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[Korea] Chuseok Holiday Schedule for Attractions & Shops

  • Date09/06/2016
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Photo: N Seoul Tower (left) / Shop in Insadong (right)

Chuseok, one of Korea’s major holidays, is quickly approaching! This year, Chuseok falls on September 15, with the day before (Sept. 14) and after (Sept. 16) also part of the holiday. Adding these three days to the weekend creates a 5-day long holiday period, stretching from September 14 to 18. For tourists visiting Korea, the big question is “What attractions and shops are still open?” In order to enjoy a comfortable vacation, it’s best to check the holiday operating schedule in advance. Please see below for a list of holiday schedules for major attractions and shopping locations.

While most restaurants will be closed on the day of Chuseok (Sept. 15), restaurants inside hotels and chain restaurants in the area of Seoul will mostly all operate throughout the holiday period.

▲ Major Tourist Attractions
* The Independence Hall of Korea
- Inquiries: +82-41-560-0114 -> Press “0” (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
- Open during the Chuseok holidays
* Korean Folk Village
- Inquiries: +82-31-288-0000 (Korean, English)
- Open during the Chuseok holidays
* Korea House
- Inquiries: +82-2-2266-9101~3 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
- Closed the day of Chuseok (Sept. 15)
* Insa-dong
- Inquiries: Bukinsa Tourist Information Center +82-2-734-0222 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
- Operations vary by shop
* The National Museum of Korea
- Inquiries: +82-2-2077-9046 (English), 9085 (Japanese), 9045 (Chinese)
- Open during the Chuseok holidays
* National Folk Museum of Korea
- Inquiries: +82-3704-3060 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
- Open during the Chuseok holidays
* The War Memorial of Korea
- Inquiries: +82-2-709-3139 -> Press “0” (Korean, English)
- Open during the Chuseok holidays (Note: Reservation required for docent service)
* Seoul 63 Square
- Inquiries: +82-2-789-5663 (Korean only)
- Open during the Chuseok holidays (Note: Only applies to 63 Art and Aqua Planet 63)
* N Seoul Tower
- Inquiries: +82-2-3455-9277, 9288 (Korean, English)
- Open during the Chuseok holidays
* Namsan Cable Car
- Inquiries: +82-2-753-2403 (Korean only)
- Open during the Chuseok holidays
* Hangang River Ferry Cruise
- Inquiries: +82-2-3271-6900 -> Press “0” (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
- Open during the Chuseok holidays
* COEX Aquarium
- Inquiries: +82-2-6002-6200 -> Press “0” (Korean only)
- Open during the Chuseok holidays
* Gyeongbokgung Palace
- Inquiries: +82-2-738-9171 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
- Open during the Chuseok holidays
* Changdeokgung Palace and Huwon
- Inquiries: +82-2-762-9513 -> Press “9” (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
- Open during the Chuseok holidays
* Changgyeonggung Palace
- Inquiries: +82-2-762-4868 -> Press “9” (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
- Open during the Chuseok holidays
* Deoksugung Palace
- Inquiries: +82-2-751-0734 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
- Open during the Chuseok holidays
* Jongmyo Shrine
- Inquiries: +82-2-2174-3636 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
- Open during the Chuseok holidays
* Lotte World
- Inquiries: +82-2-411-4924, 4929 (English), 4923 (Japanese), 4927 (Chinese)
- Open during the Chuseok holidays
* Seoulland
- Inquiries: +82-2-509-6000 (Korean, English)
- Open during the Chuseok holidays
* Everland
- Inquiries: +82-31-320-5000 (Korean, English, Chinese)
- Open during the Chuseok holidays
* Seoul Grand Park
- Inquiries: +82-2-500-7335 (Korean, English)
- Open during the Chuseok holidays
* Seodaemun Prison History Museum
- Inquiries: +82-2-360-8586 (Korean, Japanese)
- Closed the day of Chuseok (Sept. 15)

▲ Cultural Facilities
* National Theater of Korea
- Inquiries: +82-2-2280-4114 (Korean only)
- Open during the Chuseok holidays (Note: Only open on days of performances)
* Myeongdong Nanta Theatre
- Inquiries: +82-2-739-8288 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
- Open during the Chuseok holidays
* Jeongdong Theater
- Inquiries: +82-2-751-1500 (Korean, English)
- Open during the Chuseok holidays
* National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul [MMCA Seoul]
- Inquiries: +82-2-3701-9500 (Korean, English, Japanese)
- Open during the Chuseok holidays
* Seoul Arts Center
- Inquiries: +82-2-580-1300 -> Press “0” (Korean, English, Japanese)
- Open during the Chuseok holidays (Note: Only applies to exhibitions)
* Seoul Namsan Gugakdang
- Inquiries: +82-2-2261-0500 (Korean only)
- Open Sept. 15-16 for performances
* Sejong Center
- Inquiries: +82-2-399-1114~6 (Korean only)
- Open during the Chuseok holidays

▲ Shopping
* COEX Mall
- Inquiries: +82-2-6002-5300 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
- Operations vary by shop
* Itaewon Special Tourist Zone
- Inquiries: Itaewon Station Tourist Information Center +82-2-3785-0942 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
- Operations vary by shop
* Myeong-dong
- Inquiries: Myeongdong Tourist Information Center +82-2-774-3238 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
- Operations vary by shop
* Hyundai I’Park Mall
- Inquiries: +82-2-2012-0082 (Korean, English, Chinese)
- Closed the day of Chuseok (Sept. 15)
* Times Square
- Inquiries: +82-2-2638-2000 (Korean only) -> Press “0”
- Open during the Chuseok holidays (Note: Open at 13:00 on the day of Chuseok (Sept.15))
* Lotte Department Store – Main Branch
- Inquiries: +82-2-771-2500 (Korean, Japanese, Chinese)
- Closed Sept. 14-15 (Applies to all Lotte Department Stores in Seoul)
* Hyundai Department Store – Apgujeong Branch
- Inquiries: +82-2-3449-5207 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
- Closed Sept. 15-16 (Operations may vary by branch)
* Galleria Department Store – Main Branch
- Inquiries: +82-2-3449-4114 (Korean, Japanese, Chinese)
- Closed Sept. 15-16
* Techno Mart – Gangbyeon Branch
- Inquiries: +82-2-3424-0114 (Korean only)
- Closed Sept. 14-15 (Operations may vary by branch)
* Shinsegae Department Store – Main Branch
- Inquiries: +82-2-310-1601 (Korean, Chinese)
- Closed Sept. 14-15 (Applies to all Shinsegae Department Stores in Seoul)
* E-mart – Yongsan Branch
- Inquiries: +82-2-2012-1234 (Korean only)
- Open during the Chuseok holidays (Note: Open at 11:00 on the day of Chuseok (Sept. 15) / Operations may vary by branch)
* Lotte Mart – Gangbyeon Branch
- Inquiries: +82-2-3424-2511 (Korean only)
- Open during the Chuseok holidays (Applies to all Lotte Marts in Seoul)
* Dongdaemun Shopping Complex & Shopping Town
- Inquiries: +82-2-2262-0114 -> Press “0” (Korean, Japanese, Chinese)
- Closed during the Chuseok holidays (Sept. 14-18)
* Migliore – Dongdaemun Branch
- Inquiries: +82-2-3393-0001 (Korean only)
- Closed Sept. 14-15 (Operations may vary by branch)
* Namdaemun Market
- Inquiries: +82-2-753-2805 (Korean only)
- Closed during the Chuseok holidays (Sept. 14-18)
* Yongsan Electronics Market
- Inquiries: +82-2-707-4700 (Korean only)
- Closed Sept. 14-16

▲ Bookstores
* Youngpoong Bookstore (YP Books) – Jongno Branch
- Inquiries: +82-2-399-5630 (Korean only)
- Open during the Chuseok holidays (Note: Shorted hours for the day of Chuseok (Sept. 15) planned)
* Bandi & Luni’s – Central City Branch
- Inquiries: +82-2-530-0700 -> Press “0” (Korean only)
- Open during the Chuseok holidays (Note: Shorted hours for the day of Chuseok (Sept. 15))
* Kyobo Bookstore Co., Ltd. – Gwanghwamun Branch
- Inquiries: +82-2-397-3451 (Korean, English), 3454 (Japanese, Chinese)
- Closed the day of Chuseok (Sept. 15)

* The above information is subject to change without notice. Foreign language assistance may vary based on schedule of employees.
* This news article was updated on August 31, 2016 and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. Please check for updated information before visiting.

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