Seoul is the capital of Korea, with over 600 years of history. It is the heart of Korea’s culture and education as well as politics and economics. Seoul is unique in that historical sites coexist in harmony with modern cultural facilities.
Built in 1395, Gyeongbokgung Palace is also commonly referred to as the “Northern Palace” because it is located more toward the north, compared to the neighboring palaces of Changdeokgung (Eastern Palace) and Gyeongheegung (Western Palace). Gyeongbokgung Palace is arguably the most beautiful and remains the grandest of all the five palaces.
Remarkably, the most representative edifices of the Joseon Dynasty, Gyeonghoe-ru Pavilion and Hyangwonjeong Pond are still relatively intact. Woldae and the sculptures of Geunjeongjeon (The Royal Audience Chamber) represent the past sculptural art, which was the trend back then. The National Palace Museum of Korea is located south of Heungnyemun Gate, and the National Folk Museum is located east within Hyangwonjeong.
Insa-dong Antique Shop Alley is a popular area in Seoul where visitors can find invaluable antiques and artworks in Korea. Within the many alleys of this area are galleries, traditional restaurants, teahouses and cafes.
The majority of the traditional buildings originally belonged to merchants and bureaucrats. Some larger residences, built for retired government officials during the Joseon period, can also be seen. Most of these older buildings are now used as restaurants or shops. Among the historically significant buildings located in the area are Unhyeongung mansion (royal residence) and Jogyesa (Korean Buddhist temple).
The area is also well known for sightseeing, with approximately 100,000 visitors on Sundays reported in 2000. Insadong is also a visiting spot for foreign dignitaries including Queen Elizabeth II. It contains 40 percent of the nation's antique shops and art galleries as well as 90 percent of the traditional stationery shops.
Located in the heart of Seoul, Myeong-dong is a main shopping district featuring retail stores and international brand outlets. It is a particularly popular area for young people as a center for fashion and nightlife.
Myeong-dong also houses the headquarters of banks and securities brokers. Some of the major insurance, financial services companies and investment firms headquartered in this area include Citibank, SK Corporation, Korea Exchange Bank, AIG Korea Insurance, and HSBC. The Chinese Embassy, YWCA headquarters, UNESCO Hall, and the Myeongdong Cathedral (the oldest Catholic cathedral in Korea) are also located here. Visitors can also find a diverse array of restaurants in this area; Myeong-dong has especially been famous for its restaurants specializing in pork cutlet and kalguksu (noodles).
EXPO Park is a commemorative theme park of the '93 Daejeon International EXPO. There are many different pavilions in the park with various themes. This park features various facilities such as 3D Theater, Turbo-ride Theater, Body World, Electric Energy Pavilion, Hanbit Tower and Observatory. The music fountain, which is also located inside this park, presents the biggest and the most fantastic multi-media show using water, fire, lightings and fireworks. The fountain can be even set up as a water screen for music videos. Cold glasses of beer in outdoor cafes will perfect visitors’ summer nights.
National Science Museum
The National Science Museum, which is located across the EXPO Park, exhibits a diverse science and technology collection and provides educational programs. This museum features the largest observatory in the nation with the dome measuring 23 meters. This is where young people can see, feel, and experience the developments in science for themselves, and cultivate their own science-tech interests and creativity.
Daejeon Culture and Arts Center & Hanbat Arboretum
The Daejeon Culture and Arts Center is a three-story modern building with two basement levels. It has, among other facilities, an arts hall, an ensemble hall, an amphitheater and a convention hall. It is designed mainly for performing arts with digital equipment. A simultaneous interpretation facility is installed for international conventions and seminars. Also, a multi-functional hall provides flexibility for activities to be held at the Center. The Center offers opportunities for local art troupes on a world-class stage for their performances. The area around the center is developed as a park where visitors can take a rest to enjoy outdoor performances.
Hanbat Arboretum, located just behind the Daejeon Culture and Arts Center, is an artificially-made tree garden in the middle of the city. The Arboretum contains a sensory garden, woods for meditation, a marsh garden, an eco-forest, a bush garden, a Mugunghwa (Rose of Sharon) hill, and various convenience facilities. As a comfortable resting place in the middle of the city, the Hanbat Arboretum is a spot treasured by both citizens and visitors.
Daejeon City Tour
The Daejeon City Tour program has been developed to allow visitors to see the major features of the city in a convenient and enjoyable way. This program provides shuttle buses and helps participants to reach major tour destinations easily throughout Daejeon. Bus drivers are able to provide foreign language services. This program allows you the freedom to visit tour spots of your choice: it will take you to your travel destinations in a more convenient way.
• History & Culture Tour (routine, 5 times a day)
Daejeon Station - Gunlin Park - Uam Historical Park - Munchang Market - Mt. Bomun - Daejeon O world - Ppuri Park - Daejeon Station
• Science Tour (routine, 5 times a day)
Daejeon Station - City Hall - Hanbat Arboretum - National Science Museum - Geological Museum - Currency Museum – Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) - Yourim Park - Yuseong Spa - Food specific street - Daejeon Station
* The above schedule is subject to change.
• Reservation and Information
Daejeon City Tour Information Center
Tourism Division of Daejeon City Hall
- Build a shared vision to support sustained economic growth in Asia, while drawing lessons from the past in a candid and constructive manner;
- Showcase Asia’s success in economic management, and highlight lessons for other regions;
- Examine Asia’s growth model, its prospects going forward, and the implications of change for the global economy;
- Discuss Asia’s role in the international community, including the IMF, in this process.
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