Destinations Gyeonggi-do

Located in the mid-western part of Korea, Gyeonggi-do embraces Seoul and Incheon. It offers a variety of beautiful tourist destinations and cultural facilities along the Hangang River. Gyeonggi-do is also proud to embody traditional Korean culture with such places as the Suwon Hwaseong Fortress, the Korean Folk Village and Icheon, which is famous for ceramics. Moreover, visitors can also visit Everland, a huge and exciting amusement park.



Recommended Sites

  • Donggureung Tomb
    Address :
    Gyeonggi-do>Guri-si>Inchang-dong
    Description :
    Donggureung Tomb is located in a large forest area, and is the resting place of Joseon kings. There are nine royal mausoleums and seventeen graves in total. The tomb is very large compared to other tombs in Korea, and because of the large forest, the surrounding scenery is very beautiful. The nine royal mausoleums include Joseon Dynasty’s founding King Taejo (reign 1335-1408), which is called Geonwonneung tomb. All over the mausoleums are thick forests, and between the graves there are trail walks, ideal for long leisurely walks. An especially famous part of the Donggureung Tomb area is the historically significant purple eulalia reeds growing there. The long reeds are said to have been transplanted from King Taejo’s hometown of Hamgeung. It carries with it 600 years of Joseon History within it.
    Directions :
    From Cheongnyangni Station (Seoul Subway Line 1), Exit No.5, take City Bus No.202 to Donggureung Tomb.
    Information :
    - Hours: * Mar-Oct 09:00-17:30 / *Nov-Feb 09:00-16:30 -Inquiries: Donggureung Administration Office Tel: 031-563-2909 (Kor) -Parking Facilities: 100 car capacity
     

  • Everland
    Address :
    310, Jeondae-ri ,Pogok-myeon, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do
    Description :
    Everland, located in Yongin, is a huge theme park, which includes a zoo, snow sledding, and botanical garden. Everland has three distinct themes, Festival World, Caribbean Bay, and Speedway. Festival World has a global fair, American Adventure, Magic Land, European Adventure, and Equatorial Adventure. Each was built with it’s own uniqueness and style. Caribbean Bay is the very first water park in Korea. Its main feature is the wave pool, and many people come here in the summer just to ride those waves. Speedway is also the very first of its kind in Korea. Car racers can practice here, and it is also training spot for learning about the automobile culture. The entire course measures 2.225 km. The average width of the track is 11m. The straight distance of the area is 450 meters, the road is covered with asphalt, and it can accommodate about 35,000 spectators. Everland also features the Glen Ross Golf Club, Automobile Museum, Sportspark, and Hoam Art Gallery.
    Directions :
    At Gangnam Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit No. 6. Take bus No. 5002. Comes Every 30 min.
    At Gyodae Station (Seoul Subway Line 2 or Line 3) Exit No. 13. Take Bus No.1500-1. Every 25 min.
    Subway to Suwon Station (Seoul Subway Line 1). From across the street, take Bus No. 6000. Every 20 min.
    Local:
    From Yongin Bus Terminal, walk toward the city for 5 minutes, then take Bus No. 600, No. 6000, or No. 66. Get off at the last stop.

    Information :
    Homepage: http://www.everland.com (Kor,Eng,Jpn,Chn) Hours:
    (Weekdays) 09:30 - 19:00/
    (Weekends) 09:30 - 21:00
    Admission Fee:

    Rates

    Adults (14 or older)

    Children (13 or younger)

    Day Pass

    Individual

    28,000 won

    22,000 won

    Group

    24,000 won

    20,000 won

    Night Time Pass (use after 5pm)

    Individual

    24,000 won

    20,000 won

    Group

    21,000 won

    17,000 won

    Entrance Fee

    Individual

    22,000 won

    18,000 won

    Group

    18,000 won

    14,000 won

     

  • Suwonhwaseong fortress
    Address :
    Ingye-dong, Paldal-gu, Suwon, Kyeonggi , Jangan-gu, Gwonseon-gu, Ilwon
    Description :
    Suwonhwaseong fortress is the official fortress of Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do, from the latter days of Joseon Period (1392-1910). The fortress began construction in 1794 and finished in 1796. it was built to show the King’s filial piety toward his father Jangheonseja, and also to build a new city with its own economic power. The fortress wall is 5.52km long and it has a great variety of military facilities you cannot find at other fortress. At the top of the fortress wall, Yeojang was stacked up to nd watch the enemy. There are four gates in each direction, the north gate called Janganmun, the south gate called Paldalmun, the east gate, Changryongmun, and the west gate, Hwaseomun. A stream passes by the fortress, and where the water meets the fortress, they built Sumun gates. There are seven arch-style Sumuns, and above it a pavilion called Hwahongmun. Suwonhwaseong fortress was constructed under the advice of Yu Hyeong-Won (1622-1673) and Jeong Yak-Yong (1762-1836), and it is evaluated that its fortress wall was built very scientifically. The fortress wall was built using Seokjae and Jeondol (bricks), and the holes, through which you can be defended from arrows and long spears, were also used to fire guns. Jeong Yak-Yong invented Geojunggi, which uses a hwalcha (lever) to lift up heavy stones, and it greatly reduced the construction time. Suwonhwaseong went through many turbulent times and damage, and in The june 25 Battle, many of the facilities became so damaged that they were just left that way. The fortress restoration initiative started in 1975, and finished in 1979. But from Paldalmun to Dongnamgakru, a space of 491 meters, has still not been renovated. The fortress became designated as Historical Monument No. 3, in January 1963, and in December 1997, it was designated on UNESCO’s World Cultural
    Directions :
    Get off Suwon Subway Station (Seoul Subway Line) and go to exit No.1
    From a bus stop on the opposite side, take a bus headed Hwaseomun and get off at Jangan Park bus stop.

    Information :
    - Inquiries : Hwaseong Administration Office Tel : 031-228-2716 (Kor,Jap,Eng)
     

  • Achim Goyo Arboretum
    Address :
    Destinations » Gyeonggi-do » Gapyeong-gun
    Description :
    Achim Goyo Arboretum is where the beauty of Korea has been planted into a garden. The arboretum opened in 1996 through the efforts of horticulture professor Han Sang-Kyeong of the Sayuk University, with the dream of creating a uniquely Korean garden known for its curves and balance. “Achim Goyo (Morning Calm)” comes from the Indian poet Tagore, praising Korea as the country of the morning calm. The naming emphasizes the importance put on creating a uniquely Korean beauty in the garden. The arboretum is composed of 10 theme-based gardens. About 1,000 different kinds of flowers and plants greet their visitors in each season, and it was used as the background for the movie “Pyeonji” (Letter). The first garden you see when you enter the arboretum is the Korea Garden. Jar stands and greenery fill this area feels like the backyard of someone’s house. The next garden is the Wild Flower Garden, which has a collection of various Korea wild flowers, and then the Bunjae Garden, which has potted plants grown into works of art. The most popular tourist attraction is the Hagyeong Garden which has an observation tower from which you can see the entire arboretum. The Morning Square at the center of the arboretum is an open grass field with a great view all around. The evergreen tree which appeared in the movie “Pyeonji” is here, and the place has a very spacious atmosphere. Besides these gardens, there is also the Chimyeopsu Garden, Seonnyeotang, Mugunghwa Hill, and Herb Garden. Achim Goyo Arobretum is most beautiful in April to May when the flowers bloom, and also in the fall when the leaves that turn color blends elegantly with the surrounding gardens. Each season brings a unique festival at the arboretum: in March, the Nan Exhibition, in April-May, the Royal Azaleas, in May, wild flowers, and in May-June, iris flowers. The arboretum is beautiful all throughout the year, but it’s most impressive when you stroll around the gardens in the morning fog.
    Directions :
    Seoul (Sangbong Bus Terminal) ->Imchori Take a bus headed to Hyeonri, get off at Imchori. First bus 07:00 / Last bus 20:00 / runs every hour / takes one hour.
    Imchori ->Achim Goyo Arboretum
    From Imchori to the arboretum is 4km. There is no public transportation, so you need to take a taxi or walk (takes 1 hour on foot).

    Information :
    - Inquiries: 031-584-6703 (Kor)
    - Homepage: http://www.morningcalm.co.kr (Kor/Eng)
    - Hours:
      (May.-Oct.) 09:00-20:00 /
      (Nov.-April) 09:00-18:00
    * During special exhibition periods or holidays the opening hours may be extended.
    - Admission Fee:
      Weekdays - (age 20 and older): 4,000 won / (below age 20) : 3,000 won
      Weekends, Holidays - age 20 and older 5,000won / below 20 3,000won
    * 30 or more people are considered group, with 500won discount per individual. No discounts on holidays.

     

  • Namhansanseong Fortress
    Address :
    Gyeonggi-do > Gwangju-si > Jungbu-myeon
    Description :
    Namhansanseong Fortress is a very popular mountain-climbing and driving destination located just outside Seoul. The mountain is famous for being very beautiful all throughout the year. In the spring, the acacia trees grow thick, in the summer the green forest covers the entire mountain, and in the fall, many people visit to climb the mountain covered in red autumn leaves.
    Namhansanseong Fortress, located on Mt. Namhansan mountain, was originally built as a earthen fortress during Gogureyo period, about 2,000 years ago, but after many renovations, Gwanghaegun of the Joseon Period built the fortress properly in 1621. If you climb to the highest peak Iljangsan, you can see Incheon’s Nakjo area, and not only Seoul, but the surrounding Gyeonggi-do area as well. In terms of fortress structure, because the surrounding mountain area is high and rough, and the fortress center level and low, it is an easy place to defend, to reside comfortably, which are good conditions for a mountain fortress. The fortress is divided into inner fortress and outer fortress, the The fortress now.

    Directions :
    Get off at Sanseong Station (Seoul Subway Line 8), Exit No. 2. Take City Bus No. 9, and get off at Namhansanseong bus stop.
    Information :
    - Homepage http://www.namhansansung.or.kr (Kor/Eng) -Inquiries: Administration Office 031-743-6610 (Kor) -Mountain Course : 1) South Gate - Sueojangdae - West Gate - Geoyeodong - Cheonhodong (3.5 km, 2hr 20min) 2) Cheonhodong - Geoyeodong - West Gate - Sueojangdae - South Gate (3km, 1hr 20min)
     

  • Seoul Grand Park
    Address :
    Gyeonggi-do > Gwacheon-si > Makgye-dong
    Description :
    Seoul Grand Park is a theme park in Korea, and contains all kinds of great entertainment facilities and a zoo, blending well into the beautiful surrounding scenery. This park, about 7,000,000 square km in area, opened in 1984. Seoul Grand Park centers around a lake, and has a zoo, botanical garden, educational center for youth, and various convenience facilities. The zoo currently has an extremely rare Roland Gorilla, and about 360 kinds of animals, totaling 3,200 creatures from all over the world, divided into origin and species. The botanical garden is sectioned into different temperature zones, and the zoo has a practical layout. The dolphin and seal shows are the pride of Seoul Grand Park. Adults and children of all ages can enjoy the shows. The botanical garden boasts of 1,300 kinds of plants, and the Mt. Cheonggyesan Forest Relaxation Area is great for trail walking. The large field on which the Seoul Grand Park operates holds various seasonal festivals. In April, the Royal Cherry Blossoms Festival, in June, the Rose Festival beloved by couples, and in October the Autumn Leaves Festival is held to appreciate the surrounding Mt. Cheonggyesan fall colors.
    Directions :
    Get off at Seoul Grand Park Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), Exit No. 2.
    Information :
    - Hours:
      (April - Sep.) 09:00 - 19:00
      (Oct. - Mar.) 09:00 - 18:00 (Open All Year)
    - Seal&Dolphin Show
      Weekdays (3 shows) : 11:30, 13:30, 15:00
      Weekends, Holidays (4 shows) : 11:30, 13:30, 15:00, 16:30
    * during April, May, Sep, Oct., there are four shows on Saturdays as well, and during the winter, there is no morning show.
    - Admission Fee

     Facilities

     Age 20 and over (won)

     14-19 (won)

     13 and ounger (won)

     Zoo

     1500

    1200

    700

    Zoo (April to June and September to October)

    3000

    2000

    1000

    30 people or more, 30% discount

    1050

    840

    490

    - Website: grandpark.seoul.go.kr/ (Kor/Eng/Jap/Chn)
    - Inquiries: Seoul Grand Park Administration Office,
      Tel : (02-500-7114, 500-7321)
    - Parking Facilities: 5,600 parking spaces available
    - Facilities: dispensary, baggage room, baby stroller rental service, restaurants, police station

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