What To Do If You’re Staying in Seoul for Chuseok
Chuseok, one of the biggest holidays in Korea, is coming up this weekend and many Korean families will head to their family homes to be thankful for the good harvest by eating lots of food and playing traditional games. If you’re not though, there’s still plenty to do this holiday weekend.
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Are you getting ready for a Chuseok in Seoul? Wondering what you can get into and hoping to get out and about while half of the city’s population seems to disappear? Here’s the list for you!
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
Special Chuseok Program (September 26 ~ 29): Traditional Korean cultural performances and folk games, experience tents and ceremonial rites to watch. The village is open from 9:ooam ~ 9:00pm but the special Chuseok program will run from 11:00am ~ 5:00pm.
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. Some of the museums will even play host to free performances and concerts.
National Museum of Korea
Open all weekend and concerts are free of charge. 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 (Closed the Wednesday after the holiday). 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. (Closed the Thursday after the holiday weekend.)
Will you be coming to Korea to travel? Make sure you know where to stay to see the sights! Check out the Hongdae Designers Hotel to stay in a young art district or the Myeongdong TMark Hotel if you’d like to stay in the shopping district of Seoul. Or if you’d like a more authentic option, stay in a traditional Korean home downtown near the historical neighborhoods that’s been renovated and updated for travelers.
3. Have Fun at an Amusement Park
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, too! These are also where you should head if you’re already getting excited for Halloween because their Halloween fests have already started!
4. Enjoy Nature
The numerous mountains and parks across the city will be basking in some gloriously good weather and with the leaves changing colors and the autumn blossoms blooming, it’s the perfect time to get out and about and enjoy the weather. Go for a hike, take a bike ride along the Han River or go to a nearby park for a picnic.
5. Take in a Performance
Chungjeongno Nanta, the Seoul Arts Center and the Sejong Art Center will all be hosting different events and performances. Take the time to peruse their websites and see what might fit into your schedule. There is bound to be something you’re interested in seeing and over the holiday weekend, you can also look forward to some discounts on some events.
There is definitely plenty to do this weekend in Seoul and considering so many people will have departed from the city, it will be an extremely good time to get out and about and enjoy the downtown area. Happy Chuseok!