Seoul (서울) is the capital of South Korea. With a municipal population of over 11.8 million, and a metropolitan population totaling over 25.6 million, Seoul is by far South Korea’s largest city and one of East Asia’s financial and cultural epicenters. A fascinating blend of ancient traditions and cutting-edge digital technology, home to endless street food vendors and vast nightlife districts, an extraordinarily high-pressure educational system and serene Buddhist temples, a trend-setting youth culture and often crushing conformism, extraordinary architecture and endless monotonous rows of grey apartment buildings, Seoul is a city filled with stark contrasts.
Where to Eat Local Cuisine
- Tavolo 24 – Veg Friendly, Vegan & GF Options – tempts patrons with delectable international cuisine, including Italian fare, Sushi and grilled pork options, as well as a popular Korean food buffet. You’ll love the live cooking stations and Seoul views that add to the vibrant vibe.
- The Park View – Veg Friendly, Vegan & GF Options – An all-day dining service in a hardwood and marble interior reminiscent of nature, with a stunning view of Mt. Namsan as its backdrop. Delicious Cuisine is prepared in a live kitchen using only the freshest, finest ingredients.
- 853 – Korean BBQ restaurant – If you’ve never tried Korean BBQ, here is your chance. Small restaurant where the food is cooked by your table, but they do enforce a 2 person minimum. Get ready to delight your tastebuds.
- choigozip Hongdae – Gluten Free Options – Another great option for Korean BBQ – and they even have gluten free options! We want to give you amazing experience Best quality and service Beef and Pork Choigozip Hongdae English,Japanese,Chinese menu with pics
- Jihwaja – Veg Friendly, Vegan, GF & Kosher Options – Jihwaja as the best dining place in Seoul is willing to be a space where you can taste and feel the Korean food’s essence and best food culture that royal food has. “Anyone should be able to receive the cordial reception which kings enjoyed in front of royal food in the past.” This is Jihwaja’s intention. We invite you to taste this royal cuisine that is one of the healthiest cuisines in the world.
- Haedo Sikdang – Some of the best Korean seafood can be found here. Fresh lobster, shrimp and sea urchin (among others); a bit on the spicy side, but if you are a seafood lover, than you are in for a treat.
Top 6 Tourist Spots
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.
N Seoul Tower
The N Seoul Tower, officially the YTN Seoul Tower and commonly known as the Namsan Tower or Seoul Tower, is a communication and observation tower located on Namsan Mountain in central Seoul, South Korea. At 236 metres, it marks the second highest point in Seoul.
Bustling Myeong-dong is a shopping area packed with international fashion brands, luxury department stores and homegrown cosmetics shops. Casual eateries offer Korean dumplings and ginseng chicken soup, while street vendors sell Japanese and Thai snacks. Shows mixing folk music and drama are staged at Myeongdong Nanta Theatre. Nearby 19th-century Myeong-dong Cathedral features a Gothic-style bell tower.
Bukchon Hanok Village
Bukchon Hanok Village is a Korean traditional village in Seoul with a long history located on the top of a hill between Gyeongbok Palace, Changdeok Palace and Jongmyo Royal Shrine. The traditional village is composed of lots of alleys, hanok and is preserved to show a 600-year-old urban environment.
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.
Lotte World is a major recreation complex in Seoul, South Korea. It consists of the world’s largest indoor theme park, an outdoor amusement park called “Magic Island”, an artificial island inside a lake linked by monorail, shopping malls, a luxury hotel, a Korean folk museum, sports facilities, and movie theaters.
Unusual Things to Do in Seoul
Trick Eye Museum
South Korea’s love of the silly photograph is on full display at this goofy collection of trompe l’oeil paintings.
Trompe l’oeil is a classical artistic technique wherein the artist attempts to create a two-dimensional image that appears to exist in three-dimensions. The Trick Eye Museum in Seoul celebrates this art form with a collection of interactive optical illusions ranging from the unbearably silly to the classically whimsical.
Yongma Land Abandoned Theme Park
Plenty of old carney magic still haunts this photogenic amusement park.
There is a small abandoned theme park in Seoul, South Korea, with a quieted carousel, bleached-out images of ’80s pop icons, and “dodgem” cars that have long-since quit dodging. But unlike most amusement parks that have gone idle, this one invites the public to share in its slow crumble.
A bright and wacky exhibit answers every question you may have had about human excrement, flatulence, and more.
Seoul is home to a number of wonderful free museums that tell the fascinating stories of Korea’s history. But Poopoo Land is the only attraction to help you find out what your flatulent sounds say about you.
Cafe Yeonnam-Dong 223-14
Step into a cartoon at this Seoul cafe that aims to evoke a two-dimensional scene.
Warning to those with vertigo: This may not be the cafe for you. That’s not because it’s located on a cliff. Instead, Seoul’s Cafe Yeonnam-Dong 223-14, named after its street number and affectionately known as the “Drawing Cafe,” may dizzy you with the uncanny feeling that you just entered a cartoon.
About as hidden as can be, this specialty coffee shop is wedged between multi-story buildings at the end of a dark, skinny alleyway in Seoul.
In a city renowned for its café culture, you might not think to squeeze down a narrow, unmarked alley to find the right cup of coffee. But you’d be well advised to trek down to Coffee Hanyakbang in the Euljiro area of Seoul. Never mind that it’s not visible from the street.
Tracking the 1,500-year history of Korea’s star cabbage.
In 1988, when the top international athletes were competing for medals at the Seoul Olympics in South Korea, a new star was introduced to the world, one that had nothing to do with sport. It was the first time kimchi, a spicy fermented cabbage dish, was experienced by such a wide variety of people.
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