Photo: Gyeongbokgung Palace’s Geunjeongjeon Hall covered in snow (left) / Visitors enjoying yutnori, a traditional board game (right)
In celebration of Korea’s largest holiday, Seollal (Lunar New Year's Day), various cultural heritage sites will be open for free to all guests. Sites include Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace, Deoksugung Palace, Changgyeonggung Palace, Jongmyo Shrine, Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty and more.
The sites will remain open the entire Seollal holiday period, from February 5 to 10. On the day of Seollal, February 8, the four palaces, excluding Changdeokgung’s Huwon, and other cultural heritage sites will be free of charge for all guests. In addition, Jongmyo Shrine will temporarily remove the reservation requirement, allowing everyone to visit this important place from Korea's history.
Various cultural events are also taking place during the holiday period. At Gyeongbokgung Palace, an ondol room experience and New Year’s bow event are taking place February 7-9. Traditional folk games can be played at Deoksugung Palace, Yeongneung Royal Tomb, Hyeonchungsa Shrine, Chilbaekuichong Tombs and more, offering a great opportunity for tourists to learn more about Korea’s traditional culture.
Courtesy of the Cultural Heritage Administration of Korea