Landmarks of Seoul
Seoul is a city oriented to the future, but carefully keeps its traditions. He took the Olympics and World Cup Soccer.
Gyeongbokgung Palace – “the Palace of radiant happiness” – one of five palaces of Seoul and the main Palace during the Joseon dynasty (1392-1910 gg.). It was built by the founder of the dynasty king Lee Seon-Gye, when the state capital was moved from Gyeongju to Seoul. The ensemble consisted of 5000 houses. The entrance to the Palace lies through the gate Kwanhan – “radiant Gates of change”, built as the main entrance of the Palace ensemble and consisting of three gates, of which in average could enter the monarch himself, and the two lateral was intended for high officials. Mythical animals on the perimeter and on the roof protect the entrance from evil spirits. On the territory of the Palace is the national Folklore Museum, the richest exposition, which will introduce You to the history, culture and traditions of Korea.
Changdeokgung Palace consists of the king’s residence and garden Biwon (“Secret garden”). Built in 1405, it is the only Palace that has preserved the architectural style of the Joseon dynasty. Secret garden – a place for entertainment of the ruling dynasty: the nature has harmoniously created a local 300 year-old trees, pond and pavilion. Skate on the roof is unusually decorated with flower patterns. These patterns were attached by the Japanese to disgrace the Royal family, they cannot be found in any other place.
The blue house – the center of Korean politics, so named because the roof of the building, blending in with the surrounding mountains behind Bugaksan, consists of blue tiles. The Blue roof of the house approximately 150 thousand tiles, and each was cast individually to make the roof strong enough for decades. The blue house consists of a Main office, Inmingun (house for guests), Chunchugwan (Spring and Autumn pavilion), Nokjiwon (Green grass), gorges Mugunghwa (rose of Sharon) and the seven palaces. Interesting is that the buildings have a unique shape and is built in traditional Korean style.
The temple of Cages was established in 1920 (in the reign of the Joseon dynasty Buddhist temples were forbidden) and is located in the Central part of Seoul. This is the heart of Korean Zen Buddhism. COGECA Cage belongs to the order established by the monk of Cingulum. It is the largest order in Korea, managing more than 1500 temples. Before the main building of the temple Donjon grow Sophora japonica and white pine, which for about 500 years. Sophora, which reaches a height of 26 metres, giving a huge shadow and makes the temple even more picturesque. While white pine is one of the values of the temple, entered in the list of Rare natural monuments. In addition, on both sides of the street on which this temple is situated, there are shops selling Buddhist temple set. Here, in addition to robes, wooden gongs, rosaries, Buddhist literature and incense interested in Buddhism tourists can purchase Souvenirs such as small statues of monks, charms, etc.
The temple of Phonons erected in 794 by monk Enhi. This is one of the rarest temples in the Seoul area there studied two of the most famous monks in Joseon era – Sosan and Samain, who raised an army of monks to fight the Japanese in 1692 In Buddha’s birthday, hundreds of pilgrims light their lanterns.
Building Yuksam – “floor 63” – the tallest building around the Han river. Its Golden reflective glass walls cause the surrounding area to overflow with Golden light – that’s what he called the “Golden tower”. The building has the highest in Korea the tower view, where You can see the entire surrounding city (and on a clear day the sea can be seen even Incheon), there is also an IMAX theatre, restaurants, shopping center and aquarium, which contains about 400 species of riverine, marine and tropical creations.
Only in Korea the aquarium . divided into 6 thematic sections, contains about 40 thousand fish and 600 varieties of marine life – a truly unforgettable sight!
Korean folk village embodies everyday life of the Koreans of the late period of the Joseon dynasty and enjoyed great popularity not only among Koreans but also among foreign tourists. Here shows the culture of the class system and living standards of those times, including 260 traditional houses and 30,000 folk monuments. Here You will feel like travelling in a time machine, you will see marriage ceremony, farmer’s dance, various folk games and more.
Caribbean Bay (Gulf of Caribbean), built in 1996, is the first water Park in Korea. Stone buildings in a Spanish style and subtropical plants and a shipwreck after the crash give the Park an unusual and very romantic look. Caribbean in the Bay is almost everything. The most popular is the wave pool. In addition, there is a pool with 500-meter lanes, a surfing and thrilling rides. Services include family saunas and hot springs, where tourists can enjoy the 15 pools with mineral source for health and beauty. Caribbean Bay is the perfect combination of comfort and entertainment. Couples, friends and families can visit the Park all year round.