Hangang Seoraeseom Canola Festival

The Hangang Seoraeseom Canola Festival is a spring event hosted by the Seoul Metropolitan Government in May at Seoraeseom Island in Banpo Hangang Park. Seoraeseom is a man-made island connected to Banpo Hangang Park that provides rest and entertainment in the middle of the city. It is located between Bampodaegyo Bridge and Dongjakdaegyo Bridge and creates a magnificent sight when the yellow canola flowers bloom in spring. The festival will be held in mid-May to offer ▲Walking on Canola Fields, ▲interactive programs, ▲small-scale performances, ▲butterfly releasing ▲and a photo zone.

  • – Location: 40, Sinbanpo-ro 11-gil, Seocho-gu, Seoul (Nearby Station: Sinbanpo Station at Line 9)

Hangang Seoraeseom Canola Festival

Hangang Seoraeseom Canola Festival

Hangang Seoraeseom Canola Festival

Hangang Seoraeseom Canola Festival

Hangang Seoraeseom Canola Festival

Hangang Seoraeseom Canola Festival




Royal Culture Festival

The Royal Culture Festival is a rare opportunity to enjoy cultural events at ancient palaces and Jongmyo Shrine which are many centuries old. Events are held over ten days between April and May of each year. It commences with an opening ceremony with various events taking place at the following five locations: Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace, Changgyeonggung Palace, Deoksugung Palace and Jongmyo Shrine. Events are set to include reenactment of ceremonies such as the ‘Coronation of the Emperor of the Korean Empire’ and ‘King Yeongjo and Changgyeonggung Palace’ based on the characters and historical background of each venue. There will also be performances, exhibitions, interactive programs, and ceremonies.

  • – Gyeongbokgung Palace: 161, Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu (Exit 5 of Line 3 Gyeongbokgung Station)
  • – Changdeokgung Palace: 99, Yulgok-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul (Exit 3 of Line 3 Anguk Station)
  • – Changgyeonggung Palace: 185, Changgyeonggung-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul (Exit 4 of Line 4 Hyehwa Station)
  • – Deoksugung Palace: 99, Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul (Exit 2 of Line 1 City Hall Station)
  • – Jongmyo Shrine: 1, Hunjeong-dong, Jongno-gu (Exit 3 of Line 8 Jongno 3-ga Station)

Website : www.royalculturefestival.org

Royal Culture Festival

Royal Culture Festival

Royal Culture Festival

Royal Culture Festival

Royal Culture Festival

Royal Culture Festival

Royal Culture Festival




Yeon Deung Hoe (Lotus Lantern Festival)

This is a traditional cultural event held in Seoul each year for three days around Buddha’s Birthday (April 8 on the lunar calendar) involving lotus lanterns. Lotus lanterns have been used for more than 1,300 years in religious ceremonies where a wish for grace and mercy to be bestowed upon the world is made through a national festival. Starting with a lighting ceremony, the festival includes a traditional lantern exhibition, a lantern parade through Insadong-gil, Jonggak, and Jogyesa Temple, traditional cultural events, and Yeondeungnori (final celebration).

Event location: Jongno Street, Cheonggyecheon Stream, Bongeunsa Temple, and Jogyesa Temple

Website : http://www.llf.or.kr/eng/

Yeon Deung Hoe (Lotus Lantern Festival)

Yeon Deung Hoe (Lotus Lantern Festival)

Yeon Deung Hoe (Lotus Lantern Festival)

Yeon Deung Hoe (Lotus Lantern Festival)

Yeon Deung Hoe (Lotus Lantern Festival)

Yeon Deung Hoe (Lotus Lantern Festival)




Bukchon Hanok Path in Gahoe-dong

Bukchon Hanok Path in Gahoe-dong is a narrow path that stretches over 7.3 kilometers from Bukchon-ro 15-gil to Bukchon-ro 51-gil in Jongno-gu. Bukchon Hanok Village has traditional houses from the Joseon Dynasty, Gahoe-dong being one of the leading examples. The path near 31st street in Gahoe-dong is one of the most well-preserved hanok paths where traditional houses are packed to the south and north of the alley.

Find out more about Bukchon at the Bukchon Traditional Culture Center in Gye-dong. The center runs traditional culture programs for foreigners and provides maps of Bukchon in various languages.

Bukchon Hanok Path in Gahoe-dong

Bukchon Hanok Path in Gahoe-dong

Bukchon Hanok Path in Gahoe-dong

Bukchon Hanok Path in Gahoe-dong

Bukchon Hanok Path in Gahoe-dong

Bukchon Hanok Path in Gahoe-dong




Weeping Cherry Blossoms at Seoul National Cemetery

The Seoul National Cemetery, spanning over 1,421,494 square meters, is where the bodies of over 165,000 patriots and national heroes, who significantly contributed to the advancement of the country or died protecting the nation, rest in peace. During the cherry blossom season, many people visit the site to enjoy the flowers. The cemetery is known for its diversity of trees, which is comparable to the Korea National Arboretum. In April, weeping cherries come to full bloom, offering a spectacular view.

  • – Address: 210, Hyeonchung-ro, Dongjak-gu, Seoul
  • – Transportation : 600m walk from Exit 8 at Dongjak Station (Line 9)
  • – Website: www.snmb.mil.kr

Weeping Cherry Blossoms at Seoul National Cemetery

Weeping Cherry Blossoms at Seoul National Cemetery

Weeping Cherry Blossoms at Seoul National Cemetery

Weeping Cherry Blossoms at Seoul National Cemetery

Weeping Cherry Blossoms at Seoul National Cemetery

Weeping Cherry Blossoms at Seoul National Cemetery




Celebratory Fireworks at the Lotte World Tower

On April 3, 2017, the Lotte World Tower officially opened in Songpa-gu, Seoul as the tallest skyscraper in Korea. The tower boasts an altitude of 555 meters and consists of 123 ground level floors and six basement floors. It is the sixth tallest building in the world after the Burj Khalifa in Dubai (828m) and the Shanghai Tower in China (632m). Shopping and cultural activities are located between floors B2 to 11F, floors 42F to 71F houses residential space, and the SIGNIEL Hotel, the tallest hotel in Seoul, occupies the space between floors 74F and 101F. A fireworks display was carried out during the evening of April 2 in celebration of the opening.

  • – Address: 300, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul
  • – Transportation: Integrated Exit 1&2 at Jamsil Station (Line 2)
  • – Website: www.lwt.co.kr

Celebratory Fireworks at the Lotte World Tower

Celebratory Fireworks at the Lotte World Tower

Celebratory Fireworks at the Lotte World Tower

Celebratory Fireworks at the Lotte World Tower

Celebratory Fireworks at the Lotte World Tower

Celebratory Fireworks at the Lotte World Tower

Celebratory Fireworks at the Lotte World Tower

Celebratory Fireworks at the Lotte World Tower




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.