Chuseok is ahead of us in September in Korea!
Chuseok (‘Hangawi’ in Korean), or the Korean Thanksgiving, is one of the biggest Korean holidays. This year’s Chuseok holiday will be 4 days long in total, starting from Sept 9th to 12th, including the weekend.
Many shops, department stores, and restaurants will close down at some point during the holiday.
Still, luckily, there are quite a few places to visit and exciting events for travelers and expats in Korea to enjoy during the Chuseok holiday.
1. Historic Sites & Museums
In Seoul, the royal palaces and museums are perfect places to get into the Chuseok holiday spirit as they will offer plenty of cultural and traditional activities to indulge in.
• Korean Folk Village – Korean Folk Village is a “living museum” type of outdoor park where you can feel what Korea was like in the Joseon Dynasty (1392~1910). You can explore every corner of the village and go into various types of ancient houses.
• Namsangol Hanok Village – A popular Chuseok holiday destination, located near Chungmuro Station, where visitors can take part in various hands-on activities and enjoy folk music performances.
• National Folk Museum – Located on the grounds of Gyeongbokgung Palace, the National Folk Museum offers a wide range of hands-on activities and traditional games. (Closed on September 10th)
• National Museum of Korea – The National Museum of Korea, the nation’s largest museum located in Yongsan in central Seoul, will hold various traditional events. (Closed on September 10th)
• Korean War Memorial – The Korean War Memorial in Yongsan displays replicas of missiles and exhibitions about the Korean War.
2. Amusement Parks
Set out for Korean amusement parks that are open all year round. They may be more crowded than usual, so be sure to get the admission tickets in advance.
- Everland – Everland is Korea’s largest theme park located in Yongin, Gyeonggi Province, boasts a wide range of rides and attractions, such as T-Express, one of the best wooden roller coasters in the world. You can book Everland 1 day pass instantly on Trazy and simply show your QR code ticket on your phone when entering.
- Lotte World – Lotte World, the biggest indoor theme park located in Jamsil, Seoul. Along with its thrilling rides, Lotte World offers a variety of performances and festivals all year round. You can get Magic Pass Premium, an express pass that allows you to skip the long lines of popular attractions!
- Seoul Land – Seoul Land is the best family-friendly park located in Gwacheon, Gyeonggi Province that has the most kid-friendly rides and attractions.
3. Performances & Shows
If you are staying in Seoul, check out these brilliant musical and cultural performances that will spice up your holiday. Click on each performance below for details. Be sure to reserve your tickets in advance!
• Cookin’ Nanta Show – Cookin’ Nanta Show is a non-verbal performance incorporating traditional percussion and humor that has long been a popular staple since 1997. The show runs every day at Myeongdong Nanta Theatre and Hongdae Nanta Theatre.
• Jump Show – Packed with martial arts and humor, Jump Show is an award-winning nonverbal dance performance that incorporates ‘taekwondo’ and other Asian martial arts. Since 2003, the show runs every day at Myeongbo Art Hall in Jung District, Seoul.
4. Autumn Tours
Chuseok is also known as the Korean Thanksgiving. This national holiday symbolizes the official season of Autumn. Usually, around the time of Chuseok, the autumn foliage tours are at its peak, however, this year Chuseok is too early to see the autumn foliage. Still, September is a wonderful time to enjoy the beautiful autumn weather in Korea!
Seoraksan Mountain is a famous place for the color-changing leaves during autumn. Although Chuseok holiday is quite early this year to witness autumn foliage at Seoraksan Mountain it is still a great way to just take a stroll along with these beautiful trees and relax with the cool autumn breeze!
5. Day Trips from Seoul
Check out some of the best day trip destinations to visit from Seoul during the Chuseok holiday season! From Nami Island to DMZ, you can explore various places near Seoul with hassle-free 1 day tours on Trazy.
Nami Island is an absolute must-visit destination when visiting Korea. It’s famous for the pristine walking trails and some K-drama shooting spots!
DMZ is Korea’s Demilitarized Zone that separates North and South Korea. If you want to have a close encounter with the North Korea border, join this special DMZ tour!
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In September, you can enjoy the Buckwheat Flower Festival in Bongpyeong and witness the view of countless small and white buckwheat flowers sprinkled all over the field! Also, stop by Sogeumsan Mountain Suspension Bridge and Skywalk to appreciate the gorgeous scenery of the Seomgang River.
6. Tandem Paragliding
If you want to have a unique and special experience during the Chuseok holiday, how about booking tandem paragliding? It will be a truly unforgettable experience for anyone who wishes to enjoy the beautiful scenery and thrilling moments.
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