To all the fans of Hallyu or the Korean wave, South Korea is known as the land of our Favorite K-Pop idols and K-drama Oppas/Unnies. But did you know that Korea has an interesting history and culture that most of us didn’t know?
This year, Annyeong Oppa was invited to the ASEAN CULTURE HOUSE INVITATION PROGRAM FOR HALLYU FANS as one of the Philippine Delegates alongside ABS-CBN’s Asianovela Channel Head, Mark Awiten and Philippine K-POP Convention Inc. President, Jessica Juan.
During our 7 days tour in Seoul, Busan and Gyeongju, i discovered alot of amazing facts and history about the South Korean culture.
If you are planning to go to South Korea, don’t miss a chance to visit these educational places to get to know more about South Korea.
- National Hangeul Museum
Address: 139 Seobinggo-ro, Yongsandong 6(yuk)-ga, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
- CheongWaDae SarangChae
Address: 45 Hyoja-ro 13-gil, Hyoja-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
It is a tourist promotion center designed for visitors to be able to understand the history of the former korean presidents as well as the korean traditional culture.
As our tour guide said, most koreans have a very strong opinions regarding politics. They are very hands-on when it comes to political stuff such as elections, etc.
- Gamcheon Culture Village
Address: Gamcheon-dong, Saha District, Busan, South Korea
It is known as the Machu Picchu of Busan. If you are planning to go to Busan, this is the place you shouldn’t miss. It has a relaxing vibe with a calming scenery. It is also one of the famous tourist destination in Busan. In fact, it attracts thousands of tourist from different countries every year. The village also bagged the 2012 UN-HABITAT Asian Townscape Award as well as the Cultural Excellence Award from Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
- Daerungwon Ancient Tombs
Address: 14 Gyerim-ro, Hwangnam-dong, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea
This place was made in 1973. This is characterized as the typical upper class tomb during the Silla dynasty (Mga bes, do you remember the K-Drama Hwarang starring Park Seo-joon, Go Ara and Park Hyungsik? The series was set in Silla Dynasty. 😉)
- Changdeokgung Palace
Address: 99 Yulgok-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea 03072
During the Joseon Era, this was considered as the secondary palace. But after the Japanese Invasion, it was rebuilt in 1610 and served as the main palace approximately 270 years. It was admired by most of the kings of Joseon Dynasty because of it’s beautiful garden and relaxing ambience.
- Korean Cuisine Culture Center
Address: 4th floor of CKL Business Support Centet, Cheongyecheon, Seoul, South Korea
This is one of the best parts of this trip. We got the chance to make the delicious traditional Korean snack called Kang-jung.
For more informations, you can check the Korean Cuisine Culture Center Website.
There are alot of interesting and educational places in South Korea. The best part of this trip was we get the chance to travel and appreciate the beauty of South Korea and at the same time, we are learning their culture and history.
Plus, we also got the chance to meet new friends from different parts of South East Asia.
On behalf of Annyeong Oppa team, we would like to express our gratitude and appreciation to all the staff of ASEAN Culture House, The Korea Foundation and Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines. Thank you all for making this possible.
From the bottom of our hearts, 정말 감사합니다.