Seoul is the business and cultural hub of South Korea, where skyscrapers tower over Buddhist temples. Take it all in from the N Seoul Tower, built atop a peak in Namsan Park. The teahouses and shops of Insadong give you a taste of Korean flavor, which you can further experience with a visit to the grounds and museums of Gyeongbokgung. UNESCO World Heritage Site Changdeokgung Palace is a fine example of authentic ancient architecture.
Whatever you want, at any time of day or night, Seoul can provide. An early morning temple visit can lead to a palace tour followed by tea sipping in Bukchon and gallery-hopping in Samcheong-dong. Soju (a vodka-like drink) and snacks in a street tent bar will fuel you for shopping at the buzzing Dongdaemun or Namdaemun night markets, partying in Hongdae or Itaewon, or playing online games at a PC bang. Follow this with steaming, soaking and snoozing in a jjimjil-bang (sauna and spa). By the time you look at your watch, it will be dawn again.
Top 8 Sightseeing
- Seoullo 7017 – also known as the Seoul Skygarden or Skypark, is a elevated, linear park in Seoul, built atop a former highway overpass.
- Changdeokgung – also known as Changdeokgung Palace or Changdeok Palace, is set within a large park in Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea. It is one of the “Five Grand Palaces” built by the kings of the Joseon Dynasty.
- Deoksugung – also known as Gyeongun-gung, Deoksugung Palace, or Deoksu Palace, is a walled compound of palaces in Seoul that was inhabited by members of Korea’s royal family during the Joseon monarchy.
- Jogye-sa – Jogyesa is the chief temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism, becoming so in 1936. It thus plays a leading role in the current state of Seon Buddhism in South Korea.
- Gyeongbokgung – also known as Gyeongbokgung Palace or Gyeongbok Palace, was the main royal palace of the Joseon dynasty. Built in 1395, it is located in northern Seoul, South Korea.
- Olympic Park – Seoul Olympic Park, shortened to Olpark, is an Olympic Park built to host the 1988 Summer Olympics. It is located in Songpa-gu, Bangi-dong.
- National Museum of Korea – the flagship museum of Korean history and art in South Korea and is the cultural organization that represents Korea
- War Memorial of Korea – located in Yongsan-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea. It opened in 1994 on the former site of the army headquarters to exhibit and memorialize the military history of Korea.
And of course you will need to eat, some of the cities top Korean restaurants are:
- Migabon – check out this place for a yummy Korean breakfast.
- Mugyodong Bugeokukjib – Famous shop of dried cod soup (Korean hangover cure)
- On The Grill Myeongdong – the best Korean BBQ spot
- Myeongdong Kyoja Main – soup & dumplings… ’nuff said…
- Jungsik – Fabulous 8 course tasting menu
- Jin Ok Hwa Original Chicken Restaurant – Authentic Korean and only 1 menu item, hot chicken soup