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World Cultural Heritages Palace & Fortress

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  • 투어 13World Cultural Heritages Palace & Fortress
  • 투어 13World Cultural Heritages Palace & Fortress
  • 투어 13World Cultural Heritages Palace & Fortress

Tour issue

▶ Changdeok Palace will be replaced by Bukchon Hanok Village on Mondays
▶ Jongmyo Royal Shrine will be replaced by Insadong on Tuesdays
▶ Hwaseong Trolly may cancel in case of rain or snow
▶ The minimum starting tour Pax is 3
▶ If the minimum Pax is not filled before the tour date, the tour may cancel

Information

Korea has 10 sites that are designated by UNESCO as World Heritage, and we will take you to the three of UNESCO registered place called Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon, Changdeok Palace and Jongmyo Royal Shrine in Seoul. This full-day tour is full of beauty and history.

The Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon is a fortress city built in the late Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). Along with Changdeokgung Palace, the fortress was designated as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage in December 1997. The total perimeter of the fortress spans 5.52 kilometers, with 50 or so structures along the walls. Among those, seven were destroyed as a result of wars or natural disasters, but the remaining ones are well preserved. Some of the major structures are the south gate Paldalmun (Treasure no. 402), the west gate Hwaseomun (Treasure no. 403), the north gate Janganmun, and the east gate Changnyongmun. Between these gates are gongsimdon, sentry towers built to keep an eye on enemy’s activities outside the walls. Suwon Stream flows through the interior of Hwaseong Fortress. The Hwahongmun Gate is built above seven arched aqueducts that allow the water to flow through. Together with nearby Banghwasuryujeong Pavilion and Yongyeon Pond, Hwahongmun Gate is considered the most beautiful of the Hwaseong Fortress structures. With that in mind, we started our tour at Paldalmun Gate, near HwaseongHaenggung. At a leisurely pace, it takes about two hours to see the sights from Paldalmun, Seojangdae, Hwaseomun, Janganmun, and Hwahongmun.


What you can expect

▶ Beautiful scenery of Korea History
▶ UNESCO designated sites
▶ History of Korean Palaces
▶ Beauty of Korea traditional Architecture


Highlights

▶ Three tourist attraction sites registered in UNESCO
▶ Suwon Hwaseong Fortress
▶ Hwaseong Train
▶ Changdeok Palace


Itinerary

Hotel → Suwon Hwaseong Fortress → Suwon Hwaseong Train → Hwaseong Temporary Palace (Hwaseong Haenggung) → Lunch → Changdeok Palace → Jongmyo Royal Shrine → Amethyst or Ginseng Center → Hotel
  1. 수원화성3.jpg The Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon is a fortress city built in the late Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). Along with Changdeokgung Palace, the fortress was designated as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage in December 1997. The total perimeter of the fortress spans 5.52 kilometers, with 50 or so structures along the walls. Among those, seven were destroyed as a result of wars or natural disasters, but the remaining ones are well preserved. Some of the major structures are the south gate Paldalmun (Treasure no. 402), the west gate Hwaseomun (Treasure no. 403), the north gate Janganmun, and the east gate Changnyongmun. Between these gates are gongsimdon, sentry towers built to keep an eye on enemy’s activities outside the walls. Suwon Stream flows through the interior of Hwaseong Fortress. The Hwahongmun Gate is built above seven arched aqueducts that allow the water to flow through. Together with nearby Banghwasuryujeong Pavilion and Yongyeon Pond, Hwahongmun Gate is considered the most beautiful of the Hwaseong Fortress structures. With that in mind, we started our tour at Paldalmun Gate, near HwaseongHaenggung. At a leisurely pace, it takes about two hours to see the sights from Paldalmun, Seojangdae, Hwaseomun, Janganmun, and Hwahongmun.
  2. 화성행궁열차1.jpg Hwaseong train is a tourist train which is operated between Paldalsan Mountain and Yeonmudae. The head of train is made as sculpted dragon which symbols King Jungjo’s energetic feature, and chairs are embodied King’s palanquin. Total distance is 3.2 kilometers and it takes about 30 minutes. Short, but it is enough to feel the charm of Hwaseong.
  3. 화성행궁10.jpg Hwaseong Temporary Palace is the biggest temporary palace in Korea and also well-known as beautiful as Gyongbokgung Palace. The 478th historical site Hwaseong Temporary Palace was built on the foot of Padalsan Mt. after building Suwon Sineupchi was finished in 1789(the year 13 of the reign of King Jungjo). It was used as a government office of Suwon and completed through expanded construction for 2 years during the construction of Hwaseong. King Jungjo who was very loyal enough to visit Yungneung Shrine(a mausoleum of the crown king who was the father of Jungjo) 13 times stayed in Hwaseong Temporary Palace during visit. The palace has a shape of King’s palace with 567 rooms and it is the biggest size among temporary palaces in Korea. But most facilities except Nangnamheon Hall were deconstructed by the policy to obliterate the Korean culture and history of nation during Japanese colonial era. And thanks for local residents who organized the restoration project committee and lead the drive to revival of the palace, it reopened to the public in October 2003 after the restoration since 1996. Hwaseong Temporary Palace is became the famous shooting set for Korean historical dramas in these days, provides demonstration performance of Muye 24ki, change ceremony of gate guards, court robes and traditional crafts experience.
  4. 창덕궁12.jpg Changdoekgook Palace is the only place that is designated as a World Heritage site within Korean palaces.Changdeokgoong palace receives a lot of praises for its beauty and is well remained as its original state.Especially the back garden, which occupies over half of the palace, shows the beauty of the Korean traditional garden the most well.This place is where the kings of Joseon Dynasty had relived their stressed and spirits from state affairs in the past.Let us become like a king of the past during the Joseon times and take a stroll and rest around the backyard of the Changdoekgook Palace.
  5. 종묘1.jpg Jongmyo is a royal shrine dedicated to the performance of ancestral rites for the deceased kings and queens of the Joseon Dynasty. Being the place where the royal ancestral tablets are enshrined, Jongmyo’s atmosphere is solemn and sacred rather than splendid like the royal palaces. The simple and elegant buildings of this shrine have faithfully kept their original forms since the 16th century. Jongmyo’s main hall, Jeongjeon is where the royal ancestral rites are performed. The main hall is an outstanding example of traditional Korean architecture. Jongmyo was designated as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site together with JongmyoJerye and JongmyoJeryeak. JongmyoJerye is the royal ancestral ritual and has been performed for 600 years. The court music performed during the ritual is the JongmyoJeryeak. JongmyoJeongjeon (Hall), a place steeped in royal history Jongmyo is made up of Jeongjeon (the main hall), Yeongnyeongjeon (the hall of eternal peace), and auxiliary buildings such as Jeonsacheong, Eosuksil, Hyangdaecheong and Sindang. Jeongjeon, the main hall of Jongmyo, is a place steeped in royal history and is highly esteemed for its outstanding architecture. It is said to be the world’s longest single wooden structure and its length measures 109 meters. The reason for the building’s great length is that new chambers were added to the ends as necessary in order to hold more memorial tablets. Unlike other Korean buildings, Jeongjeon has a gabled roof rather than the traditional eaves. This gives the architecture of the main hall a beautiful and uniquely solemn aspect.
  6. 인삼 자수정5.png The colour of Amethyst is as unique as it is seductive, though in fact this gemstone of all gemstones is said to protect its wearer against seduction. Korean Amethyst is extravagance in violet since it has been formed from granite stone base since 5000 years. Moses described it as a symbol of the Spirit of God in the official robes of the High Priest of the Jews, and the Russian Empress Catherine the Great sent thousands of miners into the Urals to look for it. It was said to protect crops against tempests and locusts, bring good fortune in war and in the hunt, drive out evil spirits and inspire the intellect.  Ginseng is renowned for its effectiveness as a great healer for living ever so young.Especially if you eat ginseng when you lose your energy, it really helps to regain energy.Korea is acknowledged by the world because of the quality of ginseng as if it is the birthplace of ginseng.You can experience various kinds of ginseng products like gingersnap, extract, ginseng preserved in honey, and other great quality of products made in Korea.

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Tour Included

▶ Professional guide
▶ Transportation
▶ Lunch
▶ Tickets for the tour

Tour Excluded

▶ Personal expenses

Pick-up Service

▶ Hotel (In Seoul only)
▶ City Hall (@ 09:00 am)

Sending Service

▶ Hotel (In Seoul only)
▶ City Hall

Payment / Cancelation

▶ 1 Day before the tour date : NO cancellation fee
▶ After 18:00 : 70% of cancellation fee
▶ No show on tour date : 100% of cancellation fee


Note

▶ For your safety, stay with the group and follow the directions of the guide during a group tour
▶ Cosmojin cannot take responsibility for any injuries or losses incurred while on tour.


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