National Hangeul Museum

The National Hangeul Museum first opened its doors on Hangeul Day, October 9, 2014 in Yongsan-dong; to preserve, expand and recreate the value of the Korean language and its culture. The museum has a total gross area of 11,767㎡ with four floors and one basement. The museum is consisted of Exhibition Halls, Hangeul Library, Museum Café & Shop, and other facilities. The museum currently owns over 30,000 pieces regarding Hangeul – from the creation of the language to the present times – are exhibited in the museum and also offers experiences and activities for visitors to enjoy. The museum also operates guided exhibition tours for foreigners and created a space for visitors to experience and easily learn the types, structure, and combinations of consonants and vowels of Hangeul.

<Regular exhibition tour for foreigners>
Once every week at Permanent Exhibition Hall (2F)
– English: Wednesday 14:00
– Chinese: Thursday 14:00
– Japanese: Friday 10:00, 11:00, 14:00

Address: 139, Seobinggo-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Directions: Exit 2 at Ichon Station (Line 4, Gyeongui-Jungang Line) and walk 430m in the direction of Yongsan Family Park
Hours of Operation: 10:00 – 18:00 daily (Every Saturday, and last Wednesday every month: open until 21:00)
Admission: Free
Inquiries: 82-2-2124-6200
Website https://www.hangeul.go.kr/lang/en
https://www.hangeul.go.kr/lang/ch/main.do
https://www.hangeul.go.kr/lang/jp/main.do

National Hangeul Museum

National Hangeul Museum

National Hangeul Museum

National Hangeul Museum

National Hangeul Museum

National Hangeul Museum

National Hangeul Museum

National Hangeul Museum




Jongno Hanbok Festival

The Jongno-gu Office in Seoul organizes the Jongno Hanbok Festival every year to promote the beauty and superiority of the hanbok while encouraging it to be adopted as everyday attire. This year marked its third annual celebration, taking place over the course of two days on September 21 and 22, at Gwanghwamun Square. The festival included diverse cultural events, featuring Ganggangsullae, the traditional Korean folk dance that helps bring in a good harvest while praying for peace and love, street art performances, a hanbok music concert, a hanbok fitting contest, and the hanbok fashion show, to reward city residents and tourists alike with an enjoyable Chuseok holiday season. Additionally, the festival location also offered numerous hands-on activities that included lessons on the proper wearing of a hanbok and the opening of a traditional market.

Jongno Hanbok Festival

Jongno Hanbok Festival

Jongno Hanbok Festival

Jongno Hanbok Festival

Jongno Hanbok Festival

Jongno Hanbok Festival




Seoul Supports Success of Inter-Korean Summit

Seoul actively supported the Inter-Korean Summit and created a peaceful atmosphere throughout the Seoul region for the success of the 3rd Inter-Korean Summit from (9.18 – 9.20) in Pyeongyang. The city provided a live broadcast of the historical summit on large screens at the Seoul Plaza, Gwanghwamun Square and DDP, in addition to the reenactment of the momentous meeting on the Panmunjeom bridge at Gwanghwamun Square and DDP. Messages of hope for unification were wrapped on the main stairway of the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts, with large banners hung on the walls of the Seoul Metropolitan Library and DDP. Images displaying messages of hope were also screened on the Seoul Square Media Facade. Seoul operated the international press center at the DDP, seating 1,000 attendees and actively supported domestic and foreign journalists.

Seoul Supports Success of Inter-Korean Summit

Seoul Supports Success of Inter-Korean Summit

Seoul Supports Success of Inter-Korean Summit

Seoul Supports Success of Inter-Korean Summit

Seoul Supports Success of Inter-Korean Summit

Seoul Supports Success of Inter-Korean Summit

Seoul Supports Success of Inter-Korean Summit




Seocho Seoripul Festival

As an inner city culture festival with stories of Seocho-gu of Seoul, Seocho Seoripul Festival has been held every year in fall since 2015. The festival’s highlight parade, Fete de la musique Coree-France, People’s Grand Chorus, Fireworks Show, and 20 other diverse festivals and performances will be held in multiple locations including Banpo Hangang Park, Jamwon Sports Park, Seoul Arts Center, Bangbae-dong Café Street, and Seocho-dong Musical Instrument Street, under the jurisdiction of the district. On its 4th anniversary, the ‘2018 Seocho Seoripul Festival’ also celebrated the 30th anniversary of Seocho-gu under the title of ’30 years of Seocho,’ from Sep. 8 (Sat) until Sep. 16 (Sun).

○ Website: http://www.seoripul.org/

Seocho Seoripul Festival

Seocho Seoripul Festival

Seocho Seoripul Festival

Seocho Seoripul Festival

Seocho Seoripul Festival

Seocho Seoripul Festival

Seocho Seoripul Festival




Tap Water Festival

Held on August 25, 2018 from 11am until 5pm at Gwanghwamun Square on the subject of ‘We All Drink Tap Water!’, the 2018 Tap Water Festival is an event designed to help spread proper awareness of tap water and form a social consensus among citizens regarding its importance. With 20 participating organizations, the festival was complete with experiential events and cultural events including indie band performances, magic shows, and bubble shows.

Tap Water Festival

Tap Water Festival

Tap Water Festival

Tap Water Festival

Tap Water Festival

Tap Water Festival




2018 Seoullo Summer Festival – Seoullo go

The City of Seoul held the ‘2018 Seoullo Summer Festival – Seoullo go’ for five days from August 22 to 26 at Malli-dong Square and offered a variety of programs to help citizens beat the summer heat. About 20 circular pools with diameters of 1-2m were installed under the theme of ‘a library’ where children can read waterproof books and play with water guns and other water toys. Additionally, mission games were made available throughout Seoullo 7017 while film screening, performances, and experiential programs were offered for all family members to enjoy.

2018 Seoullo Summer Festival – Seoullo go

2018 Seoullo Summer Festival – Seoullo go

2018 Seoullo Summer Festival – Seoullo go

2018 Seoullo Summer Festival – Seoullo go

2018 Seoullo Summer Festival – Seoullo go

2018 Seoullo Summer Festival – Seoullo go




Bongwonsa Temple

Bongwonsa Temple was built in the year 889 as a thousand-year-old temple located at Ansan Mountain in Bongwon-dong, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul. In the precincts of the temple is the pagoda tree of 500 years that has been designated a Seoul’s protected tree and behind the temple stands the Gwaneumbawi Rock. A representative feature of Bongwonsa Temple is the lotus. The lotuses have dwelled around the temple for long periods to create a unique atmosphere. The ‘Seoul Lotus Flower Cultural Festival’ is held every summer at Bongwonsa Temple for residents to enjoy.

  • ○ Address: 120, Bongwonsa-gil, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul
  • ○ Transportation: Exit 4 of Sinchon Station (Line 2) or Exit 4 of Dongnimmun Station (Line 3) → Take bus 7024 → Get off at the last stop → Walk 5 minutes to Bongwonsa Temple
  • ○ Inquiries: 82-2-392-3007~8
  • ○ Website: http://www.bongwonsa.or.kr

Bongwonsa Temple

Bongwonsa Temple

Bongwonsa Temple

Bongwonsa Temple

Bongwonsa Temple

Bongwonsa Temple

Bongwonsa Temple




SOS – Summer of Seoul Festival

Since 2008, the Seoul City has organized this summer festival with the hope of “offering an entertaining day to citizens who wish to escape their daily routines and the scorching heat.” This year, the “SOS Festival 2018” was held on August 10th and 11th in the three main plazas of the city: Seoul Plaza, Cheonggye Plaza and Gwanghwamun Square. While Seoul Plaza organized “Cinemusic Vacation” and a film festival on the topic of movies and soundtracks, a graphic competition, and Hip Hop and B-boy performances were organized at Cheonggye Plaza. Finally, visitors were given the opportunity to enjoy diverse programs on the theme “Vacation in the city” at Gwanghwamun Square. Meanwhile, lectures on artistic movies and human sciences were held in six of Seoul’s main cultural institutions, including Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul Museum of History, Seoul Citizens Hall, Seoul Metropolitan Library, and the National Museum of Korean Contemporary History under the theme “Art Vacation.”

Website: http://sosfestival.co.kr/main/eng/

SOS – Summer of Seoul Festival

SOS – Summer of Seoul Festival

SOS – Summer of Seoul Festival

SOS – Summer of Seoul Festival

SOS – Summer of Seoul Festival

SOS – Summer of Seoul Festival




Hangang Summer Festival

The Hangang Summer Festival has taken its spot as the representative summer festival in Seoul ever since 2013, as a platform-type cultural city festival formed by the convergence of citizens and artists, private enterprises, and the local government. Taking place during July and August throughout all of the Hangang River and all the Hangang River parks, there will be over 80 programs to enjoy, including water fun, movies, performances, circuses, Summer Green School, boating, biking, food streets, and more. Besides the 2018 Hangang Summer Festival’s main programs including the Hangang Paper Boat Competition, Hangang Under the Bridge Film Festival, Hangang Night Walk 42K, Hangang Water Fight Festival, Under the Bridge Secondhand Book Festival, and Hangang Fire Dancing Festival, there will also be various art programs prepared under the theme ‘Mid-Summer’s River Art Playground,’ such as the Hangang Starlight Small Theater, Hangang Moonlight Circus, and the Yeonhui Madang.

【2018 Hangang Summer Festival】

  • ○ Date: July 20 (Fri) – August 19 (Sun), 2018 / 31 days
  • ○ Place: Hangang River and all Hangang Parks (mainly Yeouido, Ttukseom, and Banpo parks)
  • ○ Homepage http://english.seoul.go.kr/

Hangang Summer Festival

Hangang Summer Festival

Hangang Summer Festival

Hangang Summer Festival

Hangang Summer Festival

Hangang Summer Festival

Hangang Summer Festival




Yanghwa Hangang Park

From the Yeouido Saetgang estuary to the center of Gayangdaegyo Bridge’s southern part in Gangseo-gu, this park occupies an area of 361,628㎡ and is 5.9㎞ long. There is a bicycle path that goes from the Saetgang estuary all the way to Gayangdaegyo Bridge, made up of a little road about 500m long under Seonyugyo Bridge, and the Yanghwa Water Playground. They hold ‘Hangang Ferryboat Festival’ at Yanghwa Hangang Park’s upstream Seonyudo pedestrian bridge for citizens and tourists alike who come seeking out the Hangang River. Ride the old fashioned way of crossing the river in the ferryboat while admiring the landscape of the Hangang River. It is available for free every year in July and August during the Hangang Summer Festival.

Address: 221, Nodeul-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul

Yanghwa Hangang Park

Yanghwa Hangang Park

Yanghwa Hangang Park

Yanghwa Hangang Park

Yanghwa Hangang Park

Yanghwa Hangang Park

Yanghwa Hangang Park




Haebangchon Sinheung Market

The alleyway market located in Haebangchon Ogeori, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, was opened in 1969. With butcher shops, side dish stores, clothes alteration shops, etc. making up the more than 40 small scale stores, the area is gathering young peoples’ attention with unique shops including a restaurant with only one table, a café with rooftop access, workshops, pubs, bookstores run by celebrities, and more. Haebangchon Sinheung Market flourished during 1970s and 1980s due to the active knit industry, but after that was just barely holding on due to the decline of area industries and facility deterioration. Now, the city of Seoul has plans to open a new ‘Haebang Art Market,’ featuring cultural and artistic life, in December, 2018 through the Sinheung Market environment improvement plan.

  • ○ Address: 95-9, Sinheung-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
  • ○ Directions
    • – Taking town bus Yongsan02: Get off at ‘Haebangchon Ogeori’ and walk about 70m
    • – Taking blue buses 400, 402, or 605: Get off at ‘Yongsan middle & high school’ and walk about 740m

Haebangchon Sinheung Market

Haebangchon Sinheung Market

Haebangchon Sinheung Market

Haebangchon Sinheung Market

Haebangchon Sinheung Market

Haebangchon Sinheung Market




Baek In-je House

The Baek In-je House, located in Gahoe-dong of Bukchon Hanok Village, is a hanok of modern times that has been perfectly preserved. This house that overlooks the whole of Bukchon Hanok Village consists of a spacious Anchae and wide gardens with the Sarangchae at its center. It also features a small Byeoldangchae on the most elevated part of its land. This Seoul Folk Cultural Heritage No. 22 represents Bukchon Hanok Village in terms of architectural scale and historical value: it maintains the beauty of the traditional hanok while also reflecting the modern trends of its era. The “Baek In-je House Night Operation” is a special summer event organized every July and August since 2017 during which visitors can enjoy the night views of the hanok. During this time, visitors can enjoy Baek In-je House’s enchanting atmosphere while walking around the buildings freely, without a set course.

  • ○ Location: 16, Bukchon-ro 7-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
  • ○ Directions: Walk straight over 500 m from Anguk Station (subway line 3), exit 2
  • ○ Admission: Free
  • ○ Operating Hours
    • – Tuesday to Sunday > 9 am to 6 pm (Last admission 5:30 pm)
    • – Every Friday and Saturday of July and August > 9 am to 9 pm (Last admission 8:40 pm)
    • ※Closed on January 1 and on Mondays
  • ○ Inquiries: +82-2-724-0200

Baek In-je House

Baek In-je House

Baek In-je House

Baek In-je House

Baek In-je House

Baek In-je House