Special walk within a Korean palace
If your travel itinerary already includes a trip to one of Korea’s royal palaces, consider up-ing your game by wearing a hanbok (traditional Korean clothing) while you tour. All five royal palaces in Seoul offer free admission to visitors wearing hanbok, which are easily available to rent from shops in the surrounding neighborhoods. The shops offer a range of styles, from completely traditional to modern fusion looks, and even couple outfits. Most rental shops will also provide simple hairstyling and accessories to complete the look. Before you pick out your hanbok, be sure to check the free admission guideline. Visitors in hanbok that do not meet the requirements will still have to pay for admission to the palaces. If you really want to make memories, try dancing in front of Deoksugung Palace’s
Daehamun Gate, just like Ambiguous Dance Company did in “Feel the Rhythm of Korea: SEOUL,” Korea Tourism Organization’s viral marketing video.
Newest BTS attractions for ARMY members
The ARMY fan base grows daily as BTS continues to impress the international audience. Recently, they released a special version of their all-English song “Dynamite” for the September 16, 2020 NBC broadcast of “America’s Got Talent.” The retro-vibe music video was filmed entirely at Everland
, Korea’s largest theme park. Set within the Rocksville section of the park, the music video features a motif of America from the 1960s, focusing on disco and rock. Rides in this section of the park include Double Rock Spin, Let’s Twist, and the Rolling X-train, all based on classic amusement park rides.
BTS kicked off their week on the NBC program “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on September 28, 2020 with a special video of their 2018 hit “IDOL” in front of Gyeongbokgung Palace’s
Geunjeongjeon Hall. Many viewers were captivated by the beautiful palace background at night. But even more, there was plenty of praise for their styling, with each member dressed in a fusion mix of traditional hanbok and accessories with modern pieces.
- 199, Everland-ro, Cheoin-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do (경기도 용인시 처인구 포곡읍 에버랜드로 199)
- Take the free Everland shuttle bus from Jeondae, Everland Station (Yongin EverLine), Exit 3
* Everline operating hours: 05:30-23:30
- Operating hours
- 10:00-21:00, open all year round
* Hours subject to change without notice depending on circumstances on site
- - Day pass: Adults 56,000 won / Teenagers 47,000 won / Children & senior citizens 44,000 won
- After 4 pass: Adults 46,000 won / Teenagers 40,000 won / Children & senior citizens 37,000 won
* Refer to official website for detailed fees
- +82-31-320-5000 (Korean, English)
- www.everland.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
- 161, Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 종로구 사직로 161)
- Walk for approx. 5 min from Gyeongbokgung Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 5
- Operating hours
- November-February 09:00-17:00 / March-May & September-October 09:00-18:00 / June-August 09:00-18:30
- Special Evening Admission: September 16 – December 18, 2020, 19:00-21:30
* Last admission 1 hour before closing
* Closed Tuesdays
* Operating hours subject to change depending on circumstances on site
- Adults 3,000 won / Children 1,500 won
* Free admission: Children under age 6 years, senior citizens, visitors wearing hanbok, all visitors on last Wednesday of every month
* Adults (ages 19-64) / Children (ages 7-18) / Senior citizens (ages 65 & older)
- www.royalpalace.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
K-beauty salons for the perfect look
Make-up studio in Korea
If you’re interested in fashion and beauty, set aside a full day to get pampered at a K-beauty salon! The base of any Korean image is K-beauty make-up, with focuses on a natural, youthful look. You can find make-up studios in most business districts in Seoul. You’ll need to make a reservation in advance either through social media or over the phone. Be sure to prepare some photos of the look you’d like beforehand to show the make-up artist!
Korean hair salon
Plan a visit to a Korean hair salon during your trip if you need a haircut, or if you’re looking for a change in style. Salons offer a variety of care options, from basic cuts to perms, dyes, and treatments for damaged hair. As with getting your make-up done, discuss the style you’d like, as well was your hair condition, with the stylist beforehand.
The last step to your K-beauty transformation is getting your nails done! Most nail parlors in Korea have completely transitioned to offering gel nails, which are known to last longer due to the process of bonding the polish with your nails. Designs can be as simple as a single color or two-tone gradation, or more detailed, featuring stones and charms or painted on characters.
- K-beauty reservation services
- Travel reservation platforms, including K-look, Airbnb, etc.
- - Make-up & hair salons: Business districts throughout the country, including Hongdae, Edae, Myeong-dong, Gangnam, etc.
- Nail parlors: Business districts throughout the country
* Use Gelato mobile app to find a nail parlor in the vicinity
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Connecting with nature in the city
For active tourists, we recommend hiking! Over 70% of Korea is covered in mountains, offering plenty of places to hike, even in the middle of Seoul! Most of these urban hiking courses are easily accessible via public transportation. Bukhansan National Park
, located just north of Seoul, is famous for its fall foliage, and offers a circular course perfect for even the most out-of-shape visitors. If you want a view of the city, hike up Guryongsan Mountain. You can also follow the Seoul City Wall Trail for a bit of nature and history; the Naksan Park
section is the most popular.
Another great way to connect with nature in the city is by camping! There are plenty of campgrounds in the Seoul metropolitan area. If you have all your own equipment, you can relax in nature at Gwanaksan Mountain
. Enjoy a barbecue under the stars at Cheonggyesan Mountain’s
glamping site. To camp in comfort, rent a caravan at Bukhansan National Park’s campground, complete with a swimming pool! There are also campgrounds at Nanji Hangang Park and Noeul Park, offering a truly urban camping experience.
- Major mountains around Seoul
- Bukhansan National Park, Guryongsan Mountain, Gwanaksan Mountain, Namsan Park, Naksan Park, Gwanggyosan Mountain, Cheonggyesan Mountain, etc.
- Major campgrounds around Seoul
- Cheonggyesan Campground & Glamping, Bukhansan Campground & Glamping, Gwanaksan Campground, Hangang Park Campground, Noeul Campground, etc.
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* This column was last updated in October 2020, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details before visiting.
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