Seoul, a capital city of South Korea is so far South Korea’s largest city and one of the financial and cultural epicenters of East Asia. A home to fascinating blend of traditions, cutting-edge digital technology, endless street food vendors, vast nightlife districts, dynamic trend-setting youth culture and endless monotonous rows of grey apartment buildings- the city of Seoul is filled with so many sightseeing attractions to appeal travel enthusiasts from all over the world.
Gyeongbok Palace: -
Gyeongbok Palace is probably the most famous royal palace in South Korea. It’s quite tough to miss on your travel to Seoul. The northern end of this palace is the Sejongro, located at a stone’s throw from the Blue House (the President’s residence) and the U.S. Embassy. This palace was built in the late 1300s and has been destroyed and reconstructed several times.
When you are on a travel to Seoul, watch the changing of the guard ceremonies at the main entrance Gwanghwamun and visit a couple of museums, ornamental gardens and Seoul’s grand architectural sights.
Jogyesa Temple: -
Jogyesa Temple is one of the most beautiful Buddhist temples in Korea and stands out as a symbol of Korean Buddhism. It is located in the heart of the city near Insadong Temple. It may not be the most beautiful and grand grounds to consider for your travel in Seoul; but keep in mind that its main strength lies in its convenient location; which makes it one of the most visited and popular temples across central Seoul.
The sights to explore in Jogyesa Temple include Buddha statues, prayer beads, small wooden gongs, monk clothings and incense. Even if you are not planning to shop here in Seoul, the shops around this temple are the great places to browse and see interesting as well as unique items. However, the perfect time to visit here is during Buddha’s birthday or the Lotus Lantern Festival; when the courtyard of the temple is well-decorated with paper lanterns.
National Folk Museum: - Give yourself at least one hour on your Seoul travel to visit this amazing museum; which comprises of three main exhibition halls covering the history of the Korean people, the agricultural way of life and the life of aristocrats during the Joseon era. Among all interesting exhibits is an incredible colourful funeral bier ( Looks like a fantasy Noah’s ark)- they were used to give the deceased a great send-off.
Leave more time to explore the open air exhibition of historical buildings and structures like a street of building styles as they would have been in the early 20th century and you can sip coffee in a dabang (old style cafe) here.
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