2019 Yeon Deung Hoe (Lotus Lantern Festival)

Yeon Deung Hoe is Korea’s traditional and cultural lotus lantern festival that has been passed down from generation to generation for 1,200 years starting from United Silla. The festival was designated as National Intangible Heritage No. 122 in 2012. Seoul has annually sponsored the Yeon Deung Hoe event for the preservation and management of traditional culture and for the growth of cultural and art festivals. Through Yeon Deung Hoe, Seoul continues to introduce Korea’s beautiful traditional culture to the public with the restoration of various traditional lanterns.

The 2019 Lotus Lantern Festival was held from May 4 (Sat.) to May 5 (Sun.), 2019 at Jongno and Jogyesa Temple on Ujeongguk-ro. Various cultural events were held during the festival, including the “Traditional Lantern Exhibition (Cheonggyecheon Stream),” “Eoullim Madang (Dongguk Univ.),” and the “Lantern Parade (Jongno).” On May 5 (Sun.), the “Traditional Culture Madang” event was held in front of Jogyesa Temple that consisted of 120 booths hosting experiential events for children and families in celebration of Children’s Day.
Website: http://www.royalculturefestival.org/

Bukchon Wonseo-dong Alleyway

Wonseo-dong is defined as the “west end of the Changdeokgung Palace backyard,” where its alleyway links with the stone path located at the backyard of the palace, while the secluded, serene atmosphere preserves the ambiance of what once used to be. The alleyway is home to numerous cafes, clothing stores, and the like, placed among a series of hanoks, for visitors to take in the beauty of traditional housing structures. It is also commonly seen as a pathway, hidden within the Bukchon area, offering passers-by a chance to enjoy a leisurely cup of tea.

Address: Wonseo-dong, Jongno-gu
Directions: Take subway Line 3 and get off at Anguk Station, exit 3

Bukchon Wonseo-dong Alleyway

Royal Culture Festival 2019

Visitors can explore the palaces of today at the 5th Royal Culture Festival being hosted in Seoul for nine days, from April 27 to May 5, 2019. The festival will introduce Gyeongbokgung Palace, the royal palace that encompasses the founding ideologies of the Joseon dynasty, Changdeokgung Palace, the oldest palace that was most beloved by kings of the past, Deoksugung Palace, the palace at which the Korean Empire was declared in 1897, and Jongmyo Shrine, the sanctuary that houses the ancestral tablets of countless kings and queens and the shrine at which sacrifices were made. The festival will also hold exhibitions, experiences, performances, music, and various programs through which visitors can experience the culture and history of Seoul’s palaces.

Period: April 27 – May 5, 2019
Website: http://www.royalculturefestival.org/
Inquiries: 070-4278-9476
*Visit the website for the locations of each palace and directions to the Royal Culture Festival.

Gyeongchun Line (Railroad) Forest

Although the Gyeongchun Line (Railroad) Forest shut down all operations in December 2010, the 6.3-km portion from Kwangwoon Univ. Station to the old Hwarangdae Station was transformed into the “Gyeongchun Line (Railroad) Forest Park” through the Seoul Urban Regeneration Project and reopened as a resting area for citizens. The Forest offers exploration programs through the Gyeongchun Line (Railroad) Forest trail. Additionally, the “Gyeongchun Line Healing Rest Area” was recently open to the public free of charge in order to revitalize the village community in the Gongneung-dong area. The Gyeongchun Line (Railroad) Forest trail that stands along the old railway is great for leisurely walks and is also a popular spot to view the cherry blossoms, as a place where the start of spring can be seen.

Address: 29-51, Gongneung 2-dong, Nowon-gu
Transportation: Hwarangdae Station (Seoul Women’s Univ., Line 6), Exit 4
Inquiries: 120

Seoul Animation Center

The Seoul Animation Center settled into its new home at Myeong-dong Station. The center features characters that greet visitors, as well as colorful and numerous characters with greater impact and entertainment value. The whole family can spend an enjoyable day within the cultural contents space at Myeong-dong, Korea’s number one tourist attraction at the center of Seoul, and meet comic and animation characters that previously only existed in one’s imagination.

Address: 48, Sogong-ro, Jung-gu
Directions: Exit 4, Myeong-dong Station (Line 4)
Admissions: KRW 6,000 for children /KRW 4,000 for teens/adults
Floor Guide: House of Cartoon (1F), Ani Picnic (2F)
Hours of Operation: House of Cartoon 10:00-18:00, Ani Picnic 10:00-20:00
* Closed Mondays and other designated holidays
Inquiries: 82-2-3455-8341
Website: http://www.ani.seoul.kr/

Seoul Hall of Urbanism & Architecture

The old tax office annex was reborn as the Seoul Hall of Urbanism & Architecture. The area starts from the ground floor and extends to three basement floors, with a total area of 2,998㎡. The 800㎡ plaza sits on the ground floor, while the basement floors were transformed into the first national cultural space for citizens with a hall exclusive to urbanism and architecture. A citizens’ space was created on the first floor, restoring the scenery. The historical space will be returned to the citizens for the first time in 82 years.

Address: 119, Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul
Directions: City Hall Station (Lines 1, 2), Exit 3
Hours of Operation: 10:00-18:00 (Closed Mondays)
Inquiries: 82-2-736-8050
Website: http://www.seoulhour.kr/

Chinese Plum Blossoms of Bongeunsa Temple

As the pride of the Republic of Korea, Bongeunsa Temple is a traditional temple that is located at the center of the global town of Gangnam. Not only is the temple a site of discipline, religious observances, and prayer life, but it is also used for various educational activities and social welfare projects in addition to being a culture and resting space for countless foreigners and Seoul citizens. Bongeunsa Temple is the first location in Seoul that receives news of spring, and visitors can enjoy the view of the large statue of Buddha while appreciating the spring atmosphere along with Chinese plum blossoms and cornelian cherries.

Address: 531, Bongeunsa-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Transportation: Exit 1, Bongeunsa Station (Line 9)
Contact: 82-2-3218-4800
Website: http://www.bongeunsa.org/

Hwangudan Altar

Hwangudan Altar was designated as Historical Site No. 157 on July 15, 1967, and its name refers to an altar used for offering rites to heaven. The Korean name of ‘Hwangudan Altar’ was given by King Gojong in October 1897 after his performance of the rites according to 《Tongnip Sinmun》. Hwangudan Altar of today was created by making a column at the old site of Nambyeolgung Palace to preserve the original altar created for the purpose of conducting rites and the enthronement ceremony of Emperor Gojong (34th year of the reign of King Gojong) in 1897.

Address: 106, Sogong-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
Transportation: Exit 8, Euljiro 1(il)-ga Station (Line 2) / Exit 5, City Hall Station (Lines 1 and 2)

Seoul Art Space Mullae (Mullae Creative Village)

Seoul Art Space Mullae opened its doors on January 28, 2010 as a creative support center for local and foreign artists that includes the autonomously created art village, Mullae Creative Village. The place where old iron shops once sat along the ironworks street in Mullae-dong has been renovated as a professional creative space, and the art space has various support facilities for creative and public activities that include shared working spaces, multipurpose theaters, recording studios, and seminar rooms.

Opening hours: 09:00-18:00
Parking facility: Available
Experiences: Tour of Mullae Art Village, large studios and theaters within Art Space Mullae, tour of multipurpose spaces, etc.
Inquiries: 82-2-2676-4300

March First Independence Movement Centennial Anniversary Event

On March 1 of every year, Korean people celebrate the day the Declaration of Independence was proclaimed and Korea’s resolution for independence was announced to all parts of the world. In honor of the 100th anniversary of the March First Independence Movement, events that celebrated the movement took place throughout Seoul. Citizens took part in the bell-tolling ceremony at Bosingak Pavilion, Seoul commemorative event at Seoul Plaza and Deoksugung Palace, and special performances and experience programs at Seoul Citizens’ Hall to reflect on the historical significance of the March First Independence Movement and raise the national flag as a sign of appreciation.

Centennial Anniversary of the March First Independence Movement Official Website: https://www.together100.go.kr

Seolleung and Jeongneung Royal Tombs, Seoul

Seolleung Royal Tomb is the royal tomb where King Seongjong, the ninth king of Joseon Dynasty, and his consort Queen Jeonghyeon are buried, and Jeongneung Royal Tomb is where King Jungjong, the eleventh king of Joseon Dynasty, is buried. 「Seolleung and Jeongneung Royal Tombs, Seoul」, Historic Site No. 199, was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2009 and sits at the center of Seoul’s downtown Gangnam as a proud cultural heritage. The tombs are a tourist attraction for many Korean citizens and foreigners alike as well as a cultural heritage beloved by local residents.

Address: 1, Seolleung-ro 100-gil, Gangnam-gu
Transportation: Exit 10 of Seolleung Station (Line 2/Bundang Line)
Inquiries: 82-2-568-1291
Open Hours: March-October (06:00-21:00), November-January (06:30-17:30), February (06:00-18:00)
· Ticketing Hours: Admission allowed one hour before closing time
Closed: Every Monday
Admission Fee: Foreigners ages 19-64 (KRW 1,000 for individuals), ages 7-18 (KRW 500 for individuals)
Website: http://royaltombs.cha.go.kr/html/HtmlPage.do?pg=/new/html/portal_01_08_01.jsp&mn=RT_01_08

Dongmyo Flea Market

The Dongmyo Flea Market was formed when merchants started gathering there in the 1980s. Due to the creation of an antique sellers’ district in Janghanpyeong in June of 1983, stores selling secondhand goods started flocking there and the flea market remains in that exact area to this day. There are over a thousand shops selling various goods such as antiques, used furniture, household appliances, clocks, jewelry, pianos, cameras, various machines, old books, records, and tools. The flea market took on its present shape when merchants from the Hwanghak-dong Flea Market gathered there after losing their places of business to the 2003-2005 Cheonggyecheon Restoration Project.

Address: Sungin-dong, Jongno-gu
Directions: Dongmyo Station (Lines 1 and 6), Exit 3
Hours: Open year-round. Monday-Saturday 10:00-17:00, Sunday 11:00-17:00

Dongmyo Flea Market

Dongmyo Flea Market

Dongmyo Flea Market

Dongmyo Flea Market

Dongmyo Flea Market

Dongmyo Flea Market

Dongmyo Flea Market

Dongmyo Flea Market