Enjoy Cultural Arts in Seoul!

https://korean-machinery.com///inquiryFor fans of performance and visual arts, here is an all-in-one guide to the representative cultural art centers in Seoul! If you have spare time in your schedule or just need a break from touring around the city, consider visiting a performance hall or an art museum. Diverse performances and arts will not only present you with memories, but will surely nourish your soul!

From Gugak to Opera! Enjoy Diverse Performing Arts!

Theater representing Korea, the National Theater of Korea

Established in 1950 as Asia’s first national theater, National Theater of Korea presents diverse performances spanning over Korea’s traditional arts, ballet and opera performances. World renowned performance groups and organizations from overseas often hold performances here as well. The theater is composed of Haeoreum Theater, the main hall; Daloreum Theater, a smaller theater; Byeoloreum Theater, with a customizable stage; and Haneul Theater, an outdoor stage.
National Theater of Korea is especially popular among tourists due to its location near Namsan Seoul Tower and Myeong-dong. The theater is also easily accessible via taxi or on foot since it is only 1.5km away from Namsan Seoul Tower and 3km away from Myeong-dong Station.
▶Address: 59, Jangchungdan-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul (more info)

Opera House at Seoul Arts Center

Seoul Arts Center offers world-class theater facilities. The center holds cultural art events in a multitude of genres throughout the year. The signature building of the center is the Opera House, with its unique architectural design. The Opera House stages all kinds of performances, holding on to the true essence of performance arts. In addition to the Opera House, Seoul Arts Center is home to a concert hall, Hangaram Art Museum, Hangaram Design Museum, and Seoul Calligraphy Art Museum.
▶Address: 2406, Nambusunhwan-ro, Seocho-gu, Seoul (more info)

Seoul’s Multi-complex Culture Center, Sejong Center

Korea’s unique traditional architecture is merged with modern design to create the grand yet elegant appearance of Sejong Center. Sejong Center holds a variety of performances of diverse genres including traditional Korean, classics, and even crossovers. The main theater, Grand Theater, has a wide stage equipped with the largest pipe organ in Asia. Sejong Center is a popular attraction among tourists as it is located across from Gwanghwamun Square and Gyeongbokgung Palace.
▶Address: 175, Sejong-daero, Jongno-gu, Seoul (more info)

Enjoy Modern and Contemporary Arts!

A stranger to the arts? Stop by National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art!
With the slogan “Art museum in everyday life,” the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) in Seoul is loved by locals for its display of artwork in addition to being an aesthetic resting spot. The biggest characteristic of this attraction is its consistent admission fee. In contrast to other art museums where prices differ depending on special exhibitions, MMCA offers a combination ticket with access to all exhibitions and video displays. MMCA is recommended to be added into your itinerary since it is located at the entrance to Samcheongdong-gil Road, near Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace.
▶Address: 30, Samcheong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul (more info)

One-stop destination to beautiful architecture and art! Seoul Museum of Art

The building of Seoul Museum of Art, which was once used for the Supreme Court, is highly recognized for its splendid modern image after undergoing renovation. Featured exhibitions are not limited to traditional arts, but include a wide range of media including architecture, films, music, fashion, handicraft, and even works that do not belong to any specific genre. The museum also features non-Western artwork, such as those from Africa and Latin America. If you are visiting Deoksugung Palace, consider adding Seoul Museum of Art to your schedule as they are located right next to each other.
▶Address: 61, Deoksugung-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul (more info)

Pleasant sight of contemporary artwork at Hangaram Art Museum in Seoul Arts Center

Located inside Seoul Arts Center, Hangaram Art Museum features various plastic arts. It consists of six exhibition halls and an art shop. Most featured exhibitions are based on modern art, making it easier for youths to approach the world of art. Often visited by people watching performances at Seoul Arts Center, Hangaram Art Museum makes it comfortable to explore with pleasant, open-style exhibition halls.
▶Address: 2406, Nambusunhwan-ro, Seocho-gu, Seoul (more info)

More Info

▶ Seoul Tourism Website: english.visitseoul.net (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Russian)
▶ 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Photo credit: Korea Tourism Organization, National Theater of Korea, Seoul Arts Center, Sejong Center

* This column was last updated in January 2018, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details from the official websites before visiting.

The above article is courtesy of VisitKorea, the official website of the Korea Tourism Organization (www.visitkorea.or.kr)

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VisitKorea App, Korea’s Smart Travel Manager

https://korean-machinery.com///inquiryPlanning a trip to a new country can be overwhelming, and Korea is no exception. The more you search, the more confusing it becomes! What are some must-visit attractions? What have you already looked at? How do all your selected attractions fit together into a well-made itinerary? The answer to all of these worries is simple: take a deep breath, relax, and download the VisitKorea mobile application! The VisitKorea app provides information on attractions before your trip, maps and nearby attractions based on GPS while on your trip, and a record of all the things you saw and did to show off afterwards. Download it now to get your exciting journey to Korea started!

New Features

The Korea Tourism Organization first unveiled the English VisitKorea mobile application in 2011, followed by separate Japanese and Chinese apps in 2013. Late in 2019, the three apps were combined into one, allowing users to obtain the same consistent information regardless of language, as well as switch to a preferred language with ease at any time.

A new feature of the updated app is the My Trip section, adding a sense of adventure and achievement to your trip. The My Trip feature is divided into three distinct functions: Save Trip, On Trip, and Take Trip. Save Trip allows users to manage and save attractions they are interested in. On Trip uses GPS signals to track and record the user’s trip itinerary on a real-time basis. Take Trip gives experience points to users for visiting attractions that are listed on the 100 Must-Visit Tourist Spots in Korea.

① Pre-trip: Plan with SAVE TRIP
Check attraction information sorted in 10 different categories for each region of Korea, and save necessary information through the SAVE TRIP function. Easily gather information about desired attractions and make a travel itinerary in one step.

② During trip: Record using ON TRIP & TAKE TRIP
The VisitKorea app provides personalized travel information based on the current location by analyzing the user’s selected preferences and big data. Users can increase the fun and excitement of their trip with the TAKE TRIP function, earning stamps by visiting geo-fenced attractions such as the 100 Must-visit Tourist Spots in Korea.

③ Post-trip: Review ON TRIP
Look back on the timeline cards saved through the ON TRIP feature, as well as add more photos and story cards. Experience a new way of traveling by reminiscing on your trip memories.

Standard Features

One of the biggest advantages of using the VisitKorea mobile app is receiving personalized recommendations based on your personal settings. Using an analysis of big data, the app picks out attractions and information that may be of interest, based on the users selected preferences, nationality, gender, and age range.
Users can also find nearby facilities and directions through the map feature. The About Korea section provides important information, including currency exchange rates, public transit information, and emergency contact numbers, such as the 1330 Korea Travel Hotline and international embassies, for a safe and convenient trip.
Another benefit of using the app is the increased number of discount coupons as compared with what is available on the VisitKorea website. In today’s eco-conscious world, not having to print copies is a big win! The app has basic tour courses for each region, which are a great starting point for absolute true beginners to Korea.
both nearby office workers and tourists. Sansuyu (cornus fruit) flowers, canola flowers, and plum blossoms welcome spring as they bloom along the 11 kilometer-long stream, while a line of white fringe tree flowers offer an excellent sight by decorating both sides of the nearby walking path.

• Search “VisitKorea” in Google Play or the App Store

* This column was last updated in December 2019, and therefore some information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details before visiting.

The above article is courtesy of VisitKorea, the official website of the Korea Tourism Organization (www.visitkorea.or.kr)

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Spring Blossom Paths in Seoul

https://korean-machinery.com///inquirySpring Blossom Paths in Seoul

With the arrival of spring come beautiful blooming flowers, including cherry blossoms, forsythias, and azaleas. Even in Seoul, a large city filled with skyscrapers and cars, there are places to enjoy the sight and scent of spring blossoms. If you are eager to discover a different side of Seoul, visit some of the following parks to be greeted by blossoming spring flowers.

Seoul’s Central Park, Seoul Forest

Recognized as one of Seoul’s premium city parks, a magnificent sight of giant cherry blossom trees can be found at Seoul Forest. Visitors to the park are welcome to enjoy a light walk or a picnic under the gently fluttering cherry blossoms. Don’t miss your chance to see deer and observe butterflies at the Ecological Forest while at the park.

Cheerfully colorful, Children’s Grand Park

Starting from the entrance, Children’s Grand Park is filled with blossoms of all kinds, from deep pink azaleas to tulips of all shades. The park is one of the most stunning parks during springtime when the large cherry blossom trees are in full bloom. In addition, other attractions such as the zoo and the botanical garden found within the park offer more to see, making the park a perfect picnic spot. Snacks for sale can be found at every corner and full meals are also available at the park’s cafeteria.

Straight out of a fairy tale, Seokchonhosu Lake

Every spring, Seokchonhosu Lake boasts a splendid view of approximately 300,000 cherry blossoms and wild flowers in bloom. In particular, the sight of Lotte World appearing to float in the middle of Seokchonhosu Lake creates a fairy tale-like picture. The annual Seokchonhosu Lake Cherry Blossom Festival is also held here, offering various events and programs for visitors to enjoy.

Closest to the sky, Haneul Park in World Cup Park

Haneul Park, located within World Cup Park, offers amazing views of the city as well as beautiful flowers and interesting sculptures. Man-made structures and facilities are limited within the park, as it was formed as a restoration project to preserve the ecological environment. Visitors are recommended to prepare a few drinks and snacks in advance before visiting. Colonies of forsythias can be found along both sides of the trekking paths, creating the mood to enjoy spring to its fullest.

A romantic getaway, Noeul Park in World Cup Park

Noeul Park offers a pleasant sight of forsythias and royal azaleas in early spring and changes its colors to lovely shades of purple around May to June when the irises are in bloom. In addition, the metasequoia tree-lined path is often sought-out by couples as the trees that stretch down both sides of the walking path create a romantic mood perfect for a relaxing stroll. The park is also famous for its sunset view, with many visitors coming in the late afternoon hours.

Peaceful flowers, Seoul National Cemetery

The cherry blossoms cultivated at Seoul National Cemetery resemble willow trees with their branches hanging down towards the ground as they age, giving one an image of a waterfall of flowing flowers. Although Seoul National Cemetery is popular for its fascinating cherry blossoms, other spring blossoms such as forsythias and fringe trees serve as welcoming sights. In addition, the annual Seoul National Cemetery Spring Blossom Event is held every April, offering various entertaining and educational programs.

A pleasant walking path, Samcheong Park

Located in the center of Seoul, Samcheong Park is well-loved by the local community due to its convenient location and various facilities nearby, including cultural centers and restaurants. Thanks to the scenic view the walking trail offers, many visitors are drawn to the park to enjoy the sight of cherry blossoms and forsythia flowers, as well as the refreshing spring atmosphere. After taking in the beautiful blossoms, stop by Samcheong-dong Café Street!

Representative attraction of Seoul, Cheonggyecheon Stream

Located at the center of Seoul, Cheonggyecheon Stream is a top tourist attraction that serves as a relaxing space for both nearby office workers and tourists. Sansuyu (cornus fruit) flowers, canola flowers, and plum blossoms welcome spring as they bloom along the 11 kilometer-long stream, while a line of white fringe tree flowers offer an excellent sight by decorating both sides of the nearby walking path.

 

* This column was last updated in February 2019, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details before visiting.

The above article is courtesy of VisitKorea, the official website of the Korea Tourism Organization (www.visitkorea.or.kr)

 

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