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Seoul on a budget

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Seoul on a budget
Though Seoul is generally regarded as an expensive destination, it doesn't have to be. Proud of their culture and history, Korea aims to make many museums, shrines and temples affordable for all.
Good for: Families, Groups, Seniors, Individuals
Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
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National Museum of Korea
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National Museum of Korea

This is the largest museum in Korea with over 220,000 objects in its collection. It has six permanent exhibition galleries such as Historical Gallery and Fine Arts Gallery. It also has special exhibition halls, a children's museum, outdoor exhibit areas, restaurants, cafes, shops and other amenities. *Admission: Free to Permanent Exhibition & Children's Museum(changeable after... More

This is the largest museum in Korea with over 220,000 objects in its collection. It has six permanent exhibition galleries such as Historical Gallery and Fine Arts Gallery. It also has special exhibition halls, a children's museum, outdoor exhibit areas, restaurants, cafes, shops and other amenities. *Admission: Free to Permanent Exhibition & Children's Museum(changeable after 2010)*Hours: Tue/Thu/Fri: 9am-6pm, Wed/Sat: 9am-9pm, Sun/holidays: 9am-7pm, closed Mon & January 1st Less

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Gwangjang Market
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Gwangjang Market

Though known as a market for clothes, for those in-the-know, this market is actually a foodie’s dream. Gwangjang offers a cornucopia of cheap, traditional Korean snacks and “street foods.” Try the giant mung-bean pancakes for an authentic, affordable treat.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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The War Memorial of Korea
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The War Memorial of Korea

Poignant exhibits, war memorabilia, art works, and military equipment make this a perfect place to learn about Korea’s history of war, most notably with North Korea. Kids will enjoy the display of actual tanks and airplanes.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Jongmyo Shrine
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Jongmyo Shrine

The ancestral shrine of the Choson kings, is one of Korea's most precious cultural monuments. In 1995, UNESCO recognized the value of the shrine by including it on its World Heritage List.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Blue house (Cheong Wa Dae)
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The Blue house (Cheong Wa Dae)

Located just past Gyeongbokgung Palace, the Blue House (Cheong Wa Dae) is the imposing official residence of South Korea’s president. This lovely complex is built mainly in the traditional South Korean architectural style and tours are a great way to learn about the country’s history and politics. Tours must be booked via online application at least three weeks in advance.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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