#35 best destination in the world

 

Changdeokgung

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  • Palace set within a large park, known as one of the Five Great Palaces built by the kings of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1897)
  • Unusual in architectural style because the palace blends in with the natural topography of the park instead of standing out
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Gyeongju

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  • Coastal city dotted with numerous low mountains throughout
  • Was the capital of the ancient kingdom of Silla from 57 BC to 935 AD
  • Silla ruled two-thirds of the Korean Peninsula from the 7th to 9th centuries
  • Sometimes referred to as “the museum without walls” because of its number of archaeological sites
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Seokguram

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  • Hermitage and part of a temple complex
  • Exemplifies some of the best Buddhist sculptures in the world
  • Built in 774
  • UNECO World Heritage Site

 

Hahoe Folk Village

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  • Traditional village from the Joseon Dynasty that preserves Joseon period-style architecture, folk traditions, books, and clam-based village traditions
  • Organized around Korean feng shui, the village has the shape of a lotus flower
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Seoraksan National Park

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  • Park includes mountain peaks largely composed of dissected granite and gneiss
  • 1,013 species of plants and 1,562 species of animal known
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Spirited Garden

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  • In 1968, Director Sung set on his project to turn a piece of deserted ‘wasteland’ at Jeoji-ri, Hanyoung-myon a beautiful garden

 

Bukhansan National Park

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  • Park that contains forested areas, temples and granite peaks
  • The Bukhansanseong Fortress is located in the park 5.9 mile long defensive wall
  • A fortress was first built on this site in 132 AD to protect Seoul from foreign invasions, and it was expanded to its current size in 1711
  • It was reconstructed after damage sustained in the Korean War
  • Established in 1983

 

War Memorial of Korea

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  • Opened in 1994, on the former site of the army headquarters to exhibit and memorialize the military history of Korea
  • Built for the purpose of preventing war through lessons from the Korean War and for the hoped for peaceful reunification of North and South Korea
  • Displays war memorabilia and military equipment from China, South Korea and United States

 

Trick Eye Museum

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  • Trickeye Museum Seoul is a gallery franchise with big wall paintings or installations, which contain AR effect and/or 3D illusions
  • The company owner of the Trickeye Museum has developed special camera application in order to see landed AR effect

 

Yongma Land Abandoned Theme Park

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  • Yongma Land is a small abandoned amusement park in Yongmasan
  • It closed due to low profits, but is open to anyone for 10,000 won per day
  • It is now a hot spot for cosplay and various other trends

 

Cafe Yeonnam-Dong 223-14

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  • This Seoul cafe aims to evoke a two-dimensional scene, much like a cartoon

 

Jeju Glass Castle Theme Park

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  • Glass-art theme park with indoor & outdoor displays, a children’s forest & hands-on activities

 


 

Costs

Number of Days: 21 days

Best Time To Fly: April-June, Sept-Nov

Airline tickets: $1,459

Seattle -> Seoul (round trip) = $936
Seoul -> Jeju-si (round trip) = $523

Food: $20/day x 21 days = $420

Metro/bus pass: $164

Entertainment: $62

Airbnb: $78/day x 19 days = $1,482

TOTAL: $3,587