Seoul in ‘one week’

There are only 7 days left of my trip in Korea. I realised this right before going to Busan and then also became aware that we had not yet done any sightseeing in Seoul. In the past month, we did make a list of worthwhile ‘attractions’ to visit. The only thing missing was a plan which has now been made by Ina: Seoul in ‘one week’.

June 24
Gyeongbokgung Palace, the largest palace out of the palaces built by the Joseon Dynasty.
Opening times during June, July and August are between 9 am and 6.30 pm.
The entry fee amounts 3.000 won for adults (people aged between 19 and 64).

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June 25
1. Buksan Mountain. Climbing up and down in 3 hours. Due to the warm weather, we plan to go around 7 am in the morning. There is no entry fee. (We decided to sleep instead of climbing the mountain)

2. Bukchon Hanok Village, a village with hundreds of traditional houses that date back to the Joseon Dynasty. There is no entry fee nor an opening time.

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3. Changdeokgung Palace and Secret Garden. The opening times are as followed:
Palace: April – September: 9 am – 6.30 pm. Secret Garden: June – August: 10 am – 6.30 pm.
It costs 3.000 won to enter the palace and 5.000 won to enter the Secret Garden.
It is also wise to reserve a place if you want to visit the Secret Garden.

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June 26
1. Possibly doing a photo shoot in traditional Korean clothes. (I can’t smile or look natural in front of a camera so we probably won’t do it in the end, but the possibility is there).
Dongdaemun night market. Going out around 9 pm and maybe shop until 5 am?

June 27
1. Visit a tea house in the Hanok village around 10 am.
2. Attend a traditional ceremony which is being held around 1 pm.

June 28
1. Visit the Queer parade that starts at 11 am around City Hall.
2. Go to the Rosegarden. Opening times: 9 am – 9 pm.

June 29
1. Alive museum. Open from 10 am to 10.30 pm.
2. Namsan Tower. Open from 10 am to 11 pm.

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June 30
DMZ tour; a Half Day Tour which lasts from 8 am till 2.30 pm.
You have to reserve places for attending a tour 24 hours on beforehand. There are several different kinds of tours and prices vary. We chose to do one which can be found here.
You can get a discount if you make an online reservation.

July 01
1. Pay a visit to the K-pop museum in Seoul. Open from 10 am to 7 pm.
2. Rent bicycles at the Han-Gang river.
3. Visit a local cinema to watch a movie.

July 02
Soedaemun Prison History Hall. Opening times: 9.30 am – 6 pm. In order to enter you will have to pay 1500 won.

I suppose I’m posting this so that you can prepare yourself for an overload of touristic posts that I will post in the upcoming week. They are mainly meant for family and friends who like to know how my trip is going :).

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