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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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Korean Demilitarized Zone and Dragon Hill Spa Tour
"Hotel pickup for this tour will be at 8 or 8:40am in Seoul. From there you will head to Imjingak Pavilion located at 50km northwest of Seoul. This pavillion was built for 5 million people who had lost their homes. Major facilities include the North Hall where you can get a view of the North Korean lifestyle.After the Imjingak you will head to the DMZ a demilitarized zone formed after the Korean War between South and North Korea. It is 2km wide in the North and 4km wide in the South based on the truce line crossing the Korean Peninsula. Visitors can see that the DMZ area’s ecosystem has been preserved you will go to the third infiltration tunnel which was discovered in October 1978. This tour will show you through the 3rd underground tunnel that North Korea which has been continuously provoking the South since the armistice
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Seoul History and Culture Small-Group Tour
"Experience both the urban modernity and historic traces of Seoul on a three-hour walking tour. Meet your local guide and head to Bukchon Hanok village a residential area dating back to the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1897). The village is lined with hundreds of hanoks (traditional Korean houses). Walk along the quiet alleys and admire the latticed windows and patterned brick walls. Today many of these hanoks operate as cultural centers restaurants and tea houses providing an opportunity to become immersed in traditional Korean culture.Next visit the Tteok Museum a unique museum detailing the history
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Seoul City Hall Tips (9)

It is an extraordinary building

The City Hall is an oval style, was built in 1926. The 13 story building is almost entirely covered with glazing. The curves and distortions actually are inspired by the Korean Hanok traditional house, which carefully considers its position relative to its surroundings. The wavy glass facade with its protruding illuminated is a breathtaking addition to the Seoul skyline

The modern architecture of Seoul City Hall features multipurpose halls and cultural facilities. One of the modern landmarks in architecture and can be explored within the impressive buildings. Visitors can take the elevators to the top of the building and get to see a great view of the city at the Seoul Plaza and have a cup of coffee.

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shavy
Mar 21, 2015

Seoul City Hall * *

City Hall was constructed in 1926 in a gothic style reminiscent of something from New York City, Chicago, or possibly Batman. It was built during the Japanese occupation and has always housed the Seoul Metropolitan Government. The new City Hall, located just behind the old, was constructed from 2008 to 2012 and is a massive, ultramodern glass building. Old City Hall is now a library.

City Hall Plaza is the open area in front of City Hall. It was just rebuilt in Spring 2004 from a huge, unsightly intersection to a green open area.

Also in the area of City Hall are Deoksugung Palace, the Anglican Cathedral dating from 1926, and the major business hotels of Seoul such as the Westin Chosun Hotel, the Seoul Plaza Hotel, and the Lotte Hotel.

The redesigned open area in front of City Hall has become a popular spot for public celebrations and demonstrations.

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Ewingjr98
May 03, 2013

Rally Center of South Korea

South Koreans are known around the world as passionate and avid rallyist!. My Guide told me that practically everyday, there are rallies conducted at the city hall area on an infinite amount of grievances like agriculture subsidies, politics, fuel prices, anti-north korea, etc. Recently the rallies were against US Beef since there were unfounded rumours circulated that when you eat US Beef then you will die of Mad Cow Disease. Personally I think this is Xenophobia at it's worst.

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machomikemd
Jul 19, 2008

City Hall And Seoul Plaza

This building was built in 1926 to house Seoul Metropolitan Government. It is designed in a gothic style with a large-size circular wall clock. This clock is synchronized by external satellite aerial GPS and at noon, the clock strikes 12 times with the melody of the traditional Bosingak bell.

Seoul Plaza re-opened on May 1, 2004, as the newly renovated place around the fountain area in front of Seoul City Hall. The fountains are neat as the heights and directions of the water columns can be controlled and 48 lights are installed around the grass square to light up the night. Large-scale cultural events are often held on the grass square as well.

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Mar 07, 2006
 
 
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City Hall - Downtown Seul

We are still in downtown Seoul area and another intersting spot is the city hall and the grand square in front of it..

This are is covered with the city hall building on one side.. The historical palace on the left side and some other business buildings on the other sides..

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Erkmen
Sep 04, 2005

City Hall -- One of the few Japanese buildings

There has been a concerted, if not systematic, effort to remove most of the buildings in Seoul that were constructed by the Japanese during their annexation of Korea. While understandable, I hope they do not succeed in removing all traces of the architectural style, now best represented by Seoul City Hall. The Seoul Train station and several buildings on the US military base are also from the Japanese period, but others (like the former National Museum) have been torn down.

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AKtravelers
Aug 17, 2005

City Hall (Seoul Plaza)

The area infront of Seoul City hall was once only a mass of congested roads. Recently it has been transformed as part of the Seoul beautification project in to Seoul's Citizens park. where once there were roads there is a water fountain, gardens and grass. It's a nice area to pass through. It's the center of Seouls Financial district, and there are also many tourist related things to see in the area such as Deoksugung Palace.

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Christianzagar
Apr 12, 2005

City Hall

City Hall is in downtown Seoul. It was built in 1926 to house Seoul Metropolitan Government (those nice people who publish Seoul's Best 100).

There is a spectacular light show here during the Hi Seoul Festival.

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Mar 29, 2005
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"Welcome to The Land of Big Smog"
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"Return to Seoul"
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"Seoul - My favorite place on Earth!"
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"Seoul: Energy in the Land of the Morning Calm"
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Take a High Speed Train to Busan

SKorea launched its first high speed train(KTX train) sometime in April 2004. I was very lucky to be the first few passengers to try it. I took a high speed train to Busan and it took about 3 hours. It was pretty much a smooth ride but the seats were rather narrow and you can really feel like a sardine if you have long legs. The ride cost about 45,000won.
To catch the train, take a subway to their spanking new Seoul station in the heart of the city. Buy your ticket from the counter ( Just say , "Busan", "KTX" ) and hop on the train.

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Nov 02, 2004

Things to Do Near Seoul

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Cheong Gye Cheon - Man Made Stream

Cheonggyecheon steam is a nice place to escape a busy Seoul lifestyle. In fact, steam is located just in the centre but somehow you don't feel like you are in the centre. Magic There are many small...
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Korea House & Namsan Hanok Folk Village

At first there is no "entrance fee" completely open to public for free. In this village displays various household goods and furniture arranged in accordance with the times of which they were a part....
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Heunginjimun Dongdaemoon - Great East Gate

Dongdaemun is known for its shopping area, a place for a cheap clothing items in Korea. But actually means Great East Gate. This is more commonly called Dongdaemun Gate, first built in 1398. This was...
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Dongdaemun Market

I visited this night market during my last night in Seoul. I was not impresed as it was mainly a clothes market. The area though is great to walk around in the evening as it is surrounded by the big...
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Tapgol Park (Pagoda Park)

This is a crowded city centre park. Not so green, but with some interesting historical sites. Tapgol Park is built on the former site of Wongak Temple which was destroyed at a time when Buddhism was...
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Ongo-food Communication,- Day Tours

Why not take a cooking class? Learn to cook a Korean dish. That's what I did when I visited Seoul! It's a fun experience and something that you can bring home with you (new cooking skills) to enjoy...
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