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Seoul Tour

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When King Taejo founded the new kingdom of Joseon in 1392, one of the first orders of business was to move the royal capital from the ancient city of Kaesong (now in North Korea) to Seoul. A royal capital needs a palace, so in 1394 work began on a residence fit for a king. A prime site was selected in accordance with the laws of feng shui at the foot of Mt. Bugaksan, Seoul’s guardian mountain to the north. The new palace was named Gyeongbokgung, or “Palace Greatly Blessed by Heaven.” It was the heart of Korea for much of the early Joseon era (1392—1910), including the golden age under the brilliant King Sejong the Great (1418—1450).

During the Japanese invasions of 1592—1598, the palace was largely destroyed by fire, but it was rebuilt in 1867 to serve once again as the primary royal residence. The reconstructed palace was a massive complex with gardens, ponds,courtyards and no fewer than 330 halls. Large parts of the palace were destroyed during the Japanese colonial era (1910—1945), but restoration efforts have been ongoing since Korea regained its independence in 1945.


Insadong

Certainly, foreign visitors are attracted by Insadong’s traditional ceramics, books, and souvenir shops, but they also come here to eat at the best Asian- and Western-style gourmet restaurants.


Myeongdong


Located in the heart of Seoul, Myeongdong is a representative shopping district in Korea. It also houses the headquarters of banks and securities brokers, and many Western and traditional restaurants. Compared to Namdaemun and Dongdaemun Market which sell products at low prices, most shops in Myeongdong deal with mid-priced items.
The main street in Myeongdong is lined with quality brand name shops, while mid-class brand name shops and no-name brand shops are located in the side alleys. Moreover, large shopping malls like Avatar or Migliore and department stores are present as well.
All kinds of shops and restaurants are densely located on the main street with lanes which resemble the shape of a chess board, so it’s advisable to divide Myeongdong into a few sections in your mind and explore each section separately.


N Seoul Tower


Seoul Tower opened to the public on October 15, 1980 and has since become a major tourist attraction. The 236.7m tower sits atop Namsan Mountain (243m). The observatory offers panoramic views of Seoul and the surrounding areas.
Thirty years and countless visitors later, the structure was renamed ‘N Seoul Tower.’ The letter ‘N’ stands for the tower’s ‘new’ look, which resulted from a 15 billion won remodeling project in December 2005. With the new lighting system and changes to the tower’s overall color scheme, event coordinators can now decorate the tower for the season or events.

Visitors are encouraged to try the N Grill, Western-style revolving restaurant (one rotation every 48 minutes) and the Sky Restroom (an artfully decorated space). Both offer breathtaking views of the cityscape.

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