14 Fantastic Things To See And Do In Seoul, South Korea

14 Fantastic Things To See And Do In Seoul, South Korea
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Seoul, the capital city of South Korea, is such a fun, eclectic and brilliant city. It’s got a fantastic mix of old and new, delicious food (always a travel favourite of mine) and a smattering of fantastic sights worth seeing dotted across the city.
Before visiting Seoul, we (like a lot of travellers out there) had this pre-conceived notion of Seoul being this shiny global city comprising predominantly of glass and steel towers and while some of that is true, there’s still so much more to the city than just that.
With that in mind, we’ve put together 14 places you need to visit and things you need to do, to get more of a sense of what Seoul is truly like. 😃
14 Fantastic Things To Do In Seoul, South Korea

1.) Korea Furniture Museum

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Not the first thing you think of when you think Seoul attractions, but the Korea Furniture Museum is more interesting than you’d expect!
Filled with over 2,000 pieces of traditional furniture, the museum also boasts 10 traditional Korean houses for you to get a real insight into South Korean lifetstyles and culture – though it’s worth noting that this part is accessible by reservation only so get your tickets in advance of visiting.

2.) Insadong

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Visiting Insadong is also another great way to get an insight into South Korean culture. This district is home to many shops, teahouses, market-style booths, and restaurants where guests can shop, drink, and eat to their heart’s content.
With over 100 art galleries, you are bound to find a unique souvenir or two to take back home with you (*there are also traditional clothing, paper, and pottery for sale in the area so your souvenir doesn’t need to be just art-related).

3.) Bongeunsa

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The Temple of Gangnam is a surprisingly tranquil place smack in the middle of the city. It offers visitors strikingly beautiful and contrasting views of the traditional houses of old Korean districts along with views of the modern, towering skyscrapers.

4.) Gyeongbokgung Palace

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Gyeongbukgung Palace is the largest of the grand palaces in Seoul and an absolutely must-visit. (We ended up having to visit twice because on our first attempt we arrived as a group in two taxis and couldn’t figure out where the other group was until the palace closed. Turns out, half of us had gone in and the other half was waiting outside for the others).
The Palace spans quite a considerable amount of space and so it’s worth leaving a few hours to explore properly. The intricate design and picturesque gardens will leave you rather impressed and if you’re game for dressing up, arriving at the Palace in traditional Korean national means you get to go in for free.

5.) Eat your way through Seoul

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Korean food has a reputation around the globe for being pretty great so, as mundane as this might sound to some, one important thing you have to do in Seoul is gorge on Korean food.
The best advice I can give you when it comes to Korean food in Seoul is to just wing it. Don’t over plan where you’re gonna eat – just walk around and pop into whatever takes your fancy. Obviously, the more locals you see in a restaurant, the better – the locals always know what’s good.
We never made a single reservation the entire time we were in Korea and we were never disappointed with the food. If you’re short on time and less open to ‘winging it’, book yourself onto a food tour and get a crash course in Korean gastronomy.

6.) Jogyesa Temple

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Nestled among the skyscrapers is this beautiful little Buddhist gem. Filled with adorable figurines, artwork and statues, this temple is a quiet spot of content and contemplation amidst the rush of the city.

7.) Myeongdong

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Known as one of the best shopping streets in Seoul, Myeongdong is another great spot for sorting out your souvenir shopping in the city. Half the fun of visiting markets like this is not knowing what you’ll find here so arrive with an open mind, an open wallet and a penchant for a fantastic bargain.

8.) N Seoul Tower

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An aerial view of the city is almost always an easy ‘Yes’! Watching the city transform from daytime to night time is always an amazing perspective to have of a city and if you’re game for seeing the city from up high, the N Seoul Tower is where you should head to. Recommended times for visiting, of course, is always just before sunset where you get to see the city at day, then at sunset and then at night (might be worth getting more acquainted with your camera’s settings for nailing that brilliant night time city photo).

9.) Bukchon Hanok Village

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