Seoul Tours, Sightseeing & Attractions

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Tour of Seoul National University School of Dentistry(SNUSD)
Thursday, June 23, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
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Half & Full Day Tours Around the Republic of Korea
IADR 2016 Tour Program

Tours outside the Republic of Korea:

3 Nights/4 Days 
Osaka & Koyoto Tour
USD $1,496
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3 Nights/4 Days 
Beijing Tour
USD $1,074
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Sightseeing

Seoul has been the capital of the Republic of Korea for more than 600 years. Traces of the city’s ancient legacy can be found everywhere: at its Five Royal Palaces, the Royal Tombs of Joseon, the nation’s last dynasty and at the Jongmyo Shrine. The careful preservation of Changdeok Palace – often featured in popular Korean historical dramas – along with the tombs and the shrine have earned a place on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Seoul’s modern cultural scene is equally well represented, with a wealth of museums and galleries dotted about the city.

Five Royal Palaces
Visit Gyeongbokgung, the main palace, where affairs of state were deliberated dating back to 1394. There, you’ll also find the National Folk Museum, showcasing the everyday life of Koreans over the centuries. Explore Changdeokgung and its secret garden, Deoksugung and its colonial museum, or soak in the peace and tranquility of ancient times at Gyeonghuigung and Changgyeonggung.

Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty
As the final resting places for Korea’s last dynastic ruling family, the Royal Tombs are a place of great significance to the nation’s history. The well-preserved tombs, which honor the lives and achievements of these great historical figures became UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2009.

Jongmyo Shrine
The primary place of worship for Joseon’s rulers, the Jongmyo Royal Shrine and the rituals and customs traditionally performed there are so well preserved that the site was added to the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List in 1995. Regarded as the oldest complete ceremony in the world, visitors can witness the ancient spectacle annually on the
first Sunday of every May.

Insa-dong
A massively-popular cultural district in downtown Seoul where the latest works of established and up-and- coming artists exhibit their wares. Here, you’ll also find stores dedicated to celadon and Korean craftware, making Insa-dong the ideal place to find that perfect Korean-themed gift.

Seoae Village
This French town in Seoul formed around the school set up by the French Embassy in Korea. Since nearly 50% of all French people in Korea live here, this village is known as Korea’s “Little France.” The French-named streets, parks and restaurants such as Montmartre Street and Montmartre Park will remind you of France. The restaurants in particular have become especially famous.

Bongeunsa Temple
A unique temple (1,300 years old) situated in the middle of Gangnam.

Seolleung Park
A park developed around the tomb of King Seongjong (9th King of the Joseon Dynasty)

Samcheong-dong
The nearly 3 km-long street between Gyeongbokgung Palace and Cheongwadae (Blue House) is a unique cultural area. Many exciting places such as traditional Korean house-style cafes, wine bars, art shops and designer showrooms line the street. Be sure to bring a camera since many unique shops and traditional Korean restaurants create beautiful photo
opportunities.

Namsangol Hanok Village
This village is home to five restored traditional Korean houses, including an aristocrat’s and a commoner’s house and living supplies.

Cheongwadae (Blue House)
This traditional royal palace-shaped building is the executive office and official residence of the President of the Republic of Korea.

N Seoul Tower
The best place to see spectacular views of the city.

Seoul Forest
An urban forest consisting of five parks with different themes, providing citizens with a place to relax.

Hangang River Cruise
A cruise is one of the best ways to enjoy the scenery around the Hangang River. Cool wind from the river, the surrounding scenery, which gets even more beautiful in the evenings, are the rewards the ferry cruise can
offer you.

Seoul City Tour Bus
With just one ticket, you can conveniently visit all the major tourist attractions in Seoul. The Seoul City Tour Bus is a hop-on, hop-off shuttle bus that circles around fixed routes, and you can use it as much as you want for one whole day.
Please ask the hotel concierge for related assistance.

 

Museums

Gangnam Area

Kimchi Field Museum: A museum showing the history of kimchi in its many forms.

The Museum of Korean Embroidery: A museum where nearly 3,000 works of traditional Korean embroidery are on display.

City Hall Area

Korea Furniture Museum: A traditional lifestyle museum with 10 Korean-style Hanok houses and 2,000 antique items of wooden furniture.

National Palace Museum of Korea: A museum dedicated to the Joseon royal family in which visitors can view and learn about the system, history, arts and culture of Korea’s final dynasty.

Seodaemun Prison History Hall: This prison, where many national independence leaders were interred and executed during the Japanese colonial period, has been remodeled into a museum of modern and contemporary history.

Seoul Museum of History: This history museum displays many Seoul related artifacts, more than 70% of which have been donated by the people of Seoul.

The National Folk Museum of Korea: Contains nearly 85,000 items of traditional Korean folklore.

Yongsan Area

Leeum (Samsung Museum of Art): An art complex of three museums designed by famous architects such as Rem Koolhaas.

National Museum of Korea: The entire history of Korea and many traveling exhibits

The War Memorial of Korea: This museum tells of the Republic of Korea’s military history and displays relevant memorabilia and artifacts.

Gangdong Area

Lotte World Folk Museum: A folk museum displaying a fascinating 1:8 miniature scale Joseon village.

SOMA Museum of Art: This art museum located in Olympic Park is famous as one of the top five sculpture parks in the world.

Yeouido Area

A Gallery (Design Museum): A must-visit spot for all art lovers for its displays of genuine antique furniture designed by the great maestros of the 20th Century.

Trick eye Museum: An interactive art museum of world masterpieces with illusion in three-dimensional pictures.

 

Entertainment

Gangnam Area

Coex Artium: A musical theatre that has minimized the space between stage and audience for a more lively performance.

Seoul Arts Centre: A multifunctional art centre that features an opera house, art gallery, music hall, calligraphy museum and outdoor stage.

You Theatre: A theatre where traditional Korean plays are reinterpreted and recreated with a modern perspective.

City Hall Area

Action Drawing [Hero]: The world’s first live drawing show. Watch as more than 10 drawings are entertainingly brought to life in 90 minutes.

Bibap: A non-verbal performance featuring beatboxing, a cappella, b-boying, and acrobatic, martial arts using various sounds and dynamic dancing skills revolving around the preparation of quintessential Korean dish, bibimbap.

Drumcat:An eclectic range of beats and sounds from an all female percussion troupe

Fanta-stick: A love story featuring a family-owned auto repair shop, a magical drum, and musicians turned into ghosts. The tale is told through live traditional music, b-boying, percussion, and exciting dance numbers.

Gwanghwamun Art Hall: A traditional art performance stage for the Korean percussion quartet Kim Deok-su Samulnori.

Jami (Premium Lunch Concert): A premium concert luncheon at Samcheonggak with traditional Korean performance and full-course meal.

Jump: Acrobatic nonverbal show based on the Asian martial arts of Taekwondo, Taekgyeon and Kung Fu.

Karma: A non-verbal show featuring Korean dance, dynamic Oriental martial arts, and the Four Gracious Plants (plum, orchid, chrysanthemum and bamboo).

Miso: A Korean-style ‘Romeo & Juliet’-type story told through traditional Korean dance, song, and comedy.

Nanta: Dynamic non-verbal performance telling the comic story of a wedding banquet set to the beat of traditional Korean Samulnori rhythms.

Pang Show! “Kim Tak Ku, The King of Baking”: A musical version of the popular TV series, “Kim Tak Ku, the King of Baking” The bread-making process is performed with the exciting accompaniments of percussion, b-boying, and juggling.

Sachoom: A dance-musical combining modern, jazz, hip-hop, disco and various other forms of dance to tell its story.

Sejong Center for the Performing Arts: An excellent cultural venue known as one of the world’s top 10 performance halls.

The National Theatre of Korea: This theater features a number of Korean traditional performing arts.

Gangdong Area

Ballerina Who Loved a B-boy: A spectacular performance of modern b-boying and elegant classic ballet that everyone can enjoy!

Gangdong Art Centre: An art center and theater that holds exhibitions, classical music, and dance performances.

Naru Art Centre: A multi-functional art performance space and theater, showing musicals, orchestra concerts, and dramas all year round.

Universal Arts Centre: An opera house-like antique and classical multipurpose performance hall.

Yeouido Area

B-boy city in Seoul “Kung”: A dance show of Korean B-boys who dazzled the world B-boy dancing community, based on their challenges and passion.

Naru Art Centre: Dynamic non-verbal performance telling the comic story of a wedding banquet set to the beat of the traditional Korean Samulnori rhythm.

Sanwollim Theatre: A small theater, known as ‘the Mecca of Women’s Plays,’ performing a variety of women-related performances.

Yeouido Floating Stage: The world’s first retractable water stage with multimedia performances and musical concerts set against the backdrop of the Hangang River.

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