Chuseok, the Korean Thanksgiving is just one day away. If you have read online about travelling to Seoul during Chuseok, you might find that most shops and places will be closed during this huge celebration. Nevertheless, in order for tourists to keep their days occupied, Seoul city had some great events to offer to those who will be in Seoul during this festival.
If you are an historical junkie, you might be glad to hear that few of the palaces in Seoul will be open despite this huge celebration such as Gyeongbokgung, Changdeokgung, Deoksugung and Jongmyo Shrine. Huwon is closed though. I also heard that it will be a free admission but I cannot confirm it as I read somewhere that says you need to wear the traditional Hanbok in order to gain free admission. Correct me if I’m wrong.
Say, you aren’t fond of history? Instead, you prefer walking and exploring the city? Not to worry, there are also some places that you can visit and open all year round.
You’d notice that Korea is surrounded by many beautiful mountains by now. Maybe, you’d want to take a hike up Bukhansan or trail up to Namsan to catch the beautiful sunset. One advantage for visitors like us during huge festival where Seoul eventually becomes a ghost town is that you will be able to snap some great pictures without too many people standing in your way, you don’t even need to wait too long before you can take a picture of your family and friends. Or a selfie.
Too tired to hike? Then, head down to Gwanghwamun Square, there are some traditional cultural events that will be held during Chuseok as well! Get to know what and how to play a game of Yutnori, a popular traditional game that has been played during Joseon dynasty. In the evening, take a walk at the Cheonggyecheon Stream, see the beautiful lighting along the stream while sitting by the side and cooling of some heat.
Now who could say travelling to Seoul on Chuseok will just be a waste of time when there are a number of other things you can do?
So, Happy Chuseok to everyone! 추석 연휴가 잘 보내세요.