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For those in Seoul not sure how to spend the Chuseok holiday starting tomorrow, the city offers a huge range of cultural sights and experiences.
Our Kan Hyeong-woo looks at where to go and how to get there.
With Chuseok being one of Korea’s main holidays,… it’s a great opportunity to learn about Seoul’s cultural heritage.
The Cultural Heritage Foundation is opening up the capital city’s four royal palaces for free.
These palaces are from the Joseon Dynasty, which lasted for about 5-hundred years starting in the late 13-hundreds.
Gyeongbokgung Palace will hold a concert of traditional music and give visitors an opportunity to try some of the desserts that were enjoyed by the Joseon royal family.
At Changdeokgung Palace, visitors can also watch a traditional Bongsan mask dance and see some tightrope walking
If you’re more of a night owl,… you might want to check out the full moon through the night walking program at both Changgyeonggung and Deoksugung palaces.
The Jongmyo Shrine and the royal tombs of the Joseon Dynasty — the memorials to the kings and queens of the past — are also open free of charge.
Now if you’re visiting Seoul for the first time and you’re not really sure how to get around the city,… there’s the Seoul City Tour Tiger Bus,
There are four courses tourists can use to visit famous attrations like the Royal Palaces, Namsan Mountain, the Hangang River and areas like Gangnam, Hongdae and Itaewon.
Reservations are available on the tour bus website in Korean, English, Chinese and Japanese.
Some of the courses are giving discounts for Chuseok, with a ticket costing about 13 U.S. dollars.
Once you book your course, you can get on and off that bus as many times as you want in a day.
But since the bus for each course stops at different places and at different intervals, it’s a good idea to check that information when planning your trip.
Kan Hyeong-woo, Arirang News.
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