5 Things To Do in Seoul This Chuseok Weekend
Chuseok, a holiday devoted to being thankful for a good harvest, is one of the biggest holidays in Korea. Families come together, eat large amounts of food and play games. Falling on the 15th day of the eighth month on the lunar calendar, this year Chuseok is on September 8th. As the holiday falls across the weekend, families will get one more day added on to the usual three day holiday. Four days of fun here we come.
For those people in the country not heading to family homes though, there is still plenty to do, plenty to enjoy and plenty to see.
Take advantage of the holiday weekend and get out and about with friends in Seoul. Traveling anywhere outside of Seoul, if you’re in the city, is not recommended as millions of Koreans will be doing that. Instead, stay in the city and enjoy the calm surroundings to be found with the mass exodus about to occur.
1. Visit a Traditional Site
Sites including the Korean Folk Village, Namsangol Hanok Village, Gyeongbukgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace, Changgyeonggung Palace, Deoksugung Palace and Jongmyo Shrine will be open over the holiday weekend. If you wear a Hanbok to these places, you can also expect to get in for free. If you don’t though, no worries, the prices are far from expensive.
Namsangol Hanok Village
Traditional Korean cultural performance & folk games, experience tents and ceremonial rites to watch. Website: Namsangol Hanok Village
September 8 & 9, 2014 11:00am ~ 7:00pm
2. Visit a Museum
Museums including the National Museum of Korea, National Folk Museum of Korea, War Memorial of Korea and the Seodaemun Prison History Museum will be open over the weekend. Use the time to learn more about the place you’re calling home, the culture and history or take in some art. All of these museums are impressive and definitely a must see if you haven’t been yet.
National Museum of Korea
Open all weekend. Website: National Museum of Korea
National Folk Museum of Korea
Open all weekend. Different activities will be held throughout the weekend. Check the schedule to find something you’re interested in trying.
War Memorial of Korea
Open all weekend. Website: War Memorial of Korea
Seodaemun Prison History Museum
Closed on September 8th, but open the rest of the weekend. Website: Seodaemun Prison History Museum
The National Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art
Open all weekend. Free admission to all exhibitions over the holiday weekend.
3. Have fun at an Amusement Park
Lotte World, Seoul Land & Everland will all be open to visitors this weekend. Not only can you have some fun over the weekend and enjoy the events the parks will be hosting but as an added bonus, the parks are also offering great discounts to foreigners this weekend.
4. Enjoy Nature
The mountains in and around Seoul are gorgeous and the weather this weekend looks to be pretty conducive to some good time outside. Go for a hike, take a bike ride along the Han River or go to a nearby park and have a picnic. Whatever you do, get outside while you can before winter strikes and going outside becomes a burden you just don’t want to face.
5. Take in a Performance
Not everything will be closed this weekend. Chungjeongno Nanta will still be putting on shows for visitors and they’ll also be offering a 50% discount and a traditional Korean snack to people this weekend. The Seoul Arts Center will be hosting the Bluemoon Festival, an hour and a half long performance of Korean music on Sunday and the Sejong Art Center will be hosting different performances as well. Peruse their website for more information.
Don’t get swept in in the traffic and mess involved with getting out of the city this weekend. Instead, enjoy what there is here and enjoy it while there are a lot less people in the city. Chuseok in Seoul is a very special time and there’s plenty to enjoy if you’re staying here.