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Imagine Your Korea

Seoul , the city that have a combination of past & future. This historical capital has been the capital city of South Korea since more than 600 years ago. It has grown in stature and is now considered one of the center of commerce in East Asia region. In Seoul, history meets present and tradition blends in harmoniously with technology. It has also become a melting pot of people coming from diverse backgrounds. Visit the city to immerse in all the things it offers.

(Credit content : Robert Koehler & Korea Tourism Organization(2012), Seoul Selection Guides :KOREA, Seoul,Korea: Seoul Selection)

Information to know

Visa

Thai citizens generally do not require visa to visit South Korea. For more detailed information on visa requirements, please visit

Currency

The currency of South Korea is the won (₩)

100 won is is approximately equal to 2.78 THB or 0.08 USD

Weather

South Korea has 4 seasons :

Spring,  from April to June, is a beautiful season. Cherry blossoms will be in full bloom across the country. A sight not to be missed, especially if you love flowers .

Summer, from late June to late August is characterized by its hotter weather, occasionally accompanied by seasonal rain. Not to worry though, shoppers continue to throng the shopping malls and commute via the reliable sub-way network.

Autumn, starting from September, it’s a good time to visit Korea when skies are blue, sunny and warm weather.

Winter, From December to March, it’s dry and cold. This is a good time to try ondol ( underfloor heating) and oncheon (hot-spring spas) and also a good time to visit if you are interested in winter sports as there are numerous of ski resorts.

Electricity

South Korean’s electrical outlets accept appliances with a voltage rating of 220V (same as Thailand) and a round head plug. A universal adapter and transformer will come in handy if you need to connect appliances that come with different power requirements.

Wander around Seoul

Gyeongbokgung Geunjeongjeon

Gyeongbokgung Palace

Gyeongbokgung Palace is one the most well maintained of all Seoul’s royal palaces. It was first built in 1394 by King Taejo, the founder of the Joseon Dynasty. Gyeongbokgung Palace contained residences, offices and shrines. During the Japanese invasions of 1592-1598, the palace was burnt to the ground. It was not until 1867 that Gyeongbokgung was restored.

Visiting Korea Palace , you will expereince korean history & culture as well as the beauty of the architecture which emphasis on harmony with the natural surrounding.

Open : 9.00 am-6.00 pm (Mar-Oct), 9.00 am-5.00 pm (Nov-Feb) , Closed Tuesday

Price : 3,000 won

How to get there : Gyeongbokgung Station, Line 3 , Exit 5 or Gwanghwamun Sattion, Line 5, Exit 1

If you still have time ,to the east of Gyeongbokgung Palace is Samcheong-dong, a trendy area known for relatively high number of Korean traitional homes or hanok and many of them are newer cafe, restuarants ,boutiques and hand made gift-shop. Follow Samcheong-dong Road up, and you’ll eventually reach a fork-one fork heads to Cheongwadae ( the presidential mansion) or Blue house.

 Seoul tower

N Seoul Tower

One of the Seoul’s most recognizable landmarks, N Seoul Tower was built in 1969 as a communication tower and opened to the public as a park in 1980 where you can see a panoramic 360 degrees view of Seoul.

Open: 10.00 am- 11.00 pm (open daily)

Price : 9,000 won

How to get there : The tower sits atop a 262 m-high mountain . There are regular buses to the tower that depart from near Exit 2 of Chungmuro Station, Line 3 or 4 between 8.00 am and midnight.

 

Lotte World

Lotte World

Lotte World is not just an amusement park, its like a city. There are includes of the world’s largest indoor amusement park, an outdoor amusement park, a folk museum, a department store, a major luxury hotel and Korea’s best ice skating rink. This is a must visit for your family.

Open: 9.30 am- 10.00 pm (Mon-Thu), 9.30 am- 11.00 pm (Fri-Sun)

Price : 38,000 won (Daily pass ticket) 26,000 won ( Daily admission only ticket) 31,000 won (Daily pass ticket, after 4 pm.) 22,000 won ( Admission only ticket, after 4pm.) 15,500 won (Admission only ticket, after 7pm.) have some discount for youth, child and infant.

How to get there : Exit4 of Jamsil Station, Line 2&8

  Nami

Nami island

 

Reference:Robert Koehler & Korea Tourism Organization(2012), Seoul Selection Guides :KOREA, Seoul,Korea: Seoul Selection

 

Nami Island, one of famouse Island from popular Korean Series “Winter Sonata” ,its located about 30 minutes southwest of downtown Chuncheon.It’s a scenic island of tree-lined walking paths that are espeically beautiful when the snow falls in winter. One redwood-lined path is particularly famouse as a scene from a series. Don’t miss the opportunity to take a photo there.

 

How to get there :To reach Nani Island, it’s best to get off the train at Gapyeong Station and taxi it to the ferry pier, there are frequent ferries from 7.30 am to 9.40 pm.

 

 

Shop till you drop

 Dongdaemun Market

 

Myeong-dong

Myeong-dong is a popular shopping district in Seoul, with both local and international brands stocked to cater to the discerning taste of every shopper.

How to get there : Myeong-dong station, Line 4 or Euljiro 1 (il)- ga Station, Line 2.

Namdaemun area

The Namdaemun area, so named for Namdaemun Gate, the host of the most famouse outdoor market, Namdaemun Market. This colorful market, has variety of local product where you can buy clothes, accessories , leather , food and also electronic appliance. Besides the outdoor market, there are also several sites of historical interest, including the largest castle gate stone, the Sungnyemun Gate. Other place of interest include the first Catholic church in Korea, the Yakhyeon Catholic Church and the Seoul Train Station.

How to get there : Namdaemun market is the best approached via Hoehyeon station, Line 4. Seoul Station and Yakhyeon Catholic Church, meanwhile , are reached via City Hall Station (Lines 1&2).

Dongdaemun Market

Dongdaemun never sleep , you can shop will drop from 9 am – 11 pm. With more than 25 shopping malls, 30,000 shops and 50,000 manufacturers.Welcome to Dongdaemun Market.

For fashion junkies ,Dongdaemun is the place to go, where you can buy costomic, trendy clothes, sport equipments either whole sale or retail . No worry about shopping , just come to Dongdaemun.

How to get there :Two subway stations service the sprawling Dongdaemun Market, Dondaemun Station (Lines1&4) and Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station (Lines 2&4).

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