conditions  The event will continue even if it rains. Please bring your own umbrella.     

Apr 29, 2019 ~ Nov 3, 2019