The bright, fun and quirky city of Seoul is easy to fall in love with. Spend a week here and you still won’t see everything you want to see, but you’ll surely have fun trying. Only in town a few days? Here are 6 things that everyone will love that you shouldn’t miss out on when you’re in Seoul.
1. The 5 Palaces
One of the coolest things about Seoul is how all the modern architecture surrounds the ancient palaces that still stand there. In Seoul, there are five palaces. You might not have time to see them all if you’re only visiting for a few days, so head to Gyeongbukgung Palace which has two museums on site to round out the experience. It’s easy to spend an entire day here soaking up the culture and history.
2. DMZ Tour
Get as close to North Korea as you can by booking a tour to the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone). You can go down a tunnel, see the northernmost subway station, and get a clear look at North Korea. It’s a bit of a bus ride out of the city, but it’s worth it.
3. Seoul Children’s Park
The name might put you off if you don’t have children, but if you don’t go, you’ll be missing out on one of the coolest things to do in Seoul. There’s a free zoo and botanical gardens here, plus an amusement park. And while you’ll need to pay a fee to ride the rides, you can still have a great time here even if you don’t.
Go on a tour of Seoul and your guide will absolutely take you here. You’ll be glad to go too. There are cool cafes and art galleries, plus restaurants where you can take in a traditional dance performance while tasting Korean temple food. There are so many interesting souvenirs to buy here too from hand-woven silks to wild socks with K-Pop bands on them.
5. Hongdae and Itaewon
If you want to go out on the town, you’ll have the most fun in Hongdae and Itaewon. Hongdae is near Hongik University, so it has that college vibe going for it, but it’s also bustling with cafes, restaurants, galleries and shops. Itaewon is more of a foreigner’s playground. If you’re growing tired of Korean food during your travels or want to meet other foreigners, it’s your best bet to find English pubs, French restaurants, and even a supermarket with imported goods from the West. Both areas are ideal though if you want to go out and party all night.
6. Lotte World
If you love Disney World, then you will love Lotte World. It seems to have pinched heavily from Walt Disney’s vision, but it’s still charming and fun. If you love amusement parks, you shouldn’t miss it. Also, it’s loads cheaper than Disney.
What will you do first in Seoul?