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Seoul Off the Beaten Path

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A look at some of Seoul's best hidden gems not often covered in guidebooks.

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  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

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22 Places

Naksan Public Art

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Seodaemun Prison History Hall

Educational sites, History Museums

Inwangsan Mountain

Mountains

Korea Furniture Museum

Speciality Museums

Deoksugung

Architectural Buildings, Castles, Historic Sites, History Museums

Seoul Museum of History

History Museums

Central Asian Village

Points of Interest & Landmarks

The Blue House (Cheong Wa Dae)

Government Buildings

Sunday Filipino Market

Speciality & Gift Shops

Seoul Central Masjid

Religious Sites

Amsadong Pre-history Settlement Site

Natural History Museums

Gyeongdong Market

Speciality & Gift Shops

Dongmyo Flea Market

Flea & Street Markets

Gahoe Museum

History Museums, Art Museums

Majang Market

Flea & Street Markets

Jeoldusan Martyrs' Shrine

Historic Sites, History Museums

Yanghwajin Foreign Missionary Cemetery

Cemeteries

Arario Museum in Space

Science Museums

Little Tokyo

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Nagwon Instrument Arcade

Speciality & Gift Shops

Nanji Camp

Hotels

Daelim Market

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Stewart H's City Tips

  • The T-Money transportation card can be used on buses, subways, trains, and even taxis. It even gives you a discount for each fare and free transfers.
  • Just like in any city in which you're a tourist, use common sense and precaution when out and about.
  • Although Seoul's public transportation system is one of the best in the world, locals here still do a lot of walking — be sure to wear comfortable shoes so you can join them.
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    Naksan Public Art
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Stewart H Says:

    When the government decided to improve living conditions in the impoverished and poorly developed Dongsung-dong district, Naksan Public Art was born. Since 2006, when the project launched, some 70 artists have whipped up a variety of murals, sculptures, street furniture, and other installations — all around the theme of “connecting, merging, and associating” — resulting in a uniquely beautiful and artistic neighborhood that's well worth exploring.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The nearby Naksan Park provides space for a pleasant stroll and nice hilltop views of the city.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #95 of 646 things to do in Seoul
    • Love to find this place! 20/06/2015
    • Really worth the climb! 28/05/2015
    • Naksan Public Art
    Address:
    7-9, Naksan 3-gil, Jongno-gu
    Between Hyehwa Station and Naksan Park
    Seoul
    South Korea
    Phone:
    02-743-7986
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    Seodaemun Prison History Hall
    Educational sites, History Museums
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    Stewart H Says:

    Though mostly unknown to travelers, the Seodaemun Prison and Museum is a notorious and painful site for Koreans. During the colonial era, the Japanese imprisoned, tortured, and executed many Koreans here — including some of the most revered political and independence dissidents, like the student activist Yu-Gwan-sun, who died as a result of torture at the age of 18. Today, the prison is a museum where you can learn about the Korean independence movement and view jail cells, watchtowers, and the execution room, as well as some realistic (and horrific) recreations of the torture and interrogation methods that were used here. Like the Auschwitz Concentration Camp, Seodaemun Prison provides a grim but necessary look at some of Korea's darkest history.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • Visitors can make reservations for foreign language tours.
    • The museum is closed on Mondays.
    • Those who are faint at heart, or traveling with young kids, may want to skip the unflinching and brutal torture recreation rooms.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #45 of 646 things to do in Seoul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very moving 18/07/2015
    • Great museum 15/07/2015
    • Seodaemun Prison History Hall
    Address:
    484 Tongil-ro, Seodaemun-gu
    Seoul 120-760
    South Korea
    Phone:
    02-360-8500
    Other:
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    Inwangsan Mountain
    Mountains
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    Stewart H Says:

    At 338 meters high, Inwangsan (or Mount Inwang) is a historically significant rocky mountain that's very popular with local hikers. Winding along the remnants of the stone city walls, the mountain paths take you past historic fortresses and the Buddhist temple, Inwangsa, while the peak offers great views of Seoul city on clear days. Ingwangsan is a sacred mountain for Shamans, and many gather daily around the mountain, especially near to the old shamanistic shrine, Guksadang. The rocky mountain is also known for its many unique boulders and formations, which have been given names such as 'hat rock,' 'eagle rock,' 'crouching tiger rock,' and others.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Springtime, when wild azaleas blanket the mountain, is especially popular.
    • The mountain paths are closed on Mondays.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #142 of 646 things to do in Seoul
    • Nice getaway from the city 01/04/2015
    • A great afternoon hike 14/03/2015
    • Inwangsan Mountain
    Address:
    Jongno-gu
    Seoul
    South Korea
    Phone:
    02-731-1454
    Other:
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    Korea Furniture Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    Stewart H Says:

    The Korea Furniture Museum is a true hidden gem that provides visitors with the ultimate immersive experience of how Koreans used to live — in terms of philosophy, nature, culture, and history. The private museum's vast grounds feature 10 stunning restored hanok (traditional Korean homes), which feature exquisite antique furniture from various periods.

    Good for
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Admission to the museum requires reserving a spot on the tour. English language tours are offered twice a day. Check the website for information.
    • The museum does not allow visitors to tour in high heels, which risk damaging the property grounds.
    • The museum is closed on both Sundays and Mondays.
    • An additional fee allows you to enjoy a traditional afternoon tea on the museum grounds!
    • Photography is not allowed inside the museum.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #144 of 646 things to do in Seoul
    • Great place to learn about Korea's History and culture 08/04/2015
    • It has potential 12/12/2014
    • Korea Furniture Museum
    Address:
    121, Daesagwan-ro, Seongbuk-gu
    Seoul
    South Korea
    Phone:
    02-745-0181
    Other:
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    Deoksugung
    Architectural Buildings, Castles, Historic Sites, History Museums
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    Stewart H Says:

    Though it's often overlooked for other, more famous, palaces like Gyeongbokgung or Changdeokgung, Deoksugung, has its own unique merits. Its architecture and design are a mix of the old Joseon era and the modern era, featuring a few western-style buildings and gardens. The various architectural styles here might seem as though they would clash, but it all comes together harmoniously to create a beautiful setting worth visiting.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • With its mix of Western and Korean buildings from the late 19th and early 20th century, the nearby Jeongdong neighborhood is a lovely area to walk around.
    • The changing of the guards ceremony in front of the palace is a popular sight. Check the website for times.
    • There's a Korean superstition that says if you walk down along Jeongdong road by Deoksugung's stone wall, you and your lover will eventually break up!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #36 of 646 things to do in Seoul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Easy to reach 25/07/2015
    • Changing of the Guard is the only thing worth seeing 18/07/2015
    • Deoksugung
    Address:
    99 Sejong-daero, Jung-gu
    Seoul 100-120
    South Korea
    Phone:
    02-771-9951
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    9:00 - 2:00
    Other:
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    Seoul Museum of History
    History Museums
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    Stewart H Says:

    To get a better grasp on the long and illustrious history of Seoul, make time for the Seoul Museum of History. From its prehistoric era to the modern age, the museum provides detailed information about how the city became the global metropolis it is today. There are plenty of relics and interactive exhibits that should keep kids entertained here too!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Make sure to explore the massive Seoul city scale model!
    • While regular admission is free, the rotating special exhibition has a separate entrance fee.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #38 of 646 things to do in Seoul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Puts history in perspective 18/07/2015
    • I wanted to see everything. 13/07/2015
    • Seoul Museum of History
    Address:
    2-1, Sinmunno2-ga, Jongno-gu
    Seoul
    South Korea
    Phone:
    02-724-0114
    Other:
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    Central Asian Village
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
    Stewart H Says:

    Just south of Dongdaemun Market lies the neighborhood of Gwanghui-dong, where migrants from Russia and Central Asia first began settling and setting up shop in the '80s. Soon after, the area became known as 'Little Russia,' 'Mongol Town,' and 'Central Asian Village,' depending on who you ask. The latter name is probably the most appropriate, as the neighborhood’s composition is a fascinating mix of Russians, Kazakhstani, Uzbeki, Mongolian, and others. Today, the signs in the slightly run down neighborhood are peppered with both Cyrillic and Korean, and there are a bewildering mix of sights and scents that are uncommon in Korea. Marts here sell goods and hometown favorites from the Central Asian region, while the restaurants scattered around offer some of the best and authentic Central Asian eats in all of Korea, including borscht, cabbage rolls, meat dumplings, and more. Here, you’re bound to momentarily forget that you’re in the middle of Seoul!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    Tips
    • If you’re too stuffed for a meal, grab some bread from a bakery or some cheaper Central Asian beer or vodka (by the glass or the bottle).
    • On top of the authentic food, real imported vodka from Russia and Central Asia can be found and tasted in this area.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    • Central Asian Village
    Address:
    Gwanghui-dong, Jung-gu
    Seoul
    South Korea
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    The Blue House (Cheong Wa Dae)
    Government Buildings
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    Stewart H Says:

    The official presidential residence of Korea, Cheongwadae is also known as 'The Blue House.' This important seat of authority, located in the tranquil part of Jongno (just north of Gyeongbok Palace), has a colorful history, including being the target of a bloody North Korean assassination attempt on the South Korean president in the late '60s. Security continues to remain tight in and around the Blue House, and tours are only allowed upon the submission and approval of an application at least 3 weeks in advance. As such, most visitors only make it to the guarded gates of the Blue House, but not inside. However, the 40-minute tour is worth the effort, allowing you to stroll the presidential grounds, gardens, and official buildings. You'll even be given a souvenir mug after the tour!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • There are some strict rules on photography, so be sure to listen to and obey the rules of the tour.
    • Apply well in advance through the Blue House homepage.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #97 of 646 things to do in Seoul
    • Short tour with lot of wait time 29/07/2015
    • Can't enter 03/06/2015
    • The Blue House (Cheong Wa Dae)
    Address:
    1 Cheongwadae-ro, Jongno-gu
    Seoul 110-820
    South Korea
    Other:
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    Sunday Filipino Market
    Speciality & Gift Shops
    Stewart H Says:

    Bustling Hyehwa and the surrounding Daehakno neighborhood are popular student hangouts, both for their convenient location (close to colleges), and for the many performance/theater productions that are put on daily. On Sundays, the area between Hyehwa Rotary and the Hyehwa Catholic Church transforms into a sprawling market operated by Seoul residents and the surrounding vicinity’s Filipino population. It’s a great spot to pick up some more exotic, hard-to-find goods like fresh papaya, spices, and coconut juice. The variety of authentic Filipino snacks and food offered here is also quite staggering: Long-simmered pork adobo, hot lumpia fresh from the fryer, and a number of different kinds of pancit are just some of the eats that you can enjoy munching on here!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Vendors here accept cash only.
    • The open-air market is located outside, with few tables and chairs and little to no covering. Dress according to the weather and season.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    • Sunday Filipino Market
    Address:
    Hyehwa-dong, Jongno-gu
    Seoul
    South Korea
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    Seoul Central Masjid
    Religious Sites
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    Stewart H Says:

    During the rule of Park Chung Hee in the late '60s, a plot of land on a hill in Itaewon was set aside for Islamic countries, as a way to win favor for Korean companies interested in doing business with the Middle East. A three-story masjid (mosque), complete with minarets, was constructed on the site and is today Korea’s only mosque. Hundreds of Muslims hailing from Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Middle East, as well as some locals, trek to this holy place of worship to attend their weekly prayer and gather together to converse afterwards. The mosque is a beautiful sight to behold, especially when lit up at night, and its symbol of tranquility is a stark contrast to the vibrant and energetic Itaewon neighborhood in which it's located.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The area nearby the mosque is also run by and catered towards Korea’s Islamic population, with Halal shops and restaurants.
    • As a place of worship, the mosque has strict rules on attire, photo taking, and smoking. If you’re not sure of the rules, please call and ask.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #86 of 646 things to do in Seoul
    • Love to find the mosque in Seoul. 20/06/2015
    • Food to Soul 06/05/2015
    • Seoul Central Masjid
    Address:
    732-21 Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu
    Seoul
    South Korea
    Phone:
    02-793-6908
    Other:
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    Amsadong Pre-history Settlement Site
    Natural History Museums
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    Stewart H Says:

    This prehistoric settlement in eastern Seoul dates to the Neolithic period but was only discovered by accident in 1925. Replicas of the settlement offer a glimpse of the type of housing the prehistoric ancestors of Koreans lived in, while the museum provides a replicated look at how they might have actually lived.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • The settlement is closed on Mondays.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #263 of 646 things to do in Seoul
    • Don't go on Monday 29/06/2015
    • If you have nothing better to do... 17/03/2015
    • Amsadong Pre-history Settlement Site
    Address:
    875, Olympic-ro, Gangdong-gu
    Seoul
    South Korea
    Phone:
    02-3426-3857
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    Gyeongdong Market
    Speciality & Gift Shops
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    Stewart H Says:

    The Gyeongdong Market is actually a cluster of large traditional and newer markets, but it's perhaps most famous for the Oriental Medicine Market at its center. This is one of Korea’s largest and sells everything from dried herbs and berries to exotic ingredients such as deer horns and dried insects. It also sells teas and other tonics with different beneficial health properties. And it's one of the best places to get your hands on the prized local ginseng which can be bought dried, fresh, or even juiced. The other markets here also sell seafood, meat, produce, side dishes, and more for fractions of the prices you’d find at the supermarket.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Like a Local
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • Some stores are closed on Sundays.
    • Generally, the further you venture into the market, the cheaper the prices.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #24 of 343 Shopping in Seoul
    • unique local market, herbs you'd never see 01/06/2015
    • The surprise of Seoul for me- fantastic 18/05/2015
    • Gyeongdong Market
    Address:
    1036 Jegi-dong, Dongdaemun-gu
    Seoul
    South Korea
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    Dongmyo Flea Market
    Flea & Street Markets
    Stewart H Says:

    If bargain-hunting is your thing, the Dongmyo Flea Market is one of the best places to get your treasure hunt on. Every day, next to the stone walls of Dongmyo Park, countless stalls set up shop with random offerings from old books and paintings to appliances and furniture. Especially popular is the secondhand clothing section (visited by the famous national pop star, G-Dragon, and comedian Jeong Hyun Don during a past 'Infinity Challenge' TV episode). Best of all, prices are dirt cheap, making this an excellent way to pick up some interesting items for less.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • Food around the flea market is very inexpensive and is great for budget travelers.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #236 of 646 things to do in Seoul
    • 한번 구경 가보았습니다~ 12/06/2015
    • 東廟フリーマーケット ビュルク市場 モンスターマーケットとも言います 02/06/2015
    • Dongmyo Flea Market
    Address:
    Sungin-dong, Jongno-gu
    Seoul
    South Korea
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    Gahoe Museum
    History Museums, Art Museums
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    Stewart H Says:

    Shamanism has shaped Korean culture and beliefs since ancient days, and one of the best places to learn about the history is at the Gahoe Museum, which houses the most comprehensive collection of Korean shamanistic art. Here you'll find hundreds of talismans, amulets, and other related material, including various traditional folk art.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • English and Japanese language tours are available, as are crafts and activities for a small fee.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #181 of 646 things to do in Seoul
    • Too small to bother 22/12/2014
    • Rich Collection 02/05/2014
    • Gahoe Museum
    Address:
    17, Bukchon-ro 12-gil, Jongno-gu
    Seoul 110-260
    South Korea
    Phone:
    02-741-0466
    Other:
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    Majang Market
    Flea & Street Markets
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    Stewart H Says:

    For carnivores, a visit to Korea's largest meat market should prove tasty and worthwhile. Every day, fresh meat from all over the country is brought here to be butchered, prepared, and displayed. Despite the market's age (it's been around for 40-plus years) and narrow alleys, meat is kept according to strict hygienic and sanitary standards, and the prices are 20-30% less than in most supermarkets. Especially popular is the hanwoo, 100% Korean beef, which is prized for its taste and tenderness. You can choose to purchase your meat to take home, or you can take it to one of the many associated BBQ restaurants, where, after paying a fee for the coal and all the fixings, you can grill it right then and there!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • As it is a meat market, all parts of butchered meat — including organs, heads, and more — can be found here. If you're squeamish, this may be something you want to skip!
    • The market is closed on the first and third Sunday of every month.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #141 of 646 things to do in Seoul
    • Must visit for food lovers when in Seoul. A++ Beef 18/02/2015
    • 安くていしい焼肉 10/06/2015
    • Majang Market
    Address:
    majang-dong
    Seoul
    South Korea
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    Jeoldusan Martyrs' Shrine
    Historic Sites, History Museums
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    Stewart H Says:

    During the Joseon Dynasty, as Catholicism began to spread in Korea, both converts and missionaries became the subject of a brutal persecution, including mass torture and execution. Jeoldusan Martyrs' Shrine seems like a peaceful place on first glance, but delve deeper and you'll discover that this is the spot where many Catholics were actually beheaded (leading to its name, Jeoldusan, which means 'beheading mountain'). A peaceful and tranquil shrine, church, and small museum have since been erected here to shed light on the bloody history of Catholicism in Korea.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • The grounds are closed on Mondays.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #228 of 646 things to do in Seoul
    • Over 8,000 Mayrtred 23/03/2015
    • Keep the faith 26/01/2014
    • Jeoldusan Martyrs' Shrine
    Address:
    96-1 Hapjeong-dong, Mapo-gu
    Seoul 121-883
    South Korea
    Phone:
    02-3142-4434
    Other:
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    Yanghwajin Foreign Missionary Cemetery
    Cemeteries
    Stewart H Says:

    In this peaceful cemetery lie the remains of some of Korea's earliest foreign missionaries and their families. As Korea's first official foreign cemetery, the somber yet tranquil grounds offer a look at the first people from Western civilization to make contact with Koreans, and though the site experienced lots of damage during the Korean War (which you can see in the many fractures and stress that remain on the tombstones), the two sites by the Han River still make for a quiet escape from the metropolitan city.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • History Buff
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The cemetery is closed on Sundays.
    • Make reservations for guided tours through the cemetery's website.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #148 of 646 things to do in Seoul
    • educational and ispirational 27/06/2015
    • A cemetery for forgotten heroes 22/06/2015
    • Yanghwajin Foreign Missionary Cemetery
    Address:
    46, Yanghwajin-gil, Mapo-gu
    Seoul
    South Korea
    Phone:
    02-332-9174
    Other:
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    Arario Museum in Space
    Science Museums
    Stewart H Says:

    Arario Museum in Space was founded by Kim Chang Il, well known within art circles as one of the most influential curators in Asia. Branches of his Arario Gallery are found all over, including in Shanghai, but Arario Museum in Space marks Kim’s first 'museum.' Housed in a gorgeously renovated historic building in Jongno, the gallery’s permanent exhibition features more than 200 works by 40-plus international artists. All works were carefully collected by Kim himself, and include those by Kohei Nawa, Barbara Kruger, and many more. The pieces are diverse in origin and media, and the museum’s grounds, with a fascinating mix of old and new structures next to Changdeok Palace, make it well worth a look.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Due to the limited space and potential dangers, the museum does not admit children younger than 10 years old.
    • On Wednesdays, the museum stays open until 10pm.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #152 of 646 things to do in Seoul
    • Random and amazing 13/06/2015
    • 現代美術を見るならぜひ! 12/07/2015
    • Arario Museum in Space
    Address:
    83, Yulgok-ro, Jongno-gu
    Seoul 110-280
    South Korea
    Phone:
    8227365700
    Price range:
    $0 - $0
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 0:00
    Other:
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    Little Tokyo
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
    Stewart H Says:

    Ichon-dong, in the center of Seoul, may come across as a sleepy, residential neighborhood on first glance, but take the time to explore the alleys, streets, and shops in between and you’ll come across some of the most authentic Japanese stores, restaurants, and bars in all of Seoul. This is due to the fact that Ichon-dong has the largest community of Japanese expatriates in Seoul, giving Ichon-dong the appropriate nickname of 'Little Tokyo.' Here, it’s not uncommon to hear Japanese being spoken by residents, or to see signs written in Japanese. And what the area offers in authentic eats — from baked goods to premium sake bars, fresh cuts of sashimi to hot bowls of udon — makes it the closest you'll come to being in Japan without actually going there.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Some of the sushi and sashimi joints here are among the best in Seoul!
    • You can pick up a wide array of Japanese goods and snacks at some of the Japanese stores in the area.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    • Little Tokyo
    Address:
    Ichon-dong, Yongsan-gu
    Seoul
    South Korea
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    Nagwon Instrument Arcade
    Speciality & Gift Shops
    Stewart H Says:

    Nagwon Instrument Arcade has been the go-to spot for Seoul's music lovers since the '70s, when it was first built. Some 200 shops here sell everything music related, including sheet music, music equipment, and probably the widest range of musical instruments in all of Seoul. Whether you're shopping for a new guitar, keys, or even unique instruments such as pipe organs or a ukulele, this institution is your go-to place (though it's decidedly less interesting for non-musical instrument players!).

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • You can also bring your instrument here for repairs, as there are a number of expert repair shops within the arcade.
    • Most of the shops are closed on Sundays.
    • The fourth floor has a private indie movie theater called Seoul Arts Cinema.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #65 of 343 Shopping in Seoul
    • Many musical instruments sold 07/11/2014
    • Insights from local guide 05/11/2014
    • Nagwon Instrument Arcade
    Address:
    428, Samil-daero, Jongno-gu
    Seoul
    South Korea
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    Nanji Camp
    Hotels
    Stewart H Says:

    Urban Seoul doesn’t offer a lot of outdoor green space, but one unique way to experience open air is to do so under a tent — complete with a camp fire — at Seoul’s largest camping site. Located at the western end of Seoul near the World Cup Stadium, Nanji offers 165 camping plots where friends, couples, and families can gather and get a taste of camping within Seoul’s city limits. Sure, the term 'camping' is a bit of a stretch here, as the main activity is to grill and gorge on BBQ (and many simply rent a campsite for only a few hours), but the park still offers walking paths, bike rentals, and plenty of outdoor space to run around, should you want to stay.

    Good for
    • Trendsetter
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • It’s friendly for even first-time campers, as the camp site offers just about everything for rent: pre-pitched tents, charcoal burners, mats etc. — plus great wash facilities.
    • The connected Noeul and Haneul Parks are great places to explore and walk around.
    • Reservations must be made via the Nanji Camping website, and can be done in English or Korean.
    • If you don’t want to stay overnight but want to still have a BBQ, you can do so by paying the small entrance fee.
    • In summer seasons, the Mangwon Swimming Pool nearby opens to the public.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #269 of 424 Accommodation in Seoul
    • 도심속에서 바베큐파티~ 28/07/2014
    • Nanji Camp
    Address:
    495-81, Mapo-gu, Sangam-dong
    Seoul
    South Korea
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    Daelim Market
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
    Stewart H Says:

    The largest ethnic minority in Korea are Chinese residents, but Seoul ironically doesn’t have an official Chinatown! However, enclaves for Chinese residents are scattered around the capital, with one of the largest communities in Daelimdong. Here, signs feature Chinese characters, Mandarin is the dominant language spoken, and the shops mostly cater to the Chinese residents. Many of the residents are ethnic Koreans from China (usually the Northeastern regions of China), called 'Joseon-jok,' and so the food here is mostly reflective of dishes from that region: Noodle soups, steamed buns, thick green onion pancakes, and grilled lamb skewers, are some of the choices, making a nice break from the 'Koreanized' Chinese dishes mostly found elsewhere in Korea.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    • Thrill Seeker
    Tips
    • Marts here also offer hard-to-find ingredients more common in China, including herbs like cilantro (coriander), star anise, pickled greens, and Chinese rice liquor (baiju).
    • Many of the restaurants here do not have English menus, nor do the servers speak it. You may want to research some dishes prior, or have a fluent Mandarin friend make suggestions.
    • Lamb is uncommon in Korean cuisine, so lamb lovers should make a point to stop at one of the many lamb skewer grill joints found in this area.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    • Daelim Market
    Address:
    Eunpyeong-gu
    Seoul
    South Korea
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