Have you visited Seoul? If you have not, why not try exploring this wonderful city filled with exciting attractions, mouth-watering food and unforgettable shopping experience? If you are going to Seoul sometime soon, here is the list of things you can do while you are there.
Visit Korea’s most famous royal palace built that was built in 1300. It is closed on Tuesdays and English guided tours are available 3 times daily. Catch and Gwanghwamun Gate Guard-on-Duty Performance or Royal Guard Changing Ceremony between 10 AM to 4PM while you are there. You can also wear the gatekeeper’s costume for free. Admission fee is 3,000 Korean Won.
Flanked by Gyeongbok Palace and Changdeok Palace, this village has the largest amount of traditional Korean wooden house that are privately owned known as hanok. These houses are as old as the Joseon Dynasty.
Climb up this peak located behind the President’s pad or also known as Blue House. Be warned that mountain trails get clogged easily so it is advisable to visit it during weekdays.
War Memorial of Korea
As Korea has been invaded plenty of times historically, visit this place to learn about the country’s troubled past. The admission is 3,000 Korean Won.
You can visit these 3 unique museums. They are Gahoe Museum, Korea Furniture Museum and Kimchi Field Museum.
Seoul City Tour Bus
If you are feeling lazy to walk around, jump onto this bus by looking for blue sign poles to board. You will also get free history lessons during your journey.
Scariest Place on Earth
Dubbed as the Scariest Place on Earth by Bill Clinton, the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) is the border between South Korea and North Korea. Although certain lookout points and sights can be accessed by public transport, the most interesting sites are only available on guided tours by American Infantry and you have to book as early as 4 days in advance. Expect to pay around 75,000 Korean Won for this.
Have a hipster looking photo shoot here which is also a shopping mall with trendy brands and Seoul’s very own container park.
Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP)
This is the venue for exhibitions, events and design related industry shows. Be sure to check out this place to see if there’s anything that you like to see.
Located nearby to DPP, you can enjoy dipping your feet in cool water here and also walk along the stream.
A must-go place if you are a K-pop fan. Buy K-pop merchandise, view SM-related exhibits and also watch a live performance if you are lucky enough. You can also experience being an artiste for a day at SMTOWN STUDIO. They offer photo-shoots, vocal lessons and also music video making lessons.
digital D’Light, T.um
digital D’Light is a showroom by Samsung that showcases their products from the past, present and for the future. On the other hand, T.urn is run by SK Telecom and offers you a sneak peak of the technology that we will be using in the future.
Lotte World is the largest indoor theme park in the world. Admission costs 26,000 Korean Won excluding the rides but discounts are available for children after 4 PM and discount coupons are often offered at the information booths in Incheon Airport.
This is one-of-a-kind experience to try. Party around Hongdae Streets with your headphones. Be one of the first 300 people to receive the headphones.
Some of the best underground shopping experiences include Gangnam Underground Shopping Centre, Express Terminal Shopping Centre and Yeongdeungpo Underground Mall. Find great bargains here.
Shinsegae Department Store
Visit here to see locals buy melons and locally grown oranges at outrageous prices. You can also see Korean women jostle to buy prepared dishes, fishes and sample kimchi at the basement. Famous brands like Salvatore Ferragamo and Hermes can be found upstairs and there is also a new garden on the rooftop.
This is the place to buy all that Korean snacks that you have ever dreamed of. Snacks like MarketO brownies, Lotte biscuit sticks, tteokbokki crackers are found here. Remember to bring a big shopping bag.
MyeongDong and Edae
Go crazy and buy different types of cosmetics brands at this cosmetic shopping heaven. Be sure to look out for buy one free one deals to save money. . If you see an ice-cream stand around Myeongdon area, be sure to try the 32 centimetres twist ice cream cone for 2000 Korean Won. There is also another shopping heaven called Edae near to Ewha Women’s University
This market is open 24/7 and a fantastic place to shop for inexpensive clothing, fabrics, jewellery, housewares, accessories, toys, flowers, stationery and food. The market is very crowded so be prepared to be bumped around. Remember to try the street food like mandu gook (dumping soup) and bindae duk (skillet fried mung-bean pancake) there.
It is one of the biggest shopping districts and it comes alive from 10 pm to 5 am. Some of the most popular shopping malls like Migliore, Doota, Good Morning City and Hello apM can be found here.
Head to Insandong for traditional goods and souvenirs. Wander into alleyways to discover unexpected gems and hidden charms.
Try out hotteok (sweet pancakes), tteokbokki (spicy rice cakes), kimbap (seaweed rice rolls) and the classic chicken skewers while walking around Seoul.
Baedongbaji in Samcheong-dong
Try this place for an excellent full-course Korean lunch which includes japchae, doenjiang jiigae and sengsun ya-chae-jeon.
Airang Folk Restaurant
Visit this restaurant for great Korean speciality marinated beef also known as Kalbi. It is located directly behind Westin Chosun Hotel.
If you are a cat lover, take a break from your shopping spree in Myeongdong and play with cute looking cats at this cafe.
Korean Fire Noodles Challenge
Try out this crazy challenge by heading to the nearest convenience store to grab a cup of spicy noodles, cook it and eat it as fast as possible.
Ginseng Chicken Soup
Drop by Tosokchon to the famous ginseng chicken soup. There might be a queue during lunch time but it is worth the wait.
Go cafe hopping by making your way to Garosu-gil where you will find famous cafes like O’Sulloc Tea House and Deux Cremes. If you are in Seoul during summer, you can try out patbingsu (Korean shaved ice) and any cafes.
It is a non-alcoholic drink that you must try while in Korea. It is carbonated and has milk in it.
They serve Mexican Food with a Korean twist. Some of the recommended dishes include Shrimp Tacos and Kimchi Carnitas Fries.