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After living in Seoul for a year, I hope this will be a fun, useful and interesting guide to this amazing city. Seoul is historical, modern, diverse and there is so much to see and do. There is something for everyone!

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Foodie

16 Places

5 City Tips

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16 Places

Insadong

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Neighbourhoods

Gyeongbokgung Palace

Castles, Historic Sites, History Museums

Seodaemun Prison History Hall

Educational sites, History Museums

Myeongdong Shopping Street

Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Changdeokgung Palace

Architectural Buildings, Castles, Historic Sites, Monuments & Statues, Gardens

The War Memorial of Korea

Military Museums

N Seoul Tower

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Lookouts

Seoul Forest

Playgrounds, Parks

Banpodaegyo Bridge

Bridges

Statue of Sejong the Great

Monuments & Statues

Myeongdong NANTA Theater

Theatres

63 City

Architectural Buildings

Lotte World

Theme Parks

Cheonggyecheon Stream

Historic Walking Areas, Bodies of Water

Leeum Samsung Museum of Art

Art Museums

Namdaemun Market

Flea & Street Markets,

Ashley B's City Tips

  • There is very little crime or pick-pocketing in Seoul. Use common sense as always but feel free to explore at night.
  • The subway system is very modern and easy to use. All signage and voice prompts are in both Korean and English.
  • Taxis are a very cheap way to get around the city. They are run on a meter but the cost is low.
  • In Korean culture it is normal to yell "Yogeo" (Here) and raise your hand in a restaurant to call your server over to your table.
  • Tipping is not part of Korean customs so you do not need to add any gratuities.
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    Insadong
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Neighbourhoods
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    Ashley B Says:

    Insadong is a must see part of Seoul. This historical area sells both classic Korean art as well as modern souvenirs. With amazing places to eat and so much to see this street is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Go in the morning or weekday afternoons to avoid the crowds.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 794 things to do in Seoul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wish We Had More Time 13/12/2017
    • Hands-down best souvenir shopping 13/12/2017
    • Insadong
    Address:
    Insa-dong, Jongno-gu
    Seoul
    South Korea
    Other:
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    Gyeongbokgung Palace
    Castles, Historic Sites, History Museums
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    Ashley B Says:

    If you only see one of the four palaces on your trip to Seoul make it Gyeongbokgung. The entrance was completely redone in 2009 but the historical aspect has been well preserved. This huge palace complex will not disappoint anyone interested in history.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Take a guided tour, which runs multiple times a day, to reap the full benefits of this massive palace.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 794 things to do in Seoul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Tiring but worth it 13/12/2017
    • ReNewed Palace 13/12/2017
    • Gyeongbokgung Palace
    Address:
    161 Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu
    Seoul
    South Korea
    Phone:
    +82 2-3700-3900
    Hours:
    Wed - Sun
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Seodaemun Prison History Hall
    Educational sites, History Museums
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    Ashley B Says:

    Seodaemum is not the most popular tourist attraction but it provides amazing insight into the Japanese occupation of Korea. It is well worth a visit for anyone interested in history.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Take a subway then walk to this destination, it is a little off the beaten path.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #50 of 794 things to do in Seoul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good for History Buffs 17/11/2017
    • Interesting, could do better with more language translations. 07/11/2017
    • Seodaemun Prison History Hall
    Address:
    484 Tongil-ro, Seodaemun-gu
    Seoul 03628
    South Korea
    Phone:
    +82 2-360-8500
    Other:
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    Myeongdong Shopping Street
    Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Ashley B Says:

    An absolute must-see area in the city! This massive shopping district has all the stores anyone would want to visit along with amazing places to eat. Find souvenirs, shoes, clothes, make-up and so much more!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • Try the Beokimbap (spicy Korean fried rice) for an amazing food experience. Cooked right on the table with anything you like fried in.
    • Unless you go on a weekday expect large crowds, almost shoulder to shoulder.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 794 things to do in Seoul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good street food 14/12/2017
    • Busy night market 13/12/2017
    • Myeongdong Shopping Street
    Address:
    Jung-gu
    Seoul
    South Korea
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    Changdeokgung Palace
    Architectural Buildings, Castles, Historic Sites, Monuments & Statues, Gardens
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    Ashley B Says:

    One of Seoul's beautiful palaces with amazing grounds. Any history buff will enjoy touring the area.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Take one of the many guided tours to get the full experience.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 794 things to do in Seoul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful palace 14/12/2017
    • Reserve secret garden tour before! 13/12/2017
    • Changdeokgung Palace
    Address:
    99, Yulgok-ro, Jongno-gu
    Seoul 03072
    South Korea
    Phone:
    +82 2-762-8261
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    The War Memorial of Korea
    Military Museums
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    Ashley B Says:

    A must see for anyone interested in the Korea War and history of the country. This extensive museum gives an in-depth look into the war from the Korean perspective.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Go on a weekday to avoid crowds.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 794 things to do in Seoul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A Worthful visit at The War Memorial of Korea 14/12/2017
    • 3D 4D for free 12/12/2017
    • The War Memorial of Korea
    Address:
    29, Itaewon-ro, Yongsan-gu
    Seoul 04353
    South Korea
    Phone:
    +82 2-709-3139
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    N Seoul Tower
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Lookouts
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    Ashley B Says:

    An amazing way to see the entire city from above! Also a romantic area for couples to place a lock signifying their eternal love.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Couples
    Tips
    • Expect a bit of an uphill walk to get there.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 794 things to do in Seoul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The Tower is For Lovers 13/12/2017
    • Nice place but expensive entrance fees 12/12/2017
    • N Seoul Tower
    Address:
    105, Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan-gu
    Seoul
    South Korea
    Phone:
    +82 2-3455-9277
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    10:00 - 23:00
    Fri - Sat
    10:00 - 23:30
    Other:
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    Seoul Forest
    Playgrounds, Parks
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    Ashley B Says:

    A family fun area for biking, walking, having a picnic or just to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    Tips
    • You will need to take the subway then a taxi unless you can find good directions to this area.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #40 of 794 things to do in Seoul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good good^^ 10/12/2017
    • Best for autumn visit 16/11/2017
    • Seoul Forest
    Address:
    273, Ttukseom-ro, Seongdong-gu
    Seoul 04770
    South Korea
    Phone:
    +82 2-460-2905
    Other:
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    Banpodaegyo Bridge
    Bridges
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    Ashley B Says:

    A very unique nighttime experience in the city. You can walk under the colourful bridge as well as see if from the parks on both ends.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Friends
    Tips
    • Check it out at night for the best experience.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #111 of 794 things to do in Seoul
    • Longest Bridge Fountain in the World 23/11/2017
    • Not much to see here 24/10/2017
    • Banpodaegyo Bridge
    Other:
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    Statue of Sejong the Great
    Monuments & Statues
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    Ashley B Says:

    A new, historical area close to Gyeongbok Palace. During the summer there are amazing gardens surrounded the statue as well as a museum hidden below street level.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Check this area out during the day and night for the full experience.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #48 of 794 things to do in Seoul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The statue of Great King, Sejong. 07/12/2017
    • Sejong the Great 29/11/2017
    • Statue of Sejong the Great
    Address:
    Sejong-ro, Jongno-gu
    Seoul
    South Korea
    Other:
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    Myeongdong NANTA Theater
    Theatres
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    Ashley B Says:

    A fun, family theatre performance for all ages. Since the act is music and dancing based it can be enjoyed in any language.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Tips
    • There are multiple performances a day so you can find a time to fit your schedule.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #65 of 794 things to do in Seoul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • great performance! 04/12/2017
    • Entertaining! 29/11/2017
    • Myeongdong NANTA Theater
    Address:
    26, Myeongdong-gil, Jung-gu
    UNESCO Hall 3F
    Seoul 04536
    South Korea
    Phone:
    +82 2-739-8288
    Price range:
    US$50 - US$50
    Hours:
    Sun
    14:00 - 15:30
    Sun - Fri
    17:00 - 18:30
    20:00 - 21:30
    Fri
    14:00 - 15:30
    Sat
    11:00 - 00:30
    Other:
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    63 City
    Architectural Buildings
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    Ashley B Says:

    Another great way to see the city from above. With a fun wax museum and art gallery it's a nice way to spend an afternoon or evening.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Views both during the day and night are amazing!
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #84 of 794 things to do in Seoul
    • Worth one time visit 31/10/2017
    • for a rainy day 30/05/2017
    • 63 City
    Address:
    50, 63-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu
    Seoul 07345
    South Korea
    Phone:
    +82 2-780-6382
    Other:
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    Lotte World
    Theme Parks
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    Ashley B Says:

    A fun, indoor/outdoor amusement park with something for everyone. A great option for rainy or cold days as the indoor rides are just as fun as the outdoors.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    Tips
    • Reasonably priced and very family friendly.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #42 of 794 things to do in Seoul
    • Indoor attractions underwhelming 12/12/2017
    • Long queue rides! 11/12/2017
    • Lotte World
    Address:
    240, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu
    Seoul 138-721
    South Korea
    Phone:
    +82 2-411-2000
    Hours:
    Mon - Thu
    09:30 - 22:00
    Fri - Sun
    09:30 - 23:00
    Other:
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    Cheonggyecheon Stream
    Historic Walking Areas, Bodies of Water
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    Ashley B Says:

    A great way to see different areas of the city without getting lost. Just follow the beautiful stream through the modern and historical areas.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Great for daytime, evening or night walking.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 794 things to do in Seoul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Restored stream with walking paths 13/12/2017
    • A river runs through it 09/12/2017
    • Cheonggyecheon Stream
    Phone:
    +82 2-762-8261
    Other:
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    Leeum Samsung Museum of Art
    Art Museums
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    Ashley B Says:

    A hidden gem with many beautiful art exhibits including an interactive area for children. Featuring both historical Korean art, modern art and audio/visual areas.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • A bit off the beaten path in the English area of Itaewon.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #29 of 794 things to do in Seoul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A Cultural Gem 18/11/2017
    • Six of One, Half Dozen of Another. 16/11/2017
    • Leeum Samsung Museum of Art
    Address:
    747-18, Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu
    Seoul 140-890
    South Korea
    Phone:
    +82 2-2014-6900
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:30 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Namdaemun Market
    Flea & Street Markets,
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    Ashley B Says:

    A must-see for traditional Korean crafts, food and culture. There is something for everyone in this marketplace.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • To avoid the crowds go on a weekday.
    • For the best traditional food experience go at night.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #38 of 794 things to do in Seoul
    • Worth going 13/12/2017
    • Worth visiting if you like markets 13/12/2017
    • Namdaemun Market
    Address:
    21, Namdaemunsijang 4-gil, Jung-gu
    Seoul 04529
    South Korea
    Phone:
    +82 2-753-2805
    Other:
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