Start at Gyeongbokgung Palace
The most visited attractions in Seoul are its palaces. The main palace called Gyeongbokgung, and Changdeokgung, with its beautiful secret garden, are the two most popular. Lucky for busy travelers, the two are located almost next to one another. Start off at Gyeongbokgung Palace and travel back in time to the prosperous Joseon Dynasty. The palace is open during all four seasons and a must-visit when in town.
Explore Korean culture at Bukcheon Hanok Village
Surrounded by Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace, and Jongmyo Shrine, Bukchon Hanok Village is home to hundreds of traditional houses, called hanok, that date back to the Joseon Dynasty. The name Bukchon, which literally translates to "northern village," came about as the neighborhood lies north of two significant Seoul landmarks, Cheonggyecheon Stream and Jongno. Today, many of these hanoks operate as cultural centers, guesthouses, restaurants, and tea houses, providing visitors with an opportunity to experience, learn and immerse themselves in traditional Korean culture.
Get artsy in Insadong
The area is considered the artistic soul of the city, with countless arts and craft shops along the main and many side streets. This is the perfect place to pick up unique and handmade Korean souvenirs to take back home.
Get bird’s eye views from Namsan Tower
One of the highest points in the city, Namsan Tower, or Seoul Tower, is a great place to get amazing views of the city. No matter what time of the day, you can always catch a stunning glimpse of the hustle and bustle of Seoul below. However, Namsan is a perfect place to visit to catch the sunset over the city or spectacular night views.
Shop and dine in Myeongdong
Millions of tourists from all over the world come to Korea to pick up Korean fashion and skincare products each year. The best place to fulfill your shopping lust is Myeongdong. The area is home to some of the largest Korean stores in the country, including Innisfree, Skinfood, 8 Seconds, and many more. After, or during, your shopping haul, you can fill your stomach with delicious Korean street food or sit down in one of the many local restaurants to grab a bite.
Have the time of your life at Lotte World
Lotte World is the world’s largest indoor amusement park. Comprising both an indoor theme park and an outdoor amusement park, Lotte World is also surrounded by a hotel and a large shopping complex! This top-notch attraction is great for families, kids and couples alike. Lotte World is more than just an ordinary theme park, it’s a massive entertainment hub that promises fun in epic proportions.
Get around in Fish market
The Noryangjin Fish wholesale market is where you can savor seaside delicacies sold on hundreds of stalls here. This is Seoul’s oldest and biggest indoor fish market, with more than 700 vendors each selling the catch of the day. Get here early to enjoy the excitement of this bustling warehouse and you can participate in the seafood auction that takes place as the sun rises.