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  • Seoul’s Top Six Attractions for International Visitors in the Post-Corona Era

  • Press Releases SMG 11910
    • Seoul recommends its top six picks for overseas tourists visiting Seoul in the post-corona era: Dongdaemun Design Plaza, Seoul Forest, COEX Mall, Gyeongbok Palace, Oil Tank Culture Park.
    • Seoul seeks to to boost tourism by promoting these various sites, thereby enhancing satisfaction of visiting guests.

    SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, June 25, 2021 – Seoul is excited to introduce six destinations for overseas visitors in the post-corona era, as countries pick up their pace of vaccinations and sign travel bubble agreements amid bugeonging expectations for international travel around the world.

    1. Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP): An Industrial Outpost Combining “Design+Media+Technology”

    Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP)

    Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) is a complex cultural space designed by award-winning architect Zaha Hadid. It is located in Dongdaemun, a major hub of fashion and shopping. At DDP, visitors can watch fairs and fashion shows such as Seoul Fashion Week, as well as shop for various
    design goods.

    The Seoul Metropolitan Government opened a video conference studio “Seoul ON”, which has a 35-meter LED display. Visitors can experience various online and offline events including nonface-to-face events, talk shows, forums, and lectures.

    DDP is one of the venues for the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism(SBAU) slated for September 16 to October 31, which will be held this year under the slogan of”Crossroads Building the Resilient City.” SBAU is an international event that seeks to envision the future of cities we livein through the works of artists and architechects since 2017. It will feature some 130 urban projects with the participation of 41 universities and 190 artists.

    2. Donuimun Museum Village: Meet Seoul’s History Through VR

    Donuimun Museum Village

    In the Donuimun Museum Village, your imagination will travel back in time to Seoul of 104 years ago. Simply download the “Donuimun AR Application” on your 5G smartphone and run it at Jeongdong Intersection at the entrance of the Village, and you’ll once again see the grandeur of the Donuimun Gate, which was demolished by occupying forces during the Japanese colonial rule in 1915.

    In addition, an experience center in the Village offers not only dioramas and photo exhibitions, but also walking tours around the Donuimun Gate in a “Virtual Experience VR Zone.” Visitors will soon be available to experience about 18.7m routes from the Donuimun Gate to Hanyangdoseong
    Fortress through VR content.

    As part of a retro attraction, Donuimun Museum Village also offers our seasoned travelers recollections of those that were once familiar, and for our younger generation a fresh glimpse into the the past, focusing on modern and contemporary history during 1960s to the 80s.

    3. Seoul Forest: Healing Your Soul In a Vast Forest

    Seoul Forest

    Dubbed the city’s Central Park, Seoul Forest is divided into parks with diverse themes in a space eqivalent to 160 soccer fields. The forest is famous for elk and formosan deer which you may often encounter during your walks. Programs such as ecological tours are available for families on weekends.

    Healing tours at Seoul Forest is not the only available option, as Seoul operates various programs such as medical tours involving meditation, fitness, skin regimen, and dental care in conjunction with renowned spas and clinics to expand an ecosystem of wellness and medical treatment.

    4. COEX: Enjoy Shopping, Cultural Cife, Restaurants In Same Setting


    The hugely popular COEX, an underground shopping arcade in Samseong-dong that is 15 times the size of the main Jamsil Stadium, features various shops and cafes, as well as movie theaters, aquariums, bookstores, and convention centers. In addition to famous Korean brand clothing stores, you can also find famous eateries from all over the country located in one place.

    5. Gyeongbok Palace: Experience 500 Years of History Come to Life in Downtown Seoul

    Gyeongbok Palace

    At the end of Sejong-daero in Gwanghwamun, Gyeongbok Palace stands majestically at the foot of Bugak Mountain. As one of the most beloved tourist attractions, the palace brings to life the history of half a millennium, even in the heart of downtown Seoul.

    Its name, which literally means “great fortune,” the palace represented the sovereignty of the Joseon Dynasty and forms the heart of the capital city. As the Historic Site No. 117 and the epicenter of the era, the size of the palace is incomparable. The walls surrounding the palace are
    2,404 meters long.

    For international visitors, admission is free if you wear “Hanbok”, the traditional Korean attire.Gyeongbok Palace opens its doors for special night tours twice a year, usually in spring and autumn. Visitors can purchase tickets to limited online reservations.

    6. Oil Tank Culture Park: A Symbol of Urban Regeneration

    Oil Tank Culture Park

    The Oil Tank Culture Park, located near the World Cup Park in Mapo-gu, opened in 2017 by repurposing and transforming the former Mapo Oil Deposit, which was off-limits to the general public for more than four decades. The existing six tanks have been given new life as spaces of culture and community and the spacious outdoor area has been renovated as a cultural yard where visitors can relax and engage in various activities. Oil Tank Culture Park will launch “ART LAB” from July which will include exhibitions of artwork by various creators such as VR exhibitions, experimental performances and art healing projects.

    Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon said, “Tourism will see a strong rebound as vaccinations pick up pace and as nations proceed with discussions on travel bubbles. We plan to promote various attractions in Seoul for our international visitors to enhance their satisfaction and help revitalize our travel sector.”

    [Attachment] Seoul’s Exhibitions, Events and Performances in 2021

    1.Event <2021 Namsangol Traditional Experience HOME SWEET HOME>

    – Date: Mar 16, 2021 ~ Nov 20, 2021
    – Contents: We carefully selected 8 online and offline programs such as assembling a model of Namsangol Hanok Village, wearing hanbok, making rice cakes, playing traditional games, and learning about Korea’s traditional tea ceremony
    – Web site: https://english.visitseoul.net/events/2021%20Namsangol%20Traditional%20Experience%20HOME%20SWEET%20HOME_/37110

    2. Exhibition <Gwangtonggyo: The Capital’s Primary Bridge>

    – Date: Jun 10, 2021 ~ Nov 07, 2021
    – Contents: The exhibition reflects on the way of life of people during the Joseon Dynasty and the evolution of the Gwangtonggyo Bridge starting from the Joseon Dynasty, through its restoration project in 2005, and how it stands today.
    – Web site: https://english.visitseoul.net/exhibition/Gwangtonggyo-The-Capitals-PrimaryBridge_/37876

    3. Exhibition <Gyeongchun Line, Membership Training Memories>

    – Date: Jun 08, 2021 ~ Oct 03, 2021
    – Contents: Gyeongchun Line, Memories of Membership Training (MT), hosted by the Seoul Urban Life Museum, is an exhibition that exhibits the 1970s through 1990s of the Gyeongchun Line, which expresses the youth of Seoul’s people during that era.
    – Web site: https://english.visitseoul.net/exhibition/Gyeongchun-Line-MT-Memories_/37847

    4. Exhibition <Homo Sapiens: Evolution ∞ Relationships & Future>

    – Date: May 18, 2021 ~ Sep 26, 2021
    – Contents: This special exhibition seeks to portray homo sapiens in an unexaggerated way using various perspectives.
    – Web site: https://english.visitseoul.net/exhibition/Homo-Sapiens-Evolution-%E2%88%9E-Relations–Future_/37698

    5. Exhibition <Icons and Identities: from National Portrait Gallery>

    – Date: Apr 29, 2021 ~ Aug 15, 2021
    – Contents: This exhibition introduces you to the lives of seventy-six people and tells you stories on the genre of portrait.
    – Web site: https://english.visitseoul.net/exhibition/Icons-and-Identities-from-the-National-Portrait-Gallery-London_/37697

    6. Exhibition <Records of Hanyangdoseong Engraved on Stone>

    – Date: Apr 13, 2021 ~ Sep 12, 2021
    – Contents: Located at the Seoul City Wall Museum, the exhibition titled, “Construction Records of Hanyangdoseong Engraved on Stone,” explores the history of Seoul City Wall, or Hanyangdoseong, through written records that have been found along the stones of the wall.
    – Web site: https://english.visitseoul.net/exhibition/Construction-Records-of-Hanyangdoseong-Engraved-on-Stone_/37671

    7. Exhibition <Flowers by Naked>>

    – Date: Apr 30, 2021 ~ Dec 31, 2021
    – Contents: Flowers by Naked – Hongdae is an interactive multimedia exhibition that consists of various galleries with moving displays and colorful illuminations.
    – Web site: https://english.visitseoul.net/exhibition/Flowers-By-Naked-Hongdae_/37608

    8. Exhibition <Max Dalton, Moments in Film>

    – Date: Apr 16, 2021 ~ Jul 11, 2021
    – Contents: Illustrator Max Dalton’s solo exhibition, “Max Dalton, Moments in Film,” held at My Art Museum, is an exhibition showcasing Max Dalton’s original work within the subject of film.
    – Web site: https://english.visitseoul.net/exhibition/Max-Dalton-Moments-in-Film_/37604

    9. Exhibition <Life Exhibition: The Last Print>

    – Date: May 11, 2021 ~ Aug 21, 2021
    – Contents: The exhibition “Life: The Last Print” is based on the archives from “Life” magazine, which holds a vast collection of 10 million photos.
    – Web site: https://english.visitseoul.net/exhibition/The-Exhibition-Life-The-Last-Print_/37596

    10. Exhibition <Day Travel>

    – Date: Mar 5, 2021 ~ Sep 26, 2021
    – Contents: This special exhibition, located at the Ttukseom Museum of Art, is influenced by the themes of “Travel” and “Environment.”
    – Web site: https://english.visitseoul.net/exhibition/TheExhibitionDayTravel_/37430

    11. Exhibition <TeamLab: Life>

    – Date: Sep 25, 2020 ~ Aug 22, 2021
    – Contents: TeamLab’s latest exhibition, Life, is an attempt to recreate life’s beauty through a variety of bold and entrancing artworks that utilize the facilities and features of the
    Dongdaemun Design Plaza culture complex to the utmost.
    – Web site: https://english.visitseoul.net/exhibition/TeamLabLife_/36959

    12. Exhibition <2021 Delight Seoul>

    – Date: Dec 18, 2020 ~ Jun 30, 2021
    – Contents: 2021 Delight Seoul is the first exhibition of its kind that implements Korea’s immersive, media art experience centered around the theme of Seoul, and it’s scheduled to run
    until June 30 of this year at the Insa Central Museum.
    – Web site: https://english.visitseoul.net/exhibition/2021DelightSeoul_/36885

    13. Exhibition <Seoul Illustration Fair>

    – Date: Aug 25, 2021 ~ Aug 28, 2021
    – Contents: The Seoul Illustration Fair features original work by both domestic and foreign illustrators and graphic designers, each of whom will personally manage their individual booth
    at the fair.
    – Web site: https://english.visitseoul.net/exhibition/Seoul-Illustration-Fair_/37878

    14. Exhibition <William Wegman: Being Human>

    – Date: Jul 08, 2021 ~ Sep 26, 2021
    – Contents: William Wegman’s special exhibition first made its appearance in France, followed by Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland and the Netherlands, and has now finally landed in Korea.
    – Web site: https://english.visitseoul.net/exhibition/William-Wegman-Being-Human_/37825

    15. Play <SWEAT>

    – Date: Jun 18, 2021~ Jul 18, 2021
    – Contents: Following up on last year’s hugely successful online run, NTCK’s production of Sweat returns to stage. Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage uses her sharp intellect to give voice to the marginalized in this captivating play about the struggle of workers crushed by the enormous system.
    – Web site: http://www.ntck.or.kr/en/performance/info/256987

    16. Musical <Gwanghwamun Sonata>

    – Date: Jul 16, 2021 ~ Sep 05, 2021
    – Contents: Time travle before death and our memories to be remembered by music.
    – Web site: https://english.visitseoul.net/culture/TheMusical,%E3%80%88GwanghwamunSonata%E3%80%89_/37767#

    17. Musical <Dracula>

    – Date: May 20, 2021 ~ Aug 01, 2021
    – Contents: The story of Dracula, who loved only one woman for 400 years.
    – Web site: https://english.visitseoul.net/culture/TheMusical,%E3%80%88Dracula%E3%80%89_/37412

    18. Performance <Dramatic August>

    – Date: 2021.08.20 ~ 2021.08.20
    – Contents: A classic stage with masterpieces by Dvorak and Grieg.
    – Web site: https://korean.visitseoul.net/culture/DramaticAugust_/37835

    19. Performance <The National Chorus of Korea : The 185th Annual Concert>

    – Date: 2021-07-01(Thu)
    – Contents: National Choir 185th Annual Concert.
    – Web site: https://www.sac.or.kr/site/eng/show/show_view?SN=43967