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Top 5 Things to Do in Seoul, South Korea

Top 5 Things to Do in Seoul, South Korea
November 24
08:00 2015

 

Seoul is the ultimate destination. It’s a modern city steeped in tradition. It’s fast-paced with skyscrapers, lightning-fast internet and an excellent underground train system. But it’s not all electronics, sleek buildings and modern technology. It has an abundant history, ancient traditions, a rich culture and natural beauty wherever you look. With so much to see and do, it can be a daunting task to decide where to start. Fear not, however, as we have done the hard work for you.

Once you have booked your cheap flights to Korea, below are the top 5 things to do in Seoul during your stay:

1. Visit a Palace and Watch the Changing of the Guards

Gyeongbokgung Palace is arguably the most famous and beautiful palace in Seoul. It was the main residence of the royal family during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). You can also check out the National Folk Museum of Korea and National Palace Museum which are located on the palace grounds. Check the times in advance for English tours and make sure to catch the reenactment of the Changing of the Royal Guard. Conveniently located nearby is Deoksugung Palace and King Sejong Memorial Hall. If time allows, visit all three.

Top 5 Things To Do In Seoul, South Korea

2. Ride a Cable Car to N Seoul Tower at Night

This is the epitome of Seoul sightseeing. Located on Mt. Namsan in the centre of the city, the views at night will take your breath away. Marking the highest point in Seoul, the viewing platform of the 777 ft tower is the ultimate place to take in the enormity of the city. This is best on a clear night. You will literally be looking at half of the people living in Korea. That’s pretty incredible. On the Roof Terrace you will find the famous Locks of Love, thousands of padlocks placed by lovers symbolizing their enduring love.

Top 5 Things To Do In Seoul, South Korea

3. Go Shopping

Seoul is a shopping mecca. Insadong, Myeongdong, Itaewon, Namdaemun, and Dongdaemun. All are excellent and unique. Insadong is best for finding traditional Korean souvenirs and hand-crafted items. This shopping area is the one most catered to tourists. Myeongdong is trendy, fast-paced and filled with young people. It is more upper scale with nice restaurants, several theatres, and popular chain stores. Itaewon is as international as it gets in Seoul. It consists of a couple of long streets lined with bars, restaurants, and foreign stores. Namdaemun is part flea market, part typical Korean market, and part tourist shops with traditional Korean souvenirs. Be sure to see the beautiful Sungnyemun Gate on the corner of the market. Finally, Dongdaemun is a huge shopping complex most famous for selling fabrics, accessories and cheap clothes. It has a little of everything.

Top 5 Things To Do In Seoul, South Korea

4. Take the DMZ Tour

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to visit the most heavily fortified border in the world. Just 34 miles north of Seoul is the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), a strip of land 55 miles long and 2.5 miles wide that divides North and South Korea. The only way to visit the DMZ is with a tour group, and you must book your tour in advance. There are several companies that offer tours. Make sure your tour includes Panmunjeom as this is where you get to see the North Korean soldiers and cross into North Korea via a conference room that straddles the two countries.

Top 5 things to do in Seooul

5. Experience the Themed Cafés

Koreans have got coffee shops figured out, and Seoul has some of the coolest themed coffee shops in the world. You can sip your non-fat sugar-free vanilla latte while Dr. Fish are nibbling the dead skin from your feet. The cat cafes are probably the most popular of the themed cafes (rightly so), but there are countless other cafes with bizarre and brilliant themes.

Top 5 Things To Do In Seoul, South Korea

About Author

Janet Newenham

Janet Newenham

Janet Newenham is a travel blogger from Cork, Ireland who has been travelling the world for over ten years. She writes about her crazy experiences abroad on her award-nominated travel blog 'Journalist On The Run', and also gives tips on how to lead a life full of travel and adventure.

1 Comment

  1. Oliver
    Oliver January 20, 03:07

    Thanks for the great post. I was always interested in DMZ tour but didn’t had some useful information.

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