Course: Y Hotel – Blue House(Pass by) – Changing of the Guard Ceremony – Gyeongbok Palace (Deoksu Palace on Tuesdays) – National Folk Museum (History Museum on Tuesdays) – Gwanghwamun Square – Lunch – Yakhyeon Parish Church – Shrine at Seosomun – Myeongdong Catholic Cathedral – Ginceng Center – Hotel
Includes: Tour guide, Vehicle, Admission fee, Hotel Pick up service, Lunch
Minimum Pax: 3
Time Required: 09:00~17:00
Fee: 93,000 won p/p
Official residence of the president is called “The Blue House”.The symbol of the Blue House, which is at the center of Korean politics, is the blue tiles. The first thing that catches your eye when you arrive at the Blue House is also the blue tiles of the main building. The blue tiles and the smooth roof are in beautiful harmony with Mt. Bugaksan behind it.
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Changing of the Guard Ceremony
If there is the ceremony for guardsman in England, there is a ceremony of changing shift for the gate guard in Korea. As a gate guard is in charge of security of the castle in England, Geumgun (royal guard) and Sumunjang (a gate guard) were in charge of the security of royal palace.Click here if you want to know more detail.
Gyeonbokgung Palace is a palace erected during the reign of king Taejo, founder of the Joseon Dynasty(1392-1910) which was the final kingdom in Korea, but it was destroyed in the Japanese invasion of 1592. It was reconstructed in 1868. It has 4 gates including the southern main gate, Gwanghwamum.
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National Folk Museum
National Folk Museum of Korea is a national museum of South Korea, located within the grounds of the Gyeongbokgung Palace in Jongno-gu, Seoul, and uses replicas of historical objects to illustrate the history of traditional life of the Korean people.
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On the third day he visited Korea, after Pope Francis visited the shirine of the Martyrs of Seo So Mun, he celebrated Mass for the beatification of Paul Yun Ji-Chung and 123 companion martyrs at the Gwanghwamun Gate in Seoul. The Car Parade was held through the streets in Gwanghwamun Square. Around a million people filled the area from the City Hall to the Cheonggye Square.
Gwanghwamun Square is located at the center of Sejong-ro which connects Gwanghwamun Gate and Cheonggye Square. On August 1st, 2009, the redesigned Gwanghwamun Square opened to the public. With the inauguration of the square, Sejong-ro, located at the center of the 600-year-old historic city of Seoul, was transformed into a human-centered space that harmonizes with the beautiful scenery of Gyeongbokgung Palace and Bukaksan Mountain.
Yaghyun Parish Church
Yaghyun Parish Church has been originated from a chapel of ease at Sooretgol in 1887. Selection of site was based on proximity to the holy place of martyrdom. The origin of the name Yak-hyun is hill of herbs, where were abundant of herbs. Overlooking the holy place of martyrs, the church stands for a testimony and tribute to their faith.
Built in 1892, Yak-hyun church was the first Gothic style brick structure in Korea. Functionally it was a cathedral until the Myung-dong cathedral’s completion.
Much of its interior had been heavily damaged by an arson attack in 1998 but was restored to its original form in 1999. The Yak-hyun parish is at the heart of Korea Catholic culture.
Seosomun Martyrs’ Shrine
On the third day, before Pope Francis celebrated Mass for the beatification of Paul Yun Ji-Chung and 123 companion martyrs at the Gwanghwamun Gate, he visited the shrine of the Martyrs of Seo So Mun in the morning.
Seosomun, the holy place of martyrs
The crossroads outside Seosomun (One of gates of old Seoul) where now stands the Seosomun Martyrs’ Shrine was, along with Saenamteo, one of the official execution ground under the Joseon Dynasty. Many Christians were martyred on this site during the persecutions of Shinyu(1801), Guihae(1839) and Byung-in(1866). Among them, 44 martyrs of the persecution of Guihae including Saint Paul Chong Ha-sang and 3 of Byung-in were canonized by John Paul 2 in 1984, and 27 martyrs who are called ‘Servants of God’ are candidates for beatification.
Myeongdong Catholic Cathedral
On the last day, the Holy Father, Pope Francis conducted a concluding Mass titled “Mass for Peace and Reconciliation” at Myeongdong Cathedral in downtown Seoul.
Myeong-dong Cathedral, situated in the heart of downtown Seoul, is both the Cathedral Church for the Archdiocese of Seoul and has become a symbol of the presence of the Catholic Church in Korea. In 1784, the first faith community in Korea gathered in this place which was then known as Myeong-Nae-Bang. In 1898, the Church was consecrated with Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception as its patron.
In 1900, the relics of the martyrs who had died in the persecutions of 1839 and 1866 were moved from Yong-San seminary to the crypt in Myeong-dong Cathedral.
Myeong-dong Cathdral is the first brick church in Korea built in the Gothic style.
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