Explore traditional Korean culture with a trip to the lovely and historic Changdeokgung Palace, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. After enjoying the beauty of this royal villa, you will take a stroll through the famous Bukchon Hanok Village, home to hundreds of traditional Korean houses called hanok. During the Joseon dynasty, only nobles were allowed here, but now you can find traditional tea houses and restaurants as well as many shops and opportunities to experience traditional Korean culture.
Out of all of Korea’s palaces, only Changdeokgung Palace was designated as a World Heritage site. It receives a lot of praise for its beauty and is remarkably well-preserved. The rear garden, which occupies over half of the palace, exceptionally showcases the beauty of the Korean traditional garden. During the Joseon Dynasty, kings would come here to rest and step away from the stress of dealing with state affairs. Now you can be just like the kings of old and relax in this beautiful palace.
Bukchon Hanok Village
Bukchon Hanok Village is an oasis of peaceful tradition in the middle of the bustling modern city of Seoul, with its billboards, global corporations, and flocks of people hurriedly running around. Here, the past and the present mysteriously co-exist. Filled with hanok or traditional Korean houses around every corner, it is almost as if time stopped here over 40 years ago, with traditional public baths, barber shops, mill oil shops, etc. No matter who you are, you will fall in love with the beauty and serenity of this place.
Amethyst or Ginseng Center
The color of Amethyst is as unique as it is seductive. Korean Amethyst has extravagantly deep shades of violet, since having been formed from a granite stone base for over 5,000 years. Many ancient cultures wore It for good luck.
Ginseng is renowned for its effectiveness as a great healer and staying young and healthy. It can replenish your energy if it ever runs low. For centuries, Korea ginseng has been renowned all over the world for its high quality. You can experience various kinds of ginseng products like ginseng extract, ginseng preserved in honey, and other great quality items all made in Korea.
Lotte Department Store Duty Free Shop
The Lotte Duty Free Shop is a popular destination for the insatiable shopper. Located in the center of Seoul on the 9th, 10th, and 11th floors of the Lotte Department Store, it has many stores that offer a wide range of products, duty free of course! The 11th floor has been designated for only traditional Korean products. Start your shopping adventure on the 9th floor and work your way up.
This is the final stop of the tour. Feel free to explore this very famous international district or return to your accommodations either by subway or taxi. Itaewon is also home to the largest U.S. army base in Korea. The main street is lined up with so many foreign restaurants and road shops which make this place famous for shopping and eating.