Seoul has many traditional or modern attractions that travelers might like. Here are the best top 20 attractions we have chosen. Explore the places and enjoy Seoul.
1. Gyeongbokgung Palace
Gyeongbokgung is the first palace built in 1392 by Yi Sung-gyu, the founder of Joseon, and the largest palace.
Although the present Gyeongbokgung has been restored to a great extent, this palace represents the Joseon Dynasty. And the square in front of Gwanghwamun, the main gate, still plays an important role in leading the Korean square culture.
2. Bukchon Hanok Village
Bukchon, near Gyeongbokgung, was the residence of high officials and nobility of the Joseon Dynasty, and now it is a representative traditional residential area of Seoul, where hanok houses are gathered.
Located on a hill, Bukchon offers a good view. And you can feel the exotic feeling of walking through the narrow alleys surrounded by hanok houses and traditional craft workshops. One of the important things to do here is the traditional craft experience. See the post.
Insadong has many traditional handicraft shops, souvenir shops, and traditional tea cafes, making it a good place for travelers to enjoy traditional tea and buy gifts. And you can also find traditional craft shops that have been running for over 50 years. Do not forget to visit nearby attractions such as Jogyesa Temple and Unhyeongung.
Myeong-dong is one of the most popular shopping areas in Seoul. Especially, cosmetics and beauty service stores are the most places in Seoul. If you want to shop for Korean facial mask packs that is popular overseas recently, this is probably the right place. In addition, many fashion and sundry goods and accessory stores are also located on main streets and alleys.
5. N Seoul Tower
If you want to enjoy the view of Seoul, go to Namsan Seoul Tower. The tower has a variety of shops, such as restaurants, a hanbok experience and a perfume making experience. In addition, traditional events often take place in the Tower Square. Perhaps you will first visit Myeongdong or Namdaemun Market. After that, walking to N Tower is a good way to enjoy the view.
Hongdae is one of the representative areas where young people gather. There are many young fashionable apparel and accessories shops and cafés, and you can also enjoy unique experiences such as room escape, nail art, perfume making and ring making. You can also see artists busking on the street.
In addition, Hongdae is the region with the largest number of nightclubs in Korea, and with Itaewon, it leads the culture of nightclubs in Korea. In particular, Friday and Saturday are crowded with people until late at night.
Samseong-dong has various attractions such as COEX, Bongeunsa temple, SM-town (k-pop), and Hyundai Department Store and Starfield Complex shopping mall. In particular, if you visit when a good fair is held at COEX, you will enjoy this place even better.
8. Dongdaemun & Jongno
Dongdaemun Market, Korea’s largest apparel shopping area, and Gwangjang Market, a traditional market where you can experience various Korean foods, are best known in the region.
However, if you want to enjoy the area more, it is best to walk from Dongdaemun through Gwangjang Market to Jongno 3 Ga. Because this area is an old commercial district, you will see various shops selling Korean goods and features of this area.
9. The War Memorial of Korea
09:30~18:00 (Last Saturday of every month ~20:00, Closeds on Mondays • 29 Itaewon-ro, Namyeong-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul • www.warmemo.or.kr
Here and the demilitarized zone (DMZ) are representative places to realize that Korea is a divided nation. This memorial has nine exhibition rooms including ‘The Korea War Room’. In particular, at the 4D Experience Hall, you will experience the Korean War more realistically.
The outdoor exhibition area displays over 70 large-scale weapons, including aircraft, missiles, armored vehicles and tanks from around the world, which were used the Korean War or after World War II. In particular, some are open for people to enter.
10. Inwangsan Hiking
If you walk for about 40 minutes from Gyeongbokgung Station, you can see the same view as the photo. Furthermore, tourist attractions such as Sajikdan (ritual venue for good harvests and rain) and Hwanghakjeong (the archery practice field of the Joseon Dynasty) are on the way, making your hiking more enjoyable.
11. Changdeokgung Palace
Although it was excluded from the Top 10 by overlapping with Gyeongbokgung, Changdeokgung is the only palace registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In particular, Secret Garden, a resting place for the royal family, is Korea’s best traditional garden with minimal artificial addition to its natural environment, and is the essence of Changdeokgung.
12. Cheonggyecheon Stream
Cheonggyecheon is an artificial stream created in the center of the city. You will be able to feel the exotic atmosphere while looking at Seoul’s skyscrapers from the small stream side walkway. On weekends, flea markets are also held around Cheonggye Plaza, where the stream begins.
13. Noryangjin Fish Market
Visiting the fish market in other countries is a pleasure for travelers. At the largest Noryangjin Fish Market in Korea, you will see seafood that you have not seen before. Also, restaurants on the second floor will cook the seafood you bought for you.
14. Yeouido Han River Park
At the park, you can take a rest looking at the Han River, enjoy riding a cruise ship, or hire a bicycle to get around.
Seoul has 12 Han River parks. Among them, Yeouido is the largest and easily accessible (Yeouinaru Station Exit 3, Subway Line 5), and the Han River cruise is also available. There are also two bicycle rental shops in the park. (Subway No.1 exit, near the Cruise Marina)
15. Daehangno & Iwha Mural Village
Perhaps foreigners will not know Daehangno well. However, this area has many things to do like Hongdae, and it is also a representative theatrical performance area in Korea. And you can enjoy a nice view while strolling through the Naksan Park and Iwha murals villages.
16. Namdaemun Market
Namdaemun Market is the biggest traditional market in Korea, where you can buy various goods cheaply. In fact, many market merchants and stores in the province buy goods here at wholesale. There are more than 1,700 items in this market, including men’s wear, women’s wear, children’s wear, accessories, kitchenware, food, and miscellaneous goods.
One of the most important things to do in this market is shopping. In addition, challenging street food or exploring the food alleys will be an exotic experience for you.
17. National Museum of Korea
The National Museum of Korea is the 6th largest museum in the world, with about 12,000 permanent exhibits out of a total of 220,000 artifacts.
For travelers who are interested in Korean history and culture, this place is highly worth a visit.
18. Lotte World & Tower
The Lotte World theme park consists of indoor and outdoor ‘Magic Island’. And Magic Island is built on an artificial lake, Seokchon Lake, and has a bridge to the indoor area. Here you can enjoy about 40 rides, and you can also enjoy the arcarium and observatory in the 123-story Lotte World Tower building nearby.
19. Deoksugung Palace
Deoksugung, one of the five palaces of the Joseon Dynasty, is across the street from the city hall and is close to the Cheonggyecheon stream. This palace, surrounded by downtown buildings, offers a unique atmosphere unlike Gyeongbokgung Palace. And you can feel the atmosphere of the late Joseon Dynasty, which was shaken by foreign powers. It is close to Myungdong and Gwanghwamun, and there are quite a few attractions nearby, so it is worth visiting.
20. Gangnam Station
Gangnam, which appears in the song ‘Gangnam Style’, refers to the southern part of the Han River, and around Gangnam Station is especially a gathering place for young people.
There are a number of trendy shops on both sides of the road, and you can buy accessories and miscellaneous goods at an affordable price in the underground mall. Also, there are quite a lot of things you will enjoy, such as various restaurants, Korean pubs, VR experience, room escape cafes, ring making, karaoke and so on.
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