Seoul is no doubt one of the most fascinating cities in Asia. It has charm, modern vibes and many things to make our days occupied. For my first experience in the city, there are so many things to see and to savour.
Here are some of the best things to do in Seoul you should not miss
Built in 1395, Gyeongbokgung is a great stop for seekers of insight into Korean history. Often compared to the Forbidden City, this structure was the main royal palace of the Joseon family. It was destroyed by Imperial Japan in the early 20th century but later restored over the following years. The monument is now a leading draw in Seoul and is one of the World’s exquisite palaces. Thousands of travelers step in for history and its striking grandeur. All those who turn up in a traditional hanbok dress are let in at free cost.
Explore Bukchon Hanok Village
Spot you need to visit if you feel more love for a mix of Seoul’s traditional culture and architecture. Houses (designed to maintain a balance between it and mountains) that dot the area makes for one of the best picturesque sights in the city. A walk around these structures is worth it and make sure to come with a camera of good quality for some pretty photo-shoots.
Visit the Lotte World
Lotte World is a must-see for anyone who is travelling with kids. Adding to the largest indoor theme park and an outdoor amusement park, the area consists of luxury boutiques, a shopping Centre, a hotel, an aquarium, Water Park and a Korean folk museum. A day spent here is just full of fun. Don’t miss to try the Dragons Wild shooting game, Comet Express rollercoaster and the Desperados game.
Climb the N Seoul Tower
At 236 m, N Seoul Tower is the second-highest point in Seoul. Located on Mt Namsan, this monument has been the city’s iconic site since it was established in 1980. If you are still not sure of the best point to see the city’s skyline, it is at the top of this tower. After sweeping views, you can be part of the multiple cultural and entertaining events hosted around the building.
Check out the Seoul Museum of Art
If Art is something to make you save for a trip to Seoul, the Museum of Art should be your first stop. It is housed in a historic building and features great exhibitions of Korean art. In addition to the unique showcases, the museum highlights the career of Chun Kyung-Ja, a Korean artist who was influenced by African art and culture.
The Yun Dong-Ju Literature Museum
Talking about Seoul, most holidaymakers know it for the striking cityscapes, but there is a lot more even for the history lovers. One of them is the Yun Dong-Ju Literature Museum. Built to honor South Korea’s poet “Yun Dong-Ju”, this site has all that you may need to know about him. Its three rooms showcase many photos of his life, books and the first editions of his poems. For lovers of books and poetry, there is a lot for you to read.
The Jeoldusan Martyr’s Shrine
Jeoldu-san is one of the most breathtaking religious sites you will ever come across in Seoul. It is a great place to seek more information about the Byeonin persecution of 1866 (Korean history). Within the shrine, there is a gallery and museum that displays all tortures made on the captured French and Korean Catholics. For more beautiful views, consider visiting the shrine at night when candles give it a glamorous glow.
Check in Everland
Lotte World in Seoul draws attention for most family travelers, but Everland is another perfect spot to have beautiful moments with kids. It is the largest outdoor theme park in South Korea with five zones of rides. Nothing is more exhilarating than a ride on the world’s tallest wooden roller coaster. From one of the seats on the coaster, views of Seoul city are engaging.
Enjoy a show at the NANTA Theater
This venue is the most popular in the city. It is such a suitable place to get a good picture of the modern culture of South Korea. Several travelers check in to enjoy one of the multiple shows hosted regularly. If you feel bored, the culinary-themed comedy performances, acrobatic moves and rhythmic melodies at Nanta won’t leave you the same.
The Seoul Alive Illusion Museum
For something unique in Seoul, make your way to the Alive Illusion Museum. It is the first 4D optical illusions museum in the country. The exhibits are quirky and unusual. Even if you claim to have been to an optical illusion museum before, once you check in to this locality, it is a must that you will see an unmatched thing. Don’t miss the Disney displays.
Relax at the Cheonggyecheon Stream
Meandering for about 10.9km, Cheonggyecheon is a quintessential getaway from Seoul’s vibrant streets and pollution. Travelers usually access it on hot summer days to cool off by dipping their feet in the waters and relax in space that is full of fresh air.
The huge market of Gwanjang is one of the top things to do in Seoul for any foodies. Occupying a total area of 42000 square meters, Gwangjang is amongst the oldest traditional markets in South Korea. For local life, culinary adventures and souvenir shopping, this is the best place for you. It is dotted by thousands of food stalls that serve local dishes at affordable prices. Some of the Korean dishes to try out are mung bean pancakes, tteokbokki and noodles.
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Explore Ikseon-dong Hanok Village
Hanok Village isn’t often listed among Soul’s top tourist spots, but a great stop for anyone who is seeking history and local encounters without the crowd. It was established in 1920 and still preserves the ancient setting.
See the DDP White Rose Garden
A unique place to visit in Seoul, the White rose garden is ideal for couples. It was majorly established to celebrate the seventy years of independence. It’s made up of 25550 LED roses that light up at night. The stream of white roses against the darkness is spectacular and worth to sight with your loved one.
Seodaemun Prison isn’t a fun place to visit, but important if you are craving for a glimpse of South Korea’s history. It was put up in 1908 mainly for Koreans who resisted against the Japanese forces. Several Korean patriots were tortured and died from this locality. It is now a museum that houses different tools used during the unrests, torture chambers and several photos.
The War Memorial of Korea
There is no better place to get details about the Korean and Vietnam War than the War Memorial of Korea in Seoul. It consists of six exhibition halls that showcase over 13000 pieces of military equipment. Besides the displays, the most appealing thing at this historical site is the Combat experience room where you are surrounded with the sounds, sights and smells of the battlefield by use of audiovisual effects.
Jogyesa Korean Buddhist Temple
In the list of top things to do in Seoul, Jogyesa is also remarkable spot.
Jogyesa is one of the most breathtaking places of worship in Seoul. Its striking splendor, a beautiful garden and ancient trees with colorful banners and streamers make for such a spectacular locality everyone must-see before leaving Seoul.
Suwon’s Hwaseong Fortress
Located one hour and a half from Seoul, this UNESCO site is among South Korea’s iconic monuments. It was constructed (between 1794 and 1796) mainly to house the remains of the murdered King Jeongjo’s father. Leaving alone the museum, Hwaseong’s architectural designs are incomparable.
The Jongmyo Shrine
Jongmyo, the oldest Confucian shrine is a perfect addition for your days in Seoul. Don’t miss it for an insight into Seoul’s history. This UNESCO listed site now serves as a shrine for the deceased kings and queens of the Joseon dynasty.
National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art
This is a new addition to Seoul’s top draws. It’s located in a traditional building that used to be the city’s defense security command. Once you check-in, don’t expect culinary adventures or shopping, but just great art exhibits and unique Korean grandeur.