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East West understands that each client have different interests and preference. Listed below are tour and package selections that will help you in planning your itinerary. These items are grouped according to the type of experience you have selected.

Gwangjang Market

Gwangjang Market is one of Korea's largest traditional markets and the first permanently established market that open everyday.  It is renowned for its quality silk goods, linen bedding and hand-made goods.  Popular with foreign visitors looking to sample some of the best Korean street foods, if you are looking for an authentic Korean cultural experience, along with some of the best bindaetteok in the city, then look no further.

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Korean Demilitarized Zone

Imjingak Park is located 50km northwest of Seoul which was built for 5 million people who lost their home. Major facilities includes North Hall where you can get a view of North Korea's lifestyle. 

Visit the other famous landmarks in and around the park.

These places includes:
Freedom Bridge
The 3rd Infiltration Tunnel
DMZ Theatre/ Exhibition Hall
Dora Observatory 
Dorasan Station 

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Gyeongbokyung Palace

Built in 1395, Gyeongbokgung Palace is also commonly referred to as the Northern Palace because its location is furthest north when compared to the neighboring palaces of Changdeokgung (Eastern Palace) and Gyeonghuigung (Western Palace) Palace. Gyeongbokgung Palace is arguably the most beautiful, and remains the largest of all five palaces. 

The premises were once destroyed by fire during the Imjin War (Japanese Invasions, 1592-1598). However, all of the palace buildings were later restored under the leadership of Heungseondaewongun during the reign of King Gojong (1852-1919). 

Remarkably, the most representative edifices of the Joseon Dynasty, Gyeonghoeru Pavilion and Hyangwonjeong Pond have remained relatively intact. Woldae and the sculptures of Geunjeongjeon (The Royal Audience Chamber) represent past sculptures of contemporary art. 

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Bukchon Hanok Village

Surrounded by Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace and Jongmyo Shrine, Bukchon Hanok Village is home to hundreds of traditional houses, called hanok, that date back to the Joseon Dynasty. The name Bukchon, which literally translates to "northern village," came about as the neighborhood lies north of two significant Seoul landmarks, Cheonggyecheon Stream and Jongno. Today, many of these hanoks operate as cultural centers, guesthouses, restaurants and tea houses, providing visitors with an opportunity to experience, learn and immerse themselves in traditional Korean culture.

Bukchon Hanok Village is also home to many traditional workshops and crafting establishments. Visit one of Bukchon's craft workshops and make a unique souvenir to remember your trip to Seoul by.  Try your hand at making hanji crafts. Hanji is most commonly found in paper-form, but it can also be used to make clothes. Hanji is a long-lasting, versatile material that can be used in many mediums such as clothing, art, and even furniture.

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Insadong Antique Street

Breathe deeply this cheerful and antique street atmosphere!  The traditional culture of Korea is represented in the streets of Insa-dong. During the Joseon Dynasty, the royal studio for painters was here, and in the 1930’s, shops began selling paper, old books, writing tools, brushes, water bottles, stone weights, and more. Soon, shops for antiques and old paintings followed suit. Today, the streets of Insa-dong are filled with antiques, traditional crafts, galleries, tea-houses, traditional restaurants, and more. 

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Lunch at local restaurant in Seoul

Enjoy a meal at a local restaurant to taste some of the authentic food serving up at the restaurant and also local's favorites! 

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Myeongdong Shopping Street

Myeong-dong is Seoul’s shopping mecca and is a must-see for tourists, but it is not just a shopping destination; Myeong-dong is also a hub of commerce, banking and culture with a daytime population of 1.5-2 million. For shoppers there is a mixture of street stalls and retail outlets selling everything from high fashion to casual attire, as well as many Korean cosmetics stores offering high-quality products at competitive prices.

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Free at Leisure - Seoul

Enjoy Seoul at your own pace and at your own leisure.

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Jogyesa

Jogyesa Temple is the center of Korean Buddhism. The temple was built in the late 14th century during the Goryeo period and was once turned into ashes due to fire and was rebuilt under the name of Gackhwangsa Temple in 1910 with the effort of many respectful monks, namely Han Yong-un and Lee Hee-gwang. The temple was given a role as the head temple of Korea’s Buddhism and renamed to Tegosa Temple in 1936. In 1954, a purification drive took place to eliminate Japanese influence and revive traditional Buddhism, which established the present day Jogyesa Temple as a result. 
 

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Blue House

Official residence of the president is called "The Blue House" The symbol of the Blue House, which is a the center of Korean Politics, is the blue tiles. The first thing that catches your eye when you arrive at the Blue House will be the blue tiles of the main building. The blue tiles and the smooth roof are in beautiful harmony with Mt. Bugaksan behind it. 

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Seoul-Beijing-Chiangmai

Sarah Johnson | 5 Pax | 10-18 May 2018 | Seoul - Beijing - Chiangmai

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