Do not know where to go if only have one day to visit Seoul? Let’s go with “One Day Trip For Muslim Tourist” plan.
First, let’s go to Gyeongbuk-gung Palace.
This palace operation hours different based on season.
January-February 09:00-17:00 / March-May 09:00-18:00 / June-August 09:00-18:30
September-October 09:00-18:00 / November-December 09:00-17:00
Adults (ages 19-64): 3,000 won / Groups (10 people or more): 2,400 won
Children (ages 7-18): 1,500 won / Groups (10 people or more): 1,200 won
But, if you wear hanbok, you can get free admission to go to all palaces in Korea include Gyeongbuk-gung Palace.
161, Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 종로구 사직로 161 (세종로)
Line 3 Gyeongbok-gung Station exit 5 / Line 5 Gwanghwamun Station exit 2
Inside Gyeongbukgung Palace, there’s National Folk Museum Of Korea.
To go inside this museum, no need to buy a ticket.
The National Folk Museum of Korea presents historical artifacts that were used in the daily lives of Korean people in the past.
Through the displays, visitors can learn about the domestic and agricultural lifestyles, as well as Korea’s cultural beliefs.
March-May, September-October: 09:00-18:00
* Weekends & public holidays (May-August): 09:00-19:00
37, Samcheong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 종로구 삼청로 37 (세종로)
Around that area, there’s one Halal Restaurant named Halal Kitchen.
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Located in Samcheong-dong street. Owner of this Restaurant is Korean Muslim.
They serve menu such as Japchae, Tteokbokki, Kimchi Jeon, Yanggalbi-jim, Dak-gangjeong,Yanggogi Bokkeumbap, Dakgalbi, bulgogi.
This restaurant provides a prayer space which is a good thing for Muslim tourist.
Price : 5.000-25.000 won
Operation Hours : 11.00 am-09.00 pm (closed on Tuesday)
86-4 Samcheong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Telephone : 02-733-3106
How to go this Restaurant?
From Gyeongbukgung Palace, find Samcheong police office and e-mart convenient store. After 100 m, you will see ‘Boy London’ fashion store. Take a right turn then you will see the ‘Halal Kitchen’ sign.
Not far from Halal Kitchen, there’s Bukchon Hanok Village.
Surrounded by Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace and Jongmyo Shrine, Bukchon Hanok Village is home to hundreds of traditional houses, called hanok, that date back to the Joseon Dynasty.
The name Bukchon, which literally translates to “northern village,” came about as the neighborhood lies north of two significant Seoul landmarks, Cheonggyecheon Stream and Jongno.
Today, many of these hanoks operate as cultural centers, guesthouses, restaurants and tea houses, providing visitors with an opportunity to experience, learn and immerse themselves in traditional Korean culture.
37, Gyedong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 종로구 계동길 37 (계동)
Beside Halal Kithcen, if you search for prayer room near this area, you can go to K-style Hub in Gwanghwamun.
K-Style Hub is a place where visitors can explore, try, taste and buy a little flavor from Korea.
Visitors can feel the wisdom of the Korean people through cooking. In addition, visitors can find all about Korea here because K-style Hub is a place to share tourist information, to understand its culinary culture, to cook and try its food, and to see and enjoy the beauty of Korea.
The good thing for Muslim Travellers K-Style Hub provided prayer room with gender seperation. So, you can pray comfortably. Inside prayer room you can find prayer time clock, Qur’an, Prayer Mat, Qiblat Information, Prayer Clothes, Slipper, Wudhu Room and dressing room.
As a tourist information center, it offers services and facilities such as tourism consulting, AR (Augmented Reality) facilities where visitors can take pictures with K-pop stars, virtual reality spaces where visitors can see and feel popular tourist attractions, as well as services and other facilities. Visitors can access all the tourist information on the second floor of the K-Style Hub building.
There is an exhibition room of Korean culinary culture on the third floor with a style inspired decoration from traditional Korean houses. Hanok. This room exhibits a variety of onggi suban (pottery water bowls) and introduces seasonal habits and foods that arise due to seasonal differences. There are also a variety of Korean traditional materials for visitors to see and try.
In addition, there is a special room to try and enjoy Korean food. This room is located on the fourth floor of K-Style Hub and is designed to be explored and tried by visitors. This room consists of a Learning Zone, where visitors can cook and try a variety of Korean dishes; Zone Eat, where visitors can try samples from various Korean dishes; and the Communications Zone, where visitors can find facts and information about Korean food.
On the fifth floor of the K-Style Hub, visitors can find Art Market, which showcases sobans, hanbok (Korean traditional clothes), and various classic items from Korean culture. Visitors can admire and buy a variety of Korean food products, K-brand cultural products, company products, and other unique artwork.
40, Cheonggyecheon-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 중구 청계천로 40 (다동) 한국관광공사 서울센터 빌딩
The last destination for this one day trip is Cheonggyecheon Stream.
Located near K-Style Hub.
Until it was restored in 2005, Cheonggyecheon Stream existed only as a neglected waterway hidden by an overpass. Today, it has been transformed into a haven of natural beauty amidst the bustle of city life.
148 Seorin-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul