5 Best Rides & Attractions You Must Try at Lotte World, Korea

Visit Lotte World, the best theme park within the city of Seoul!

If you are looking for entertainments and fun things to do in Seoul, try a visit to the most popular amusement park in the city, Lotte World Theme Park, or Lotte World.

Located in the eastern part of Seoul, this amusement park consists of the world’s biggest indoor theme park “Adventure”, which is open all year around, and an outdoor amusement park called “Magic Island”.11702839_1148278028519996_663443362699815953_nAlong with its thrilling rides, Lotte World offers a variety of performances and festivals all year around as well. 🙂eng_mapMoreover, the amusement park is very convenient to reach since it’s connected directly with Jamsil subway station (Line 2). For a map and detailed directions, click here.

For first timers, here we have picked 5 best rides and attractions you must try in Lotte World. Check them out now! 🙂

1. Atlantis

Atlantis is probably the most popular ride in Lotte World. It offers an ultimate thrill when it rapidly soars 20m height at the speed of 72km/h and plunges at an angle of 72 degrees!11221702_1183925144955284_979241707672114440_nAs Atlantis is the most popular roller coaster in Lotte World, the queue line can get very long. So we strongly advise you to get in the line as soon as you arrive at the amusement park!

2. Flume Ride

12107819_1183925458288586_79840006312896057_nIf you are going on the Flume Ride, be prepared to get splashed! With a jungle theme, you’ll feel like you’re exploring the Jurassic Era and get thrilled when the 4-seat log boat plunges into the waterfall. Don’t forget to smile and pose when you see a photo point!

3. Camelot Carousel

CM0255_3_kmainVisualCamelot Carousel is an iconic attraction in Lotte World. Though it may not offer you a thrill, it offers you memories of childhood and a romance! Go ahead and enjoy the dreamlike ride with your beloved ones.

Plus, this is the best spot for taking photos, so keep in mind. 😉

4. French Revolution

11219062_1186438181370647_2987706316980873916_nWatch out when French Revolution roller coaster rotates 360 or 540 degrees! Your head will spin after the ride, but it’s totally worth riding it!

5. Gyro Swing

bg_hn1Last but least is the Gyro Swing! Sitting on a huge spinning wheel-shaped vehicle, you’ll be able to feel the utmost thrills when the aerial view of Seokchon Lake and the surrounding area lays out in front of your eyes.

Now, are you ready to have some fun and scream? Go ahead and plan your visit to Lotte World with your friends and families!

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3 Must-Try Rides & Attractions at Caribbean Bay Water Park in Korea

Looking for the best things to do in summer in Korea?caribbean-bay-water-park (6)Head over to Caribbean Bay Water Park, the most popular water park in Korea, which offers nonstop excitement and thrills!

If this is your first-time visit and have no idea what to ride and experience, here we’ve picked 3 great water slides you absolutely must try at Caribbean Bay Water Park.

1. Mega Storm

From 36m above the ground, your adventure begins on Mega Storm in a 6-person tube. With 3 times of steep drops and surges, you can experience a zero gravity – all in just 1 minute.caribbean-bay-water-park (7)And the highlight is? A funnel-shaped large Tornado that makes you feel as if you’re swirling in a real tornado!caribbean-bay-water-park (1)Use Caribbean Bay Q-Pass, an express pass, for Megastorm. The Q-Pass allows you to access the express queue of selected rides and attractions during peak season and weekends!

2. Tower Boomerang Go

Another water slide you must try at Caribbean Bay is Tower Boomerang Go. It is a fast-paced ride, which falls from a Pirate Watchtower and then rises up toward a 19 meter hill at a 90 degree angle.caribbean-bay-water-park (3)

3. Tower Raft

Imagine yourself falling from the height of a 5-story building. Yes, the Tower Raft will make your imagination true. Enjoy the rapid curves throughout this fun ride!caribbean-bay-water-park (4)

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Other attractions at Caribbean Bay Water Park

Besides these ultra-fun water slides, families and friends can also enjoy a variety of swimming pools, including a wave pool, a lazy river, indoor pools and many more.caribbean-bay-water-park (5)caribbean-bay-water-park (11)caribbean-bay-water-park (10)

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Travel Review & Tips: Dragon Hill Spa (Korean Bathhouse) in Yongsan, Seoul

Sweat it out at Dragon Hill Spa, the best Korean spa in Seoul, Korea!dragon-hill-spa (3)What better way to unwind and de-stress in the city than to treat yourself to a spa day?

For Koreans, one of the most popular and unique ways to relieve stress and get pampered is by enjoying a Korean sauna at a traditional Korean bathhouse called “Jjimjilbang (찜질방)”.

For foreigners, these Korean public bathhouses offer you the most authentic and unique cultural experiences such as getting naked in the public and soaking in a bath tub with other people, all of which will blow your mind away.

To show you what it’s like to experience Korean sauna culture and what you can expect at a Korean spa, I, from Trazy Crew, visited Dragon Hill Spa in Seoul, the most famous Korean spa in the city.

So check out this guide to Dragon Hill Spa with a summary of my experience plus tips below!

Dragon Hill Spa at a glance

dragon-hill-spa-(5)Dragon Hill Spa is open 24 hours a day and all year round, you can visit the spa anytime of the year, making it a great late-night spot to hang out with your special ones and the perfect place to escape the heat, cold and rain.

Along with spa and sauna, Dragon Hill Spa offers you a wide range of amenities as well, such as internet cafe, fitness center, arcade center, and even a karaoke. And you can enjoy all of these at a relatively low cost, which is less than $15!dragon-hill-spa-(11)Offering more than just a spa, it has been featured in many famous Korean dramas and TV programs, such as a popular Korean variety show called “Running Man” and named as one of the three best saunas in Seoul by CNN.
dragon-hill-spa-(50).jpgWith signs and menus in English, Japanese and Chinese, the spa is also very foreigner-friendly. It’s no wonder it’s popular among foreign tourists!

Tips for those want to visit Dragon Hill Spa

1. Take advantage of online discount tickets.

dragon-hill-spa (1)While you can buy tickets at a regular price on site, you can also get discount tickets to Dragon Hill Spa on Trazy.com. If you buy from Trazy, all you have to do is show your mobile voucher.

2. Take the subway.

dragon-hill-spa-(2)Located in the district of Yongsan in central Seoul, it is very easy for first-time travelers and visitors to get to Dragon Hill Spa and taking the subway is highly recommended if you are not used to taking the local buses.dragon-hill-spa-(4)From Yongsan Station’s Exit 3, you can spot Dragon Hill Spa on your right.

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Tips on getting prepared at Dragon Hill Spa

Once you show the mobile voucher from Trazy, you will receive sauna uniform for a change and a bracelet-like key.
dragon-hill-spa-(13)This key opens all of your lockers (for shoes and clothes) and you can use this key to make a payment when you buy food and snacks at the cafeteria inside the building. So never ever lose the key!!!! If you lose the key, better run up to the front desk and ask for help.

Now, you must first change into sauna uniform.dragon-hill-spa-(14)If you are a lady, take the elevator.dragon-hill-spa-(15)If you are a man, enter the passage on the left.
dragon-hill-spa-(43)Once you get off the elevator, just follow the sign and enter. Then look for the locker according to the number written on your key. Put all your belongings and anything valuable inside the locker.dragon-hill-spa-(12)dragon-hill-spa-(21)Change into the clothes that you received from the front (don’t take off your underwear! ;)).

Tips on what to enjoy in Dragon Hill Spa

1. Don’t miss these Jjimjilbang foods!

dragon-hill-spa-(20)Head to the cafeteria or the snack bar on the 1st floor to try Jjimjimbang foods.dragon-hill-spa-(17)One of my favorites is these Jjimjilbang eggs, which are very, very popular treats served in Korean bathhouses.

Other bathhouses usually serve two kinds – a boiled egg and a roasted egg, or “Maek-ban-seok (Stone-plate Cooked Egg)” in Korean.dragon-hill-spa-(18)But you can find 3 kinds of eggs at Dragon Hill Spa.  dragon-hill-spa-(19)Koreans usually drink “Sikhye (Sweet Rice Drink)” together with the eggs. It is traditional Korean beverage made with rice and has some grains of cooked rice in it. Drink a glass of ice cold rice juice after sweating out in the saunas – 100% satisfaction is guaranteed!

2. Chill out at the public resting zone.

dragon-hill-spa-(34)At the entrance of the public resting zone, you can find the rectangular cushion or pillow. dragon-hill-spa-(36)Grab one of these and lie down, watch TV and enjoy maekbanseok eggs and sikhye with your friends and family.

It was kind of surprising to see so many numbers of people at the Dragon Hill Spa during the weekday, even when I visited late at night. I guess that’s because Dragon Hill Spa is really famous.

3. Try a bit of every sauna room in Dragon Hill Spa!

dragon-hill-spa-(37)Now, if you are ready to enjoy some sauna, choose a type of sauna room you want to experience.

Dragon Hill Spa offers several types of sauna rooms and zones, such as Pyramid Meditation Room, Nephrite Jade Energy Room and Hinoki Woodland Room, so just choose the right place according to your preference (I would say, the temperature you can withstand)!

If this is your first visit, I highly recommended these sauna rooms.dragon-hill-spa-(29)Here’s the Crystal Sun Salt Room, which is one of my favorites. Among many sauna rooms at Dragon Hill Spa, this is the most unique room, which is filled with salt pebbles everywhere.dragon-hill-spa-(32)But do watch out when you walk on these little pebbles – they can be a bit painful.
dragon-hill-spa-(23)If you opt for heat and steam, try the Korean traditional charcoal kiln, which looks like an igloo. These sauna rooms are different in temperatures: low, medium and high.dragon-hill-spa-(25)The low-temp steam room is not that steamy or hot, so if you want more heat, you may want to move to the mid-temp room right next to it.dragon-hill-spa-(28)For those who don’t like the heat, run over to this ice room!
dragon-hill-spa-(27)It’s a perfect spot to cool off after sweating out in the hot sauna. But since it is freezing cold, you’ll probably want to get out of this room after 2 minutes.

4. Use a massage chair to relax your muscles.

dragon-hill-spa-(24)You can also find these comfortable massage chairs in front of the Korean traditional charcoal kiln.dragon-hill-spa-(26)Just put your key and you can use these massage chairs and get a great leg and back massage 🙂

5. Do explore other areas or floors in Dragon Hill Spa.

dragon-hill-spa-(47)Since Dragon Hill Spa is a 7-story building, there are plenty other entertainment and amenities for you to explore and enjoy.

On the 1st floor, there are outdoor hot spring pool and various spa zones along with the snack bar and public resting zone.

On the same floor, you can also enjoy a spa treatment at the Royal Orchid Spa at an additional cost.dragon-hill-spa-(40)On the 7th floor, there’s a Sky Garden and Garden Cinema. There’s a snack bar and a little karaoke room as well. 😉dragon-hill-spa-(22)The basement floor features Cinema Hall, PC room (internet cafe), Game zone and a toilet. You might need to bring some cash to enjoy some of these facilities. And you can also find a little smoking room on the right side of the Adventure Zone.

6. Don’t panic. Public bath doesn’t really mean ‘public’.

After all the wandering, I finally headed back to women’s sauna zone to take a shower and a bath.

The public bath for men and women are completely separated, so no worries.

Carry the key and a towel and head downstairs to the bathing area where there’s a washing area for you to take a shower and a bathing area where you can enjoy refreshing bath.

You must take all of your clothes off, including your underwear. You’ll feel embarrassed to get naked in front of so many people at first, but nobody really cares so just try to be natural.

There are also various kinds of bath waters, so try each one! Don’t forget that it’s an etiquette to take a shower before you get inside a tub. 😉

7. You don’t need to bring your own toiletries.

If you’ve forgotten to bring your toiletries, don’t worry.

There’s a little store (a counter with a lady vendor) where you can buy all kinds of toiletries (mostly single-use) that you’ll need for a shower or bath (like shampoo, conditioner, cleansing foam, etc).

If you are done taking a cool shower and a bath afterward, it’s time to go home!

Freely use the complimentary hair dryers, toner and lotion, cotton swab, and etc prepared at the powder section. 😉

Last words about my experience at Dragon Hill Spa

dragon-hill-spa-(33)Of all the Korean bathhouses that I’ve been to, Dragon Hill Spa was absolutely the best.

The spa and sauna experiences, along with various entertainment facilities…all of them were amazing.

Though taking off clothes and getting to used to a public bath can be awkward at first, I think all of you will enjoy this unique Korean sauna culture.

Those who want to unwind in the city, head to Dragon Hill Spa for a soak today!

Dragon Hill Spa Discount Tickets are available here.

And of course, never forget to visit Trazy.com to find out the latest, newest, trendiest things to do in South Korea! 🙂dragon-hill-button.jpg

13 Things You Need to Know Before Visiting the Korean DMZ

Visit Korea’s DMZ, the most fortified border in the world!

14061862629_958b70b758_bDespite what you hear about the relationship between South Korea and North Korea on news and media, it is not as tense as it is depicted.

In fact, the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone), which is North and South Korea border, is one of the most popular destinations among the foreign travelers and tourists to Korea.

For those who wish to visit DMZ in Korea, here’s what you need to know when traveling to DMZ.

1. Korea is the only remaining divided nation in the world

After Korean War, a truce line was drawn across the Korean Peninsula and a ceasefire was put into place, which means the two Koreas are still officially at war.

It has been more than 70 years since the South and the North were divided into half and there were times when several incidents heightened the tension between them.

Nevertheless, it is doubted that these two nations would go to war in the future (hopefully).

2. What is DMZ? Is it really dangerous?

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The view of Kaeseong, a North Korean city, from Dora Observatory

For those of you who are unfamiliar to DMZ, it is a buffer zone between the two Koreas that was established on July 27, 1953 when the Armistice Agreement was signed during the Korean War.

Dividing the North and the South into half, this strip of land across the Korean Peninsula is 250 km (160 miles) long, and about 4 km (2.5 miles) wide, and military activity is forbidden in this area.

Untainted and undisturbed for a long time, the zone has become a haven for wildlife and endangered species today.

And no, it’s not as dangerous as many of you may think. It’s quite peaceful and even safe, actually, if you look out to the land stretching before you. Well, at least the zone and the surrounding areas are.

3. How do I get into DMZ?

Civilian access to the DMZ is strictly controlled. So when anyone says they visited the DMZ, it means they went to the designated tourist sites in the area. Even private cars and taxis are not allowed!

The only way you can visit the DMZ is through tours offered by select travel agencies. And for DMZ tours, booking in advance is highly recommended.

You can find and book DMZ Tours here.

19947169352_8cd3157ab6_bAs North Korea still remains as one of the most isolated and secluded countries in the world today, DMZ tour offers a great opportunity for you to sneak peek at what’s beyond the border from the South and also learn about Korea’s tragic history.

4. What should I bring when visiting DMZ?

All visitors, both locals and foreign visitors alike, must bring an ID card, a passport, or other type of documentation (Application Registration Card (ARC) for example) for identity check purposes on the day of the tour.

5. What can I see during the DMZ Tour?

paju-1079000_1920Usually, the DMZ Tour starts off or ends at the venue called Imjingak Resort and Nuri Peace Park, an hour and half drive away from Seoul.

Located 7 km from the Military Demarcation Line (MDL), the land border between North Korea and South Korea, this area is possible for foreigners and locals to visit without going through any security check points. 0-won-peace-nuri-1222909_1920Today, Nuri Peace Park is a great place for couples, friends and family to spend time and relax. It is beautifully decorated with artistic sculptures and holds performances time to time.IMG_4556You can also see on tanks and war crafts that were used during the war. How cool!amusement-park-447778_1920There’s even an amusement park near the Nuri Peace Park (you can reach it within 5~10 minutes on foot) where you and your whole family will have plenty of fun as well. IMG_4571834878569_85a9a58d4e_oBuilt in 1972, this three-storied building is called Imjingak, which is surrounded by several monuments, Unification Park and North Korea Center.

Inside the building, you can see exhibitions and collections of various relics and monuments related to the Korean War and subsequent South-North confrontations.paju-1079001_1920In front of Imjingak, you can find this old train that used to take passengers to the northern end of the Korean Peninsula before the two Koreas divided.

6. Gain a deeper understanding about the Korean War at the DMZ Theater

IMG_4608IMG_4609After passing the security check point, you will be able to visit tourist sites like the DMZ Exhibition Hall, which consists of a theater, Special Exhibition Hall and many other facilities.

The theater may not be fancy, but this place for sure helps you understand about the DMZ better.

Here, you can watch a short 3D film about the Korean War, when and how the the DMZ was created as well as the ecology of the DMZ.IMG_4599IMG_4594Outside the theater, there are wonderful sculptures so go ahead and take photos to cherish the memories of your tour! 😉IMG_4643IMG_4641Inside the Special Exhibition Hall, you can find photographs and other materials found within the DMZ as well as this guy below.
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7. Explore the Third Tunnel! It’s scary but fun!

17782347338_88af897ea7_bThe 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, or mostly known as the Third Tunnel, is an underground tunnel dug by the Northern army for a surprise attack on Seoul, which is located only 52km from Seoul!

The tunnel is 1.64 kilometers long, 2 meters high, 2 meters wide and is about 73m below ground. It is said that approximately 30,000 soldiers can move per hour through this tunnel.

8. What you need to know before you get inside the 3rd Tunnel

3391982738_3efd9b0edf_bWe strongly advise those with respiratory problems or is claustrophobic, not to get inside the tunnel.

And wear proper shoes! You will definitely regret wearing flip flops or high heels once you go down the tunnel.

Also, put your belongings (taking photos are not allowed inside the tunnel) in a locker before you enter.

We can tell you that it is an easy way down but it’s going to be a long way back.

9. Get DMZ-related souvenirs!

From North Korean rice to ‘Obalju‘, a North Korean alcohol drink, you can find unique souvenirs at the gift shop next to the entrance of the Third Tunnel. Stop by and take a look around! 🙂

10. Bring a coin when you visit the Dora Observatory

IMG_466214956194548_3b7af80e02_bDora Observatory is where you can look out to the Northern territory through binoculars.22826681531_1d3f8859dc_bWhen the weather is great, you will be able to see the statue of Kim Il-seong and  a village near Gaeseong City called Gijeongdong.20894727894_d6801ee9cc_b.jpgAlso, look for a flagpole that is listed on Guinness Book of Records as the world’s tallest flagpole, which is 160 meters tall!IMG_4661If you don’t want to miss out on this chance to see the North Korean territory, make sure you bring some coins for the binoculars!

12. Visit the gateway of hope and unification

IMG_4746IMG_4769Dorasan Station is one of the northernmost railway stations on the Gyeongui Line that is 700m away from the southern boundary line of DMZ. IMG_4742Though it is not in operation yet, this train station stands as a symbolic place that gives hope to the people of Korea.
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13. JSA & Panmunjom are even more strict!

2911668638_95e12c210b_bFor those who want to feel and experience more tense atmosphere, we highly recommend you to take this JSA (Joint Security Area) and Panmunjom Tour.

There are more restrictions when visiting JSA and Panjmunjom. For example, a colored copy of your passport is required if your nationality is one of the following countries. To see the countries, click here.2913817391_3e6f012b85_bPanmunjom is where the two nations meet, and the JSA are the blue buildings where the negotiations are held since 1953.

Here you can see the North and the South Korean forces standing face to face, which will be a very unique experience for you in Korea. border-853784_1920.jpgThis is what the conference room looks like, and these wooden conference tables are where the North Koreans and the United Nations Command (South Koreans and Americans) have discussions.

Lastly, there is no other place in South Korea where you can get this close to North Korea and North Korean soldiers like the DMZ, so if you have the chance, you better take it.

Do you want to explore DMZ or JSA? Check out Trazy’s tours below:

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The Best Fall Foliage Hotspots in Seoul for Your Instagram

Autumn in Seoul is absolutely wonderful – The leaves turn crisp and rich shades of yellow, red, orange and brown, the air is chilly, and you can start pulling out your light coats and scarves.

It boasts the perfect weather to walk around outside, bask in the cool breeze and to take in the gorgeous landscapes. Here’s our list of the best in Seoul for you to take in the beautiful fall foliage and take the best Instapics. Head to them quick before winter hits!

1. World Cup Park

#Seoul #worldcuppark #autumn 각자 저마다의 색을 뽐내는데 나는 무슨 색일까

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Made up of five parks, World Cup Park is lined with endless nature paths.

It also holds the Seoul Eulalia Festival at the top of the park to highlight the blooming field of reeds every autumn.

2. Garosugil (Sinsadong)

오늘의 #가로수길 #가을 #노오란은행잎 #토요일 #seoul #garosugilroad #garosugil

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Garosugil means “street with trees” and it definitely is lined with lots of them, especially Ginkgo trees. Enjoy taking in these towering trees with yellow fan-shaped leaves as you shop along the streets or sip a cup of coffee.

3. Samcheongdong-gil Road

#삼청동가을 가을색 올만에 칭구 후배랑 낮콧바람~ 날씨좋으다~ 온도는 초겨울…

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The scenic stone wall road that runs beside Gyeongbokgung Palace is perfect for taking a stroll during autumn.

At Samcheongdong-gil Road, you’ll be greeted by shades of striking yellow, orange, and red. Try a walking tour to really enjoy it to the fullest!

4. Gilsangsa Temple

#korea #seoul #gilsangsa #autumn #landscape #color #길상사 #가을 #단풍 #풍경

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Gilsangsa Temple is surrounded by many old trees and beautiful autumn leaves. It’s the perfect place to take a leisurely walk since the environment is peaceful and airy.

5. Deoksugung Palace

굿모닝~ 불금 잘 보내세요! #가을 #덕수궁 #덕수궁길 #seoul_korea

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Beautiful scenery is everywhere along this stonewall road, with the trees that look particularly colorful when viewed against the Deoksugung Palace walls. Enjoy it after a tour of the palace!

6. Bongeunsa Temple

The summer hues of pink and white are replaced with shades of orange, yellow, and some green at Bongeunsa Temple – all against a serene backdrop of the Buddha statue.

7. Dosan Memorial Park

A small but peaceful park, Dosan Memorial Park is full of golden autumn leaves and is a popular destination for office workers to enjoy a walk during their lunch breaks.

All the locations mentioned in this post are organized here for your convenience. If you’d like to check out more picturesque places across Korea to enjoy the fall foliage this autumn, try this tour!

As always, don’t forget to stop by our official website, Trazy.com, Korea’s #1 Travel Shop to stay up-to-date on the best things to do and places to check out! button_main 2

3 Interesting Facts about Korean Thanksgiving – Chuseok

bank-leaves-81571_1920.jpgIt’s that time of year again, “the season with clear skies and stout horses.” Nothing depicts fall in Korea more accurately than this old saying.

During the fall, the weather is at its prime with the perfect combination of sunshine and cool breeze. Additionally, the harvested crops are so plentiful that even livestock get to enrich themselves, so what’s not to like about this peaceful season?

Besides the beautiful scenery on the street and the smell of pumpkin spice and roasted chestnuts, there’s another reason why we anticipate fall…it’s the time of Korean Thanksgiving, also known as “Chuseok“!full-moon-415501_640

1. Chuseok, Happy Korean Thanksgiving Day!

Chuseok is a harvest festival that the whole nation celebrates together. Many scholars claim that it originates from the shamanistic worship ritual of giving thanks to the harvest moon and ancestors. Farmers would show their gratitude and pay homage to their ancestors by presenting them with their new harvest, believing they would spend the coming winter with warmth and plenty of food and have a rich harvest for the coming year. They would then share their food with friends, family, and neighbors.

Nowadays, it’s a time when people take a break from their busy lives to head home and spend time with their family and friends. As a result, airports, trains, and roads are packed as people return to their hometowns. There’s even an expression for such phenomenon, the “mass migration of Chuseok“. So if you plan to travel anywhere during Chuseok holiday, make sure you book your tickets way ahead of time or you’ll be headed absolutely nowhere.

About Charye

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Charye (차례)

Charye” is an ancestor memorial ritual that has been carried out for thousands of years in Korea. On the morning of Chuseok, family members gather in their homes to hold a memorial service for their ancestors, usually up to around four generations above (Chuseok would probably be over if they tried to pay their respects to every single one). During the ceremony, food, fruits, and beverages are offered to them. Each dish has a designated spot on the table and there are set processes such as lighting candles before alcohol is poured into three different cups and bowing twice afterward.

On the morning of Chuseok, family members gather in their homes to hold a memorial service for their ancestors, usually up to around four generations above (Chuseok would probably be over if they tried to pay their respects to every single one).

During the ceremony, food, fruits, and beverages are offered to them. Each dish has a designated spot on the table and there are set processes such as lighting candles before alcohol is poured into three different cups and bowing twice afterward. 64817_10200676393373275_1371045326_nAfter the ceremony, everyone sits together to enjoy the delicious food they prepared and used for the ceremony as they reunite and bond with their family members.

2. It’s Not a Festival Without Food!

No food, no party. That’s the universal rule.

Chuseok is no exception. Preparing the delicacies is a lengthy process that involves many hands due to the quantity and variety of foods to be made. The food is meant to serve the ancestors. Therefore, Koreans believe that the more effort you put into making it, the more respect you are paying for them.

Songpyeon: The Delicious Chuseok Delicacy 

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Songpyeon (송편)

When it comes to Chuseok specialties, it would be blasphemous to leave “Songpyeon” off the table.

This crescent moon shaped rice cake is made with rice from the first harvest of the year, filled with beneficial ingredients such as powdered sesame, red beans, brown sugar, and chestnuts. The finishing touch is a fragrant pine scent, achieved by layering the cake with pine needles.

Though Songpyeon used to be made solely by women, nowadays the whole family participates. And ladies, take note! There’s a belief that a person who makes Songpyeon in the prettiest shape will meet a great spouse and have a beautiful baby, so make it count! 83Besides Songpyeon, various other foods and fruits are served during the festival. Seasoned vegetables, pork, beef, and fish are common and the remaining choices vary by region.

For instance, in the northern part of Gyeongsang province, dried shark meat called Dombaegi and octopus are served because their main harvest is seafood.

It’s quite interesting to see the variety of foods in different regions, so do give them a try if you have the chance!

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Dombaegi (돔배기), dried shark meat

3. Eat, Pray and … Play!

So you’ve filled your stomach with delicious food and spent hours chatting with your family members. Now, it’s time to relax… NOT! The real fun now begins.

There are many fun traditional activities that await you, so get up and prepare to have fun!

About Ganggangsulae Dance

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Ganggangsulae dance (강강술래)

This nearly impossible-to-pronounce dance is traditionally done by women to pray for a bountiful harvest.

They come together under the brightest full moon, forming a circle as they hold each other’s hands. As the lead singer starts singing, the rest sing the refrain “Ganggangsulae” as they rotate clockwise. The dance gets faster and faster as the tempo speeds up and can last until dawn.

No one knows the exact origin, but many people claim the dance dates back to the 16th century when the Japanese attacked Korea. Naval commander Yi Sun-shin ordered the women to circle the mountains in military uniform to scare the enemy off, in an effort to deceive them into thinking the Korean military was greater in number than it actually was.

If you’ve never seen the dance, it’s quite interesting and exciting. Better yet, why not join in!

About Ssireum

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Ssireum (씨름), Korean wrestling

Ssireum” is a traditional sport in Korea, composed of two opponents who wrestle while holding each other’s belts, called ‘Satba (샅바)’.

To win, the player must bring his opponent down to the sandy ground. Unlike Japanese Sumo wrestling, pushing the player out of the circle does not signify victory.

The biggest contest is held during the festival, its popularity scale comparable to American football on Thanksgiving as many families enjoy watching the games on TV.

Traditionally, the champion of the contest receives a bull and rice as the victory prize along with earning the title of being “the world’s strongest man”. He’s definitely not someone you want to mess with.  iulleung_236666_1[332793]Can you imagine what an honor it would be for a man to be called the world’s strongest and to bring home a bull in one hand and a bag of rice in the other?

About Bull Fighting

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Bullfighting (소싸움)

There is no written record of its origin, but bullfighting has been done traditionally over many centuries. However, Korean bullfights don’t involve much blood or killing at all.

Instead of humans fighting bulls like in Spain, it’s literally just two bulls fighting each other. So if you’re an animal lover, don’t worry as you won’t be seeing anything gruesome. As a matter of fact, the bulls are treated with lots of love and affection. The trainers take care of them in a respectable way, feeding them gourmet meals after training.

The show isn’t all about competition. Rather, it’s to show how well their livestock have been raised. In a contest, these thick-necked bulls butt heads until one eventually gives in. A dual can last a few minutes or even hours.

Cheungdo is the city well known for its annual bullfight festival, with its own exclusive stadium that holds various events related to bullfighting. The event draws thousands of tourists every year. If you’re interested in this unique traditional and exciting event, you should try a visit to Cheungdo this Chuseok. dancingIf you’re stuck with nothing to do during Chuseok because your family is abroad, don’t stay at home moping. Head outside as there are still many things to do! 

Cultural sites like museums and palaces will be open, hosting a variety of holiday events. Try the National Folk Museum of Korea to participate in traditional folk games and try your hand at making Songpyeon or the National Museum of Korea to enjoy percussion performances.

Palaces like Deoksugung, Changdeokgung, Changgyeonggung and Gyeongbokgung will also hold traditional music and dance performances. In addition, amusement parks such as Lotte World, Seoul Land and Everland will also be open, hosting various special performances.

Wherever you are and whatever you’re doing, we hope you spend the best time during Chuseok holiday! And don’t forget to stop by Trazy.com to stay updated on the latest events and fun things to do in South Korea. button_main