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Night Shopping Tour in Seoul
"You will start your night shopping tour when you are picked up at your hotel and go to the Myeongdong Fashion Street. The Myeongdong Fashion Street is one of the busiest places in Seoul and is among Korea’s premier shopping destinations. Over 1 million s Myeong-dong market has been a witness to Korea’s tumultuous modern-day history as a center of city politics economy and culture.After seeing the Myeongdong area you will check out the Dongdaemun Doota Shopping Mall which is a fashion mall full of trendy fashion items. There are 540 stores throughout the 8-story building including designer shops select shops
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"Half-Day Shopping Tour at Dongdaemun Market
"Half-Day Shopping Tour at Dongdaemun Market Gwangjang Market and Namdaemun Market""You will be picked up from your hotel in Seoul by your local tour guide. You will enjoy 4 hours in a comfortable mini-van to each shopping area.Your tour begins by visiting Dongdaemun Market district where you will find the UFO-sha Doosan Tower. The clothes and accessories at Doota (nickname of Doosan Tower) are very cute and fancy even popular amongst the locals.After walking around Doota you might start feeling hungry. Your next destination is Gwangjang Market the most famous open market for exotic Korean food street vendors. There are some of food you must try
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K-Pop Experience: KLive Hologram Concert and Guided Gwangjang Market Tour
"From your hotel you’ll be transported to Lotte FITIN a super modern mall chock-full of trendy boutiques and luxury brands. Be prepared for some fun and dancing when you head to the 9th floor to visit the Klive K-Pop Experience. Here use your admission to K-pop Hologram Performance Hall for an otherworldly concert. Scream and bob your head to during hologram performances from international sensation Psy as well resulting in a fully 3-D virtual concert complete with surround sound. You might even think you’re seeing Psy in the flesh — this is the same technology that thrilled (and confused) US audiences when producers brought Michael Jackson back to virtual life which
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Ceremonies & Holidays Tips (8)

Changing of the Royal Guard

From March 9 until December 31, the Changing of the Royal Guard takes place three times daily in front of Deoksugung (Deoksu Palace), just opposite City Hall. The ceremony is at 10.30, 14.00 and 15.00 every day, except Monday. A similar ceremony takes place in front of Chandeokgung. Check the times, as they are subject to change.

This is a colourful ceremony, with traditional costumes, weapons and instruments, including conch shells.

There is an English commentary explaining the details of the ceremony.

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Apr 18, 2007

Seoul's Yunjungno Cherry Blossom Festival.

The spring bloom begins with the yellow dogwood blossoms of ``sansuyu,'' and the white-pinkish flowers of the plum tree, or ``maehwa.''It continues with dazzling cherry blossoms appearing on roadsides and parks, while large, red camellia blossoms poking out amid glossy green leaves in the backyards sustain the spring tide.

Now, as early bloomers are already showing off their seductive blossoms and others are about to burst out, people are beating the trails of the stone walled villages at foot of Mt. Chiri or driving along tourist-packed country roads to absorb the sights and smells of spring. This happens in Seoul too.

Thousands and thousands of Seoulites all come out of their houses and stroll along Yunjungno which is along side the Han River in Yeouido. The Yunjungno is seven kilometers long and is lined with 1,400 cherry trees ranging in age from 3 to 35 years old.

Every year in time for the cherry blossoms, the city holds its Cherry Blossom Festival, and the 23-hectare Yeouido Park provides a haven for nature enthusiasts in the midst of the concrete jungle. It really is a must see, and a great reprieve from the cold grey Seoul Winter.

Transportation: Yeouinaru Station or Yeouido Station, Seoul Subway Line 5Seat Bus - 631, 720, 1002, 1008, 703, 718, etc.Regular Bus - 3, 9, 30, 30-1, 48, 70, 77, 119, 123-1, etc

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Feb 04, 2004

Lotus Lanterns hung for Budha's Birthday.

In Korea, lotus lanterns are a major focus of one of the most important yearly events called Buddha's Birthday. Celebrated on the 8th day of the 4th lunar month every year. The picture, taken at Choggye Sa Temple shows an array of hung lanterns. Many of these Lanterns features a prayer, and/or has someone's name fastened with string. These name tags, blow in the breeze and form a wave with each gust. There are so many lanterns, the tags form a waving sea. It really is great to see. Anyone who wants to can "buy" a lantern and write anything he or she likes on it. A donation is given to the temple. Buddhists believe that the more people give, the more generous people are, the happier people are.

Choggyesa is the largest Buddhist temple in Seoul. Home of the Choggye Buddhists, the 4th largest Korean Buddist sect. So there you go. Cheap vegetarian food here to. Especially the Kamja Jeon (Potato Pancake).. YUMYUM! :o)

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Unique to Korea, lotus lanterns consist of the symbols of the lotus flower and a candle. The lotus, a common symbol in Buddhism, represents the process of shedding ignorance (darkness, growing towards the light from the mud) to attain wisdom (light, the opening of the flower in the sunlight).
Making lanterns in the shape of lotuses renacts the aspiration of everyone for wisdom. The candle inside symbolizes the attainment of wisdom. These kinds of laterns first showed up during the Korean Shilla Dynasty, around the year 551ad. So quite a while ago.

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Feb 04, 2004

May 5 is Children's Day -- A Day Off from Work

Korea has this great holiday called children's day, where most businesses close so that parents can spend the day with their kids. On 5 May, the parks and palaces are full of families and most tourist attractions put on special demonstrations for the children.

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May 27, 2005
 
 
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Buddha's Birthday

Buddha's Birthday usually falls in late April or early May (in 2004 it was 26 May, and in 2005 it will be 15 May). At this time, the temples of Korea, especially Jogyesa Temple in Seoul, are decorated with thousands of lanterns. This is a very interesting time to visit the temples, as there are many street vendors, food stands, craft stands, and other things to see and do. During the festival, the entire street in front of Jogyesa is traffic-free and full of people! There is also a large parade.

The main festival area is next to Insadong, one of the city's big tourist areas, so there is a lot to do in the vicinity.

Buddha's Day celebrates the birthday of Prince Siddhartha Gautama, who became Sakyamuni Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. Prince Siddhartha was born on the 8th day of the fourth lunar month or on the day of the full moon in May in Lumbibi, Kapilavatsu in Northern India near the present border of Nepal. He was the crown prince of a small feudal kingdom of the Sakya Clan. Buddhism as a world religion is historically concentrated in East and South East Asia, particularly China, Taiwan, Mongolia, Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, Burma, Laos, Cambodia, Singapore, Bhutan, and Sri Lanka.

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Apr 04, 2011

Gyeongbok Gung Changing of the guards ceremony

This colorful ceremony happens once in every hour during open hours at Gyeongbok Palace. It's very elaborate and colorful and is one of the highlights not to be missed on a visit to the palace grounds.

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Mar 11, 2016

Changing of the guard ceremony at Deoksu- gung

3 times a day a very colorful changing of the guard ceremony also happens at Deoksu Gung. The ceremony performed is much more elaborate than at most western changing of the guard ceremonies and is highly recommended.

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Mar 11, 2016

Lunar calendar

The eighth day of the fourth lunar month (this year, May 8th ) is Buddha’s birthday. The streets are decorated with colorful lanterns and there is a parade from the stadium to Jogyesa temple. About 35% of the population in Korea is Christian, so this day is also Parents day. Carnations are the flower of choice as presents. The nights of Seoul are always lit with red neon crosses that top the steeples of most churches!

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Dongdaemun Market

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Tapgol Park (Pagoda Park)

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