Places to Visit in Seoul

Historical Seoul:

Palaces

  • Gyeongbokgung (the biggest with the change of the guard)  More HERE.
  • Changdeokgung (the most attractive one with a secret garden)
  • Changgyeonggung (the one with a beautiful pond and a green house)
  • Deoksugung (you can see it illuminated…opens at night!)
  • Unhyeong (you can see a traditional music performance on Fridays.)

Traditional Architecture:

  • Bukchon Hanok Village (traditional Korean wooden homes neighborhood)
  • Hanyangdoseong: The Ancient Seoul City Wall
  • The Story of King Sejong and Admiral Yi Sunsin (Under their statues!)
  • Seoul Yangnyeongsi Herb Medicine Museum
  • Lotte World Folk Museum

Museums:

Entertainment:

  • The Korea House

Learning and making traditional crafts:

Shopping:

  • Namdaemun Market

 

Modern Seoul

Contemporary Architecture:

  • Cheong-gye-cheon (a stream that was turned into a pedestrian walkway with art and that connects many touristic attractions.  HERE
  • Dongdaemun Design Plaza a building designed by Zaha Hadid and that looks very futuristic.
  • City Hall ( In the shape of glass wave)
  • Ewha Woman’s University main Entrance.  (Designed by Dominique Perrault)
  • Lotte World Tower and Mall. It is Korea’s tallest building and the 5th tallest building in the world! It has an observatory on the 122nd floor. Gulp!
  • Starfield COEX Mall: the largest indoor mall in the world!
  • Tangent Building in Gangnam (Designed by Daniel Libeskind)

Street Art:

Other Interests

Artistic:  (Visual Arts)

  • The Seoul Arts Center:  that includes the Hangaran Art Museum and the Seoul Calligraphy Art Museum.
  • Samsung Museum of Art LEEUM
  • Seoul Museum of Art

Buying Art and Traditional Crafts:

  • Insadong (Stores selling all kinds of traditional items including art supply stores!)
  • Heyri (An artistic/book village outside of Seoul)

 

Culinary:

  • Restaurants
  • Cafes
  • Cooking Classes
  • Food Related museums

 

Best views:

  • Namsan Tower
  • Lotte World Tower.  Highest Observatory in Seoul: 122nd floor
  • Building 63

 

Parks and green areas to walk:

  • Olympic Park
  • Tapgol Park
  • Namsan Park
  • Naksan Park
  • Haneul Park
  • Yeouido Park
  • Seoul Grand Park

 

Wars Related:

 

Museums

  • National Museum of Korea
  • Hangul Museum of Korea
  • National Palace Museum Of Korea
  • Nacional Folk Museum of Korea
  • Seoul Arts Center: The Hangaran Art Museum and the Seoul Calligraphy Art Museum
  • National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art
  • Leeum Sansung Museum of Art
  • National Museum of Korean Contemporary History
  • Trickeye Museum
  • Museum Kimchikan  (About Kimchi!)