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 will be 4 days long in total, starting from Sept 12 to 14.
Many shops, department stores, and restaurants will close down at some point during the holiday.
Still, luckily, there are many 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 during the Chuseok holiday period.
• 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 during the Chuseok holiday period.
• Korean War Memorial – The Korean War Memorial in Yongsan displays replicas of missiles and exhibitions about the Korean War.
2. Amusement Parks
For a nontraditional holiday, set out for Korean amusement parks that are open all year round. As this year’s Chuseok coincides with the Halloween season, it will be a double joy!
They will 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. During Chuseok, enjoy Everland theme park’s Halloween attractions, such as the Blood City, a new zombie apocalypse-themed event, Horror Maze, Horror Safari and many more.
- Lotte World – Lotte World, the biggest indoor theme park located in Jamsil, Seoul. From zombie games in VR to live-action zombie invasions, there are plenty of attractions to give visitors the ultimate zombie experience!
- 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.
• The Palace ‘Jang Nok-su-jeon’ Show – A traditional Korean musical performance that is based on Korean folktales at Jeongdong Theater, Seoul. Jeongdong Theater is a state-of-the-art performing arts center for Korean traditional shows since 1995.
• FANTA-STICK – A live Korean musical featuring a blend of Korean folk music ‘gukak’ and modern art performances, using Korean traditional instruments. The show runs every day at 5:00pm and 8:00pm at NH Art Hall near Seodaemun Subway Station in 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! With all the beautiful red and orange leaves, it is another great way to enjoy Chuseok!
Seoraksan Mountain is a famous place for the color-changing leaves during autumn. It is a great way to just take a stroll along with these beautiful trees and relax with the autumn breeze!
Afterward, you can head over to Nami Island. Very famous for its romantic trails under the trees that line up on the sides, it becomes even more mesmerizing during Autumn!
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Check out some of Korea’s best festivals to visit during the Chuseok holiday season!
- Jinju Namgang Yudeung (Lantern) Festival – A major lantern festival showcasing stunning lantern displays on the Nam River in Jinju, Gyeongsang Province. Overnight shuttle buses from Seoul to the lantern festival are available.
- Andong Mask Dance Festival – A famous festival that offers mask dance performances at Hahoe Folk Village and other sites in Andong, Gyeongsang Province.
- Mindung Mountain Eulalia Festival – A famous silver grass festival at Mindungsan, or Mt. Mindung, in Jeongseon, Gangwon Province.
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