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This cultural festival celebrates the 600th anniversary of the crowning of King Sejong from the Joseon Dynasty, whose stellar achievements include the invention of Hangeul, the Korean alphabet. The festival consists of various events, exhibitions, and sports events themed after this writing system widely recognized for being scientific and practical.

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Date : September 15 (Sat)–19 (Wed), 2018
Venue : Yeoju Ceramics Festivals

This cultural festival celebrates the 600th anniversary of the crowning of King Sejong from the Joseon Dynasty, whose stellar achievements include the invention of Hangeul, the Korean alphabet. The festival consists of various events, exhibitions, and sports events themed after this writing system widely recognized for being scientific and practical.

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Date : September 15 (Sat)–19 (Wed), 2018
Venue : Yeoju Ceramics Festivals

Yeoju, the City of King Sejong

Yeoju, the host city of the festival, is deeply associated with King Sejong. The city is home to Yeongneung, the royal tomb of King Sejong, and Silleuksa,
a temple that commemorates the great king. It is also the hometown of his mother, Queen Wongyeong. In addition, the Royal Tomb of Princess Gyeongan, King Taejong’s third daughter and a sister of Sejong the Great, is located in Jeomdong-myeon, Yeoju-si.

King Sejong Travel Route: Two-Day Yeoju Trip Itineraries

The itineraries of your trip to Yeoju, the city of culture and that of King Sejong, include visits to UNESCO World Heritage sites.

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1. Royal Tomb of King Sejong (World Heritage)

The Royal Tomb of King Sejong is a tomb shared by the king and Queen Soheon. When it was relocated from Gwangju, Gyeonggi-do (currently, Naegok-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul), to its current location, the stones surrounding it were removed, resulting in its current simpler look.

Address  269-1, Yeongneung-ro, Neungseo-myeon, Yeoju-si, Gyeonggi-do
Information  031-880-4700/http://sejong.cha.go.kr
Admission  Adults aged over 24: KRW 500; aged 24 or under: free

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2. Royal Tomb of King Hyojong (World Heritage)

Not far from King Sejong’s tomb is the Royal Tomb of Hyojong and Queen Inseon. King Hyojong was the second son of King Injo. He was taken to China (during the Qing Dynasty, to be exact) as a hostage after the Qing Invasion of Joseon in 1636. After the death of his brother, Crown Prince Sohyeon, King Hyojong inherited his brother’s position. The king and the queen were buried separately in “twin tombs,” with one placed in front of the other.

Address  269-10, Yeongneung-ro, Neungseo-myeon, Yeoju-si, Gyeonggi-do
Information  031-885-2505/http://sejong.cha.go.kr
Admission  Adults aged over 24: KRW 500; aged 24 or under: free

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3. Birthplace of Empress Myeongseong

The birthplace of Empress Myeongseong, who was assassinated by Japanese imperialists near the end of the Joseon period, is also located in Yeoju. The main section, guest chambers, detached quarters, and servants’ quarters have been restored as they were first built in the 13th year of King Sukjong’s reign (1687).

Address  71, Myeongseong-ro, Yeoju-si, Gyeonggi-do
Information  031-880-4024/www.empressmyeongseong.kr
Admission  Adult: KRW 3,000

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4. Sejong Observatory

Sejong Observatory is a private observatory that opened in 1998 inside the Yeoju Youth Center. Unlike many private observatories, it has advanced observation equipment including a 26-in Bulgok Astronomical Telescope and accommodations for visitors.

Address  Bupyeongro3-gil, Gangcheon-myeon, Yeoju-si, Gyeonggi-do
Information  031-3472-2621/www.천문대.kr
Admission  KRW 10,000 per person

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5. Yeoju World of Ceramics

Here, visitors can browse, buy, and make ceramics of Yeoju, the center of the Korean ceramic industry. It consists of a ceramics museum called the Bandal Art Museum, as well as ceramics stores with diverse themes.

Address  7, Silleuksa-gil, Yeoju-si, Gyeonggi-do
Information  031-887-8232
Admission  Free

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6. Silleuksa

Built during the Three Kingdom Period, Silleuksa was dedicated to King Sejong in the Joseon period. The temple is built beside the Namhan River. It offers a picturesque view of the landscape. It also houses seven government-designated treasures.

Address  73, Silleuksa-gil, Yeoju-si, Gyeonggi-do
Information  031-885-2505/www.silleuksa.org
Admission  Adult: KRW 2,200

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7. Yeoju Hangeul Market

Yeoju Hangeul Market consists of two markets: a standing market and a traditional market that opens on the 5th, 15th, 20th, 25th, and the 30th of each month. The market offers various merchandises associated with the Korean alphabet Hangeul, including chairs designed after Hangeul characters, wall paintings of Hangeul and King Sejong, as well as his statues.

Address  Around Sejongro14beom-gil, Yeoju-si, Gyeonggi-do
Information  031-881-5888 (Yeoju Hangeul Market Cooperative)  www.facebook.com/yjhgsijang
Admission  Free

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8. Gold and Silver Sand Riverside Park (Hwangpo Sailboat)

Gold and Silver Sand Riverside Park is one of the largest ecological parks / learning centers in Korea. The park has a neighboring riverside recreation area with a dock where visitors can board a Hwangpo sailboat, which used to carry goods up and down the Namhangang River during the Joseon period.

Address  164, Gangbyeonyuwonji-gil, Yeoju-si, Gyeonggi-do
Information  031-887-2752
Admission  A single trip on a Hwangpo sailboat: KRW 3,000–8,000; round trip: KRW 5,000–12,000
(prices vary depending on routes and seasons; call the number above before your visit)