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Cheonggyecheon Stream

The stream is a 5.8km long, modern public recreation walkway in downtown Seoul. The stream flowed before the rapid post – war economic development required it to be covered by a transportation infrastructure. Neglected in 1970 the $900 million project initially attracted much public criticism, but after opening in 2005 has become popular among city residents and tourists, becoming a haven of natural beauty amidst the bustle of city life.



Insadong and the surrounding area were the residences of Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) officials, extended royal families, and the yangban aristocratic class. The antique art shops that were established here during the Japanese Colonial Period carried everyday items of the privileged class as these items became antiques in the face of modernity.


Jogyessa Buddhist Temple
This centre of Zen Buddhism in Korea is located in the middle of the city. The locust trees and baeksong trees in front of the main temple building, are about 500 years old. Along the street around the temple are many Buddhist specialty shops, selling such things as prayer beads, Buddhist writings, incence, as well as souvenirs such as dolls and key chains.

Passed Chungwadae -The Blue House, Korean President's residence and Executive Office.
It is the symbol at the centre of Korean politics. The blue tiles and the smooth roof are in beautiful harmony with Mt. Bugaksan behind it and represent the beauty of Korea.
Gyongbokgung Palace
Visited Gyongbokgung Palace which was the main palace of the royal family during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). It is the most comprehensive and grandest of the five palaces of the Joseon Dynasty and has a 500 year history. Gyeongbok Palace is 5.4 million square feet and was perfectly situated between the Mt. Bugaksan and the mount which now houses the Seoul tower.
Visited the National Folk Museum (Royal Museum) that houses 4,300 relics from the prehistoric age to the modern times. It has exhibits which illustrate the history of the Korean people, the traditional lifestyle of Korean people and the lifecycle of a Korean from birth to death.

Tour to Minsokchon Folk Village to see the traditional Korean lifestyle and watch the show including tightrope.The Korean Folk Village is set in a natural environment with over 260 traditional houses reminiscent of the late Joseon Dynasty, including various household goods from different regions. All these features have been relocated and restored to provide visitors with a broad understanding of Korean food, clothing, and housing style of the past. Watched a show of dancers who twirled a very long ribbon from their hats and also a tightrope walker.

Namdaemun Market, located in the very centre of Seoul, is the biggest traditional market in Korea selling children's clothing, men & women's clothing, daily miscellaneous goods, kitchenware and local and imported products. Most shops have their own factories and make the products themselves offering both wholesale and retail prices which enable visitors to purchase various shopping items at an extremely inexpensive price.