South Korea in the Perspective of a Filipino Expatriate

Monday, September 25, 2017

Perfect Places to Visit in Korea During Chuseok

One of the major holidays in South Korea is Chuseok, the Korean version of Thanksgiving. During this whole period of holiday, most establishments are closed. Most locals visit their hometown to spend the Chuseok holiday with families. Traditionally, they pay respect to their ancestors and eat food afterwards. It's a time of the year when families meet and enjoy each others presence while remembering the ancestors.

If you find yourself visiting Korea, or in korea during the Chuseok holidays, chances are, most of the shops, restaurants and tourist attractions are closed during this season. However, Korea is a big country, there are hundreds of shops and restaurants and places to visit, so there's also a chance that you can find some places opened during Chuseok.

What better way to appreciate the Chuseok holiday is to find and go to places that commemorate this day. Through this, you can be able to learn more about Korean culture and what do people usually do. Here are some of the places in Korea that you can visit during Chuseok.


1. Deoksugung Palace

Another must visit place during Chuseok is the Deoksugung Palace. It's one of ancient palaces in Seoul. It's good to visit this place because they always show various performances to showcase the culture and tradition that transpire in the palace in ancient days.

Direction:
Get off at City Hall Station (Seoul Subway Line 1, 2), go to Exit 1, 2 or 3.


Photo Credit: Arman Carinan

2. Namsangol Hanok Village

I think the most popular Chuseok holiday destination is the Namsangol hanok Village. It is located near Chungmuro Station. There are various activities related to Chuseok like hands-on activities and folk music performances.

Direction:
Take Orange Subway Line and get off at Chungmuro Station. Go to Exit 4 and walk few meters ahead.


Photo Credit: Divine Grace Orillo

3. Korean Folk Village


The Korean Folk Village is open every Chuseok. There are traditional games and performances during the Chuseok period. I must say that if you want to learn about ancient Korea, this is the perfect place to visit.


Direction:
Get off at Suwon Station (Seoul Subway Line 1), Exit 5. Take Bus No.10-5 or 37 to Korean Folk Village or Nagok Village.



4. Gyeongbokgung Palace


If there's one major attraction in Seoul that is opened during Chuseok, it's the Gyeongbokgung Palace. It's fitting for the occassion because this Palace is one of the grandest palaces during the Joseon Dynasty. Since Chuseok is all about cultural thing, then this place is perfect to visit.

Direction:
Take the subway and get off at Gyeongbokgung Station (Subway Line 3), go to exit 5.



5. Suwon Hwaseong Fortress


If you feel like walking and hiking, then Suwon Hwaseong Fortress is the place to be. Aside from the historical attraction, the Fortress offers a good view of the city as you walk along the wall. Make sure though that walking and hiking are your thing, or else, you may not enjoy this activity.

Direction:
Take Subway Line No. 1 and get off at Suwon Station, go to Exit 4 and take a Bus (Bus No.: 11, 13 or 13-4) and get off at 'Hwaseong Haenggung' Bus Stop.



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