7 Most beautiful illuminations in Seoul

7 Most beautiful illuminations in Seoulcover

  1. GwanghwamunGwanghwamun

On August 1st, 2009, the redesigned Gwanghwamun Square opened to the public. With the inauguration of the square, Sejong-ro, located at the center of the 600-year-old historic city of Seoul, was transformed into a human-centered space that harmonizes with the beautiful scenery of Gyeongbokgung Palace and Bukaksan Mountain.

The close to 20,000m2 Gwanghwamun Square is located at the center of Sejong-ro which connects Gwanghwamun Gate and Cheonggye Square. The square is divided into the sections, “Recovering the History of Gwanghwamun Gate Plaza,” “Reenacting Yukjo Street Plaza,” “Korea Main Plaza,” “Civil Participation Urban Culture Plaza,” “Downtown Plaza” and “Cheonggyecheon Stream Connector.”

The “Recovering the History of Gwanghwamun Gate Plaza” section is at the entrance of the plaza, where a stone base called Woldae and a statue of Haetae, a mythical unicorn-lion that is said to protect palaces from fire, have been restored. Near Sejong-ro Park is “Reenacting Yukjo Street Plaza” where Yukjo Street, the main street of old Seoul (Formally known as Hanyang) was recreated. On the side is also a miniature depiction of Yukjo Street.

The Statue of King Sejong the Great has been relocated in the “Korea Main Plaza” where Hangeul, the Korean alphabet, is projected on a fountain water screen. Between the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts and the Statue of Admiral Yi Sun-Shin is the “Civil Participation Urban Culture Plaza” with a range of attractions and services including accommodation facilities for visitors, exhibition halls, elevators, a meeting plaza, and art galleries.

“Downtown Plaza,” located near the Statue of Admiral Yi Sun-Shin, symbolizes Sejong-ro. The Square has water facilities such as a pond and pop-jet fountains. The “Cheonggyecheon Stream Connector” functions as a connecting walking path between Cheonggyecheon Stream and Gyeongbokgung Palace.

In addition, there is the “Memorial Waterway”, flowing underground water, which goes from both Gyeongbokgung and Gwanghwamun subway stations to Cheonggyecheon Stream. Plus, behind the Statue of Admiral Yi Sun-Shin is “Sunken Square” which connects Gwanghwamun subway station and the ground allowing people to access the Square more easily.

Two statues of Admiral Yi Sun-Shin and Sejong the Great, who are great and influential people in Korean history, are situated at Gwanghwamun Square where the beatification ceremony will take place. Visitors can see “Waterways of History” and “King Sejong Story” exhibitions, the latter of which highlights the achievements of King Sejong and history of Hangeul.

Telephone
+82-2-731-1182

Opening date
August 1, 2009

Closed
N/A (Open all year round)

Operating Hours
24 hours

Directions
[Subway] 1) City Hall Station (Seoul Subway Line 1 & 2), Exit 3.
2) Gyeongbokgung Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 6 & 7.
3) Gwanghwamun Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 1, 2 & 8.
* Connected to the underground exit.

[Bus] Red Bus: 5500-2, 9602, 9706, 9708, 9713
Blue Bus: 103, 150, 401, 402, 406, 408, 607,704
Green Bus: 0212, 1711, 7016, 7018, 7022, 8000
Village Bus: Jongno 09, Jongno 11

2. Banpo Bridge Rainbow fountainBanpo Bridge Rainbow Fountain

Banpo Bridge Rainbow Fountain is the world’s longest bridge fountain. The fountain is programmed to play different shows during the day and night. During the day, the fountain shows a hundred different configurations meant to evoke waving willow branches and willow leaves. When the sun goes down, 200 lights illuminate the fountain as it sends up dancing, rainbow-colored jets of water in the air in synchronization with music.

Banpo Bridge Rainbow Fountain operates from April to October every day, four to six times a day for 20-minutes. At the park, there is an outdoor stage, ecological observing site, and picnic areas.

Telephone
+82-2-3780-0578

Operating Hours
April-June, September-October (Duration: 20 min)
Weekdays: 12:00, 20:00, 20:30, 21:00
Weekends: 12:00, 19:30, 20:00, 20:30, 21:00
July-August (Duration: 20 min)
Weekdays: 12:00, 19:30, 20:00, 20:30, 21:00
Weekends: 12:00, 19:30, 20:00, 20:30, 21:00, 21:30

* Please be advised that operating hours are subject to change due to weather conditions or internal events.
*For detailed information, please refer to Homepage (Korean only).

Parking Facilities
823 parking spaces
* Operating hours
April-October: 09:00-23:00
November-March: 09:00-21:00

Parking Fees
1,000 won for the first 30 minutes
200 won for additional every 10 minutes
10,000 won is the maximum parking fee per day.
50,000 won for monthly parking fee

Directions
[Subway] Dongjak Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), Exit 1 or 2.

Or,

Express Bus Terminal Station (Seoul Subway Line 3,7 or 9), Exit 8-1.
– Go straight for 250m, and turn right at the Express Bus Terminal 4-way intersection.
– Continue going straight for 400m and cross the street at the crosswalk.
– Go straight through the underpass to arrive at the park.

[Bus] Take Bus 405 or 8340 and get off at Banpo Hangang Park.

3.Cheonggyecheon StreamCheonggyecheon

Until it was restored in 2005, Cheonggyecheon Stream existed only as a neglected waterway hidden by an overpass. Today, it has been transformed into a haven of natural beauty amidst the bustle of city life.

Narae Bridge, representing a butterfly in flight, and Gwanggyo Bridge, symbolizing the harmony of the past and future, are just two of the more than twenty beautiful bridges that cross the stream. The Rhythmic Wall Stream, lined with fine marble and sculptures, and Palseokdam adorn Cheonggyecheon Stream.

Cheonggyecheon Stream passes close to Deoksugung Palace, Seoul Plaza, the Sejong Center, Insa-dong Street, Changdeokgung Palace, and Changgyeonggung Palace, allowing visitors to easily visit major tourist sites after a leisure stroll along the stream.

Cheonggye Plaza

Cheonggye Plaza roughly covers an area of 2,500 square meters, and is located at the starting point of Cheonggyecheon Stream. The square, created based on the design of traditional Korean bojagi (a colorful wrapping cloth), features the elegant beauty of traditional stonework that is colorful yet refined. The plaza also includes a model of Cheonggyecheon that provides visitors with a bird’s-eye view of the formerly restored Cheonggyecheon Stream. At the plaza, there are plaques that provide detailed commentaries on the 22 bridges that span the stream, as well as a number of graceful fountains that add to the ambience of the area. The area commemorates the Cheonggyecheon Stream Restoration Project, and also symbolizes gathering, harmony, peace, and unity.

After the completion of Cheonggye Plaza, Seoul Metropolitan Government designated the area as a vehicle-free zone on holidays, providing more leisure space for pedestrians. Since then, the waterfront areas of Cheonggyecheon Stream, and the surrounding streets have become popular places for those seeking refreshment and a variety of cultural experiences. A favorite of many is the Candle Fountain, which features the magnificent synchronicity of three different lighting fixtures and a 4m high, two-tiered waterfall. Along the two sides of the waterfall are the Palseokdam wishing wells, made of 8 different stones from each of the nation’s 8 provinces.

Cheonggye Plaza never goes to sleep; visitors can enjoy the fantastic display of light and water even at night.

Telephone
+82-2-2290-6803, +82-2-2290-6859,
+82-2-2290-6807, +82-2-2290-7111

Closed
N/A (Open all year round)

Tour Course Information
Route 1 (Distance: 2.9 ㎞/Duration: 3 hours)
Cheonggyecheon Plaza – Gwangtonggyo Bridge – Samilgyo Bridge (Jongno, Insadong) – Ogansugyo Bridge (Dongdaemun Fashion Town) – Saebyeokdari (Bridge of Dawn; Gwangjang Market, Bangsan Market) – Supyogyo Bridge

Route 2 (Distance: 2.6 ㎞/Duration: 2.5 hours)
Cheonggyecheon Culture Center – Gosanjagyo Bridge – Dumuldari Bridge – Malgeunnaedari Bridge – Ogansugyo Bridge (Dongdaemun Fashion Town)

Activity Information
* Ecology exploration, hands-on programs run all year round.
* Covered Structure Exploration – Exploration the inside of covered structures at Cheonggyecheon Stream (10 min with guide)
– Venue: 50m from Samilgyo Bridge at Cheonggycheon 2-ga

Parking Facilities
Use nearby parking lots

Restrooms
Available in major buildings along the stream

Facilities for the Handicapped
Accessible entrance, elevators (Hwanghakgyo Bridge, Samilgyo Bridge), wheelchair rental service (Cheonggye Plaza Information Center, Ogansugyo Information Center)
※ Inquiry: +82-2-2290-6803

Reservation Info. for Foreigners
Walking tour (Inquiries: +82-2-397-5908)
Route: Cheonggye Plaza/Cheonggye Culture Center – Ogansugyo Bridge
(Schedule: 3 times daily / Languages: English, Japanese, Chinese)

Directions
Cheonggyecheon Stream
[Subway] – City Hall, Jonggak, Jongno 3(sam)-ga, Jongno 5(o)-ga, Dongdaemun, Sinseol-dong Stations (Seoul Subway Line 1)
– City Hall, Euljiro 1(il)-ga, Euljiro 3(sam)-ga, Euljiro 4(sa)-ga, Sindang, Sangwangsimni Stations (Seoul Subway Line 2)
– Jongno 3(sam)-ga Station (Seoul Subway Line 1, 3 and 5)
– Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station (Seoul Subway Line 4)
– Gwanghwamun Station (Seoul Subway Line 5)

[Bus] Take any bus bound for Gwanghwamun or Jongno.

Cheonggye Plaza
[Subway] – Gwanghwamun Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 5
– City Hall Station (Seoul Subway Line 1, 2), Exit 4

4. Dongdaemun Design PlazaOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) is a blend of traditional buildings, relics and cutting-edge modern multicultural facilities.

Seoul Fortress, Igansumun Water Gate (floodgate channeling water from Namsan Mountain to Cheonggyecheon Stream and Seoul Fortress), Dongdaemun History Hall, the Dongdaemun Excavation Site, Dongdaemun Sports Memorial Hall, Event Hall, and Design Gallery can all be found at the DDP.

Structure Size
Site area: 62,692㎡ / Building area: 25,104㎡
Total floor area: 86,574㎡ (Basement 3F to 4th Floor)

Main Facilities
– Art Hall: Art Hall 1, 2, International Conference Hall
– Museum: Design Museum, Design Exhibition Hall, Design Playground, Design Pathway, Pathway Cafe
– Design Shop: Design Shops, Academy Hall
– Oullim Square : Miraero Bridge, Design Market, Information Center
– Dongdaemun History & Culture Park: An eco-friendly park
(Gallery MUN, Yigansumun Exhibition Hall, Dongdaemun History Museum 1398, Dongdaemun Stadium Memorial , Seoul Fortress Hall (Yigansu Gate), Garden Yigansu Gate)
Subsidiary Facilities
DDP Information Desks, Coat rooms, Lactation room, Medical Service Room,Ticket Office

Admission / Participation Fees
Applicable and vary according to exhibitions. Please refer to homepage for details.

Discount Information
Discount Rate (25% off)
• Children and teens between the ages of 7 and 18
(including toddlers and elementary and secondary school students)
• Groups of 20 or more adults

Student group rate (50% off)
• Groups of 20 or more elementary or secondary school students
(with one guide for every 20 students admitted for free)
• General visitors can get this discount when they visit on the Culture Days
(last Wednesday of every month) * only available at on-site
• Children and teens between the ages of 4 and 6

Free Admission
Children under the age of 7, and seniors over the age of 65
Persons with disabilities of Grades 1 through 3, as defined in the Welfare of Disabled Persons Act, and the companion

※ To receive the discounts for which you are eligible, please bring any relevant certificates or documented proof relating to the following discount types to the ticket office at the DDP.
※ For group tours of 50 persons or more, call the DDP Call Center in advance.
※ For groups of 20 persons or more, tickets can be purchased only by phone or ticket office at the DDP.
※ A maximum of 10 people can be booked online.
Reservations
Reservations for exhibitions required at the homepage
* Inquiries: +82-1644-1328

Homepage
www.ddp.or.kr
(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Directions
[Subway] Get off at Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station (Seoul Subway Line 2, 4 ,5) and Exit 1.

From Incheon International Airport, take AREX (Airport Railroad):
Go to Gimpo International Airport Station → Transfer to Gongdeok Station (Seoul Subway Line 5) → Get off at Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Station, Exit 1.

From Gimpo International Airport, take AREX (Airport Railroad):
Go to Gimpo International Airport Station → Transfer at Dangsan Station (Seoul Subway Line 2) → Get off at Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Station, Exit 1.

[Bus] 1. Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station
– Blue bus: N13 , N16 , N30 , N62 , 105 , 144 , 152 , 261 , 301 , 420
– Green bus: 2012 , 2015 , 2233 , 7212
– Red bus: 9403
– City circular bus: 90S Tour
2. Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP)
– Green bus: 2012

3. Airport Limousine Bus

From Incheon International Airport:
Board Airport Dongdaemun (Toyoko Inn)-bound Limousine Bus No. 6001 at Incheon International Airport → Toyoko Inn (Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Station, Cerestar, Sindang-dong, Gwanghui-dong) → Go across the crosswalk in front of Ramodo Shopping Mall

From Gimpo International Airport:
Board Dongdaemun (Toyoko Inn)-bound Limousine Bus No. 6001 at Gimpo International Airport → Toyoko Inn (Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Station, Cerestar, Sindang-dong, Gwanghui-dong) → Go across the crosswalk in front of Ramodo Shopping Mall

5.N Seoul TowerN seoul tower

Seoul Tower opened to the public on October 15, 1980 and has since become a major tourist attraction. The 236.7 meter tower sits atop Namsan Mountain (243m). The observatory offers panoramic views of Seoul and the surrounding areas.

Thirty years and countless visitors later, the structure was renamed ‘N Seoul Tower.’ The letter ‘N’ stands for the tower’s ‘new’ look, which resulted from a 15 billion won remodeling project in December 2005. With a new lighting system and changes to the tower’s overall color scheme, event coordinators can now decorate the tower for the season or events.

Visitors are encouraged to try N Grill, a Western-style, revolving restaurant (one rotation every 48 minutes) and the Sky Restroom (an artfully decorated space). Both offer breathtaking views of the cityscape.

Telephone
+82-2-3455-9277, 9288

Closed
N/A (Open all year round)

Operating Hours
[Sunday-Friday] Observatory: 10:00-23:00

[Saturday] Observatory: 10:00-24:00
* Last admission 30 minutes before closing.
* Operating hours are subject to change depending on weather or business schedules.

Parking Facilities
Namsan Cable Car Parking Lot
First 30 min: Free for cable car customers
500 won for each additional 10 min

Namsan Park Parking Lot
1 hour 1,300 won
300 won for each additional 10 min

*Please refer to the official website for more details.

Admission Fees
[Observatory] Adults 10,000 won / Children & Seniors 8,000 won

[N Sweet Bar] Tower Combo: Adults 21,000 won / Children & Seniors 17,000 won
2 Observatory tickets + 1 Large popcorn + 1 Large drink
Nacho Combo: Adults 23,000 won / Children & Seniors 19,000 won
2 Observatory tickets + 1 Medium popcorn + 2 Medium drinks + 1 Plate of nachos
Beer Combo: Adults 26,000 won
2 Observatory tickets + 1 Large popcorn + 2 Beers
Alive Museum Combo: Adults 33,000 won / Children & Seniors 26,000 won
2 Observatory tickets + 2 Museum tickets + 1 Large popcorn + 1 Large drink

[Alive Museum] Admission Adults 12,000 won / Children & Seniors 9,000 won
Package (Observatory + Alive Museum) Adults 16,000 won / Children & Seniors 12,000 won

* Adults (ages 13-65) / Children (ages 3-12) / Seniors (ages 65 and older)
* 10% discount for groups (20 people or more). For group reservations, please make an inquiry at +82-2-2034-0669 before visiting.
* 30% discount for persons with disability (level 1-3) plus one companion / 30% discount for persons with disability (level 4-6)
* Free admission: Infants (ages under 36 month)
Available Facilities
[N Seoul Tower] Lobby: Entrance to observatory, information desk, Alive Museum, N Gift, N Sweet Bar, cafe, nursing room
Plaza 1F – The Best Burger in Seoul, N Terrace, N Gift, ticket booth, Food O’clock
Plaza 2F – The Place Dining (Italian restaurant), roof terrace
Tower 1F – Hancook (Korean Restaurant)
Tower 2F – The Wishing Pond, Sky Restroom, Sky Coffee, N Photo Studio
Tower 3F – Observatory, The BA:NG (Gift shop), Weenybeeny, N Photo
Tower 5F – N Grill (French restaurant)

[Cable Car] – Operating hours: 10:00-23:00
– Fare:
Individuals (round-trip ticket): Adults 8,500 won / Children & Seniors 5,500 won
Individuals (one-way ticket): Adults 6,000 won / Children & Seniors 3,500 won
Groups (round-trip ticket): Adults 7,000 won / Children & Seniors 4,500 won
Groups (one-way ticket): Adults 5,000 won / Children & Seniors 3,000 won

* Groups: 30 or more people
* Inquiries: Daytime +82-2-753-2403 / Nighttime +82-2-757-1308
* Website: www.cablecar.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

[Namsan Orumi] Namsan Orumi is a slanted elevator connecting Namsan Tunnel 3 to Namsan Cable Car.
– Boarding place: In front of the commemorative monument at the entrance of Namsan Tunnel 3.
(2-3 minutes to the cable car)

* Cable car closed Mondays from 09:00 to 14:00 for standard maintenance check.
* Cable car will not operate in the case of strong winds or heavy rain.
Interpretation Services Offered
* Audio guide, leaflets, pamphlets and maps available in English, Chinese & Japanese
(Audio guide: 3,000 won)
* Group guide: 10 or more people (first-come, first-served basis)
* Please inquire at the information desk in the lobby.

Directions
[Bus – Namsan Circular Shuttle Bus] 1. Namsan Circular Shuttle Bus No. 02
– Take the bus from the closest subway station: Chungmuro Station (Seoul Subway Line 3, 4), Exit 2 (in front of Daehan Cinema) or Dongguk University Station (Seoul Subway Line), Exit 6.
– Interval: every 15 min
-Operating hours: 07:00 – 24:00

2. Namsan Circular Shuttle Bus No. 03
– Take the bus from the closest subway station: Seoul Station, Seoul Square (Seoul Subway Line 1, 4), Exit 9 or Itaewon Station (Seoul Subway Line 6), Exit 4 or / Hangangjin Station (Seoul Subway Line 6), Exit 2.
– Interval: every 20 min
-Operating hours: 07:30 – 23:30

3. Namsan Circular Shuttle Bus No. 05
– Take the bus from the closest subway station: Myeong-dong Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), Exit 3 or Chungmuro Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 2 (in front of Daehan Cinema).
– Interval: every 15 min
-Operating hours: 07:30 – 23:30
[Cable Car] – Boarding point: Myeong-dong Station (Seoul Subway Line 4) Exit 3, walk for about 15 minutes following the street of the right side of the Pacific Hotel. The boarding place should be seen.
– Operating hours: 10:00 – 23:00

Schedules are subject to change. For more details, refer to the official website.
www.nseoultower.co.kr (Korean, English)

6.Naksan ParkNaksan Park

Naksan Park gets its name from its camel hump-like appearance. In Korean ‘nakta’ means camel and ‘san’ means mountain. So people refer to the park as Nakta Park or Naksan Park. The mountain is a solid granite bedrock. The Joseon royal family enjoyed the natural beauty of the granite mountain, but during the Japanese Colonial Period, a hasty manner of urban planning resulted in the demolition of most parts of the mountain. In an effort to save the remaining green belts, Naksan was designated as a park on June 10, 2002. Located in the center of the Seoul, this historical and beautiful park allows its visitors to view the magnificence of the entire city.

Opening date
June 12, 2002

Closed
N/A (Open all year round)

Operating Hours
24 hours (Naksan Exhibition hall: 09:00-17:00)

Parking Facilities
29 parking spaces

Admission Fees
Free

Available Facilities
Hiking trail (1,010m), historical discovery path (935m), Biudang resting place, Hongdeogibat farm, observation deck, badminton court, basketball court, exhibition halls, playground, convenience store, pavilion, senior citizens’ center

Restrooms
Available

Parking Fees
300 won per every 10 min.

7.Some SevitSome Sevit

Some Sevit (also known as Sebitseom), is a floating Island located near the southernmost part of Banpo Bridge, the nation’s first-ever artificial island that floats on the surface of Hangang River. The Island is comprised of three flower-themed islet – solvit, chavit and gavit, each with different functions.

The first islet, ‘some gavit’ takes the form of a flower in full bloom. It is a multi-functional cultural facility which can be used as a venue for performances, international conferences, exhibitions and so forth. The second islet, ‘some chavit’ looks like a flower bud. A range of cultural experience and event zones including Beat Square, Youth Woods and 3D restaurants will be located here. The third islet, ‘some solvit’ takes the form of a seed. The islet has water sports facilities and outdoor garden from which you may enjoy the picturesque scenery of Hangang River.

Around the floating Island are LED lights that feature a fantastic night view under the theme of ‘gleaming light in the mist.’ The floating Island, a prospective venue for a range of artistic performances and exhibitions, is a landmark attraction at Hangang River, along with Jamsu Bridge Pedestrian Square and Banpo Rainbow Fountain.

Telephone
+82-1566-3433

Opening date
May, 2011

Operating Hours
Varies by facility
*Please refer to official homepage for more details.

Parking Facilities
Available (Banpo Hangang Park)

1,000 won per 30-min. Additional charge of 200 won for every 10-min exceeded.
1-day parking: 10,000 won
Monthly parking: 50,000 won

Available Facilities
[Gavit] CNN café, Ola (Italian restaurant), Vista Restaurant, Goodwill Store, FIC Convention Hall, Tubester
[Chavit] Chavit cusine
[Solvit] Space for cultural events
[Yevit] Media art gallery

Admission Fees
Free

Directions
[Subway] Get off at Express Bus Terminal Station (Seoul Subway Line 3,7 or 9), Exit 8-1.
Go straight for 250m, and turn right at the Express Bus Terminal 4-way intersection. Continue going straight for 400m and cross the road. Go straight through the underpass to arrive at Banpo Hangang Park.

[Bus] Take Bus No. 405 or 740 and get off at Banpo Hangang Park.

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