While Korea’s Gyeonggi Province is becoming increasingly renowned as a MICE destination, the region has countless attractions for “bleisure” and leisure visitors.
Plunge into the past at the Korean Folk Village
In Giheung-gu, Yongin-si, the Korean Folk Village, traditional houses of commoners and noblemen are reproduced masterfully. Visitors can see the government office, the administrative institution in old region, Seowon (higher school) and Seodang (school for kids), herb medicine store, the medical institution, temple and Seonangdang (the shrine of ethnic religion), a fortune telling horse. In the Folk Village, visitors are assisted to experience everything related to the exhibited houses, ethnic religion, customs of New Year, folk games, etc. In the folk marketplace lie 11 diners including Gaekju house, Muk house, Rice Cake house, Rice Soup house, serve some 30 kinds of Korean traditional foods like rice soup, bibimbap, knife-cut noodle, cold noodle, injeolmi, sundae and dongdongju.
There are special exhibition halls that hold special exhibition in each time; sculpture park, wild flower park, traditional folk hall, world folk hall, museum, art gallery, image hall of historic drama, etc. Seasonal flowers such as camellia, peony, violet, azalea bloom in the wild flower park. The sculpture park is also spectacle that shows the sculpture made by 16 sculptors from nine nations. Some three thousand items of cultural heritage collected in five oceans & six continents are exhibited in eight rooms.
Plunge into fun at Everland
Yongin Everland, the amusement park listed as one of four top theme parks in the world, is a world of dream and fantasy. Travellers may never visit Never Land where Peter Pan lives, but they might get their lost or forgotten childhood illusion back here in Yongin. The park is the symbol of amusement culture with 40 latest amenities, the only complex wild safari world in the world and speed way for car racing. Special festivals for each season are conducted with unique themes, such as “Flower Carnival”, “Summer Splash”, “Happy Halloween”, “Christmas Holiday Fantasy”. Diverse events are presented every day; like magic shows, dance performances, band performances or Halloween Road Parties. Home Bridge, the family lodgement in the nature of theme park, provides comfortable accommodation.
Plunge into the life of the Emperor – at Suwon Hwaseong Fortress
A short train ride from the centre of Seoul, Suwon boasts the Hwaseong Fortress. The Fortress was constructed by king Jeongjo (reigning 1777~1800), the 22nd king of Joseon dynasty (1392-1910) after moving the tomb of his father Sadoseja, Crown Prince, who had been victimised in faction struggles in the court, and put inside a rice chest and had died in it, from Mt Baebong, Yangju, to Mt. Hwa, Suwon. and the moving of the local government headquarters from near Mt. Hwa to the current location under Mt. Paldal, Suwon. A tourist train travels Yeonmudae – Hwahongmun – Hwaseomun – Mt. Paldal – Hwaseong Temporary Palace (Hwaseong Haenggung) – Paldalmun market – Hwaseong Fortress Museum – Yeomudae. The the last Emperor of Korean, Sunjong’s palanquin-shaped front of the train and the red passenger cars are a sight to see!
Photo: Hwaseong Fortress Pavilion at night Suwon