Wonderful Korea – Seoul

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(By Tsem Rinpoche)

The capital city of South Korea is the largest city in the country, and probably the most densely populated city in the world with over 11.8 million people in its main ‘Special City’ section alone. Considered one of East Asia’s economic and cultural hubs, Seoul will tantalise all your senses.

Seoul presents itself as a progressive, modern, and high-tech society that is still rich in ancient tradition. It is a trendsetting city that dares to challenge the conventional. In a metropolis that is filled with pumping nightlife, an abundance of street food, and amazing architecture, an array of peaceful Buddhist temples and historical landmarks stand in stark contrast as a potent reminder of the strong traditions that still govern the lives of everyday Koreans.

 

History

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Seoul’s history goes all the way back to Korea’s past dynasties with evidence of settlements as early as 18 BCE. However, its history as the capital city of Korea would only begin from the 14th century onwards. The city was originally named Hanseong by King Taejo, and served as the seat of the Joseon Dynasty from 1392 to 1910. Its reign as the capital city was briefly interrupted by the Japanese invasion and colonisation from 1592 to 1598.

King Taejo (1392 – 1910) of the Joseon Dynasty

King Taejo (1392 – 1910) of the Joseon Dynasty

Seoul was robbed of its resources, and many of its beautiful buildings were ruined during the battle. Korea’s hero, the great navy commander Admiral Yi Sun Sin, managed to claim Korea back, but unfortunately, it was lost again to the Japanese in the late 19th century. At that time, Seoul was called Gyeongseong, or Keijo in Japanese. The Japanese tried to erase the Korean identity by destroying the Korean language. This is why Seoul was given the name Keijo, which roughly means “Walled-off Capital”. During this period, the people and the city suffered greatly. Many of its original architecture was lost. Its palaces were modified to look more “Japanese”, as can be seen to this day. Most of the historical landmarks in Seoul were built during the Joseon Dynasty, and they consist of the Five Grand Palaces and Namdaemun. When the Japanese finally surrendered in 1945, Gyeongseong was renamed Seoul.

During the Korean War from 1950 to 1953, Seoul came under the control of North Korea twice before it was seized back by South Korea. Seoul’s horrible past as a war-torn city is perhaps why Seoul is unstoppable now. With a reputation as one of Asia’s fastest developing cities, it is still growing at a frantic pace and is matched only by cities of mainland China.

A statue of Admiral Yi Sun Sin (1545-1598), a naval commander famous for his victories against the Japanese during the Imjin war. In front of Gwanghwamun Square honouring his brave spirit and leadership.

A statue of Admiral Yi Sun Sin (1545-1598), a naval commander famous for his victories against the Japanese during their invasion of Korea. In front of Gwanghwamun Square honouring his brave spirit and leadership.

 

Location

Map of South Korea. Click to enlarge.

Map of South Korea. Click to enlarge.

Seoul is located in the north-western part of South Korea, about 60 km south of the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and 40 km east of the Yellow Sea. This is an important point to note as it separates the Republic of South Korea (ROK) from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), who are still in a “state of war”. The Han River runs from the east to the west across the city.

 

Districts in Seoul

Seoul is made up of several of cities that have been grouped together. They each have their own respective business and commercial districts. There are 25 districts in Seoul, and they are further divided into 522 sub-districts. The Han River separates the city into half – the northern historical part is called Gangbuk, and the southern, wealthier, and more modern part is called Gangnam.

For those who plan to explore Seoul in greater depth, you can visit the smaller districts, such as Yeoui-do Island and Hongdae/Sinchon. If you don’t have much time, it would be best to plan your visits based on the areas below:

 

Northern Part of the Han River (Gangbuk)

Jongno: The historical city is where you will find the Five Grand Palaces from the Joseon Dynasty. It is also where the government offices are located. There is also the main Confucian shrine which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. Discover beautiful, traditional Korean houses called ‘hanok’, which dates back to the dynastic era in Bukchon. Go south of Bukchon, and you will find the largest antique street market in Seoul. As you go further south, you will discover Cheongyecheon. It has a stream that has been renovated and a park that runs across the downtown area.

The various districts of Seoul. Click to enlarge.

The various districts of Seoul. Click to enlarge.

Jung: The shopping district is the other half of the historic city with the Cheongyecheon stream as its northern border. Here, you will find a few remaining European-style government buildings that were left during the period of Japanese colonialism, for example, the City Hall and the Bank of Korea. Located south-west from the City Hall is the large and popular upscale shopping area called Myeongdong. It is one of the top ten most expensive shopping districts in the world. If you go to the south of City Hall, you will discover another huge shopping district, called Namdaemun Market, which is relatively cheaper. Other places of interest include Seoul Station and Seoul Tower on Namsan Mountain, where you can check out a view of the city. Don’t forget to check out Dongdaemunon on the east side, a huge fashion district with tonnes of clothing malls, shops, and wholesalers.

Seodaemun/Mapo: The district of colleges and universities is located immediately to the west of Jongro and Jung. It is a city of students who have turned it into Seoul’s most happening and biggest nightlife district. The two most popular areas are Hongdae and Sinchon. Located near the prestigious Yonsei University, Sinchon has hundreds of bars, clubs, restaurants, and even stores that are open until the next morning. As for Hongdae, it is where you’ll discover Seoul’s indie and underground arts scene. See indie rock bands, street performers, graffiti art, and many independent stores here. Hongdae really comes alive at night, and it is even more crowded than Sinchon. It is second after Itaewon for having the largest concentration of foreigners. This is a massive area, and one can easily get lost here.

Yongsan: The district with the US Army Military Base is also home to Yongsan Electronics Market, the largest electronics market in the world, and Itaewon, the most culturally diverse area in Seoul. This area also has the highest number of foreigners. There are tonnes of restaurants featuring international cuisines, pubs, bars and, of course, shopping. You can find almost anything here, from antiques to custom-tailored suits. It is also going to be the home of the second-tallest tower (665 metres) in the world once it finalises its $28.8 billion dollar project of developing Yongsan International Business District.

 

Southern Part of the Han River (Gangnam)

Gangnam: The glamorous district of modern Seoul is where you will find some of the wealthiest people, as well as the most expensive real estate, in the country. The main business district is from Samseong Station to Gangnam Station, and it is covered with dozens of high-rise buildings, plenty of restaurants and bars, and thousands of neon signs. Considered the main commercial and nightlife centre, Gangnam also represents Korea’s high-tech futuristic city. Discover a huge underground shopping mall and a Hyundai Department Store at Samseong station that is connected to COEX and located at the other end of Tehran-ro. Some of the most affluent areas in Seoul, Apgujeongdong and Cheomdangdong, can also be found on the northern side of the business district.

Songpa: Primarily a residential district, Songpa is located east of Gangnam. It is home to Lotte World, Olympic Park, Seoul (Jamsil) Sports Complex, and the Sinchon nightlife. Lotte World is another massive shopping and entertainment complex with the largest indoor theme park in the world, as well as one of the largest ice-skating rinks in Korea.

Yeoui-do: This island in the Han River in Yeongdeungpo-gu is Seoul’s version of Manhattan. Here, you will find the National Assembly building and the Seoul Stock Exchange. It may seem like an attractive destination, but the island can be somewhat barren, especially on the weekends. There is not much to do here, so it is okay to give this place a miss if your travel plans are too tight.

Yangcheon: The Mok-dong area is the considered the centre of this western Seoul district which is also home to some of Seoul’s tall residential buildings, an ice rink, and the large Hyundae department store.

 

Population

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With more than 25.6 million people, Seoul has almost double the population of New York. There were 281,780 foreigners living in Seoul, according to Korean officials, as of 2011. Of those, 66% (186,631) were Chinese of Korean ancestry or Korean-Chinese. Chinese citizens who do not have Korean ancestry make up the next largest group with 29,901 residing in Seoul. Then it is the Americans with 9,999 residing in Seoul, followed by 8,717 from the Republic of China (Taiwan).

 

Climate

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Seoul has a subtropical climate with dry winters. It enjoys four distinct seasons, but temperatures do differ a lot, especially during the peak of summer’s heat and the cold winter months, which can be quite extreme.

The four seasons are:

  1. Spring (March-May)
  2. Summer (June-August)
  3. Autumn (September-November)
  4. Winter (December-February)

In the summer, temperatures could rise to as high as 35°C. In the winter, it can drop to as low as -20°C. Seoul also experiences the monsoon in the summer, which is between June and September, with the most rain in July and August. Hurricanes have also been known to occur, though they mostly happen between June and December.

 

When to Visit

The best time to visit Seoul would be in the spring and autumn with clear, blue skies, and regular, comfortable temperatures. Here is a quick glance based on the annual weather facts:

May – September: Nice weather with good regular temperatures.
July – August: Warmest months, especially in August.
June – September: Rainy season with the most rainfall in July.
December – February: Driest months, especially in December, and coldest in January.

 

What to Wear

Based on the four different seasons, here is a guide on what you should bring to wear when visiting:

Spring

  • Average temperatures range between 7.1℃ and 17.8℃.
  • Light clothing with cardigans, shawls, hats, and sunglasses are recommended.

Summer

  • Temperatures can rise between 35℃ and 40℃ during the daytime.
  • Light cotton clothing or anything with a “cooling” fabric is recommended. Shorts, short-sleeved tops, or sleeveless shirts, hats, and sunglasses are most popular. Sunscreen should also be used for those with sensitive skin.

Autumn

  • The transition period from summer to winter is when you will start experiencing the return of the cold, especially in late-September. Average temperatures can get to as high as 18°c and as low as 5°c.
  • Make sure you bring along a coat or a jacket. Layering is recommended.

Winter

  • Temperatures can drop to as low as -20°C but, once the cold wave passes, we will begin to experience the unique weather pattern called ‘sam-han, sa-on’, which refers to the cycle of three cold days and four warm days.
  • Get warm and cover up with winter coats, sweaters, shawls, scarves, gloves, beanies, and boots.

 

Culture & Customs

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Despite the fact that their culture was almost erased by hostile invaders, the Korean culture remains strong. Their culture survived for 5,000 years, which says a lot about the people and how resilient they are. Koreans are definitely survivors. Hence, learning their customs and etiquette would definitely make your trip a more pleasurable experience.

 

The Korean Language

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Koreans consider themselves as one big family, so they only speak one language. As such, it would be wise for you to learn a few basic Korean words and phrases before you arrive. Seoul’s dialect is the most commonly used and is understood by everyone. There are other dialects, such as the Gyeongsang, which is spoken in Busan and Daegu, that sounds more aggressive than the standard Korean. The Jeju dialect, spoken mainly in Jeju island, is considered the hardest to comprehend, especially to the standard Korean speaker.

The Korean written language was invented in the mid-15th century. Due to the phonetic nature of its written language, Korea has one of the highest literacy rates in the world.

Here are some common phrases and simple words to help you get by:

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Face, Thank You, and Sorry
“Face”, or “gibun”, is very important to Koreans. It is important to avoid causing embarrassment to oneself and to others as it may cause loss of “face” or respect. Koreans will go to great lengths to resolve problems. When faced with an uncomfortable situation, you will most likely see them giving an uneasy smile.

There are certain actions and codes of conduct in Korea that you might find disrespectful. However, it would be wise to remember that this is part of their culture. For example, you are not expected to say “thank you” to someone who holds the door open for you. It is also not the norm to apologise to someone when you accidentally bump into them. Therefore, do not take offence when the locals do not offer niceties in these situations.

 

Etiquette

Koreans are a proud, well-mannered, reserved, and quiet people. Coming from a land steeped in Confucianism, etiquette is very important in their culture. It would be wise to learn up and follow some of these dos and don’ts. Not only will it impress the locals, but it will also make them warm up to you and be even more welcoming. Here are ten basic etiquettes one must know before visiting any part of South Korea:
1. Greeting
As a sign of respect, Koreans bow to each other when they meet. Alternatively, you can give a handshake, but bowing would be more traditional. If you know the person very well, you can just nod, which is equivalent to saying “hello”, or you can say “annyeong haseyo” in Korean.

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2. Take Your Shoes Off
When visiting a Korean household, remember to take your shoes off. This is also practised in many of the traditional Korean restaurants. So, be aware of this as it is considered very disrespectful to walk in with your dirty shoes.
3. Accepting Gifts and Handshakes
Always use both hands when you are accepting a gift or an object during your interactions with an elderly person. If you have no choice and can only use one hand, you should try to support your right arm with your left hand. When you shake hands with an elderly person, you should also support your right arm with your left hand.
4. Interactions with an Elder
If you are meeting an elderly Korean for the first time, he or she may ask personal questions like your age, your job, and your education. Sometimes, they would also ask about your parents and what they do for a living. However, if you are uncomfortable sharing such personal information, you can give short answers in a polite manner and move on to the next topic.
5. Korean Pride
Koreans are generally very proud people with strong nationalistic views. It would be prudent and tactful to not bring up any historical events, especially those related to Japan’s invasion. Also, it would not be wise to make any negative remarks about their culture.
6. Dining
If you are dining with Koreans, take note that the oldest person on the table would start eating first. In Korea, it is very common and acceptable to talk loudly during meals. It indicates that they are happy and enjoying their meal. Making loud slurping sounds when you are eating noodles is expected and also accepted. It is another sign that the food is good, and that you are enjoying and appreciating it.

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8. Eating Rice
Like most Asian countries, Koreans consider rice as a staple in their diet and eat it with almost every meal. This is why the most common greeting you will hear is “Have you eaten rice?”, or “Bap meogeosseoyo?” in Korean.

When eating rice, the Koreans do not raise their bowls to their mouths, and they usually use a spoon.

Do not jab your chopsticks into your rice bowl so that it is standing upright as this represents an offering to the dead.
9. Money as Gifts
If you wish to use money as a gift, you should place it in an envelope or wrap it in paper before offering it to the recipient. If you decide to tip a server in a restaurant, fold the bill around the money and pass it directly but discreetly into the server’s hand. Do not leave it on the table.
10. Soju
Korea’s national alcoholic beverage, a clear alcohol like vodka, is called soju. It is usually served with meals in shot glasses. The Korean toast, or version of “Cheers!”, is “geonbae!”. Remember that you should never pour your own drink as it is considered very rude. Always pour for someone older than you. When pouring the drink, place one hand on your pouring arm or heart to show respect.

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Religion

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South Korea is a country with diverse religions, such as Buddhism, Confucianism, Christianity, Islam, as well as Shamanism, coexisting harmoniously and peacefully. Buddhism and Confucianism seem to be the most influential religions, and more than half of the country’s rich cultural heritage can be traced back to these two major religions. Today, Buddhism make up about 15.5%, Protestantism 19.7%, Roman Catholic 7.9% of the population. The other 56.9% includes free thinkers, Confucianism, Islam, Shamanism, and other native religions, based on the 2015 national census of South Korea.

Buddhism arrived in Korea in 372. Since then, it has produced thousands of temples all across the country and counts more devotees than any other religion in the country. You will notice a lot of signs resembling the swastika in many of its Buddhist temples. This sign is a religious symbol and does not represent Nazism, which is drawn differently as well.

Confucianism was an ideology that arose during the Joseon Dynasty. It was considered more of an ethnic system rather than a religion. Its teachings focussed and stressed the importance of loyalty and filial piety, among many other virtues. Ancestral worship is a part of Confucianism, and it is believed that it can affect the lives of their descendants. Hence, auspicious burial sites are very important to these devotees. However, in this modern era, more are choosing cremation over burial for practical reasons.

Catholicism was introduced to Korea from China via the emissaries who came during the late Joseon Dynasty. The early Korean Catholics were targeted in the Sinyu Persecution in 1801. This mass persecution was ordered by Queen Jeongsun during the reign of King Sunjo. However, Catholicism continued to spread all over the country as many people flocked to this new religion.

Protestantism was introduced to Korea in late 19th century by North American missionaries. It quickly won the hearts of many people as they were spread via the education system in schools and medical services. Up until today, you will find a lot of educational institutions and medical centres run by Protestants.

The Islamic Society of Korea was established in 1955 with its first Korean Imam, and the foundation of the Korean Muslim Federation was installed in 1967. Today, there are around 60 places of worship with an estimated of 100,000 Korean Muslims in South Korea.

Apart from the above, native religions include Cheondogyo, Won Buddhism, and Daejonggyo. Although they all suffered various vicissitudes of modern Korean history, they are still actively worshipped by an increasing number of the population. Cheondogyo arose from the teachings of the Eastern Learning, or ‘Donghak’, in the 19th century, while Daejonggyo was established in the early 20th century to worship Dangun, the founder of the first Korean state.

 

Arts

Seoul is a melting pot of creativity well-known for setting trends in design, fashion, and art. The city represents the fusion of the old and new, a traditional and contemporary mix of artistic expression that can be seen in its people, architecture, and lifestyle. With 5,000 years of rich cultural history, Seoul is a haven for art lovers around the world to explore, experience, and enjoy. To find out more about the latest events, workshops, and exhibitions, log on to Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture: http://english.sfac.or.kr/

 

Visas

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All foreign nationals entering Korea require a Korean visa. You can obtain your visa from the many Korean embassies or consular offices all around the world. Fortunately, many countries are now under the visa-free category and allowed to enter Korea for a limited period with certain conditions. These conditions are listed in the “Citizens of the Countries under the Visa Exemption Agreement”. See the table below to check if your country is listed. To find out if you are allowed to enter Korea without a visa and for other enquiries, you can contact the Korean immigration offices or visit these various websites:

1. Ministry of Foreign Affairs www.mofa.go.kr (Korean, English)

2. Korea Immigration Service www.immigration.go.kr (Korean, English)

3. Hi Korea (e-government for foreigners) www.hikorea.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Here is a list of designated countries & regions granted visa-free entry to Korea. Visitors are allowed to stay for up to 30 days, unless otherwise specified, and for tourism purposes only.

Asia Hong Kong (90 Days), Japan (90 Days), Taiwan (90 Days), Macao (90 Days), Kuwait (90 Days), Bahrain (90 Days), United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Brunei, Qatar, Oman
North America Canada (6 Months), United States (90 Days)
South America Uruguay (90 Days), Argentina, Paraguay, Honduras, Ecuador, Guyana
Europe Slovenia (90 Days), Monaco, Vatican, San Marino, Cyprus, Andorra, Albania, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia
Oceania Australia (90 Days), Fiji, Samoa, Tuvalu, Tonga, Nauru, Palau, Guam, Solomon Islands, Marshall Islands, New Caledonia, Micronesia
Africa Republic of Mauritius, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Egypt

 

4. Jeju-do Island:Visa-Free Entry

  • Visa-Free Entry is available for all countries except those listed below.
  • 11 countries that are NOT eligible for visa-free entry to Jeju-do: Nigeria, Ghana, Libya, Macedonia, Syria, Sudan, Iran, Iraq, Cuba, Palestine, and Afghanistan
  • Duration of stay: 30 Days only
  • Allowed to visit its region and range of activity: Jeju-do
  • Conditions: Those who are eligible must take planes or ferries with direct routes to Jeju-do.

 

Food

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Seoul is a haven for good and delicious food. From the finest Korean restaurants to unique, local street food, you will be spoiled for choice. A vacation in Seoul would not be complete without sampling the local cuisine. So, get ready to explore and excite your taste buds with Seoul’s scrumptious traditional and popular local dishes. Here are the ten most highly-recommended must-eat foods in Seoul:
1. BIBIMBAP

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This is probably the most commonly known and favourite signature Korean food all around the world! Bibimbap is a Korean mixed rice dish served in a bowl. The dish includes a single serving of rice topped with an assortment of vegetables, meat, egg, and a Korean red pepper paste called “gochujang”. To enjoy this dish, you will need to mix all the ingredients together before digging in!
Bibimbap can be easily found anywhere in Seoul but, for the best authentic taste, try the Gogung chain of restaurants.
2. MANDU

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Mandu is the Korean version of juicy steamed dumplings. The filling usually consists of minced meat, either pork or beef, with spring onions and/or mixed vegetables. Mandu is usually prepared in celebration of the Korean Lunar New Year, and it symbolises good luck. The grilled version of Mandu is also available in most restaurants. You can enjoy Mandu on its own or together with Myeongdong Kyoja, a handmade soupy noodle (kal-guksu) dish.
3. JJANGMYEON or JAJANGMYEON

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If you love watching Korean dramas, you will be familiar with this black noodle dish. It is a type of Korean-Chinese noodles, seasoned with thick black bean sauce. This simple yet richly flavoured dish is usually eaten with sweet and sour deep-fried pork called Tangsuyuk. Jjangmyeon can be found in many Korean-Chinese restaurants.
4. SUNDUBU JJIGAE

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Warm yourself up with some spicy tofu stew. This comfort food is especially popular during the winter and is usually eaten with white rice. This popular dish consists of freshly curdled soft tofu mixed with a variety of vegetables, mushrooms, and onions, with seafood or meat as an option. The dish is prepared and cooked directly in a porcelain bowl, and served piping hot. Upon request, an egg can be included, which is usually added to the stew just before serving.
5. BINGSOO/PATBINGSU/BINGSU

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Bingsu is a must-try famous Korean dessert which is basically shaved ice served with an assortment of sweet toppings such as fruits, nuts, beans, cake, syrup, and condensed milk.

Sulbing, a very popular chain of dessert cafes in South Korea, would be the best place to have your bingsu dessert fix. These cafes are located all over Seoul and easily spotted.
6. TTEOK-BOKKI

Tteok-bokki is a very popular Korean snack made from small, stir-fried rice cakes called tteokmyeon, or, as they are more commonly known, tteok-bokki-tteok. The rice cakes are cooked and seasoned with gochujang red chilli paste and served with fish cakes, spring onions, and boiled eggs as common additions. This snack can be found in many street stalls all over Seoul.
7. CHIMAEK or KOREAN FRIED CHICKEN

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Another very popular snack is Chimaek or Korean Fried Chicken which is usually served as an accompaniment to the local Korean beer (maekju). It is a very popular night-time snack. Many Korean fried chicken restaurants will open from 5 pm until late into the night. Hence, it is a common sight to see vendors selling Chimaek into the wee hours of the night. Well, at least, if you feel hungry in the middle of the night, you know what to get.

The most popular Korean fried chicken franchise is BHC, and they can easily be found everywhere. Their fried chicken comes highly recommended as their chicken is seasoned well and fried to perfection – crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside.
8. BIBIM NAENGMYEON

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Koreans love their noodles, whether they are hot or cold. The ice-cold noodles called Naengmyeon and Bibim Naeongmyeon (spicy cold noodles), is a favourite summertime treat among the locals. Naengmyeon noodles are made from long and extremely thin buckwheat noodles and served with icy cold broth in large stainless-steel bowls. The broth has a sweet and tangy flavour, and spicy for Bibim Naeongmyeon. There are also other flavours such as seaweed and green tea naengmyeon.
9. DAK-GALBI

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Dak-galbi is stir-fried marinated chicken with gochujang (chilli pepper paste) as its main sauce. Besides chicken, other ingredients such as sweet potatoes, cabbage, onions, perilla leaves, spring onions, and tteok (rice cake) are added in and fried in a huge cast iron pan.

A popular chain that serves great Dak-galbi is Yoogane. They have many outlets all over Seoul and can easily be found anywhere.
10. GYERAN BBANG

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This is Korea’s most popular street food, and it is a must-try! It is a quick, yummy snack, especially when you are on the go. “Gyeran” means egg and “bbang” means bread or cake – in other words, Korean egg bread. This warm, soft, and fluffy bread with an egg cracked on top is easily found all over the city and very much enjoyed during winter.

 

20 Great Places to Visit in Seoul

 

1. Gyeongbokgung Palace

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Gyeongbokgung Palace, also known as “Northern Palace”, is the largest and most impressive of the five grand palaces in Seoul. Built in 1395, Gyeongbokgung means “Palace of Shining Happiness”. During the Japanese occupation from 1592 – 1598, many parts of the palace were burned down and destroyed. Led by Heungseondaewongun, the Palace’s 7,700 rooms underwent full restoration during the reign of King Gojong.

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The changing of the royal guards, which happens twice a day, is an experience not to be missed. With the ancient culture of Korea on display, it is quite a show with the guards in traditional Korean uniforms, weapons, and live music.

Take Note: The National Palace Museum of Korea is to the south of Heungnyemun Gate, and the National Folk Museum is to the east within Hyangwonjeong.

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Etiquette to observe:

  • Do not run or speak loudly within the Palace grounds.
  • No dogs or pets, sports or any kind of game equipment, mats, and food allowed.
  • No smoking allowed anywhere on the Palace grounds including the parking lot.
  • Drone flying is strictly prohibited by law.

 

How to Get There

You can easily get to Gyeongbokgung Palace by subway. Take the subway from Gyeongbokgung Station (Seoul Subway Line 3) and then get off at Exit 5. If you are taking it from Anguk Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), you can get off at Exit 1.

Alternatively, you can take the bus and get down at Gyeongbokgung Palace Bus Stop. Buses that go to the palace are: No. 1020, 7025,109, 171, 172, 601, and 606. You can also take Jongno Bus No. 11, and stop at the National Folk Museum.

Address/Location: 161 Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Phone: +82 2 3700 39 00
Entrance Fee:
Age 19 – 64: 3,000 won / 2.400 won (in groups of 10 or more)
Age 7 – 18: 1,500 won / 1,200 won (in groups of 10 or more )
Children Age 6 and below / Seniors Age 65 and above: Free
Note: Do check out their website for more details.
Opening Hours:
January – February 9 am – 5 pm (Final admission at 4 pm)
March – May 9 pm – 6 pm (Final admission at 5 pm)
June – August 9 am – 6: 30 pm (Final admission at 5:30 pm)
September – October 9 am – 6 pm (Final admission at 5 pm)
November – December 9 am – 5 pm (Final admission at 4 pm)
Closed on Tuesdays
Website: royalpalace.go.kr

 

Accommodation

There are tonnes of accommodation around Gyeongbokgung Palace, ranging from luxurious five-star hotels and resorts to more economical options, so you can find one that fits your budget and requirements. However, it is always best to stay around the city centre or near a subway station as it would be easier to get around the city.

1. Susong Motel
Address: 59, Yulgok-ro 4-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Phone: +82-2-738-7251
Email: heaven0020@yahoo.co.kr
Website: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ACM/AC_EN_4_8.jsp?cid=1857863

2. Center Mark Hotel
Address: 38, Insadong 5-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Phone: +82 2 731 1000
Website: www.centermarkhotel.com

 

2. Myeong-dong

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It is shopping time at Seoul’s most famous shopping district – Myeongdong. You can find almost anything here, from all kinds of trending fashionable clothes and branded goods to unique local designer items. Many also come here to shop for branded Korean cosmetics such as Skin Food, The Face Shop, Etude House, and more. With something for everyone, this is definitely the place to do some fun shopping.

Besides shopping, you will also discover an abundance of fast food outlets and family restaurants offering a range of cuisine from local to Western. Many of the restaurants here specialise in pork cutlets (donkas) and thick noodles (kalguksu).

 

How to Get There

Take the subway from Euljiro 1(il)-ga Station (Seoul Subway Line 2) and get off at Exits 5, 6 or 7.

If you are leaving from Myeong-dong Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), you can get off at Exits 5, 6, 7, or 8.

Address/Location: Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Phone: +82 2 1330 (Travel Hotline)
For more info call Myeong-dong Tourist Information Center: +82-2-774-3238 / +82-2-778-0333
Entrance Fee: NIL
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm daily (opening hours varies between shops)
Website: tour.junggu.seoul.kr

 

Accommodation

There are many accommodation in and around the Myeongdong area, ranging from five-star hotels to guest-houses. Here are two hotels that are conveniently located. It is recommended that you do further research to find the right accommodation that suits your needs and budget.

1. Ibis Ambassador Myeongdong
Address: 78, Namdaemun-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
Phone: +82-2-6272-1101
Website: ibis.ambatel.com/myeongdong/main.amb

2. Seoul Royal Hotel
Address: 61, Myeongdong-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
Phone: +82 2 756 1112
Website: https://goo.gl/k1tk83

 

3. Bongeunsa Temple

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Bongeunsa Temple is situated at the north of COEX building. It was built during the reign of Silla King Weongseong, in 794 by a monk named Yeon-hoe, and used to be known as Gyeonseongsa Temple. Refurbished in 1498 by Queen Jeonghyeon, it was moved to the east of King Seongjong’s royal mausoleum and renamed Bongeunsa.

Standing at 23 metres tall is the Great Maitreya Buddha statue that overlooks the temple as well as Seoul’s modern buildings

Standing at 23 metres tall is the Great Maitreya Buddha statue that overlooks the temple as well as Seoul’s modern buildings

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During Joseon King Myeongjong’s reign, the temple was again transferred to its current location. The Bongeunsa Temple houses many sacred texts. There are 3,479 Buddhist scriptures in this temple, including the works of Kim Jeong-hee. Every year, on the 9th of September, the Buddhist ceremony called Jeongdaebulsa is celebrated. Monks would carry these holy scriptures on their heads, walk around the temple grounds, and chant Buddhist rites called Beop-seong-ge.

The beautiful Buddha altar inside Bongeunsa Temple

The beautiful Buddha altar inside Bongeunsa Temple

 

How to Get There

Take the Subway (Seoul Subway Line 9) from Bongeunsa Temple Station and get off at Exit 1. Proceed by walking straight for about 150 metres.

Address/Location: 531, Bongeunsa-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Phone: +82 2 3218 4800 / +82 2 3218 4826
Entrance Fee: FREE
Opening Hours: Open all year round
Website: bongeunsa.org (Korean language only)

 

Accommodation

Below are two recommended hotels near Bongeunsa Temple. There are many other hotels near the temple ranging from luxurious five-star hotels to the more budget inns. We recommend that you do further research to find the right accommodation that suits your needs and budget.

1. COEX InterContinental Seoul
Address: 524, Bongeunsa-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Phone: +82 2 3452 2500
Website: www.iccoex.com / https://www.grandicparnas.com:444/kor/index.do

2. Hotel The Designers
Address: 7, Teheran-ro 79-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Phone: Main branch: +82 2 568 8370 / 8376 / 8377 Samseong Branch: +82 2 568 8371
Website: http://hotelthedesigners.com/

 

4. N Seoul Tower

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Located on Mount Namsan is the N Seoul Tower, which is more commonly known as Namsan Tower or Seoul Tower. It is a communication and observatory tower that stands 236.7 metres high, making it the second highest point in Seoul.

N Seoul Tower is Korea’s first radio tower. Built in 1969, it provided Seoul with its own TV and radio broadcast at that time. Today, it is a symbol of the city of Seoul, and a favourite tourist attraction offering breathtaking panoramic views of the city.

The tower recently had a major revamp and it now boasts state-of-the-art leisure amenities with cultural and entertainment spaces.

N Seoul Tower beautifully captured during winter

N Seoul Tower beautifully captured during winter

 

How to Get There

The best way to get here would be to take the Namsan Sunhwan Shuttle Bus no. 2, 3, and 5. You can park your car at the parking lot near the various bus stops and hop on the Shuttle Bus. Tourists travelling in groups can also take the Seoul City Tour Buses. Do check with your hotel reception to help you make a booking. For more information on the bus routes, go to: http://www.nseoultower.co.kr/eng/visit/traffic.asp

Take Note: Mount Namsan is part of the protected ecosystem of the Namsan Park. Therefore, your cooperation in keeping it clean and green is much appreciated. Since May 1, 2005, car traffic has been restricted in order to maintain its pristine environment.

Address/Location: 105, Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Phone: +82 2 3455 9277 / 9288
Entrance Fee:
Observatory: 10,000 won (Adults age 13 and above) / 8,000 won (Children age 3-12 / Senior citizen)
Ssentoy Museum & Show room: 10,000 won (Adults age 13 and above) / 8,000 won (Children age 3-12 / Senior citizen)
Hello Kitty Island: 8,000 won (Adults age 13 and above) / 7,000 won (Children age 3-12 / Senior citizen)
Note: There are various packages offered for group tours. Do check out their website below for more information.
Opening Hours: Open 365 days
Observatory: Sunday-Friday 10 am – 11 pm Saturday: 10 am – 12 midnight
The last admission is 30 minutes before closing. Depending on weather conditions or business schedules, operating hours may change.
Website: seoultower.co.kr

 

Accommodation

There are plenty of accommodation around N Seoul Tower. Below are two recommended hotels nearest to the tower. However, we do advise that you do further research to find the right accommodation that suits your needs and budget.

1. Myeongdong Guest house – Goodstay
Address: 12, Toegye-ro 24-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
Phone: +82 2 755 5437
Website: www.mdguesthouse.com

2. Hotel Prince Seoul
Address: 130, Toegye-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
Tel: +82 2 752 7111
Website: www.princeseoul.co.kr

 

5. Dongdaemun

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Dongdaemun is the biggest wholesale and retail shopping district in Korea with over 26 shopping malls, 50,000 manufacturers, and 30,000 speciality shops to explore.

Most of the shops here open from 10:30 am to 5 am. For all those who love shopping till the wee hours of the night, this would be your dreamland. You can practically shop all night!

Find the latest fashion, fabrics, and accessories from all over the world here. Items are imported and exported in real time, which is why Dongdeamun is a must-visit place for those in the fashion industry.

 

How to Get There

Subway – You can get to Dongdaemun via subway. Take the Subway Line 2 or 4 to Dongdaemun History and Culture Park and get off at Exit 1 or 14. Alternatively, you can take Subway Line 4 to Dongdaemun Station and get off at Exit 8 or 9.

Bus – You can also go by bus from Jongno 6-ga (01-210). Below are the buses you can take.
Regular bus: 111
Blue bus: N26, N10, 101, 152, 201, 260, 262, 270, 271, 370, 720, 721
Green bus: 7025, 7212
Express bus: 9301

From Cheonggye 6-ga (01-252)
Blue bus: 163

From Dongdaemun (01-037, 01-210, 01-214, 01-234)
Regular bus: 111
Regular bus: N26, N10, N13, N30, 101, 103, 105, 144, 152, 201, 260, 261, 262, 270, 271, 370, 420, 721, 720
Green bus: 2112, 2233
Express bus: 9301
Airport bus: 6002

From Dongdaemun History & Culture Park (02-172, 02-173, 02-174, 02-175, 02-235)
Regular bus: N13, N16, N30, N62, 105, 144, 152, 202, 261, 301, 407, 420, 507
Green bus: 2012, 2014, 2015, 2233, 7212
Red bus: 9403

Address/Location: 266, Jong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Phone: +82 2 2262 0114
Entrance Fee: NIL
Opening Hours:
Tuesday – Saturday: 10:30 am to 5 am
Sunday – Closed (Wedding shops may be open on Sundays)
Website: www.ddm-mall.com

 

Accommodation

Below are two recommended hotels near Dongdaemun, but there are many more in different price ranges. We highly recommended that you do further research to find the right accommodation that suits your budget and requirements.

1. JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square Seoul
Address: 279, Cheonggyecheon-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Phone: +82 2 2276 3000
Website: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-photos/seldp-jw-marriott-dongdaemun-square-seoul/

2. Hotel Kota – Goodstay
Address: 294, Jong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Phone: +82 10 7310 6232 / +82 10 4793 8727
Website: hotelkota.com

 

6. Bongwonsa Temple

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Bongwonsa Temple is a 1000-year-old temple located at the edge of Ansan Mountain in Bongwon-dong. During the third year of Queen Shilla Jinseong’s reign, in 889, the temple was discovered on the grounds of Yeonhui palace, now Yonsei University, by Master Doseon-guksa. He named the temple Banyasa. When the Japanese invaded in 1592, the temple was left in ruins. In 1748, during the 24th year of the Joseon Dynasty and the reign of King Yeongjo, it was restored and given the name “Bongwonsa” by two Buddhist monks, Chanjeup and Jeungam.

Monks doing prayers inside the main Buddha Hall at Bongwonsa Temple

Monks doing prayers inside the main Buddha Hall at Bongwonsa Temple

Every year, on the 6th of June, the temple holds a Buddhist celebration called “Yeongsanjae” which has been declared as a National Intangible Cultural Property. The celebration and rituals conducted are for world peace and the reunification of North and South Korea. In 2009, the temple was designated as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity site.

During Yeongsanjae, you will get to experience traditional Buddhist arts and rituals such as the Beompae, which is a Buddhist ritual music and dance performance. If you are visiting during the summer, you will be able to catch the “Seoul Lotus Flower Culture Festival” and see huge, beautiful lotuses, symbolising compassion, blooming in front of the temple. The temple will also hold various programmes such as traditional folk painting, Hanji crafts (Korean traditional paper craft), and Chinese ink painting exhibitions.

During summer you can see beautiful giant lotus flowers blooming in front of the main temple hall

During summer you can see beautiful giant lotus flowers blooming in front of the main temple

 

How to Get There

Take the subway from Sincheon Station (Seoul Subway Line 2) and get off at Exit 4. After that, catch the bus no. 7024, get off at the last stop and proceed by foot. The temple is 350 metres away along Bonwonsa-gil street.

Address/Location: 120, Bongwonsa-gil, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul
Phone: +82 2 392 3007 / 3008
Entrance Fee: Free
Opening Hours: Open Everyday
Website: bongwonsa.or.kr

 

Accommodation

There are quite a number of good accommodation near Bongwonsa Temple to choose from, and they range from luxurious international standard hotels with 5-stars to the more budgeted ones. We recommend you do your own research to find one that will serve your needs and pocket.

1. Oakwood Premier Coex Center
Address: 46, Teheran-ro 87-gil, Gangnam-gu, Gangnam-Gu, Seoul
Phone: +82 2 3466 7000
Website: http://oakwood-premier-coex-center-seoul.business.site/

2. Hotel Peyto Samseong
Address: 9, Teheran-ro 87-gil, Gangnam-gu, Gangnam-Gu, Seoul
Phone: +82 2 6936 9700
Website: http://www.peytohotel.com/

 

7. Cheong Wa Dae

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Cheong Wa Dae, the official residence and executive office of the President of the Republic of Korea, literally means “pavilion of blue tiles”. The signature blue roof tiles, which are the first thing to catch your eyes when you visit, are also the reason why it is also referred to as the “Blue House”. Surrounded by nature, its smooth, blue roof blends harmoniously with the beautiful Mount Bugaksan in the background.

Cheong Wa Dae buildings include the Main Office, Chunchugwan (Spring and Autumn Pavilion), Yeongbingwan (Guest House), the Mugunghwa (Rose of Sharon) Valley, Nokjiwon (Green Grass), and the Seven Palaces.

The Phoenix Fountain in Mugunghwa Valley

The Phoenix Fountain in Mugunghwa Valley

Visitors can explore the valleys of Nokjiwon and Mugunghwa. At Nokjiwon Valley, you will find trees planted by every successive president to mark the memorable occasion. You will also find one very special tree, which is 310 years old. Colourful flowers, a fountain with a phoenix statue can be found in the Mugunghwa Valley. These are favourite photo opportunity spots. The best time to visit would be between July and October when the Mugunghwa flowers are in full bloom.

Take a relaxing walk along the paths just outside the Blue House and enjoy its natural, peaceful surroundings. These paths actually lead you to Gyeongbokgung Palace and to Samcheong-dong Park. The path from the East Gate of Gyeongbokgung to the Blue House is known to be very beautiful, so do explore and enjoy the cooling, fresh air.

 

How to Get There

Subway – The best way to get to Cheong Wa Dae is by subway. From Gyeongbokgung Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), you can alight at Exit 5. Once you’ve reached the Gyeongbokgung Palace grounds, walk for about 600 metres towards the East Gate’s parking area, where you will find Cheong Wa Dae Tour Information Booth.

Note: Gyeongbokgung Palace is closed on Tuesdays, so do not use Exit 5 on that day. Instead, take Exit 4 at Gyeongbokgung Station. Then, walk for about 700 metres in front of the Palace heading towards Anguk Station. Turn left at the Gyeongbokgung intersection (the East Watch Tower). On the left side of the street is where the East Gate Parking Lot is located, and where you’ll find the Cheong Wa Dae Tour Information Booth.

Bus – If you wish to take the bus, get off at Gyeongbokgung Bus Stop. Take the blue bus: 171, 272, 109, 601, or 606. Alternatively, you can take the green bus: 1020, or 7025. If you are taking the green bus, you will need to get off at Bubryunsah Temple Bus Stop.

Address/Location: 1, Cheongwadae-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Phone: +82 2 730 5800
Entrance Fee: Free
Opening Hours: Open daily following the tour schedule below. Closed on Sundays, Mondays, and National holidays.
Cheong Wa Dae Tour Time: 10 am, 11 am, 2 pm, and 3pm
NOTE: To visit Cheong Wa Dae, you will need to register yourself at least 20 days to 6 months in advance. You are required to bring your Passport & ID card when visiting. Times for visitation may change, so we recommend that you check the official website before heading there.
Website: president.go.kr

 

Accommodation

There are many hotels near Cheong Wa Dae. It all depends on your budget and travel itinerary. Here are two hotels near the building. However, we recommend you do some research on your own to locate the best accommodation for your trip.

1. Susong Motel
Address: 59, Yulgok-ro 4-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Phone: +82 2 738 7251
Website: heaven0020@yahoo.co.kr

2. Center Mark Hotel
Address: 38, Insadong 5-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Phone: +82 2 731 1000
Website: www.centermarkhotel.com

 

8. Bukchon Hanok Village

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Bukchon Hanok Village is a historical Korean village with hundreds of traditional houses, called hanok, which dates back to the Joseon Dynasty. This ancient village is located around the Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace, and Jongmyo Shrine.

The village’s name Bukchon means “northern village”. It is located on the northern side of two prominent landmarks, which are the Cheonggyecheon Stream and Jongno. Many of these hanoks are now transformed into cultural centres, guesthouses, tea houses, and wonderful restaurants offering visitors an experience of traditional Korean culture. Bukchon Hanok Village is truly a must-visit spot if you wish to get a glimpse of Korea’s authentic past.

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How to Get There

Bukchon Hanok Village is conveniently accessible by subway or bus.

Subway – Take the subway from Anguk Station (Seoul Subway Line 3) and then get down at Exit 1 or 2. Then, proceed to walk straight on for about 300 metres and, in no time at all, you will reach the lovely village.

Bus – Take the Maeul Bus Jongno 02 which will take you directly to the Bukchon Hanok Village Bus Stop.

Address/Location: 37, Gyedong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Phone: +82 2 2148 4160, +82 2 2148 4161
Entrance Fee: Free
Opening Hours: Open all year round
NOTE: There are various tour courses available, such as the Walking Tour which lasts 3 hours and 30 minutes.
– Reservations can be made via dobo.visitseoul.net
– Please book at least 3 days in advance.
– Confirmation of your reservation can be done via text message or official website.
– Language services are provided in Korean, English, Japanese, and Chinese.
– For further inquiries, call: +82 2 6922 0777
– It is also best to check out their official website below to view the various tour packages offered.
Website: bukchon.seoul.go.kr

 

Accommodation

There are several quaint traditional guest-houses in Bukchon Hanok Village itself that are worth experiencing. Below are just two examples. We highly recommend that you do your own research to see which hanok suits your budget and needs.

1. Bukchonmaru Hanok Guesthouse
Address: 152 Changdeokgung-gil (2-164 Gye-dong), Seoul
Phone: +82 10 3253 8751
Website: http://www.bukchonmaru.com/

2. Bonum 1957 Hanok Stay and Hotel
Address: 53 Bukchon-ro, Gahoe-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Phone: +82 2 763 1957
Website: https://goo.gl/wMHa3p

 

9. Doseonsa Temple

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A Buddhist monk by the name of Doseonguksa founded the Doseonsa Temple some 1,100 years ago. One day, while travelling through the mountains, he stumbled upon this site and made a prophecy which led to the building of Doseonsa Temple.

Legend has it that Doseonguksa used only his walking stick to carve a large image of Bodhisattva from a huge stone surface. Mysteriously enough, this seems to be true as there are no signs of chisel marks or other possible tools used to carve out the image.

Devotees meditating and performing prayers in front of the image of a Bodhisattva that was carved by Doseonguksa, using only his walking stick

Devotees meditating and performing prayers in front of the image of a Bodhisattva that was carved by Doseonguksa, using only his walking stick

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In the seventh year of the Joseon Dynasty, during the reign of King Gwangmu, Doseonsa Temple was officially named as the representative temple of Korea. The purpose was to promote Cheongdamdaejongsa’s Korean Buddhism movement and revive the religion. These historical circumstances have given Deseonsa Temple a status of high repute that remains to this day.

Visitors can also view the many written works of Cheongdamdaejongsa that are kept inside the Cheongdamdaejongsa Memorial Hall. There is also a wishing pond where many would toss coins after making their wishes. A hiking path can be found just past Yongammun that connects to Baegundae and Insubong. In front of the Ksitigarbha Hall is a very significant tree. It is believed that, 200 years ago, a Buddhist monk brought over this tree from India and planted it on the temple grounds. Throughout the temple, you will discover many other historical artefacts, portraits of significant presidents and many stone Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Surrounded by grand mountain ranges and luxurious green forest, the legendary Doseonsa Temple is definitely one of the best temples to visit in Seoul.

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How To Get There

Take the subway from Suyu Station (Seoul Subway Line 4) and get off at Exit 4. After that, hop on bus no.120 to Ui-dong and get down at the last stop. From there, you can take the Shuttle Bus to Doseonsa Temple. Alternatively, it is a 40-minute walk to the temple from the bus stop.

Address/Location: 504, Samyang-ro 173-gil, Gangbuk-gu, Seoul
Phone: +82 2 1330 (1330 Travel Hotline)
Entrance Fee: Free
Opening Hours: Open all year round

 

Accommodation

Since Doseonsa Temple is out of the city centre, there are no hotels around its immediate area. Here are two examples of nearby hotels. We would advise you to do further research to find a suitable accommodation that fits your budget and needs.

1. Rich Diamond Hotel
Address: 500-18, Samyang-ro, Gangbuk-gu, Ssangmunil-tong, Seoul
Phone: +82 2-905-9131
Website: https://www.tripadvisor.com.my/Hotel_Review-g294197-d7372632-Reviews-Benikea_Rich_Diamond_Hotel-Seoul.html

2. Design Hotel Daniel Campanella
Address: 6, Opaesan-ro 79-gil, Gangbuk-gu, Mia-dong, 01062, Seoul
Phone: +82 2 8066 2490
Website: https://au.hotels.com/ho602512/design-hotel-daniel-campanella-mia-dong-south-korea/

 

10. Changdeokgung Palace

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After Gyeongbukgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace was the second palace to be constructed in 1405. The Emperors of the Joseon Dynasty regarded Changdeokgung as the principal palace and, hence, it is one of the more well-preserved buildings out of the four palaces.

The Palace was a favourite retreat for the kings of Joseon Dynasty. As such, it boasts a beautiful secret garden called ‘Geumwon’ (Forbidden garden) where no one was allowed to enter without permission from the king. Today it is known as Biwon or Secret Garden. Its magnificent landscape consist of a pond, several pavilions, and a variety of trees, some are over 300 years old. The garden is kept as natural as possible. Human intervention is allowed only when necessary.

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In 1592, unfortunate events saw angry citizens burning the palace down and the royal family fleeing the Japanese invasion of Korea. In 1611, the palace was restored by Gwanghaegun. Today, the palace houses a few cultural treasures such as Injeongjeon Hall, Seonjeongjeon Hall, Daejojeon Hall, and Nakseonjae.

In 1997, Changdeokgung Palace was recognised as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. The best time to visit this beautiful palace and its garden paradise is in the autumn when you can witness an array of stunning, colourful foliage.

With so much beauty and significant historical interest, Changdeokgung Palace is definitely a must-visit place when you are in Seoul.

The Secret Garden of Changdeokgung Palace is a paradise worth exploring especially during the autumn season

The Secret Garden of Changdeokgung Palace is a paradise worth exploring especially during the autumn season

 

How to Get There

Subway – Take the subway from Anguk Station (Seoul Subway Line 3) and get off at Exit 3. From the exit, walk towards the east for about 5 minutes, and you will arrive at the entrance of the palace.

Bus – If you wish to take the bus, you can hop on any of the bus numbers below. Just be sure to get down at the Changgyeonggung Palace Bus Stop.

Blue Bus No: 100, 102, 104, 106, 107, 108, 140, 143, 150, 151, 160, 162, 301, 710
Airport Bus No: 6011

Address/Location: 99, Yulgok-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Phone: +82 2 3668 2300
Entrance Fee:
Adults (ages 19-64): Regular 3,000 won / Huwon 5,000 won
Children and Teenagers (ages 18 and under): Regular 1,500 won / Huwon 2,500 won
Group (over 10 people): 20% discount offered for regular tickets only.
Integrated Admission:
Admission to the Four Palaces: Changdeokgung Palaces + Huwon, Secret Garden, Changgyeonggung Palace, Deoksugung Palace, Gyeongbokgung Palace and Jongmyo Shrine. Ticket price: 10,000 won per person (1-month validity from the date of purchase)
– No refunds allowed after the ticket has been used at the first site
– Separate tickets for a combined tour of Changdeokgung and Changgyeonggung Palaces can only be purchased at Hamyangmun Gate.
– The Jongmyo Shrine tour is offered only at specific times of the day, except Saturdays, when visitors may tour at their own leisure. At this time, the passage that connects Jongmyo Shrine and Changgyeonggung Palace will be closed to the public.
– Closed on Mondays: Changdeokgung, Deoksugung, and Changgyeonggung Palaces
– Closed on Tuesdays: Gyeongbokgung Palace, Jongmyo Shrine.
Opening Hours:
Feb-May & Sep-Oct: 9 am – 6 pm
Jun-Aug: 9 am – 6:30 pm
Nov-Jan: 9 am -5:30 pm
Website: eng.cdg.go.kr

 

Accommodation

Below are two suggested accommodation near Changdeokgung Palaces. With accommodation ranging from luxurious 5-star hotels to the simpler budget motels, it is best to do your own research so that you can find a place that suits your needs and budget.

1. GAM Seoul Hostel
Address: 12, Yulgok-ro 10-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Phone: +82 2 764 2052
Website: stayingam.com

2. The An Hostel
Address: 61, Donhwamun-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Phone: +82 2 1577 0988
Website: www.theankorea.co.kr

 

11. Insadong

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Insadong is the artistic heartbeat of Seoul. Here, you will find precious and unique artworks from traditional to contemporary along the many, small, windy alleyways. There are around 100 art galleries, traditional teahouses, cafes, and restaurants just waiting to be discovered.

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With a dizzying array of traditional Korean artworks, from fine art paintings to interesting sculptures, Insadong is a haven for art lovers. Galleries like the famous Hakgojae Gallery function as folk art centres, while Gana Art Gallery promotes some of Koreas up-and-coming artists. Take a stroll down these winding alleyways and find hidden treasures of the old and new Korea.

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On Saturdays (2 pm – 10 pm) and Sundays (10 am to 10 pm), the main street of Insadong is closed off and transformed into a cultural street. Many booths will be set up along the street, selling all kinds of things from Korean candy to fortune telling services. There are also various traditional performances and exhibitions, which makes Insadong a favourite among tourists all over the world.

 

How To Get There

Subway – Catch the Subway from Anguk Station (Seoul Subway Line 3) and get off at Exit 6. Then, walk straight for about 100 metres and turn left to Insadong street.

If you are taking the subway from Jonggak Station (Seoul Subway Line 1), you should get off at Exit 3. Walk 300 metres till you reach the four-way intersection. Turn left and walk straight for another 100 metres before turning left again to Insadong-gil Road.

Bus – Alternatively, you can also take the bus. Below are the bus services that can take you to Insadong. Be sure to get off at either Anguk Station, Jongno Police Office, or Insa-dong Bus Stop.

Buses to take are:
Green Bus: 7025
Blue Bus: 109, 151, 162, 171, 172, 601
Maeul Bus: Jongno02
Airport Bus: 6011

Address/Location: 62, Insadong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Phone: +82 2 1330 (1330 Travel Hotline)
Entrance Fee: NIL
Opening Hours: Open throughout the year
Website: www.visitseoul.net

 

Accommodation

Finding accommodation around the Insadong area is quite easy as there are many inns, motels, and even luxurious international hotels all around the area. Here are just two examples. We recommend you do more research to find one that suits your requirements.

1. K-guesthouse Insadong 1 – Goodstay
Address: 30-9, Insadong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Phone: +82 2 732 4731
Website: https://www.lafolie-laos.com/

2. Insa Hostel – Goodstay
Address: 48, Insadong 14-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Phone: +82 2 714 0644
Website: www.insahostel.co.kr

 

12. Jongmyo Shrine

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During the Joseon Dynasty, Jongmyo Shrine was the principal place of worship for the royals. Jongmyo Shrine performs the oldest and most complete memorial ceremony, called Jongmyo Jaerye, which is carried out based on the king’s instructions. Due to their well-preserved customs, such as memorial services and traditional music, Jongmyo Shrine was recognised as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site in 1995.

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These ancient ceremonies were performed during the Joseon Dynasty when the seasons change and on the 12th month of the lunar year. Unfortunately, these ceremonies were banned when the Japanese occupied Korea, but today it is re-enacted yearly on the first Sunday in the month of May.

The music that is performed during the ceremony is called Jongmyo Jaeryeak. The ceremony itself also includes the performances of songs as well as traditional instruments and dances that are over 500 years old. The month of May is the best time to visit Jongmyo Shrine as you will get to experience the Korean Royal Palace Culture Festival together with other cultural heritage festivals.

A re-enactment of a royal ancestral memorial rite called Jongmyo Daeje held annually in May

A re-enactment of a royal ancestral memorial rite called Jongmyo Daeje held annually in May

 

How To Get There

Subway – Take the subway from Jongno 3 (sam)-ga Station (Seoul Subway Line 1, 3, 5) and get down at Exit 11.

Bus – Alternatively, you can take the bus. Here are the buses that go to the shrine.
Bus No: 111, 201, 260, 262, 270, 271, 721, N15, N62 or 9301
Get down at Jongno 4(sa)-ga. Jongmyo Shrine Bus Stop.

Address/Location: 157, Jong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Phone: +82 2 1330 (1330 Travel Hotline)
Entrance Fee:
Adults (ages 19 and over): 1,000 won / Youth (ages 7-18): 500 won
Free entry:
– Visiting the royal tombs of the Joseon Dynasty on the last Wednesday of each month or during Culture Day.
– Infants (ages 6 & below) and seniors (ages 65 & over) upon proof of identification.
– Visitors wearing Hanbok (traditional Korean clothes)
Opening Hours:
February – May / September – October: 9 am – 6 pm
June – August: 9 am – 6:30 pm
November – January: 9 am – 5:30 pm
Last Admission is 1 hour before closing time
Website: www.jikimi.cha.go.kr

 

Accommodation

There many different types of accommodation near Jongmyo Shrine ranging from budget motels to the more high-end touristy ones. You should do more research to find one that fits your travel itinerary, budget, and requirements. Here are two examples.

1. Amiga In Seoul – Goodstay
Address: 46-8, Jong-ro 31-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Phone: +82 2 3672 7970
Website: amiga.inodea.co.kr

2. The An Hostel – Goodstay
Address: 61, Donhwamun-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Phone: +82 2 1577 0988
Website: www.theankorea.co.kr

 

13. Bukhansan National Park

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Mount Bukhansan means “big mountain in the north”, but it is also known as Mount Samgaksan. Located on the north side of Seoul, it was recognised as a national park in 1983. With its highest peak at 836 metres, Mount Bukhansan is the highest mountain within the city of Seoul, which makes it a very visible landmark from most parts of the city. It earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for the highest number of visitors (5 million) per square foot for a national park.

The shape of Mount Bukhansan is so smooth that it looks as if the huge granite rocks are just about to slide down. Its sharp peaks give it a dynamic contrast among the vast valleys and rivers flowing beneath the mountain.

Mount Bukhansan is also home to about 1,300 species of animals and plants. Here, you will also find the world-famous granite rock on Insubong Peak, which stands over 200 metres above sea level. In total, there are around 100 different paths that can lead you to this rock.

Mount Bukhansan is also a historic site with Bukhansanseong Fortress built along the edges of its mountain. The fortress wall was specifically built by King Sukjong of Joseon Dynasty to stop foreign invasions. It covers 8,500 metres of the mountain area. The best time to visit is during the autumn when the view from the fortress is especially amazing.

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There are also many temples all over the mountain area such as Sangunsa Temple which was built by a monk name Won-Hyo. These temples are evidence of Korea’s rich cultural heritage. There is the Seungasa Temple on the east side of Bibong Peak, where you will find huge rock-carved Buddhas (Maaeseokgayeoraejwasang) in lotus sitting postures. Another interesting temple is located halfway up to Musubong Peak and is called the Munsusa Temple. A visit to this temple will introduce you to the wonders of Munsugol Cave. This cave produces purified mountain water that drops from its ceiling. Again, the best time to visit these temples is during autumn as Mother Nature presents the most astonishing colours surrounding these ancient shrines.

A huge rock-carved Buddha found on Sangunsa Temple

A huge rock-carved Buddha found on Sangunsa Temple

Another huge rock-carved Buddha located at Sangunsa Temple ground

Another huge rock-carved Buddha located at Sangunsa Temple ground

If you continue hiking around the National Park, you will stumble upon a 24-metre high golden Buddha at Guknyeongsa Temple

If you continue hiking around the National Park, you will stumble upon a 24-metre high golden Buddha at Guknyeongsa Temple

The golden Buddha at Guknyeongsa Temple

The golden Buddha at Guknyeongsa Temple

In spring, the mountain is filled with all kinds of flowers. In the summer, it is covered with a carpet of lush, green foliage. The hiking path is considered the best mountain climbing path and is especially enjoyable during this season. If you are visiting Seoul, Mount Bukhansan will give you a breath of fresh air from the hectic pace of city life.

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How To Get There:

Subway – Take the subway from Gireum Station (Seoul Subway Line 4) and get off at Exit 3.

Bus – You can also go by bus. Hop on bus no. 110B or 143, and get down at the last stop.

If you wish to go to Bukhansanseong Fortress, you can take the subway from Gupabal Station (Seoul Subway Line 3) and get off at Exit 1.

If you are going by bus, take bus no.704 and get down at the Bukhansan Mountain entrance.

Note: Public transportation routes are subject to change without prior notice. Always check the official website for confirmation before you travel.

Address/Location: 02700 6-21, Bogungmun-ro 34-gil, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul
Phone: +82 2 909 0497
Entrance Fee: Free
Opening Hours: Open throughout the year
Website: english.knps.or.kr

 

Accommodation

You can find several types of accommodation near the mountain. They range from the luxurious to the economical. We recommend you do further research to find one that fits your plans and requirements. Below are two examples.

1. White Rabbit
Address: 14, Hyehwa-ro 6ga-gil, Jongno-gu, Jongno-Gu, 03067 Seoul
Phone: + 82 10 9975 0685
Website: https://www.facebook.com/WhiteRabbit2015

2. A House
Address: 32, Palpan-gil, Jongno-gu, Jongno-Gu, 110-220 Seoul
Phone: NIL
Website: https://goo.gl/bKWji5

 

14. Namiseom Island

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Namiseom Island, or Nami Island for short, is a small island in Chuncheon that is shaped like a half-moon. It was formed in 1944 when the Cheongpyeong Dam was constructed. The name Cheongpyeong was taken from the similarly-named General who was victorious against the rebels during the reign of the King Sejo of the Joseon Dynasty (1455 – 1468). Unfortunately, he was falsely accused of treason and died at the age of 28. A pile of stones were discovered at the site where his body was supposed to be buried. Today, it is considered his grave. A tour company made arrangements to cover the refurbishment, and also developed the island into an amusement park. Locals believe that taking even one stone from the grave will bring bad luck and misfortune onto the family.

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Nami Island is located 63 km away from Seoul. Visitors will enjoy the peaceful, natural surroundings that blend harmoniously well with Namisum’s art and culture. It owes its claim to fame to its rows of tall, verdant trees lining the roads. There are no telephone or electricity poles on the island. They are all hidden underground to preserve the natural beauty of this island.

The island covers about 114 acres with chestnut trees and poplar trees growing all around it. At the centre of the island is about 65 acres of grass fields with educational and training facilities, as well as a few camping sites. The amusement park has many exciting facilities from water-sports and ferry rides to a theme park with a merry-go-round, and a roller skating rink. You can even spend the night on the island as there are resort villas and bungalows available. Namiseom Island is an amusement park like no other as it allows you to enjoy and appreciate nature, culture and art together peacefully.

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How to Get There:

Getting to Namiseom Island from Seoul is very easy. There are daily shuttle buses from Seoul to the island that provides a round-trip, but they only make 1 trip per day.

Alternatively, you can take the much cheaper Metro subway train to the island.

NOTE: To find out more, please log on to Namiseom Island official website below. As public transportation may sometimes change, it is always best to double-check before heading out. You can also get more information about its facilities, tickets to various rides, and the latest events.

Address/Location: 1, Namisum-gil, Namsan-myeon, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do 24464
Head office: Nami Island Seoul Center, 1~3F, 9-4 Insadong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03164 KOREA
Chuncheon: Nami Island, 1 Namisum-gil, Namsan-myeon, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do 24464 KOREA
Gapyeong: Nami Island Entry Wharf, 1024 Bukhangangbyeon-ro, Gapyeong-eup, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do 12422 KOREA
Namiseom Ferry Dock: 1024, Bukhangangbyeon-ro, Gapyeong-eup, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do
Phone: +82-31-580-8114
Entrance Fee: 8,000 won (Adults)
Opening Hours: 7:30 am to 9:30 pm daily
Website: https://namisum.com/en/

NOTE: Namiseom Island is not accessible by car and you will need to take a ferry from Gapyeong Station. Outdoor cooking and camping are not allowed.

 

Accommodation

There are no hotels on Namiseom Island. The closest is in Gapyeong township, where you catch the Nami Island ferry. With a little research, you are bound to find lodgings that fit your budget and requirements. Below are two examples.

1. Jeonggwanru
Address: 198, Bangha-ri, Namsan-myeon, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do
Phone: +82 31 580 8000
Website: https://namisum.com/en/hotel/jeonggwanru/

2. Elysian Gangchon
Address: 29-1, Baegyang-ri, Namsan-myeon, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do
Phone: +82 2 1330 (Travel Hotline) / +82 33 260 2000 (Korean)
Website: www.elysian.co.kr (Korean only)

 

15. Seoraksan (Mount Seorak) National Park

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Map of Seoraksan National Park

Map of Seoraksan National Park

Seoraksan, also known as Seolsan and Seolbongsan, is Korea’s beloved mountain and one of the most memorable tourist attractions. The name Seorak is derived from ‘Seol’, which means ‘snow’, and ‘Ak’, which means ‘big mountain’. The Seorak Mountain district was recognised as a Natural Monument preservation area in November 1965. It became a preservation park in December 1973 and a UNESCO Preservation District in 1982.

At the outer entrance of Sinheungsa Temple, you will be greeted by a beautiful large Buddha statue called Unification Buddha

At the outer entrance of Sinheungsa Temple, you will be greeted by a beautiful large Buddha statue called Unification Buddha

In Seoraksan, you will discover magnificent cliffs with jagged peaks that rise above its emerald pine forest. Waterfalls, crystal-clear streams, and enchanting pools create a paradise on earth. Together with an amazing display of natural wilderness in various forms and flora and fauna that changes colours, the four seasons is what makes this park one of the world’s best hiking spots. The entire park is spread across four cities and counties: Sokcho, Inje, Goseong, and Yangyang. The highest point is Daecheongbong.

Spring and autumn are the best times to visit the park as the weather will be mild with temperatures that can go over 30°C.

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How To Get There:

The best way to get there is via the Express/Intercity Bus, which can be taken from Gangnam Express Bus Terminal or Dong Seoul Bus Terminal. Purchase a ticket to Sokcho. Buses leave every 30 minutes, and the journey takes around 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Another option is the Sokcho City bus, which can be taken from Sokcho Express or Intercity Bus Terminal. The 7 or 7-1 will bring you all the way into Seorak-Dong Park Village and up to the park’s entrance gate. Travel time is about 60 minutes.

For more information, do check out its official website below.

Address/Location: 43, Seorak-dong, Sokcho Si, Gangwon-Do
Phone: +82 33 636 7700 / 7702 / 7703
Entrance Fee:
3,500 won (Adults)
1,000 won (Middle to high school students ages 14-19)
500 won (Elementary school students ages 8-13)
For further Inquiries call Sinheungsa Temple Ticket Office +82 33 636 8755 or visit the website below.
Opening Hours: Open throughout the year
Website: english.knps.or.kr/Knp/Seoraksan

 

Accommodation

There are many different types of accommodation near Seoraksan National Park. However, we would recommend that you do further research to find the right accommodation that suits your requirements. Here are two suggestions.

1. Kensington Stars Hotel
Address: 998, Seoraksan-ro, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do
Phone: +82 33 635 4001
Website: www.kensington.co.kr

2. Mammoth Resortel
Address: 22, Cheongbong-ro 5-gil, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do
Phone: +82 33 636 7070
Website: www.mammostel.com

 

16. Lotte World

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Welcome to the land of fun and entertainment! Lotte World is a huge theme park of international standards that is filled with all kinds of thrilling rides and parades. There is an ice rink, a folk museum, a variety of department stores, and a lake, just to name a few.

There are two theme parks in Lotte World: the indoor Lotte World Adventure theme park, and the outdoor Magic Island theme park which is located next to Seokchonhosu Lake.

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In Lotte World Adventure, you will find different sections that represent particular countries. The country’s style and culture are depicted in various facilities and souvenir shops. There are also all kinds of entertainment from parades and films to high-tech laser shows as well as a smorgasbord of international cuisine to be savoured.

While you are here, don’t forget to check out the extremely popular Folk Museum. Some of the precious exhibits include 5000 years of Korean history. Apart from antiques and ancient treasures, there are also miniature villages and a playground.

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A variety of musical themes to match each season are presented at The Lotte World Garden Stage. Fans of Korean stars will love the Lotte World Star Avenue where you will get to be entertained by Korean artists from the entertainment scene.

 

How To Get There:

The best way to get to Lotte World is by subway. Take the train from Jamsil Station (Seoul Subway Line 2, 8) and get off at Exit 4, which is conveniently connected directly to Lotte World.

Address/Location: 240, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul
Phone: +82 1661 2000
Entrance Fee:
Full day: 52,000 won (Adults) / 45,000 won (Teenagers) / 41,000 won (Children) / 13,000 won (Infant)
After 4pm: 41,000 won (Adults) / 36,000 won (Teenagers) / 32,000 won (Children) / 13,000 won (Babies)
– There are also admission-only tickets. For more information, please visit the official website below.
Opening Hours: 9:30 am – 10 pm (Night-time admission: 4 pm onwards)
– Closing times may vary each day. Always check the official website below.
Website: www.lotteworld.com

 

Accommodation

Accommodation is available inside Lotte World as well nearby. It all depends on your budget and requirements. Here are two accommodation, one of which is located inside Lotte World itself. It would be good for you to do further research to find a hotel that best suits your needs.

1. Lotte Hotel World
Address/Location: 240, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul
Phone: +82 2 419 7000
Website: www.lottehotelworld.com

2. Hotel Lake
Address: 216, Seokchonhosu-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul
Phone: +82 2 422 1001
Website: www.hotellake.co.kr

 

17. Jogyesa Temple

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Built in the late 14th century, Jogyesa Temple is the head temple of the Jogye order of Korean Buddhism. At one time, a fire reduced the temple to ashes. With the great effort of many monks, especially Han Yong-un and Lee Hee-gwang, it was restored in 1910 and renamed Gackhwangsa Temple.

In 1936, the temple was chosen to be the head temple of Buddhism in Korea and renamed Tegosa Temple. In 1954, when the Koreans took back Korea from Japan, they went through a period of purification. They started eliminating everything that had Japanese influence and started reviving the traditional Korean Buddhism. This was how Jogyesa Temple came to its present state.

The Buddha altar inside Jogyesa Temple

The Buddha altar inside Jogyesa Temple

The temple’s main prayer hall has become the main venue for major Buddhist events and ceremonies like the annual lantern festival. The festival celebrates the birth of the Buddha by hanging hundreds of colourful lanterns all over the temple grounds. It is a beautiful sight not to be miss.

Jogyesa Temple’s Dharma Hall plays host to several Buddhist celebrations, as well as rituals, lectures, ceremonies, and other events all year long.

The temple has a cultural program, called “Temple Stay”, which allows lay people to experience the life of a Buddhist practitioner. You will learn about Korean Buddhist culture and history. It is an opportunity to learn Korean Buddhist traditions first-hand, such as making lotus flowers or salt mandala, tea ceremony demonstrations, as well as 108 deep bows. There are also meditation sessions on how to control one’s mind and examine it from within to achieve inner peace. These practices give people a chance to learn how to be happier and more at peace. The Temple Stay program is a 2-day-1-night experience. If you are interested, you may inquire at the temple or go to its official website below.

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How To Get There:

The best way to get to Jogyesa Temple is by subway. Below are three stations from where you can take the subway to get to the temple.

1. Jonggak Subway Station
From Jonggak Station (Subway Line 1), get off at Exit 2. Walk 70 metres and then cross the street. Continue walking another 100 metres, and you will arrive at the path to Jogyesa Temple.

2. Anguk Subway Station
From Anguk Station (Subway Line 3), get off at Exit 6. Walk for 50 metres and then cross the street in front of Dongduk Gallery. Continue on for another 50 metres, and you will arrive at the path to Jogyesa Temple.

3. Gwanghwamun Subway Station
From Gwanghwamun Station (Subway Line 5), get off at Exit 2. Walk for about 150 metres and arrive at a path to Jogyesa Temple, which is between YTN Parking Tower and Hana Bank.

Address/Location: 55, Ujeongguk-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Phone: +82 2 732 2115
Entrance Fee: Free
Opening Hours: Open all year round
Website: www.templestay.com

 

Accommodation

There are many different types of accommodation near Jogyesa Temple ranging from luxurious 5-star hotels to budget inns. We recommend you do further research to find lodgings that suit your budget and requirements. Below are two examples.

1. Susong Motel
Address: 59, Yulgok-ro 4-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Phone: +82 2 738 7251
Website: NIL

2. K-guesthouse Insadong 1
Address: 30-9, Insadong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Phone: +82 2 732 4731
Website: insadong.k-guesthouse.co.kr

 

18. Everland

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Welcome to the largest theme park in South Korea. Everland in Yongin city entertains 7.3 million visitors yearly. The theme park boasts many stimulating rides, colourful festivals, and Zootopia, where you can get up close with gentle giants like giraffes. There are also many themed festivals, such as the Tulip Festival, Rose Festival, and Summer Splash. There is always something for everyone, young and old here in Everland.

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The T- Express is the park’s most popular ride. It is Korea’s first wooden roller coaster and a must-ride for adrenaline junkies.

Home to around 2,000 animals from 201 different species, Zootopia is an experience not to be missed. Get up close and personal with 150 animals from 20 species in a specialised, convertible amphibian vehicle at Lost Valley, the largest ecological safari attraction. While you’re at Zootopia, don’t forget to visit Panda World where you’ll see two giant pandas gifted by China’s President Xi Jinping as a sign of the good friendship between Korea and China.

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How to Get There:

Subway – Take the subway from Jeondae to Everland Station (Yongin EverLine) and get off at Exit 3. Then, take the shuttle bus that goes directly to Everland. They operate from 5:30 am – 11:30 pm.

Bus – Alternatively, you can take the bus from the listed stations below:
– Gangnam, Sinnonhyeon, Yangjae Stations: Bus 5002
– Segok-dong, Pangyo, Jamsil, Suseo, Songpa, Gangbyeon Stations: Bus 5700
– Nambu Terminal Stations (via Bundang and Gwangju), Sadang: Bus 1500-2
– Gangdong Stations (via Gwangju), Gangbyeon: Bus 1113
For more information, please visit Everland’s official website below.

Address/Location: 199, Everland-ro, Pogok-eup, Cheoin-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do
Phone: +82 31 320 5000
Entrance Fee:

Admission + Rides:
– One-day Ticket: 54,000 won (Adults) / 46,000 won (Teenagers) / 43,000 won (Children & Seniors)
– Night Ticket (after 5 pm): 45,000 won (Adults) / 39,000 won (Teenagers) / 36,000 won (Children & Seniors)
– Two-day Ticket: Adults 84,000 won (Adults) / 71,000 won (Teenagers) / 67,000 won (Children & Seniors)
These tickets includes free admission to Ho-Am Art Museum for the day, does not include charges for coin-operated rides, rentals, animal rides, and special exhibitions. Two-Day Tickets are not available via online or mobile reservation.

Admission Only:
– Weekdays (One day): 45,000 won (Adults) / 38,000 won (Teenagers) / 35,000 won (Children)
– Night Ticket (after 5 pm): 36,000 won (Adults) / 33,000 won (Teenagers) / 31,000 won (Children)
Note: Online or mobile reservations are not applicable for this ticket.
– Discount is given to seniors over 65, teenagers 13-18, children 3-12 upon proof of ID.
– Children age 3 and below have free entry. However, to use the Infant Only Facilities, you will need to purchase the Infant admission + ticket for the rides.

Opening Hours: 10 am – 10 pm
Operating hours may vary depending on the day of the week. Please check the official website below before your visit.
Website: everland.com

 

Accommodation

There are many hotels near Everland, so it would be best if you did some research beforehand so that you can find the best accommodation for your budget and needs. Here are two suggestions.

1. Q Hotel
Address: 355-15 Jeondae-ri, Pogog-eup, Cheoin-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Phone: +82 31-339-8881
Website: http://www.qhotel.co.kr/

2. Everlast Guesthouse
Address: 152 Samgye-ri, Pogog-eup, Cheoin-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Phone: +82 10 5115 8125
Website: http://blog.naver.com/arjard2

 

19. The National Museum of Korea

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The National Museum of Korea is definitely one of the places to visit when you are in Seoul. Located about 1.5 km from Yongsan Station, it is the largest museum in Korea. Home to some of the most precious cultural assets of the country, this is a great place to learn about Korea’s fascinating history and rich cultural heritage.

There are many galleries displaying a wide range of local and international treasures. Besides that, the Museum also manages several activities related to its collection and activities in preservation, research, and publication, as well as intercultural exchange programs. Visitors are welcome to participate in some of their educational and cultural programmes.

Some of the many precious artefacts exhibited in the National Museum include ancient and priceless Buddha statues

Some of the many precious artefacts exhibited in the National Museum include ancient and priceless Buddha statues

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How To Get There:

Subway – Take the subway from Ichon Station (Seoul Subway Line 4 & Gyeongui-Jungang Line) and get off at Exit 2. The subway station is conveniently connected to the museum through Bakmulgwan Nadeul-gil underpass.

Bus – You can also take bus no. 400, 502, or the Seoul City Tour Bus, which will take you directly to the museum. For more information and confirmation on the schedule, go to seoulcitybus.com.

Address/Location: 137, Seobinggo-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Phone: +82 2 2077 9000
Entrance Fee: Check out their website below for their packages
Opening Hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 10 am – 6 pm
Wednesday & Saturday: 10 am -9 pm
Sunday & Public Holidays: 10 am- 7 pm
– Children’s Museum is open till late evening on the last Wednesday of every month (200 tickets will be sold at 6 pm and 7:30 pm respectively. First-come, first-served basis)
– Purchasing at Ticket Booth: Last admission is 1 hour before closing time
– Closed on New Year’s Day, Seollal (Lunar New Year’s Day), and Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving Day).
Website: http://www.museum.go.kr/site/eng/home

 

Accommodation

There are many different types of accommodation near the National Museum, and they range from the luxurious 5-star hotels to the more modest inns. Below are two options. However, we recommend you do further research to choose the one that suits you best.

1. Hotel Crown Itaewon
Address: 140, Noksapyeong-daero, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Phone: +82 2 797 4111
Website: hotelcrown.com

2. Mosc Guesthouse
Address: 141-3 Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Phone: +82 2 796 7800
Website: http://mosc.kr/

 

20. Itaewon

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Designated as a ‘Special Tourism District’, Itaewon is an international hub where culture, shopping, and entertainment come together. You can meet people from all over the world in this township. There is a local joke that says that foreigners residing in Seoul may not know Seoul, but they would know Itaewon.

Located in the middle of Yongsan-gu, Itaewon became home to many American soldiers who stayed back after the Korean War. As a result, many houses and businesses popped up. Later, when Seoul was preparing for international events such as the Seoul Asian and Olympic Games, the area was further developed and promoted to international tourists all over the world.

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You can find an abundance of international cuisines, trendy fashion, antiques, furniture, custom-made clothes, entertainment venues, and clubs. Being a meeting point for diverse nationalities with many unique flavours and striking interiors, it is no wonder that Itaewon is considered ‘the global village of Seoul’. Definitely a great place for clubbing, shopping, and enjoying good food from different parts of the world.

 

How to Get There:

Subway – You can get to Itaewon by taking Seoul Subway Line 6 to Itaewon Station, Noksapyeong Station, and Hangangjin Station.

Bus – You can also get to Itaewon by taking the following buses:
Green Bus: 0013, 0015
Blue Bus: 110, 730
Airport Bus & Seoul City Tour Bus: 9 am -9 pm. Buses run every 30 minutes.

Address/Location: Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Phone: +82 2 797 7319, 2293, +82 2 3785 2514
Entrance Fee: Free
Opening Hours: 9 am -9 pm (varies from shop to shop)
Website: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SH/SH_EN_7_2_6_1.jsp

 

Accommodation

There are many different types of accommodation in the Itaewon township, ranging from luxurious 5-star hotels to more economical options. With a little research, you should be able to find a place that suits your needs and budget.

1. Hamilton Hotel
Address: 179, Itaewon-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Phone: +82 2 794 0171 / +82 2 6393 1000
Website: www.hamilton.co.kr

2. IP Boutique Hotel
Address: 221, Itaewon-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Phone: +82 2 3702 8000
Website: www.ipboutiquehotel.com

 

Travel Books on Seoul

Get the most out of your trip! Before you fly to Seoul, do some research and get yourself a good travel book to help you plan your trip better. Here are two very popular travel books on Seoul that can make your visit a most enjoyable experience:

Lonely Planet Seoul (Travel Guide)
Authors: Trent Holden and Simon Richmond

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“Lonely Planet Seoul is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Walk along the long-buried Cheong-gye-cheon stream, wander the labyrinthine streets of Bukchon Hanok Village, or try some Korean cuisine at Gwangjang Market; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Seoul and begin your journey now!”

From: https://www.amazon.com/Lonely-Planet-Seoul-Travel-Guide/dp/1741796741

The Rough Guide to Seoul
Authors: Martin Zatko

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“The Rough Guide to Seoul is the ultimate travel companion to the Korean capital, one of Asia’s most intriguing and energetic cities.

Comprehensive sections detail the very best places to eat, drink, shop, and unwind, providing information on everything from the luxurious cafes, restaurants, and clothing boutiques of Apgujeong to Hongdae’s snack stands, barbeque halls, and hole-in-the wall bars. The guide depicts Seoul’s culinary scene and dynastic history with glorious color images and highly detailed maps, enabling readers to get a grip on Seoul’s modern art, live music, and bustling cultural scene.

The guide also will help you to see a side of Seoul you never thought possible, by providing you with knowledge of its royal fortresses, secluded temples, enchanting islands, and the world’s most visited national park. This guide contains all the information a traveler could possibly need to reach all these destinations, and more. Make the most of your time in Seoul with The Rough Guide to Seoul.”

From: https://www.amazon.com/Rough-Guide-Seoul-Martin-Zatko/dp/1405380004

 

Sources:

  • http://www.tommyooi.com/seoul-attractions/
  • https://www.roughguides.com/destinations/asia/south-korea/seoul/
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seoul
  • http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Demographics_of_South_Korea
  • http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/AK/AK_EN_1_5_12.jsp
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Climate_of_Seoul
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  • http://www.korea.net/AboutKorea/Korean-Life/Religion
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  1. S.Prathap on Aug 2, 2019 at 2:26 pm

    Thank you very much for the interesting and informative article.Seoul Korea have a number of beautiful place to offer to tourist with its scenery,ancient culture and beautiful architectural buildings.
    Seoul presents itself as a progressive,modern and high-tech society that is still rich in ancient tradition .The best time to visit Seoul would be in the spring and autumn with clear,blue skies and comfortable temperature.Seoul also is a heaven for good and delicious foods.

  2. Stella Cheang on Mar 27, 2018 at 10:00 pm

    The Buddhistic buildings and statues from the Joseon Dynasty are mesmerising and produce a spellbinding effect! It is definitely worth a trip to visit these holy sites in person and be soaked in the divine energy from thousand years ago. Thank you for this sharing.

  3. Datuk May on Aug 4, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    Korea was known as the “Hermit Kingdom” in the history books, as such Koreans were not accustomed to foreigners even if you are Asian with some similarities to them. Result of which they were not friendly to tourists.

    I first visited Seoul in the mid 80s and again in the early 90s and the atmosphere of doing business there was not pleasant as the Koreans did not trust foreigners due to their lack of exposure to them.

    However I was fortunate to revisit Seoul Korea about 4 years ago and the changes are very astonishing. Koreans accept foreigners and are most helpful and courteous.

    The country has advanced tremendously with their iconic brands known all over the world, the likes of Samsung, Kia, Hyundai, LG etc. Even their cosmetic brands are catching world attention.

    It is enjoyable these days to go to Seoul to enjoy the Korean culture and traditions and also the cuisine. Seoul has become an affluent and well managed city, but do mind the traffic congestions during peak hours.

    Take a read of this very comprehensive article on “Wonderful Korea-Seoul” and you will be tempted to visit.

  4. Fong on Aug 4, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    I always thought Korea was cold and dry and barren but this has shown me otherwise. It is always good to acquire knowledge by reading. Travelling will further expand the mind and encourage us not to keep our mind closed.

    From this article one can see that Korea is a beautiful country with spirituality and rich culture.

    Thank you for another beautiful article.

  5. Anne Ong on Jul 22, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    Very interesting article about Korea. Something different for a change.I used to watch a lot of Korean dramas with my family and especially about Joseon dynasty. Still remember some torturing scenes were very gruesome.
    Miss the Bimbimbap rice that i used to eat with my sis,Vivian when we go shopping as the cafe restaurant has shifted to KL. Really feel happy to see those beautiful scenery on pictures. And the nice foods as well.
    Thank you very much Rinpoche and blog team for this interesting article about Korea 🙂

  6. Samfoonheei on Jul 22, 2017 at 9:19 am

    Korea aslo known as the “Land of the Morning Calm,” has endured turbulent times for much of its multi-thousand year history. It has survived invasions by numerous empires, colonization, and a political split into northern and southern nations. Korea is one of the most advanced countries in the world and is a modern and vibrant nation in which traditional culture stands alongside a glittering future.
    Korea got a number of beautiful place to offer to tourist with its scenery,ancient cultures and beautiful architectural ancient buildings.
    Their beautiful traditional costumes looks beautiful,colourful and unqiue too.
    From what i read through these post ,its really beautiful to visit .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these very informative post which make it easier for those travelling there.

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    Monday, Mar 8. 2021 04:38 PM
    Water is the best liquid to keep the body well hydrated and healthy, contributing to the well-being of the blood vessels. However, drinking plenty of water is a great and cheap way to improve blood circulation naturally. I found this is a surprising health benefits that water could prevent, relieve and cure many painful, degenerative diseases.

    Thank you for the discovering and sharing, Hope to practice the advice soon.



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  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Mar 8. 2021 03:30 PM
    Amazing India’s western state of Gujarat had planned to build a 354-foot seated statue of the Buddha. It seem to be the second-tallest Buddha statue in the world after China’s Spring Temple Buddha and the world’s tallest seated Buddha . The gujarat government is all set to build a 108metre statue of sitting Buddha but somehow as to these days no further progress has been made .
    Interesting discovery by the state archaeologist near Shamlaji, a remains of a Buddhist monastery dated 3rd-4th century AD were discovered. Shamlaji was once an important Hindu pilgrimage destination, during 1960-1963. Wow……a casket was found, which as per its inscription, contained relics of Gautam Budhha. The 1700-year-old casket is currently kept at the MS University of Baroda in Vadodara.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/good-news-2.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Mar 8. 2021 03:28 PM
    Standing on a hilltop at Air Itam, near Penang Hill, Kek Lok Si is the largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia. There is stunning bronze statue of the Goddess of Mercy, Kuan Yin . I did visited years back just completed then. Merely looking at it is a blessing . So So… Rinpoche did visited before. Now Kok Lok Si Temple, has become one of a tourist hot spot. Many people visited this beautiful temple and especially the Kuan Yin Statue.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/visiting-the-huge-kuan-yin-in-penang.html
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  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Mar 5. 2021 04:19 PM
    In Mahayana Buddhism, a bodhisattva refers to anyone who has generated bodhicitta, a spontaneous wish and compassionate mind to attain Buddhahood for the benefit of all sentient beings. Bodhisattvas are common figures in Buddhist literature and art. They exist as guides and providers to help us following the teachings about generosity, patience, meditative balance, and insight into what is essential, so we can come to live in a way that benefits others. At the same time, we learn compassion for ourselves and see that we are not separate from the people we have imagined are estranged from us. Self and other heal together.
    Thank you for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/external-article/a-bodhisatta-is-a-being-devoted-to-enlightenment
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Mar 5. 2021 04:17 PM
    Thanks to Dr. Matthew William King who did a detail well research article regarding Dorje Shugden in Mongolia. Through his research he has confirmed that even long before H H Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche’s time, at least a century before, Dorje Shugden practice was already popularized in Lhasa. The practice of Dorje Shugden by the great lamas and many others had widely invoked the dharma Protector in Mongolia. Dr King’s research clearly demonstrates that Mongolia’s lamas had been promoting and encouraging the practice. Dorje Shugden was an established practice in the Sakya School for hundreds of years before Pabongka Rinpoche’s time. Hence Dorje Shugden definitely not a evil or spirits as claimed by the Tibetan leadership. Reading through this interesting article we could understand better how Mongolian lamas have been all along protecting and preserving not only the practice of Dorje Shugden, but also of Buddhism’s revival as a whole in modern-day Mongolia.
    THANK YOU for this interesting sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/how-mongolia-saved-dorje-shugden.html
  • sarassitham
    Friday, Mar 5. 2021 01:55 AM
    Very informative and interesting article, Sri Lanka offers everything that makes one escape a memorable one!. Being awarded a best tourist destinations with various fascinating attraction, ancient historic site from soulful Buddhist monasteries, temples to exotic and impeccable spots rarely explored. Thanks for the beautiful scenery photos sharing and hope to visit this beautiful Island and enjoy my stay.

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    Wednesday, Mar 3. 2021 03:22 PM
    In the present-day many people suffers from eye problems .These disorders are usually overcome using powerful glasses and lenses, However using powerful glasses can worsen eye problems.

    This is really a great article for all of us. I am blessed to come across of these practice and teaching, hope to start soon and overcome my eye problem. Thank you so much for the sharing.

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    Monday, Mar 1. 2021 04:01 PM
    Interesting read with the discovery of various legends, texts by archaeologists thousands years ago. Historians and experts had investigated and found evidence of contact between humans and extra-terrestrial life very much earlier. Their findings theory seem that extra-terrestrials have visited Earth for millions of years. Since the age of the dinosaurs to ancient Egypt, from early cave drawings to continued mass sightings in the US. Historians had revealed that aliens have been with us all along. Encounters with strange beings and sightings of mysterious objects in the sky have been recorded. Such as Christopher Columbus’ first voyage to America witnessed strange lights in the sky and sightings of flying cigar-shaped crafts were reported during the Black Plague that struck Europe and Asia in the mid-1300s. There were many others historical evidence of early civilization that had close encounters with Aliens. Interesting read and to watch the video.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/ancient-aliens-closer-encounters.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 27. 2021 05:33 PM
    Watching the videos and looking at those pictures in this post tell us more. Sad to see the working conditions really bad especially in the brick kilns of Andhra Pradesh,India. We could see those working men, women and younf children are working round the clock 12 just to earn a living.
    We are considered more fortunate enough than them and we should not complain of what we have, live and so on. We should appreciate every moment , what we have now to do good and beneficial for others, no matter how hard and difficult at times as others might be worse than us.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/you-have-to-see-this.html
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    Saturday, Feb 27. 2021 05:32 PM
    Wow…..wonderful dog lovers should read to help them to be more caring, loving having a pet. Once we have them as our pet we have the responsibility to give care and love to them. Dogs have feelings like us and is men best friend.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this essential facts for dog lovers.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/20-essential-facts-dog-lovers-must-always-remember.html
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    Saturday, Feb 27. 2021 05:31 PM
    Scientists had looking at long term, discovered that estimated about 100 to 10,000 species will be extinct soon if nothing is done. Could imagine from microscopic organisms to large plants and animals will go extinct each year. Animal such as sharks, lions, Pit bulls dogs and so forth as mentioned in this blog can become extinct when humans over hunt and over fish, pollute the environment, destroy habitats , and many others. Reading this post tells us more those world’s most dangerous animals are in fact in danger themselves. But the actions of humans toward those dangerous animal has proven more dangerous than that of the animal. Interesting read .
    Thank you Shakila Rajendra for this sharing…..good knowledge . May more people are aware of the harm they are doing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-worlds-most-dangerous-animals-in-danger-themselves.html
  • sarassitham
    Thursday, Feb 25. 2021 01:04 AM
    This is kind of hard to believe and shocking to imagine the weirdest addiction of people in this planet, they are extremely strange. People can become addicted to actions, feelings, or behaviors, not just substances. There must be something behind of every addiction, I don’t think they are crazy or mentally ill, it’s their weird enjoyment for a short time.

    I had a friend in my primary school who eats mud during rainy days, she told me, it smells good and she enjoys doing it during her play time. I found it strange but has she grow up in different environment she forget about her addiction. So, I strongly believe, all behaviors can be changed when the person gains self-awareness and actually wants to change. Thanks for the interesting sharing and recall of my childhood friend.
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Feb 24. 2021 01:33 PM
    nteresting read of this history of how Dorje Shugden practice came into light . Since Dorje Shugden was introduced into the Sakya tradition, there have been many Sakya throne holders that practiced Dorje Shugden. Out of the 42 supreme throne holders throughout the history of the Sakya tradition, six of the thrones holders are confirmed to have practiced Dorje Shugden. They have built chapels to him, composed prayers and pujas (kangsols) to him and even propagated his practice amongst their disciples. They cannot be wrong and in fact as confirmed by the 39th Sakya Trizin Dragshul Trinley Rinchen Dorje Shugden is an enlightened being. Dorje Shugden kangsol (prayer) to invoke the blessings of Dorje Shugden composed by him is still widely used today. Dorje Shugden must be a powerful Dharma protector that Sakya tradition have been long relying. It has proven that Dorje Shugden is not a minor practice. Interesting read , may more people read this post to understand better.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this post .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/sakya-trizins-dorje-shugden-prayer.html
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Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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  • March 7, 2021 17:30
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, Do you recommend doing Tsem Rinpoche’s guru yoga as part of daily Sadhana? I am sure I read on the article for the name retreat that it could be done as daily prayers but now I can’t see that sentence? Thank you.
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Yes of course, you may include Tsem Rinpoche's Guru Yoga as part of your daily sadhana if you wish. This creates a very strong bond with Tsem Rinpoche. If you are following the Diamond Path sadhana (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/diamond-path), you insert the Guru Yoga after you have completed the Gaden Lhagyama (Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa). Alternative, if you are using a different prayer text, you insert the Guru Yoga after Gaden Lhagyama, or before any deity prayers that you do such as Manjushri, Tara, etc. After you complete the deity practice section of your sadhana, you continue on to your Dharma protector practice, and finish with your completion dedication. I hope this helps. Do let us know if this is not clear. Thanks.
  • March 4, 2021 22:52
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, Can a lay person work towards the preliminary practices by accumulating daily ? Many thanks.
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Yes, of course. Anyone can engage in the preliminary practices, you don't have to be ordained in order to do so. However for one's practice to be considered a full preliminary practice, you need to do 100,000 repetitions of whichever practice you are engaged in without break. That means you must engage in at least one session a day, until the count is completed. 10% of the count is also added on top, to make up for any unintentional mistakes. So the figure would actually be 110,000. If you skip a day, that means you have broken your preliminary retreat. If this occurs you can still dedicate the practice you have done so far, and you will still benefit from the merit generated and the purification of negative karma from the practice, but it is not counted as a full preliminary practice. Also you must adhere to the retreat procedures for the duration of the time it takes you to complete the particular preliminary practice. For example, an altar with daily offerings, retreat seat with swastika, refraining from eating black foods, etc. This may not be convenient for most people in our day and age. So what you can do is to spend a certain amount of time accumulating a specific figure, for example 10,000 repetitions of a particular practice. Seal the practice at the end with a strong dedication, like the King of Prayers. Later on, you can repeat the procedure more times until you complete 100,000. This method was given by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche for modern-day practitioners who do not have the time to complete 100,000 in one go. While it technically does not constitute a full preliminary retreat, you still gain immense merits and purification from engaging in the practice, even if spaced out. As Rinpoche said, it's better for you to do mini preliminary retreats than not doing any of the preliminary practices whatsoever. That being said, if you do have the ability to do a full preliminary retreat and it will not negatively impact you, such as create financial difficulties or strain familial relationships, then of course go ahead! To have the sincere wish to engage in any Dharma practice is wonderful. You can read more about the individual preliminary practices here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/preliminary-practice.html You can watch a short teaching on the preliminary practices by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/cosmic-tantra.html
  • March 3, 2021 04:13
    Sandra asked: Dear respected pastors, what are dreams? Do dreams have significance? Are they simply images the mind views at night - do they resemble the dreamer's state of mind? Thank you for all your replies :) :)
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Hello. Nice to see you back here. On the normal level, both waking and dream states are both marred by our delusions. The teachings tell us that this deluded state continues through all our experiences, whether during the dreaming or waking states. The way to overcome this is to "wake up" from our delusions, or reach enlightenment. Normally when people think of dreams, they do so in psychological terms and so focus on the content of the dream. When we investigate the nature of the dream itself, we begin to investigate something deeper, the processes that underlies the whole of our existence. Understand this propels you further along the spiritual journey towards enlightenment. We have many dreams during one night of sleep, and may or may not consciously remember then when we wake up. In terms of content, dreams can be used to work through psychological issues or can indicate certain issues and overcoming them (as is common within Western psychological practices). In Tibetan Buddhism, dreams can be used for much more. In the advanced practices, one can transform ordinary dreams to further one's spiritual journey. This is not only in terms of working through psychological issues, but in terms of meditation and practice as well. Generally, there are three types of dreams as described below. Most of us only experience the first type, unless we progress on the spiritual path. 1. Samsaric dreams: these arise from karma and karmic traces in the mind. This can also include emotions, memories, etc. The meaning we find in these dreams are imputed by the dreamer, and not inherent in the dream. This also applies to waking life. We impute meaning onto situations and circumstances, rather than the meaning being inherent to the circumstance. It is like reading a book. Words in the book are just marks on paper, however, because we use our sense of meaning, we take a meaning out of it. However, this is always open to interpretation. For example, if you tell your dream to two people, they can interpret the meaning very differently, even though you told them the exact same details. 2. Clarity dreams: These dreams occur when you are fairly progressed in meditational practices and can carry this into the dream state. These dreams arise not from the emotions, or memories, etc., but from more subtler forms of karma and delusions. However, just like in waking mediational practice, you are not affected by the images or thoughts that appear to you. 3. Clear Light dreams: In the advanced tantric practices, there are teachings called dream yoga. The object of these is to achieve the clear light dreams, which are very difficult to achieve and take years and years of intense practice. The most important clear light mind that arises is actually at the time of our death, if we are trained enough in this very subtle state, we can actually control where we take rebirth. If we are more experienced in this state, then we can actually use it to meditate on the teachings and achieve enlightenment. Clear light dreams are a "lesser" type of clear light mind, that helps practitioners prepare for the time of death. When we have an auspicious dream such as of our teacher, our practice, the Buddhas, etc., even though this is auspicious, it is still more than likely to be just a samsaric dream. There are instances however, when the enlightened beings and Dharma protectors will send practitioners dreams to help with their practice or as methods of divination. Tsem Rinpoche once told us of a very powerful Nyingma lama known for his divination abilities. Students would ask him a question, then he would take a nap, and receive divination advice in this dreams, which he would then relay to his students. This lama was well-known for this ability because his dream divinations were extremely accurate. As I am sure you can tell, the scope of dreams with the Buddhist context is very vast and I will not be able to cover everything here. However, I hope that what I have written helps your understanding. Thank you.
  • March 1, 2021 23:37
    Sandra asked: Hello dear pastors, wish we could have an article like the one below to highlight the auspicious days of 2021. https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/auspicious-days.html
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your suggestion. At the moment, there are no plans to publish another article with 2021 dates. But I have listed out some of the auspicious days and their dates for this year for you. I have only included future dates, not those that have already passed. Saga Dawa Duchen - 26th May 2021 Chokhor Duchen - 14th July 2021 Dorje Shugden Day - 24th August 2021 Lhabab Duchen - 27th October 2021 Gaden Ngamchoe or Tsongkhapa Day - 29th December 2021 I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 27, 2021 03:31
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, Is it ok to pray from different areas in the house (even where there is no altar)? I was told you can't create 2 altars in 1 house.
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your question and its nice to see you here again. The reason why we pray in front of our altars is because it becomes a focal point of the enlightened energies we are invoking. Therefore it becomes a kind of portal for the energies of transformation, peace, healing, prosperity and protection. It is also the place where we make offerings to the Buddhas. As such, most people usually only have 1 altar in their home. However, you can have more than 1 altar in your home. As it is an altar, it should be complete with representations of the body, speech and mind of the Buddhas. This would be an image (either a statue, thangka, tsa tsa, poster, framed picture, etc), a Dharma text and a stupa. In front of these, you should have at least 1 type of offering or more. This can be a fixed offering or maybe even a set of water offerings, which you make every day. Since practitioners make offerings on a daily basis, most opt to have only 1 altar, but there is no rule in Buddhism to say you can only have 1 altar. The altar however, should be placed in a respectful place. So, not in the bathroom. Or if in the bedroom, you should put a screen up to block it when you are changing, sleeping, etc. Alternatively, you can keep it in a cupboard, and close the doors during such activities. But altars should be dedicated places to the Buddhas, so don't put secular items in the same place, such as on the same shelf, etc. When it comes to praying, it is usually done in front of the altar, as you are invoking the enlightened beings. When you do your prayers there it becomes a powerful place in your home, and provides you with a sacred space to pray and meditate. However, if circumstances are difficult, then of course you can pray elsewhere. For example, when I first set up an altar, I was living in a single room with not much space. I set up an altar on a shelf but was not able to pray in front of it. Once I had made offerings, I would simply sit in another part of the room and do the prayers there. If it is really not convenient, then of course it is permissible to do the prayers elsewhere. It is better to do the prayers, than not do them at all if you can't be in front of your altar. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 25, 2021 01:33
    Kuenzang wangdi asked: What would be my most suitable colour ?
    pastor answered: Dear Kuenzang Wangdi, Thank you for your question. The following calculators may be of interest to you: Chinese Zodiac: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/horoscopes/the-chinese-zodiac.html Tibetan Astrology: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/tibetan-astrology.html In relation to which colour if most favourable for you, unfortunately our calculators do not give this information. However, from a Buddhist practice viewpoint, what is more important is the transformation of the mind. Once we transform our minds according to teachings, we are able to overcome any obstacle and create good conditions for our lives. You can learn a very short mind transformation teaching here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/eight-verses-of-thought-transformation.html You can couple this with formal practice. If you are interested, a very good practice to bring energies of increase and generate a long life, merits, wealth and prosperity in your life, is the the practice of Gyenze. You can find information about the practice here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/dorje-shugden-gyenze-to-increase-life-merits-and-wealth.html. I hope this helps. Thanks.
  • February 22, 2021 22:14
    Naseer asked: Hi My name is Naseer Ahmed 8th dec 1979. Life path 1 Im looking to add to my name slightly... change it too... Naseer Al Ahmed... Would this be more complimentary as far as for the business front... or would it not make any difference
    pastor answered: Hello Naseer, As per your question, your Life Path Number is 1. The Life Path Number according to the system of numerology used on our website is calculated using your date of birth. Therefore, a change in name will not affect your Life Path Number. Some of the other calculators on the same page do however use your name. One of the smaller calculators you may be interested in is the Achievement Number, but again, this only uses your date of birth for the calculation. You can find it here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/numerology/numerology-calculator.html You may also be interested in two of our other pages: Chinese Zodiac - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/horoscopes/the-chinese-zodiac.html Tibetan Astrology - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/tibetan-astrology.html Thank you for your question. I hope this helps.
  • February 20, 2021 18:36
    Sandra asked: After making a food offering to the three jewels (which we will eat for lunch etc), should we think of it as a blessing and partake?
    pastor answered: Hello Sandra, When making food offerings to the Three Jewels, which you eat yourself, when you recite the prayer and make the offering, you should visualise that the Buddhas receive your food offering and because you have made an offering, they are very pleased. It also fulfills one of the Refuge commitments, which is to offer the first portion of whatever we eat and drink to the Three Jewels, while remembering their kindness. You can then partake of the meal and consider it a blessing from the Three Jewels. Alternatively, you can set out a plate (which you reserve for this purpose) of food, which you can offer on your altar. Similarly, once the food has been left on your altar for a while, you can later remove it and consume it as a blessing. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 19, 2021 04:33
    Sandra asked: Is intovertedness a bad quality? Since Buddha is so altruistic and this is the opposite trait, it must be bad. How do you think one should lessen introverted tendencies?
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Introvertedness is not a bad quality. Altruism and compassion are different from being an introvert or extrovert. Introverts are generally quieter people, less expressive of their emotions, while extroverts are the opposite. Buddhist practice is not about expression of emotion. Rather the altruistic and compassionate teachings are more about how you help other people and sentient beings, physically or emotionally. If the qualities of introverted-ness are stopping you from developing these, then they need to change. But this may not be necessary, depending on the qualities that you are talking about. You can do simple meditations to building up the energy of compassion in your mindstream and you will see that you actions will automatically start to be more compassionate and altruistic. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 18, 2021 03:28
    Sandra asked: How should one behave when negative karma is being purified? How can we know if bad karma is being purified? Do we accumulate positive karma simultaneously when doing purification practices? Many thanks for your response.
    pastor answered: Hello again Sandra, There are two ways in which karma can be purified, the first is through our own efforts alone and the second is through our own effort, combined with a purification practice. Through our own efforts: this means that you transform your mind enough to not react negatively in any situation and only react in a positive manner. For example, you may have the karma to get angry. So you get into situations which makes you angry. If you react normally, then you will get angry again, this will only lead you to create more karma of being angry. But if you make the effort not to get angry in those situations then you do not create or multiply that karma. The original karma you have may lead you to be in those types of situations again, but if you do not get angry then after a while you start to purify that karma. Through your own efforts, combined with a purification practice: as you are working on transforming your mind, you can rely on the practices that help you to purify your karma, such as the practice of Vajrasattva or the 35 Confessional Buddhas. This boosts your ability to purify negative karma, based on the enlightened energies of the Buddhas. This however is only truly effective when combined with the Four Opponent Powers. You can read more about that here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-35-confessional-buddhas.html In general, when karma is being purified then you should remain level-headed and not act out of emotion or habit, but from your understanding of the workings of karma and the Dharma. But actually, this should not only be when karma is being purified. You should act and behave in this way all the time according to the Dharma, then you are, up to a point, always purifying karma. It is one of the reasons that so much emphasis is placed on refraining from negative actions and engaging in positive actions using your body, speech and mind, because these are the three means or 'doors' with which you interact with the world. At our level, we cannot tell if karma is being purified or not, only those who are more highly attained can tell. However, that is one of the reasons the Buddhist texts advise study of and belief in karma. If there is karma, then it can be purified, and the way to do so is transform your mind and invoke upon the enlightened beings. So if you are doing both, you can rest assured that you are in fact purifying your karma. When you purify negative karma, whether just through your own efforts or combined with a purification practice you collect merit, not positive karma. If you simply do a good action, you collect good karma. But if you are practicing the Dharma with the intention of achieving enlightenment, you take refuge, engage in the practice, and dedicate at the end, then you develop merit, not positive karma. If you want to read more about how karma works and how to purify it in more detail, I suggest you read a Lamrim text such as Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand, which you can order from your local bookstore or get online here (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/lamrim-liberation-in-the-palm-of-your-hand).
  • February 17, 2021 23:06
    Sandra asked: Hello pastors, thank you for your response to my earlier question. Do divination predictions change frequently? Why does that happen?
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your question. Divinations, compared to astrological predictions, are much more accurate. There are many types of divination, but those based on the practice of enlightened beings are very accurate. Three of the most well-known in Tibetan Buddhism are the divination practices of Manjushri, Palden Lhamo and Dorje Shugden. You can read more about Dorje Shugden's dice divination here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugdens-dice-divination.html Questions that are asked during divinations are much more specific than the types of topics that astrological predictions can help with, therefore are based on very specific types of karma. This means that if you asked a divination question twice, without taking remedial actions in between, then the answer would most likely be the same, given that all the prerequisites have been held by the diviner and the divinations are genuine. However, if a divination is done and then remedial actions recommended, such as various practices or pujas, and these are done to the letter, then if the question is asked again, then the results would differ. This is because when engaging in these practices or pujas, either you generate the merit necessary to overpower the negative effects of the karma, or you purify the negative effects of the karma creating the situation. This however, is generally not done. You wouldn't ask the same question twice or over and over again. The reason for this is because one of the factors that comes into play when seeking divination is faith. This is faith in the fact that the remedial actions recommended will help whatever situation you are facing. Having seen H.E. Tsem Rinpoche do countless divinations for people, I can attest to this. Those who have faith and follow through with the advice, see a great improvement in the situation that led them to ask the divination question in the first place. Those that did not follow the advice either at all or not fully, did not see any improvement. And this makes sense, because they did not purify the effects of the karma enough, or generate enough merit. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 15, 2021 04:09
    sandra asked: How much importance should we give to astrological predictions or chart readings? Are these readings susceptible to change all the time,i.e, in the context of planetary movements? Can our own effort/actions supercede what is predicted in our birth chart?
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your interesting question. You are absolutely correct about the universal principle of change. According to Buddhist practice, astrological predictions are based upon a fixed point in time. Take for example, your moment of birth, which most astrological readings take as the main point of reference. At that specific moment, there would have been various energies or planetary alignments, etc. Combined together, they are said to give an accurate prediction of what will occur to a person throughout their life. This however, is based on one's birth karma, to be born at that specific point in time and location. This birth karma also provides the driving force behind what will occur in a person's life, if that karma is not changed somehow. Hence, that is why astrological predictions can give very accurate readings on someone's personality, as well as life events. Birth karma provides the main force behind all other karma to come into play. That is why it is given importance in astrology. There are also more advanced methods to take into account planetary and energetical movements to give even more detailed and precise predictions that can even be made down to the month, day or hour of a person's life. In Buddhism, however, we believe that karma can be changed. It can multiply, be purified or exhausted, or the effects of that karma can be overpowered by another karma or spiritual merit. In these cases, the outcome will change. The way in which this happens is varied. It can be as simple as doing some prayers (to generate spiritual merit) or changing your behaviour, environment or location, the way you think, and the ways in which you react in various situations. That is why in Buddhist astrological systems, emphasis is placed on remedial measures to counteract negative outcomes. For example, someone may be born with an angry disposition from an astrological point of view. If this person goes through life acting from this anger, then the predictions based on the time of birth will occur. However, a remedial action can be undertaken, such as the person pracitising Chenrezig, who is the Buddha of compassion, or the person doing some form of charity work. These remedial actions generate compassion in the mind of the person, which counteracts the anger. As this happens and the karma is changed, then the person no longer needs to feels the negative effects of any bad astrological (or more correctly - karmic) situations. There are even some practices that specifically help to counteract negative astrological influences and help you to change things. Such an example is Black Manjushri. Within Tibetan Buddhism, according to your time and date of birth, you also have what is known as a 'Birth Buddha'. This is basically an enlightened being that you have an affinity with in this life. General remedial actions include making images of this particular Buddha or engaging in this Buddha's practice. This combined with a change in how we live - otherwise known as Mind Transformation in the Buddhist context - changes astrological outcomes. However, if we continue living without controlling our actions, words and thoughts, the predictions made using astrological readings will most likely still occur. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • February 7, 2021 00:16
    Purna Tamang asked: What is my lucky number and color ?
    pastor answered: Dear Purna Tamang, Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, none our horoscope apps on this page gives this information at this moment. However, you may find some of the other information provided useful. Below are the links: For Chinese Zodiac: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/horoscopes/the-chinese-zodiac.html For Tibetan astrology: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/tibetan-astrology.html For Numerology: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/numerology/numerology-calculator.html For Fortune cookies: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/fortune-cookie Thank you and I hope you find something interesting in one of the apps.
  • January 20, 2021 03:32
    Sangita. asked: i want to buy my own house.which mantra i should chant to have my own house.kindly reply.
    pastor answered: Dear Sangita, Thank you for your question. Everything in our lives, whether good or bad is due to our karma. This is karma we have accumulated either in previous lives or earlier on in this life. You can learn more about this here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/discovering-yourself-a-teaching-on-karma-mindstream.html Sometimes, we go through obstacles or need some form of spiritual help to assist us in improving our situations. In these circumstances we can rely on the practice of certain deities. One of these deities is the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. You can read more about this deity and his practice here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/beginners-introduction-to-dorje-shugden.html You can learn more about Dorje Shugden's practice here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugden-teaching-videos.html. I hope this helps. Thank you.
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