My Top 10 Places to Visit in Seoul

Throughout my brief 7 months in Seoul I managed to see a lot of Seoul, not as much as I would have liked, but still quite a bit. A friend suggested I write a post about my top places in Seoul cos she needed recommendations … so here it is!

1. Gyoengbokgung Palace (경복궁)

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The most famous Palace in Seoul is a must for anyone visiting Seoul. For 3000 won you can explore the beautiful architecture and the grounds to your heart’s content. Get there in time and you can watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony! As far as activities go there isn’t much but the guidebook you can get for 500 won in English, Mandarin, Japanese and Korean is an interesting read.

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2. National Museum of Korea (국립중앙박물관)

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Bit geeky this one but I promise its worth it. The museum is massive and has artifacts dating back to the Bronze Age. I wouldn’t recommend trying to see everything in one day unless you really really really love museums but it will keep you occupied for at least 4 hours. They also have a lovely gift shop and there is a quaint little restaurant just outside that serves deliciously cheap food.

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3. Myeongdong (명동)

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Possibly the best known shopping area in Seoul Myeongdong hosts a range of options from an underground market space full of bargains to some of the more high end Western brands to streets lined with make up stores. But there is more to Myeongdong than its shops. Hidden in some of the back roads are Cat and Dog Cafes, a bus to Namsan Tower (which I didn’t quite get round to visiting) and a CGV cinema. Visit during the evening and try a range of street food including 호덕 (hodeok), fried shrimp, fruit smoothies and more.

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4. Hangul Museum

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Located just down the road from the National Museum in Icheon, this museum is dedicated to the creation of Korea’s alphabet: Hangul. They have a lot of hands on activities for both adults and children which are geared towards foreigners learning Korean. They have videos in English and Korean as well as leaflets. Definitely recommend for anyone with an interest in the Korean language.

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5. Dongdaemun Night Market (동대문 시장)

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Another shopping attraction but definitely a worthy experience. The doors on the market buildings open at 10:30am(ish) and don’t close till 4:30am the next day! Street-food stalls line the outsides of these buildings as well as markets down the side streets selling lounge-wear, accessories and other goods. Whilst a lot of the clothes aren’t the cheapest, if you haggle you can get some good prices and find good sales.

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6. Gwanghwamun (광화문)

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The same area as Gyeongbokgung Palace, Gwanghwamun is a cultural centre of Seoul I grew to love. Equipped with a vast variety of museums, the biggest Kyobo bookstore branch in Korea and a gorgeous view of the Cheongyecheon River (청계천) its a fun day out for anyone. Home to the US Embassy and some of Korea’s newspaper main offices the square is often filled with peaceful political statements (from my experience) and recently has become home to a memorial dedicated to the Sewol Ferry Incident.

Don’t forget to get a pic of King Sejong’s Statue!

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7. Gwangjang Market (광장시장)

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I went to this market twice during my stay in Korea and loved both visits. Home to more hanbok tailors than I can count its the place to go from Korean traditional clothes. Whilst a lot of them are expensive and are hand tailored the market boasts an excellent array of street food, smaller traditional items (such as pouches, hanbok teddies and aprons) as well as food market stalls. I loved looking at the fabrics and hanboks in the windows or on display – plus the food is a definite plus.

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8. Hongdae (홍대)

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The trendiest and most popular student area in Seoul has more than just a University under its belt of attractions. A Hello Kitty Cafe, a Sheep Cafe, street food (they do it so well) and loads of market stalls and shops are a great way to pass the time. Also check out the Trick Eye Museum!

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9. Ehwa Women’s University (이화여대)

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Another student area though not quite as entertaining as Hongdae. I recommend Queens Bagel shop which has the most amazing range of cream cheeses and bagels and is located just down the road from the University. This area is great for shopping especially for student essentials like bags, I got mine for 15 000 won and it carries all my textbooks comfortably. Down the road is a lovely Bubble Tea shop too.

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10. Lotte World (롯데월드)

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I didn’t get a chance to check out all of Lotte World but had a brief look around its shopping mall before heading down to its Aquarium. Compared to London’s this one was cheap as chips (21 900 won with student visa) and whilst it wasn’t as big it was still amazing. They had a hands on exhibit which had a massive queue but the crowds were barely anything when going around. Its a great place if you have young children or want to see Beluga Whales!

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There we have it. I hope this has given people ideas or inspiration for travels. Have a good day, Ruthie ~

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