South Korea boasts abundant tourist attractions. Tourists can experience distinctive harmony between historical cultural heritage and modern culture. With these preserved local identities, tourists can also explore and enjoy local cultures, natural environments, and unique food.
Among popular tourist attractions in South Korea, modern values are often projected onto historic cultural heritage, or conversely, traditional elements are added to modern spaces. They serve not only as precious cultural heritage and vibrant living spaces for Koreans but also as a starting point for foreigners to visit Korea.
Bukchon Hanok Village
Village Located on the top of a hill, Bukchon Hanok Village commands a unique landscape where Korean traditional houses and modern structures harmonize together.
Jeonju Hanok Village
South Korea boasts of different types of hanok villages. Recently, a hanok village becomes more popular as a new tourist destination for visitors to experience an old village composed of traditional Korean wooden houses other than modern hanok architecture.
Located in the heart of Seoul teeming with high-rise buildings, Bukchon Hanok Village and Namsangol Hanok Village allow visitors to feel the coexistence of the past and the present. As the largest hanok district in South Korea, Jeonju Hanok Village consists of about 625 traditional tile-roofed houses in conjunction with modernized hanok architecture. This village is one of the most popular destinations for enthusiasts not just because it is a cultural product for sightseeing, but because it also serves as a venue for tourists to experience traditional experiences such as a tea ceremony and a hanji-making program.
In addition, Gongju Hanok Village located in Chungcheongnam-do, Gangneung Ojukheon Hanok Village in Gangwon-do, and Yeongam Gurim Hanok Village in Jeollanam-do are not as large as Jeonju Hanok Village, but they are large enough for visitors to enjoy Korean culture.
Located in Gangneung, Gangwon-do, Seongyojang House, which was a typical upper-class residence during the Joseon dynasty, also allows visitors to experience traditional Korean houses, although not a hanok village. This 300-year-old traditional house is still inhabited by the descendants.
Moonlight Tour at Palaces
The Moonlight Tour at Gyeongbokgung Palace is one of the most popular tour programs in South Korea.
A royal palace, which is an indispensable destination for Korean tourism, features distinctly different sentiments between day and night. Tourists flock to the palace during the day to experience a tranquil and relaxed atmosphere. When covered with a veil of darkness, the palace boasts of a different mood. The subtle lighting and mysterious acoustic effects add up different charms. As those attractive features are known through social networking services, royal palaces have recently emerged as new night attractions.
Among royal palaces that open at night are the four major palaces in Seoul (Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeok Palace, Changgyeong Palace, and Deoksugung Palace) and Hwaseong Haenggung Palace in Suwon. Whether tour programs are available depends on each royal palace, but if it is, reservations must be made on the website.
At night, Changdeokgung Palace becomes far more colorful and magical under the moonlight and lighting.
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