“Chuseok” means Thanksgiving Day in Korea. It is one of the biggest and most important holidays that Koreans celebrate.
This three-day holiday is also a celebration of good harvest festival. Traditionally Koreans visit their ancestral hometowns and families come together to share food.
For foreigners living and working in Korea, this holiday is one of the most anticipated one as it is a long break from those hard works. Often they wander around Korea with their friends.
For Filipinos in South Korea (FILIPOS), they celebrated the first day of Chuseok on their photo walk at Gyeongbukgung Palace wearing the Korean traditional dress, Hanbok.
Gyeongbuk palace, was the main royal palace during the Joseon dynasty. It is the largest among the five grand palaces in Korea: Changdeokgung, Changgyeonggung, Deoksugung, Gyeonghuigung and Gyeongbokgung.
Wearing hanbok and walking around the palaces is one of a great experience that you may try when in Korea. It feels like you’re part of their formidable history.
You can visit Gyeongbokgung any day of the week, but if you want to experience a special visit, though that will be a lot of visitors I’m sure, you must choose the date of those special holidays.
Why? Simply, because a lot of these palace visitors will wear a special Korean traditional dress and that will complete the ambiance of this historic landmark and will make your visit a really good one.
Hanbok rentals are available near the palace vicinity, but ours was rented at Hanbok Plus Shop which can be found at exit 2 of Gyeongbokgung station, line 3.
Gyeongbokgung is located at exit 5 (about 2 minutes walk) of Gyeongbukgung station, line 3 or Gwangwhamun station.
Enjoy the rest of Chuseok holidays!