South Korea holidays
The vibrant and growing city of Seoul is well known for its hi-tech industries and rapid recent development, but beyond the skyscrapers and busy streets lies a rich cultural history and interesting places to visit. Gyengbok Palace was built in 1395, and features large and detailed pavilions in unique Korean style, set in picturesque gardens; while Changdeokgung Palace was built shortly after in 1405 as a villa retreat, and encompasses splendid halls, gates and pavilions that are designed to be in harmony with the surrounding landscape. Jongmyo Shrine is an ancestral place of worship where the tablets of the kings and queens have been preserved. A memorial service for deceased kings based on Confucian practices is still held here on the first Sunday in May, accompanied by much fanfare with participants dressed in traditional costume.