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[Korea] 2012 Chuseok Holiday Schedules at Major Sites & Shops


One of the most popular holidays in Korea is Chuseok (추석), the Korean equivalent of Thanksgiving in Western cultures. The Chuseok holiday season usually lasts for three days – the day before, the day of, and the day after – during which many tourist sites and shops close.

This year, Chuseok Day falls on September 30th, and the Chuseok holidays will accordingly run from September 29th through October 1st. For visitors’ convenience, the Korea Tourism Organization is providing a list of Chuseok holiday schedules and hours of some of the most popular tourist sites and shops across Korea. The listed schedules and hours are subject to change. Please contact the 1330 tt call center for any updates during the holidays.

Chuseok Holiday Schedules & Hours

Tourist Sites
Tourist Sites
The Independence Hall of Korea Korean Folk Village

Open during Chuseok (September 29-October1)
Inquiries: +82-41-560-0114 (Korean)

Open during Chuseok (September 11-13)
Inquiries: +82-31-288-0000 (Korean)

Korea House Namsangol Hanok Village

Closed on Chuseok Day (September 30)
Inquiries: +82-2-2266-9101~3 (Korean, English, Japanese)

Open during Chuseok (September 29-October1)
Inquiries: +82-2-2264-4412 (Korean)

The National Museum of Korea The War Memorial of Korea

Open during Chuseok (September 29-October1
Inquiries: +82-2-2077-9045~7 (Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese)

Open during Chuseok (September 29-October1)
Inquiries: +82-2-709-3139 (Korean, English)

63 City N Seoul Tower

Open during Chuseok (September 29-October1)
Inquiries: +82-2-789-5661, 5663 (Korean, English)

Open during Chuseok (September 29-October1)
Inquires: +82-2-3455-9288 (Korean, English)

Namsan Cable Car Hangang River Cruise

Open during Chuseok (September 29-October1)
Inquiries: +82-2-753-2403 (Korean)

Open during Chuseok (September 29-October1)
Inquiries: +82-2-3271-6900 (Korean)

COEX Aquarium Gyeongbokgung Palace

Open during Chuseok (September 29-October1)
Inquiries: +82-2-6002-6200 (Korean)

Open during Chuseok (September 29-October1)
Inquiries: +82-2-732-1932 (Korean)

Changdeokgung Palace Changgyeonggung Palace

Open during Chuseok (September 29-October1)
Inquiries: +82-2-762-9513 (Korean, English)

Open during Chuseok (September 29-October1)
Inquiries: +82-2-762-4868 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Deoksugung Palace Jongmyo Shrine

Open during Chuseok (September 29-October1)
Inquiries: +82-2-771-9955 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Open during Chuseok (September 29-October1)
Inquiries: +82-2-765-0195 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Lotte World Everland

Open during Chuseok (September 29-October1)
Inquiries: +82-2-411-4761 (Korean)

Open during Chuseok (September 29-October1))
Inquries: +82-31-320-5000 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Seoul Land Insa-dong

Open during Chuseok (September 29-October1)
Inquiries: +82-2-509-6000 (Korean, English)

Holiday hours vary by shop
Inquiries: +82-2-734-0222 (Korean, English, Japanese)

Seodaemun Prison History Museum

 

Closed on Chuseok Day (September 30)
Inquiries: +82-2-360-8586 (Korean, English, Japanese)

 

Cultural and Performing Arts Centers
Cultural and Performing Arts Centers
The National Theater of Korea Myeongdong NANTA Theater

Open during Chuseok (September 29-October1)
Inquiries: +82-2-2280-4114 (Korean, English)

Open during Chuseok (September 29-October1)
Inquiries: +82-2-739-8288 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

National Center for Korean Traditional Performing Arts (National Gugak Center) Chongdong Theater

September 30 & October 1: 16:00
(Admission fee: 10,000 won)
Inquiries: +82-2-580-3300 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Closed on Chuseok Day (September 30)
Inquiries: +82-2-751-1500 (Korean, English, Japanese)

National Museum of Contemporary Art Seoul Arts Center

Open during Chuseok (September 29-October1)
Inquiries: +82-2-2188-6000 (Korean, English)

September 30 & October 1: 16:00
(Admission fee: 10,000 won)
Inquiries: +82-2-580-3300 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Open during Chuseok (September 29-October1)
Inquiries: +82-2-580-1300 (Korean, English, Japanese)

Shopping Venues
Shopping Venues
COEX Mall Itaewon

Holiday hours vary by shop
Inquiries: +82-2-6000-0114 (Korean, English)

Closed on Chuseok Day (September 30)
Inquiries: +82-2-797-7319 (Korean, English)

Myeongdong Hello apm

Holiday hours vary by shop; shops don’t close altogether on any of the days during Chuseok (September 29-October 1)
Inquiries: +82-2-774-3238 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Closed on September 29-30
Inquiries: +82-2-6388-1114 (Korean, English, Japanese)

I Park mall Lotte Department Store

Closed on Chuseok Day (September 30)
Inquiries: +82-2-2012-0147 (English)

Closed on September 30
Inquiries: +82-2-2118-6500 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Hyundai Department Store Galleria Department Store

Closed on September 30. (It hasn’t decided if it will be open on October 1 yet.)
Inquiries: +82-2-547-2233 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Closed on September 30 and October 1
Inquiries: +82-2-3449-4020 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Techno Mart Shinsegae Department Store

Closed on September 29-30
Inquiries: +82-2-3424-0114 (Korean, English)

Closed on September 30 and October 1
Inquiries: +82-2-727-1234 (Korean, English, Japanese)

E-Mart Doota (Doosan Tower)

Open during Chuseok (September 29-October1)
Inquiries: +82-2-380-5678 (Korean)

Closed on September 29-30
Inquiries: +82-2-3398-2386 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Myeongdong Migliore Namdaemun Market

Closed on September 29-30
Inquiries: +82-2-2124-0005 (Korean)

Holiday hours vary by shop
Inquiries: +82-2-752-1913 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Yongsan Electronics Market Dongdaemun Market

Closed during Chuseok (September 29-October1) (shops on the first level open on September 29 and October 1)
Inquiries: +82-2-707-4700 (Korean)

Closed during Chuseok (September 29-October1)
Inquiries: +82-2-2262-0160 (Korean, English)

Dongdaemun Migliore

 

Closed on September 30 and October 1
Inquiries: +82-2-3393-0001 (Korean, English (afternoon), Japanese (morning))

 

Restaurants

Most restaurants will be closed during the Chuseok holidays, especially on Chuseok Day. However, hotel restaurants, chain restaurants including Bennigan’s, Outback Steakhouse and VIPS, as well as some restaurants in downtown areas, namely Insa-dong and Gangnam, will remain open during the holidays.

Bookstores
Bookstores
Youngpoong Bookstore (Jongno) Bandi & Luni’s Bookstore (Central City)

Chuseok Day (September 30) opening hours: 12:00-22:00
Inquiries: +82-2-399-5630 (Korean, English)

Chuseok Day (September 30) opening hours: 12:00-22:00
Inquiries: +82-2-530-0719 (Korean, English)

Kyobo Bookstore (Gwanghwmun)  

Closed on Chuseok Day (September 30)
Inquiries: +82-2-397-3451~3 (Korean, English)

 

※ Holiday schedules & hours are subject to change.

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Date 09/21/2012