Seoul Attractions

Top Things to Do in Seoul

Things to Do in Seoul

Top Attractions in Seoul

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  • Steve M
    Auckland, New Zealand742 contributions
    We got there for the changing of the guard ceremony at 11am. The palace and changing of the guard was well worth the visit. The palace has lots to see and the changing of the guard is signalled in advance by the beating of a drum. The drum is the signal to work your way back to the courtyard where the changing of the guard occurs.
    Written 13 September 2022
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  • scottofhawaii
    Honolulu, HI8,078 contributions
    ...I'm 62 and did it. Well, as much as I wanted to do. Some places are steep, but the trail is well maintained and it's certainly doable. I just went to the first two temples. I am so drawn to the Buddha. I think I'm gonna read again what Einstein said about Buddhism. Bukhansan was really a good place to be this day. I hope you go too. The walk to the start of the trail from the metro station is pretty special as well. Geongguksa Temple near the train station is beautiful. I can't describe it as I felt not saw its aesthetic. The kind of a stream from there to the visitor center that has what's called a board that was also amazing to walk. Kids were in the water with fishing nets looking like they were having the time of the lives. They are.
    Written 13 September 2022
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  • stefani_traveller
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia457 contributions
    Cute fan, fridge magnets and hair accessories with good quality at reasonable price. So many sport shoe store at great prices! Skincare shops everywhere! It's nuts! :)
    Written 17 September 2022
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  • AnLil
    843 contributions
    This is probably my favourite palace, besides Anapji (Wolji Pond in Gyeongju UNESCO site an hour outside Busan). It isn’t the largest of the two main Royal palaces used in the Joseon era, but certainly has a more inviting feel than the popular Gyeongbokgung palace, where changing of the guard draws an audience every day (10:00, 2:00). The beloved of Joseon dynastic kings until the murder of Queen Myeongseong by Japan and Joseon invasions (1392-1910), Changdeokgung had a Secret Garden (generally before 2 pm but closed Mon-Tuesdays), created in 1405 for the Queen dowager. This was beside her residence at Daejojeon hall and son’s Prince Study, where archers or wild tigers appeared. The Secret Garden tour ticket office is beside a later add-on, Nakseonjae for King Heonjong’s mistress, in the days when marriages were arranged by elders. It is also cheaper here for private boutique hanbok dress rentals—a third or quarter of the price than elsewhere. Admission is $2 for anyone up to age 24, and $5 (or double for a Royal Pass to 5 palaces sites). This area was important leading up to the 1964 April 19 Revolution, Proclamation of Korean Government (1948 constitution and election), and anticolonial resistance against imperial Japan until 1945. For local considerations,
    Hanok Homestay Yeonwoo House (5-13 Bukchon-ro 12-gil) is just above Bukchon-ro 56 Pear cafe, facing Hanbok Rental for $2-5, children’s sizes included. Not to be missed, visit the palace by 4 pm (generally latest 4:30-5:30 pm entry, Sept-May but closed Mondays and holidays).
    Written 11 September 2022
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  • KodoDrummer
    Buenos Aires, Argentina64,262 contributions
    Excellent museum of Korean wars. Primarily, Koreans were defending themselves from invaders and fighting for freedom. I especially liked the portions dealing with ancient Korean history. I was very intrigued by the Joseon Dynasty’s Korean turtle warship, which was used during the 15th to 19th century period. No entry fee.
    Written 9 September 2022
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  • Suzana E
    Bjelovar, Croatia10 contributions
    Extensive collection of artifacts, very organized, museum is completely free. We spent about 3 hours there on a rainy Friday afternoon and it wasn't too crowded. Audioguide app is bad (short descriptions, robotic voice, you have to bring your own headphones). The architecture of the building is stunning, museum shop is nice
    Written 16 September 2022
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  • Carmenchoong
    Puchong, Malaysia9 contributions
    Got a plaza dedicated to art related business. We shopping for badges, yarn, earring,,,, Other than that,,, street food
    Written 18 September 2022
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  • lostinatlanta
    Berkeley Heights, NJ151 contributions
    This place is huge. We visited because we needed something to do during a rainy day. So we went to the aquarium and walked around the mall. Lots of great places to eat that are very affordable.

    We did not go to the tower since it was rainy and the view was not great. On a sunny day though, I'm sure it would be a great place to see.
    Written 13 July 2022
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  • AnLil
    843 contributions
    KTX has its dedicated tracks or platforms in train stations across the Republic of Korea. We bought single-day tickets and took convenient KTX to travel by bullet train, criss-crossing the country. (Letskorail. com is more for people who want to buy multiday flex passes, and watch for sc ams!) The Korea Train Express or KTX runs before 7 a.m. from Seoul to Mokpo in Jeolla province, where the regular sea terminal or ferry to Jeju is also located. (Mugunghwa and S-train special for tourists from Haeundae or Bujeon may have bicycle racks, at least if a cafeteria car is attached.) Paying $50-$80 for an eSIM phone plan is necessary to book tickets online at Korea Railroad Corporation’s website; booking is only possible within 30 days of travel from Mokpo on the Honam line, or from Busan on the Gyeongbu express line. Before Busan’s biennial Wave event— happening until Nov 6, we travelled between this 2nd largest city on the East coast and Seoul. It would have been a 6-day (600 km) ride on the dedicated lanes of a river cycling route; but instead, it lasted less than three hours by train to reach our destination. In that way, we avoided the torrential path of Typhoon Hinnamnor. At the station’s ticket counter, we presented Visa cards to pay Korea Railroad (Korail), which operates the speedrail Korea Train Express (KTX). It can also be reached at (+822) 1544-8545 or 1544-7777 in the morning or noon hour, but with restrictions: especially Sept 8-12 with limited customer service an additional week, due to the annual holiday or Harvest Festival called Chusok. By checking on the overhead boards for the lit-up train number and departure time, it is possible to find the track number for KTX at the far right. Be sure to ask for KTX and carry a little cash ($4,$7,$10 equiv. Korean Won values, accepted by SK’s T-money pass), hopping onto a subway or transit; then between Seoul and Busan, the duration of your train ride will be cut to less than half or 2.5-hour duration (paying less than $60 for an economy KTX seat, e.g., $239 for a family of four). Seats can sell out fast, and there are no night trains past 10:30 pm. In Busan station, take the escalator up one level for ticketing and another level higher to purchase a filling meal for a good price ($10-12 at various restaurants). Tracks below are listed by groupings for regular Munghwa trains or S-trains for tourists. However, speed trains are behind the KTX gate with escalators descending to numbered platforms below, so watch the overhead signage. Even if someone forgets to pack anything, the electronic vending machine in-between KTX cars sells $1 beverages, snacks or $9 flash device and charging by credit card. Reclining row seats and family seating, each with a dining table, is available in economy train cars, listed on the car door and at the top of your KTX ticket. The convenience ontop of speed is unbeatable. Announcements are provided in English, Korean, Japanese and Chinese. Load Google Translate or at least Kakao Maps on your phone/loaner at Incheon Airport, and you’ll be set to travel Korea in a cinch!
    Written 11 September 2022
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  • Joan
    Glasgow, UK20 contributions
    Firstly I will say I was on my own, over sixty and never been to South Korea before.. The Metro system is huge, at first glance frightening too, but simply awesome for getting around Seoul once you get the hang of it, and cheap too.. Highly recommend.
    Written 11 September 2022
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  • Traveller of the world
    1,405 contributions
    Lovely walk. We went early on a Saturday morning and it was already a little busy. Guessing it must be packed in the day. Although it was still peaceful and we had a lovely walk. Nice views. Fresh air. Lot's of things for children and places to picnic. Clean. Use metro station Yeouinaru. As it was early, vendors had not set up yet but there appeared to be stalls selling food and drinks amongst other items. There were also activities for children and what looked like a mini pool as well as a ferry ride. Good place to ride a bike.
    Written 10 June 2022
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  • KodoDrummer
    Buenos Aires, Argentina64,262 contributions
    Went up to the observatory of the Namsan Tower. The observation deck views were someone limited by non-clear skies of the overcast day. However, still good, exciting and cool.
    Written 2 September 2022
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  • AnLil
    843 contributions
    Party with a View
    Better than Busan X the SKY (LCT Tower), Kpop was pumping at the top of Namsan. It’s exhilarating with others at any time of day, even after sundown or 7 pm when the tower is closed. We walked up the sidewalk on one side along a padded track, and descended the historical route past the original Seoul City Wall—destroyed by the Japanese (1910) but once greater than the Great Wall of China. The head of trail is across Sowol-ro from Millennium Hilton hotel behind Seven Luck Casino for the base of the mountain—above Hoehyeon line 4 subway station elevator around exit 7. Namsan “South Mountain” preserves a portion of the ancient city wall (500+ years old) and the last bastion where Korean resistance fighters defended the city against modern Japan. It’s a 15 minute walk along Seollo trekking overpass /elevator at the bottom street, up past Millennium /smiling emoji Buddhist building from Namdaemun market. The flashy K Gallery of lights and YooHoo /Pokémon Games plaza (2F underground) is a draw for kids, while adults like the nicer restaurant dining above the 4th floor in the observatory. (A couples’ pass or gift shop—open later until past 9 pm—greeted tired trekkers.) Otherwise, taking the subway and walking from MyeongDong, it’s more than a 3 km hike uphill; half of the climb will be stairs to the top from the concrete overpass. Lovers’ locks in the thousands add ‘weight’ to the vista-experience. We didn’t see any locks dated before 2019. Wear good walking shoes, and late at night, don’t expect much to be open except vending machines with drinks for sale—bring cash (KRW) and a good camera. The gondola keeps running and costs close to $60, depositing riders above the Lotte shopping district of MyeongDong.
    Written 10 September 2022
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  • AnLil
    843 contributions
    Nanta Theater is a mix of drama, traditional music and dance, magic, and even Korean hapkido (martial arts). Give yourself up to half a day to enjoy it…Nanta is completely authentic and unique. A comedic modern remake of traditional Andong’s Hahoe maul (village) mask dance with ceremonial clanging and Halla’s Huhm dance, this show has been running for 2.5 decades…Yes, you know it’s gotta be good. In Hahoe style, there has to be a love scene, a clown personality, the boss-man, and lots of drumming (buk) and noise! Kids young and old—even white seniors young at heart—had a hoot! Tickets cost roughly $50 per adult. At MyeongDong 4-Gil in the UNESCO building, Nanta Theatre is above Mano di Chef and signs, across from Pretty Skin. It’s like a shopping and food Mecca on the street (so bring cash if you want a smoothie or fruity/baked treat). You can buy tickets online or pick up on the day of the show, checking in no later than 5 pm. Catch a quick bite to eat in the upscale Lotte Department store here; without a Korean phone number you cannot order from kiosks, but behind the grocery mart are queues, on obtaining a beeping locator for tray-carts and visa-paid food delivery from restaurant counters. The show runs for 1.5 hours with a washroom on site—albeit not easily wheelchair accessed. Visitors to Seoul cannot miss all this drama!
    Written 11 September 2022
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  • TheMahdi
    Seoul, South Korea149 contributions
    A historic river which has a nice story behind it as a heritage for Kirean, how it was and why the gov had to cover it with concrete and then revice it again.

    No entrance fee and Its a beautiful place to walk and run along this water sream (its smaller than a river in width and so shallow).

    I visited it at night (upon arrival to Seoul) and walked all the way along it.

    Nothing special for the stream itself but a very nice historical story behind it. (Check my photos)
    Written 2 September 2022
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