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Attractions in Seoul, South Korea
Seoul is one of the most developed cities and a popular travel destination in the world. Beautifully brimming in history and culture along with contemporary lifestyle, Seoul is indeed one of the best places to visit around the world. If talking about what to explore and things to do in Seoul, we could make a long list. Though every experience in Seoul is worth relishing (if not multiple times, but at least once), but obviously it would not be possible for you to indulge in all of them in just a single trip to South Korea. Therefore, I have created this post to recommend the best and most unique places to visit in Seoul. So, let’s get started!
Bukchon Hanok Village
Address: 37, Gyedong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Opening Hours: Sunday to Saturday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Bukchon Hanok Village is one of those places in Seoul which is loved by almost everyone who pays a visit here. The village is known for its traditional hanok houses that were once flourishing in the entire country during the time of the Joseon Dynasty. Along with that, the beautiful alleys of the village are the star attraction of the village. This beautiful neighborhood is located in the downtown of the city between Chnagdeokgung Palace and Gyeongbokgung Palace.
Address: 161 Sajik-ro, Sejongno, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Opening Hours: Wednesday to Monday from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
The city of Seoul has a total of five stunning palaces, Gyeongbokgung being the largest and most important of all. It has a stunning architectural design that appeals to the eyes of tourists. The palace dates back to 1395, the palace has a huge complex which also includes a pavilion and a pond. Here at the palace, another thing to see is the ceremony of Changing of the Royal Guard at the main gate of the palace.
N Seoul Tower
Address: 105 Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan 2(i)ga-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Opening Hours: Sunday to Saturday from 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Located on the top of Namsan Mountain, N Seoul Tower is arguably the most iconic attraction in Seoul. There is an observation deck in the tower from where you can relish the sweeping view of the city. Besides, the tower also includes a restaurant and souvenir shops. The restaurant is one of the finest eateries in the city from where you can choose to have dinner in the evening while relishing the sight of the city. There are two ways to reach the tower; either is through a cable cab or by hiking all the way up to the top. The hike is not challenging and it takes hardly half an hour as the mountain is located at an elevation of just 262 meters above the sea level.
Address: Myeong-dong, Jung-gu Seoul, South Korea
Myeongdong is a vibrant shopping district and visiting this place is certainly a must-do in Seoul. This popular neighborhood in Seoul is dotted with swanky cafes, fashion stores, skin care shops, and much more. The area is home to a number of themed cafes, Hello Kitty Cafe being a popular choice amongst visitors. Not just this, while in Myeongdong, you can also expect to savor the taste of various delectable Korean food.
Address: 240 Olympic-ro, Jamsil-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 9:30 AM to 10:00 PM
Known as the largest indoor amusement park in the world, Lotte World is an attraction for people of all ages. The complex of Lotte World also has an outdoor amusement park, known as the Magical Island. Magic Island is basically a man-made island inside a lake which is linked by a monorail and shopping malls. Not just this, the complex also has a luxury hotel along with sports facilities, movie theatres, and a Korean folk museum. If you are looking to enjoy a fun time with friends and family, then this is the place to be. Lotte World is way more than just an amusement park, it is a popular entertainment hideout for people of all ages.
Address: 55 Ujeongguk-ro, Gyeonji-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Opening Hours: Open all throughout the day
Jogyesa Temple is one of the most renowned Buddhist sites in Seoul. The temple was established in the year 1395 during the Joseon Dynasty. However, it was later turned into ashes after a fire. The present architecture of the temple dates back to 1910. At present, the shrine is one of the most popular tourist places to visit in Seoul because of its stunning architecture and tranquil ambiance.
Bukhansan National Park
Address: 262 Bogukmun-ro, Jeongneung-dong, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Opening Hours: Sunday to Saturday from 4:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Despite having a small geographical area, South Korea is home to around 22 national parks and Bukhansan National Park is one of them. Located in the periphery of Seoul, Bukhansan National Park is one of the most stunning attractions to visit, especially for wildlife buffs. The park is dotted with sweeping mountain views, gushing streams, maple leaves, and quaint temples. Sprawls over an area of 80 sq km, the national park includes a hike that takes you all the way up to the spectacular ridgetop peak.
If you are looking for a social hub to visit in Seoul, then Gangnam is the best option. Thanks to the international mega-hit, ‘Gangnam Style, by Psy, this district is one of the best places to go to in Seoul. From clubs to shopping stores to restaurants to street food vendors, there is so much to do here in Gangnam district. Not just this, Gangnam is also home to a number of attractions including Bongeunsa, Samsung D’light, Samneung Park, Seoul Olympic Park, and COEX.
As I earlier said, Seoul has plenty to offer to its tourists, hence, do not except your Seoul trip will be restricted to just these attractions. The other important attractions are Hongdae, Insadong, COEX Mall, War Memorial of Korea, Demilitarized Zones, Jongmyo Shrine, Samsung Museum of Art, and National Museum of Korea. If you only have three days in Seoul, this list will give you more than enough to do. Enjoy your time in Seoul, South Korea.
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