Hang-dong Railroad & Pureun Arboretum

The Hang-dong Railroad had been used to transport military supplies since its opening in 1959. The landscape of the surrounding area is comparable to the beautiful Gyeongam-dong area in Gunsan which is a famous railway travel destination. Many photographers visited the site soon after it became famous. Today, it is a popular destination for family outings and a frequently visited date course for couples. Thanks to a coconut-matted pedestrian road located near the railway with a width of 2 meters, wheelchair users can also access the site.

The entrance to the Pureun Arboretum is 200 meters ahead of the railway. The arboretum, which was completed in 2013 by the Seoul Metropolitan Government, is an excellent example of a barrier-free facility. Most passageways can be accessed by wheelchairs and are easy to navigate. Gardens are composed under various themes include aquatic plants, marshland, silver grass, and autumn foliage. Pay a visit to the arboretum this spring.

Directions: 500 meter walk from Exit 2 of Cheonwang Station (Line 7)

Hang-dong Railroad & Pureun Arboretum

Hang-dong Railroad & Pureun Arboretum

Hang-dong Railroad & Pureun Arboretum

Hang-dong Railroad & Pureun Arboretum

Hang-dong Railroad & Pureun Arboretum

Hang-dong Railroad & Pureun Arboretum

Hang-dong Railroad & Pureun Arboretum

Hang-dong Railroad & Pureun Arboretum

Hang-dong Railroad & Pureun Arboretum

Hang-dong Railroad & Pureun Arboretum

Hang-dong Railroad & Pureun Arboretum

Hang-dong Railroad & Pureun Arboretum

Hang-dong Railroad & Pureun Arboretum

Hang-dong Railroad & Pureun Arboretum

Hang-dong Railroad & Pureun Arboretum




FIRST FULL MOON FESTIVAL

In the olden days, the first full moon of every lunar year was an important holiday in Korea. As farming was the primary industry in Korea, the First Full Moon Festival served to bring Korean farmers together to encourage each other by playing traditional games and sharing food. This tradition continues today and is held in many places around Korea. One of the festivals is held at the National Folk Museum of Korea, which is located right next to Gyeongbokgung Palace, a historic royal residence of the kings of the Joseon dynasty and a designated Historic Site . Many families and tourists gather here to enjoy the free booths set up during the festival and experience Korean traditional culture.

How to get there:
5 minutes’ walk from Exit 4, Anguk Station




UNHYEONGUNG PALACE

Unhyeongung Palace was the residence of King Gojong of the Joseon dynasty before he acceded to the throne in 1863. Although it is relatively small, it follows the characteristic style of Joseon palaces. In the olden days, wealthy families lived in houses with tiled roofs. The palace was inherited by King Gojong’s brother Yi Jaemyeon, and then by Yi Jaemyeon’s son Yi Junyong. After the Korean War, a large part of the palace was sold, reducing its size to a considerable extent. The palace also contains an exhibition of relics from ancient Korea, while the area just behind the palace was used as a shooting location for the popular Korean drama Guardian, The Lonely Great God, making it a very popular attraction.

How to get there:
5 minute walk from Exit 4 at Anguk Station




TECHNO MART GANGBYEON STATION

Techno Mart is a 10-story building that contains all the technology in the world, from second-hand electronics to brand new, state of the art technology. At Techno Mart, you can find anything from computers and games, to offices supplies, home appliances and cameras. There is a movie theater on the 10th floor and a fun arcade where you can play games while you wait. There are restaurants on the 9th floor, and an outdoor garden with a great view. On the first floor, there is a fashion mall where people can come to shop for stylish clothing.

How to get there:
Gangbyeon Station, exit 1 or 2




Seoul Brand Art Exhibition

KOTRA is the global business platform of Korea. KOTRA’s core values include dedication to customers, contribution, challenge, and global. The exhibit is open on the first floor next to the entrance. KOTRA and Seoul Metropolitan Government have collaborated and opened an art exhibit on the first floor of the KOTRA building. It is open to the public until February 28th, 2017. As a part of the I Seoul U campaign, Seoul Metropolitan Government invited 20 local artists to create a piece that best expresses what Seoul means to them. The interior is painted red and blue, the colors that represent Korea. The artwork represents traditional, as well as contemporary Korean culture.

How to get there:
Yangjae Citizen’s Forest Station DX Line Exit 3. Walk 10 minutes.










YEOUI ICE PARK

Yeoui Ice Park in Yeouido Park is now open to visitors until February 17th, 2017. The Ice Park incorporates an ice rink, sledding slope and a snow playground as well as food trucks and a warm indoor café serving snacks and hot drinks. The ice rink is one of a number of ice rinks operated by the city during the winter, and is popular with both locals and tourists as an easily accessible place to enjoy some winter fun for a low price. A one day pass for the skating rink and sledding slope including skate rental costs just 5,000 won, with cheaper prices offered for one session tickets.

Accessible from:
Yeouido Station, Line 5 or 9, Exit 2 or 3.
National Assembly Station, Line 9, Exit 3 or 4.




SEONGBUK-DONG

Seongbuk-dong, an area of the city that is relatively unknown to tourists, is one of Seoul’s hidden gems with a full of history and attractive streets to explore. Bordered by the Seoul fortress wall, the neighborhood has temples, homes of famous historical figures to visit, as well as plenty of delightful restaurants, and tea rooms serving up Korean favorites to enjoy whilst taking a rest. One highlight is Bukjeong Village, a hillside community where you can experience old Seoul as you make your way through the maze of alleyways and passageways.

Accessible from:
Hansung University Station, Line 4, Exit 5 or 6




SEOUL LANTERN FESTIVAL

First held in 2009, the Seoul Lantern Festival has become a popular annual festival in the city with both locals and visitors alike enjoying the late autumn evenings at Cheonggyecheon Stream in the glow of the festival’s colorful paper lanterns that stretch for 1.2 km from Cheonggye Plaza. Held this year under the title “Lightened Hangang River, where history flows,” a variety of stories from the river will be told through the many lanterns at the festival, and visitors will have the opportunity to launch their own floating wish lantern in the stream and put up their own wish lanterns under Gwanggyo Bridge in Cheonggyecheon.

Accessible from:
Gwanghwamun Station, Exit 5.
Jonggak Station, Exit 5.




AUTUMN IN DOWNTOWN SEOUL

While Seoul delights in all seasons, it is perhaps autumn when Seoul is at its best, with tree-lined streets and a backdrop of mountains all ablaze with autumn colors. One popular place for Seoulites to go and enjoy the season is downtown Seoul and the roads around City Hall and Gwanghwamun, where the mix of historic streets and landmark buildings against the backdrop of spectacular displays of color on the trees creates quite a sight.

Accessible from:
City Hall Station, Line 2, Exit 1.
Gwanghwamun Station, Line 5, Exit 7.




Seoul Brand Art Exhibition

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Seoul will hold “Seoul Brand Art Exhibition” under the motif of I∙SEOUL∙U from November 2nd to 13th at the City Gallery in Seoul Citizens Hall.

This exhibition will be the first of its kind since the birth of I•SEOUL•U. In the exhibition, creators reinterpret the Seoul brand with their own emotions about and experiences in Seoul, and “present the friendliness of Seoul and fun of communication.”

As the Seoul brand, which was created on October 28th, 2015, celebrates its 1st anniversary, Seoul and the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency are co-hosting this exhibition for citizens who are wondering “What’s the Seoul brand?”, “Why did they create the Seoul brand?”, and “How has the Seoul brand taken its current form?”

‣ Period: November 2nd (Wed) – 13th (Sun), 2016
‣ Location: B1, City Gallery, Seoul City Hall
‣ Contents: I•SEOUL•U from the perspectives of artists
‣ Admission fee: Free of charge
‣ Inquiry: 82-2-2133-6193




ITAEWON GLOBAL VILLAGE FESTIVAL

First held in 2008, the Itaewon Global Village Festival is an annual festival held in the multicultural neighborhood of Itaewon. The festival is a great way to experience and learn about the cultures of other countries without leaving Seoul, and features musical performances, a fashion show, food tents, and a craft beer zone. The highlight of the festival is the 1.4 km Global Village Parade, which combines music and dance from costumed performers, and goes from Hangangjin Station through Itaewon, then onto the main stage at Noksapyeong.




SEOUL DESIGN WEEK

Seoul Design Week, the country’s largest design festival, ran from September 22nd to October 2nd at the fabulous Dongdaemun Design Plaza. The annual event was held under the theme “Smart City, Smart Design, Smart Life,” with programs including; The Seoul Smart Mobility International Conference and Exhibition, Universal Design Seoul Exhibition, Seoul Crafts Fair and Crafts Free Market and AGI (Alliance Graphique Internationale) SEOUL 2016. AGI, a collective of the world’s top graphic designers, also hosted the AGI Special Project, with more than 200 works of art created with the theme “I love Seoul.” They were displayed in the DDP’s Green Showroom during the design week.