A K-beauty lover makes a pilgrimage to Seoul, the capital of skincare and K-Pop; Kristin Braswell; USA Today

A fan of K-Beauty heads to Seoul to experience the hotbed of skincare and 24-hour clothing-optional spas along with K-Pop and Korean fried chicken.

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Perfect Getaway: Seoul Lures Visitors with Ancient Charm and Modern Amenities; Benjamin Epstein; Orange Coast Magazine

It’s officially known as Seoul Special City—and a soaring number of U.S. visitors are discovering why.

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‘Kingdom’ filming locations to visit in South Korea; Jakarta Post

Kingdom combines an intriguing storyline with breathtaking sites and sceneries.

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Changdeokgung Palace in Seoul, masterpiece of architecture; Xinhua

Changdeokgung Palace was listed as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1997 and is regarded as a masterpiece of architecture where the buildings are in harmony with the natural settings.

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Moonlit nocturnal stroll at UNESCO-recognized royal palace in Seoul; Park Boram; Yonhap News Agency

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The Ultimate Seoul Itinerary: 3 Days in Seoul; Jade House; The Planet D

Looking for a fun Seoul Itinerary that ticks all the boxes? This guide for 3 days in Seoul by Jade of Journey Count is the perfect blend of must-do sight-seeing and activities alongside casual wandering…

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K-Travel: Discover Seoul Pass Lets You Immerse In Korean Culture On Affordable Budget; abbyinhallyuland; Hello KPop

Traveling with Discover Seoul Pass lets you conveniently experience Korean culture by traipsing its rich history.

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A day in Seoul: What to visit and when; Devina Heriyanto; Jakarta Post

Seoul has almost everything a tourist could ask for: a lively, modern city life as well as culture and traditional and historic sites.

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Discover the only Unesco World Heritage palace in South Korea; Lainey Loh; Travel Wire Asia

Among South Korea’s many attractions are its handful of magnificent palaces, built during the country’s historic Joseon Dynasty (1392 to 1910). They may appear similar but each has its own function, charm, and story, mapping the rise and fall of the Joseon Dynasty that lasted over 500 years.

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Changdeokgung throws open gates for nighttime tour; Yoon Min Sik; Korea Herald

A nighttime tourism program at Changdeokgung palace will commence on Aug. 23, the Cultural Heritage Administration announced Monday.

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Changdeok Palace’s Nakseonjae Hall temporarily opens to public; Yonhap

South Korea – Changdeokgung Palace Complex

SEOUL, March 23 (Yonhap) — Changdeok Palace’s Nakseonjae Hall will be open to the public until the end of next month as a special spring tour program, the Cultural Heritage Administration (CHA) said Friday.

The seasonal program, set to run at 10:30 a.m. from Thursday to Saturday on March 29-April 28, will take visitors on a guided tour around the Nakseonjae area, famous for its beautiful garden, with flowers blossoming in spring.

Changdeok Palace is one of the major palaces in Seoul. It dates back to the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) and was the second royal villa built following the construction of Gyeongbok Palace in 1405. It was the principal palace for many kings of Joseon.

Although much of the original structure was destroyed during the 1910-45 Japanese colonial era, and by fire in the 16th and 17th centuries, Changdeok is the best preserved of the five remaining royal Joseon palaces and is recognized as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site.

Nakseonjae Hall and its eight auxiliary buildings were built in 1847 by King Heonjong. The Nakseonjae area was where the Japanese-born empress Lee Bang-ja and King Gojong’s only daughter, Princess Deokhye, lived the remainder of their days.

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Changdeokgung Palace to open for night-time tour; Yoon Min-Sik; The Jakarta Post

South Korea – Changdeokgung Palace Complex

The Joseon-era palace of Changdeokgung will be offering evening tours from Aug.31 to Nov. 5, the Cultural Heritage Administration said Monday.

According to the state-run agency, the “Moonlight Tour at Changdeokgung Palace” commences at 8 p.m. and lasts about two hours.

The tours will be held from Thursday to Sunday each week, and will be held twice a day on Oct.7, Oct.14 and Oct.21. On those days, the first tour will start at 7 p.m., and the second tour at 8:00 p.m.

The tour will include a photo shoot with palace guards clad in traditional garments, performance of traditional music and tour of the palace grounds led by a tour guide. Tours will be provided in Korean, English, Chinese and Japanese.

The tickets will be made available online at 2 p.m. Thursday at Interpark. Foreigners can book the tickets at http://ticket.interpark.com/Global.

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14 Fantastic Things To See And Do In Seoul, South Korea; Yaya & Lloyd; Hand Luggage Only

Republic of Korea – Changdeokgung Palace Complex

Seoul, the capital city of South Korea, is such a fun, eclectic and brilliant city. It’s got a fantastic mix of old and new, delicious food (always a travel favourite of mine) and a smattering of fantastic sights worth seeing dotted across the city.

Before visiting Seoul, we (like a lot of travellers out there) had this pre-conceived notion of Seoul being this shiny global city comprising predominantly of glass and steel towers and while some of that is true, there’s still so much more to the city than just that.

With that in mind, we’ve put together 14 places you need to visit and things you need to do, to get more of a sense of what Seoul is truly like.

1.) Korea Furniture Museum

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Seoul’s royal palaces welcome record number of visitors; Rumy Doo; Korea Herald

Republic of Korea – Changdeokgung Palace Complex

Seoul’s royal palaces enjoyed an unprecedented rise in popularity this year, the Cultural Heritage Administration said.

A record number of 10.1 million visitors tread past the gates of Seoul’s four major palaces -– Gyeongbokgung, Changdeokgung, Changgyeonggung and Deoksugung -– as of November, according to CHA, a government agency charged with preserving and promoting Korean cultural heritage.

Nighttime strolls in Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung were popular, the statistics showed. A total of 532,565 visitors sought the two palaces’ moonlight walk programs.

CHA plans to further extend the number of days that the palaces are open at night next year.

CHA attributed the soaring numbers to the greater access to the palaces: they were open a total of 120 evenings, up from last year’s 48. Free entry was allowed to those wearing hanbok, the traditional Korean costume, during both the daytime and nighttime.

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