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[Korea] Secrets to Enjoy Chuseok in Korea to the Fullest!

  • Date09/07/2016
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Photo: Changdeokgung Palace (left) / Night view of Suwon Hwaseong Fortress (right)

Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving Day), a holiday period that enriches your body and mind with abundant ripen grains, fruits, as well as an opportunity for family gatherings! This year, Chuseok falls on September 15 (August 15 of lunar calendar). Typically, the day before and after Chuseok are also designated public holidays and coincidentally, the Chuseok holiday comes in conjunction with a weekend this year, making it an extended holiday period for all. As such, September 10 to 18 was chosen to be the “Hangawi Culture∙Vacation Period”, where a variety of discounts and benefits are offered at major cultural, leisure and accommodation facilities. Read on to find out the various discounts and benefits you can get!

▲ Major Cultural & Leisure Facilities
- Free or up to 50% discount on major cultural & leisure facilities (exhibition halls, cultural properties, movies) nationwide

Category Major Descriptions Websites
Exhibitions - National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art [MMCA]
Free admission (September 14-18) Discount for art galleries and museum nationwide.
* National Museum of Modern and
Contemporary Art:
(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
- National Science Museum
50% discount for permanent exhibition hall (Gwacheon, Daegu, Gwangju, Busan)
* National Science Museum:
(Korean, English)
(Korean, English)
(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
(Korean, English)
Busan: (Korean only)
- National Institute of Ecology (Seocheon)
20-50% discount
(September 16-18)
* National Institute of Ecology:
(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
- 4 Royal Palaces
(Gyeongbokgung Palace, Deoksugung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace & Huwon, Changgyeonggung Palace) Free admission on the day of Chuseok (September 15)
* 4 Royal Palaces
Gyeongbokgung Palace: royalpalace.go.k
(Korean, English)
Deoksugung Palace:
(Korean, English) 
Changdeokgung Palace:
(Korean, English)
Changgyeonggung Palace:
(Korean only)
- Jongmyo Shrine
Free admission on the day of Chuseok (September 15)
- Royal Tombs of Joseon (Taereung, Jeongreung, etc) Free admission on the day of Chuseok (September 15)
* Jongmyo Shrine: (Korean only)
* Royal Tombs of Joseon: (Korean only)
- Hwaseong Fortress, Hwaseong Haenggung Palace
Free admission on the day of Chuseok (September 15)
* Hwaseong Fortress:
(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
* Hwaseong Haenggung Palace: (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
- Andong Hahoe Folk Village, Dosanseowon Confucian Academy
Free admission on the day of Chuseok (September 15)
* Andong Hahoe Folk Village: (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, German, French)
* Dosanseowon Confucian Academy: (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
- Cheongpung Cultural Heritage Complex
50% discount on admission (September 14-18)
* Jecheon City Cultural Tourism: (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
- 63 Art & Aqua Planet 63 Free admission on the day of Chuseok (September 15) for visitors wearing hanbok * 63 Art & Aqua Planet 63: (Korean only)
- Gyeongbokgung Palace ‘Starlight Night Travel (special nighttime admission)’ (ongoing until September 17) * Gyeongbokgung Palace Starlight Night Travel
Korea Cultural Heritage Foundation: (Korean, English)
Cultural Heritage Administration:
(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Sports - 50% discount on regular seats for Pro Baseball League games on the day of Chuseok (September 15)
Movie Theaters,
- CGV, Lotte Cinema and other major multiplex ‘hangawi’ special admission packages available (20-40% discounts)
- Major multiplex special admission packages available (20-30% discount)
- Discounts for admissions to major amusement parks
* CGV: (Korean, English)
* Lotte Cinema: (Korean, English)
* Seoulland: (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
* Lotte World: (Korean, English)
* Everland: (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

▲ Major Sightseeing, Experience Programs & Accommodation Facilities
- Up to 55% discount on major sightseeing, experience programs and accommodation facilities nationwide

Category Major Descriptions Websites
Sightseeing - Free admission to about 40 recreation forests nationwide on the day of Chuseok (September 15) * National Recreation Forest Management Office:
(Korean, English)
- 10-20% discount for fishing experience village, Ara Waterway View water leisure, cruise and etc.  * Fishing Experience Village (Korean only)
* Ara Waterway View Water Leisure: (Korean only)
* Hyundai Marine Leisure Ara Waterway View Cruise: (Korean only)
Accommodation &
- 20% discounts for about 40 BENIKEA  chain hotels (September 14-18) * BENIKEA:
(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
- 44-55% discount on major rental car companies * Lotte Rental Car Online Reservation: (Korean only)

※ Abovementioned information may be subjected to changes.
※ Visitors are strongly advised to make an inquiry or refer to respective institution/companies’ websites prior to visiting.

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