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I am writing my travel about my feeling and some cautions with photos briefly. In addition, I will provide some information for tourist attractions areas in Korea.
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Cheongwadae (the Blue House), which literally
means ‘pavilion of blue tiles’, is the presidential residence and office of Korea.
Guided tours are free for those who make a reservation on a certain day. They
walk in Cheongwadae and take some pictures. Trips involving Chilgung can take
up to 1.5 hours.
- Tour courses: Chunchugwan ->
Nokjiwon -> Former Main Office site -> Main Office ->
-> Chilgung (optional) -> Sarangchae and Mugunghwa Dongsan (optional)
Meeting: The East Gate of Gyeongbokgung Palace
The site of Cheongwadae was once home to a
royal villa from year 1114 during the Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392). Several
pavilions as the back garden of Gyeongbokgung Palace were built during the
Joseon Dynasty (1392~1910). However, most of the buildings were demolished by
Japanese during the Japanese occupation (1910~1945) and the official residence
of the Japanese governor. The current main building and residence quarters were
built in 1991.
Chunchugwan is home to about 170 domestic and
international correspondents who report on president’s state affairs. The roof
of Chunchugwan was made of earthen tiles. Tour visitors arrive at the gate in
front of Chunchugwan by bus from Gyeongbokgung Palace. Then pass cards are
given to them and they have to hang them on their necks. The tour begins with the
*The above photo from VisitKorea
3. Nokjiwon (Green Grass Garden)
Nokjiwon is one of the most beautiful places in Cheongwadae. Created in 1968, this garden is surrounded by more than 120 different types of trees. Especially there is one famous fine tree which is 310 years old.
In 1939, Japanese governor built an official
residence/office for the governor-general on the site. Syngman Rhee,
the first Korean president, called the building "Gyeongmudae" (景武臺). He used
it as his office and residence. It was dismantled during Kim Young-sam's
presidency in 1993.
* The stone above is the only remaining part of the building.
5. Main Office
Main office building is characterized by its
blue tiles. The roof of the building was constructed in the hipped and gabled
style (a roof type in traditional Korean houses), regarded as one of the most stylish
and charming styles of Korean traditional architecture. The building was built
in 1991, with elegant blue tiles and gentle curved roofs. Especially blue tiles
and soft roofs are beautifully blended with Bugaksan Mountain in the backdrop. About
150,000 tiles form the roof. Each is individually baked to make it strong
enough for hundreds of years to use.
Yeongbingwan is an official function hall,
which is used for receptions for presidential guests and official conferences.
It was completed in 1978.
(7 Small Palaces)
Chilgung refers to seven small palaces
situated in the southwest part of Cheongwadae, each of which guards an
ancestral tablet of a royal concubine who bore a king during the Josun Dynasty.
Only Cheongwadae visitors are able to visit Chigung (7 Small Palaces) where the
public access is limited.
Cheongwadae Sarangchae is located across the
street from the entrance of Cheongwadae. It is a historical memorial and museum
where visitors can share the past, present, and future vision of Korea. It is
composed of a planned exhibition hall, Korean culture exhibition hall, Korean
food (hansik) promotion hall on the first floor and Cheongwadae Hall which
introduces former Korean presidents and Haengboknuri Hall which presents the
future vision of Korea on the second floor.
The scenery of the canyons walking on the river along the frozen Hantangang (river) is mysterious.
The chance to see the true face of the Hantan River, which is blocked by the mighty waves and not seen in other seasons, can only be seen on the winter trek.
Goseokjeong is one of Cheolwon 8 wonderful sceneries located on midstream of Hantangang, which is peculiar because of a huge curious rock dominating in the middle of the river, this is a unique basalt gushing site in Korea. It has been well known as Imkkeokjeong's stronghold in early Joseon period thus a lot of legends have been handed down.
* Imkkeokjeongwas the leader of a peasant rebellion in Hwanghae Province in 1559-1562. The initial cause of the revolt was taxation. He started off with a band but later the number grew as he began killing rich people and giving out food to the poor. Thus he is also known as Robbin Hood of Korea.
2. Hantangang Trek
In winter season (Jan.~mid Feb.) we can admire the beautiful scenery of the Hantan River, the basalt rocks, and granite fields, which have been blocked by the heavy water and have not been seen in other seasons.
There is a floating walkaway where we can walk on ice and water.
3. How to Get There - Subway (57 minutes, KRW3,100): Eungam stn. (Line 6) -> Hapjeong stn. for City Hall (Line 2) -> Get off at Gangbyeon stn. (exit 4) -> Cross the road - Intercity Express Bus (2 hours, round trip fare KRW18,600): DongSeoul Intercity Express Bus Terminal -> Shincheolwon Intercity Bus Terminal - Local bus (26 minutes, KRW3,000): Take local bus at Jipori bus stop (200m walk from the terminal) -> Get off at Goseokjeong bus stop
Generally Ham, a wedding gifts box, is sent to bride house by bridegroom
family one day (a few days or a week) wedding. The box contains five pouches with
five colors, jewelry, and a marriage letter.
Originally it was delivered by one of relatives
and a blessed man.
But after 1970s, bridegroom’s friend delivered it with a dry squid mask on his face in a humorous sense to shake off the tension elements that occur in godliness. He goes to the bride’s house with his friends, shouting “Buy this Ham” in front of 100 meters or so. Such scene would be often seen by 1990s.
2. Wedding Ceremony
went to the bride’s house with riding a horse.
* A pair of wooden wild geese
regarded the virtue of protecting the faithful of the couple and the symbolism
that the wife followed her husband. Thus bridegroom brought them to the bride’s
In the house wedding ceremony was held. After the ceremony, bridegroom stayed 3 days in
the bride’s house.
They went back to the bridegroom’s house.
In the meanwhile, the bride's family sent various kinds of foods to the bridegroom's house called as 'Ibaji'.
Followingtheceremonywas 'Paebaek', wherethebride wouldgreetherin-laws andher relatives. Nowadays thisportionofthetraditionalKoreanweddingisstillpracticedinmany weddings in Korea after the
ceremony. Newlyweds pour drink and bow to the bridegroom's parents and relatives.
Generally parents-in-law and relatives throw the jujube and chestnuts to the newly-arrived daughter-in-law, blessing to give birth to the offspring of the family.
Nowadays it is held in a commercial wedding hall within a few hours by mixture of the western and the Korean.