This route offers travel to Seoul’s past where everything rapidly changes. Meshing perfectly with its surroundings, Gyeongbokgung Palace (the first royal palace of the Joseon Dynasty) and Hanok Village offers glimpses of Korean livings centuries ago.
It was the main royal palace of the Joseon Dynasty. Built as part of the national founding of the Dynasty led by King Taejo (Yi Seong-gye) in 1392, the palace is home to numerous buildings including halls, kings and crown princes' living quarters, and gardens. In particular, Gyenghoeru Pavilion (considered the most beautiful pavilion in Korea) and Hyangwonji's pond are still well-preserved, offering a glimpse of the palace in its prime.
To the west of Gyeongbokgung Palace is Seochon (West Village) covering Hyoja-dong, Tongin-dong, and Okin-dong. Unlike Bukchon (North Village) where aristocrats lived, Seochon was home to the Jungin, a small class of petty bureaucrats and skilled professionals including doctors and translators. Remodeled traditional houses are dotted along narrow alleys. Roof tiles, concrete walls, and tin roofs are reminiscent of Korea’s olden days.
Samgyetang is young chicken sour stuffed with ginseng, medicinal herbs, and rice in boiling water. Popular as a healthy food in the summer, the dish offers delicious soup and tender chicken and has become a popular dish among international tourists. Near Gyeongbokgung Palace are many restaurants offering Samgyetang including Tosokchon.
This sixth largest museum in the world is home to major cultural relics and ancient crafts of Korea. Its facade reinterpreted the traditional Korean building in a modern architectural style. There are over 135,000 items in the museum with over 5,000 items regularly available for exhibitions. The museum frequently offers special exhibitions, letting visitors experience the essence of Korean cultural heritages.
As a global village in Seoul, Itaewon is home to a wide array of restaurants offering diverse dishes from around the world. La Cucina offers traditional Italian food along with top-notch services; Le Saint-Ex offers typical food enjoyed in French homes; Taco Chilichili offers popular Mexican food; and Dubai offers Arab food and culture. Kayarang offers full-course Korean meals with savory side dishes.
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