Cheonggeychon Stream – Changdeokgung Palace – Cooking food (Bulgogi) – Namsan Hanok village (Lunch Included) (09:00~15:00)
Cheonggyecheon Stream, until it was restored in 2005, existed only as a neglected watercourse hidden by an overpass. Today, it has been transformed into a haven of natural beauty amidst the bustle of city life.
Narae Bridge, expressing a butterfly in flight, and Gwanggyo Bridge, symbolizing the harmony of the past and future, are just two of the more than twenty beautiful bridges that cross the stream. The ‘Rhythmic Wall Stream’, lined with fine marble, sculptures, and Korea’s 8th stone building, Palseokdam, adorn the Cheonggyecheon Stream.
Changdeokgung Palace, was the second royal villa built following the construction of Gyeongbukgung Palace in 1405. It was the principal palace for many of the Joseon kings and is the most well-preserved of the five remaining royal Joseon palaces. The palace grounds are comprised of a public palace area, a royal family residence building, and the rear garden. Known as a place of rest for the kings, the rear garden boasts a gigantic tree that is over 300 years old, a small pond, and a pavilion.
For those looking for a hands-on cooking experience to learn about Bulgogi(grilled marinated beef.), Classes are designed so you will be able to make a full Korean meal in 1 or 2 hours. First you are given a demonstration on how to make the dishes, and then you will make your own dishes. Afterwards, you get to enjoy what you made.
If you get off at Chungmuro Subway Station, you are right in front of Namsangol Hanok Village (traditional Korean village). You may consider it interesting to find this area standing between the tall buildings. This village has five restored traditional Korean houses and a pavilion, a pond and a time capsule, which make it a perfect spot to take a walk.