Seoul is the capital of South Korea with an entire population of 10 million(!). Here awaits an action-packed experience with lots of things to do and tourist attractions to visit.
Seoul has an excellent mix of the modern and the old, and there are plenty for every taste and wallet, big or small.
In this article, I share the city’s best tourist attractions, and my favorites when it comes to things to do in Seoul.
A historical Palace which is famous all over South Korea. Unfortunately, the original temple was destroyed in a fire in the 1400s but was later rebuilt in 1867. The entrance fee is about 3$ and also includes the Museum located in the rear end. Gyeongbokgung is centrally located and within walking distance to many other attractions in Seoul such as Cheonggyecheon stream and the statue representing King Sejong.
Address: 161 Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul.
The National Park Bukhansan
In the northern part of the city, you’ll find Bukhansan Mountain and the National Park with the same name. There are several trails to choose, but the three most famous peaks are Baegunbong, Insubong and Baegundae. Besides mountains and nature, there are also about 1,300 different kinds of animals in the national park and also some old buildings.
If you like to hike, this is, without a doubt, one of the must things to do in Seoul. From the top, you can enjoy fantastic views of the city and the national park.
The last part up to the top can be quite scary, though, as you need to hold firmly onto a handrail while walking on smooth stones that go straight up to the top.
Changdeokgung is one of the “Five State Palaces” built by the Joseon Dynasty. Since 1997 is included on the UNESCO World Heritage list. It was constructed as early as the 1400s but was rebuilt in 1609 after being destroyed during the Japanese invasion 1592.
From 1609 and 300 years forward this palace was home to the royal court.
Address: 99 Yulgok-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul.
A visit to South Korea can’t be fulfilled without a Korean Barbeque experience. These “barb it yourself” restaurants are pretty much everywhere. You order what kind of meat (or vegetables) you want and how much, and pay accordingly.
If you are interested in the more traditional Korea, there is a small village named Bukchon, between Gyeongbokgung and Changdeok. The village is over 600 years old and offers among other things, art galleries and traditional restaurants mixed with small cozy cafes and squares.
A lovely contrast to the otherwise very modern city center.
N Seoul Tower
Looking for a good view of the city? Then this tower for you. Entrance fee is about 10 $, and up in the tower you have four observation spots that give you 360-degree views of the city. If you get hungry, there are also two restaurants.
Address: 105 Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul.
Go clubbing in Hongdae
Did you know that one of the world’s best party venues are in Seoul? Hongdae is the famous area that is known to all the clubs and bars as well as all street art.
Hongdae is located right in the middle of several of Seoul National University. So, it’s not so surprising that you will find good parties here considering how many students are staying here. The clubs are open until late at night, and some do not close until the sun goes up.
Want to see what Seoul has to offer regarding nightlife so Hongdae one of the best areas to go to.
Other Tourist Attractions and things to do in Seoul
If you enjoy shopping, Dongdaemun market is a must place to go to when visiting Seoul. This market is a real paradise for all shopping lovers with 20 levels of shopping and a full 30 000 individual stores.
Do you like rides, water parks, and amusement parks? Then Lotte World is for you. It’s one of the world’s largest amusement parks, and there are hundreds of rides to suit all sorts of ages.
Lotte World offers a fun day for the whole family.
Itaewon is the expat district in Seoul where many of the city’s international residents are hanging. It is also where you will find the largest selection of international food.
Besides food, there are also many cafes and stores selling everything possible such as local craftsmanship and tailor-made suits.
When the sun starts to go down, the Itaewon turns into a big party area with a lively nightlife.
Stroll along Cheonggyecheon stream
In the middle of Seoul, you’ll find an artificial river that stretches throughout eight kilometers through Downtown. Along the river, there are some street art to enjoy as well as waterfalls, and bridges.
A walk along the river is always nice, especially when the sun is starting to go down.