September

Best Things to Do in Seoul

Seoul is one big place where you will never run out of things to do. In fact, 6 days was not enough for me to visit every tourist spot there is in Seoul. If you’re planning to visit this place soon and you don’t know what places and activities to include in your itinerary, try checking these recommendations:

Witness the changing of guards at the main gate of Gyeongbokgung Palace

Photo was taken during the ceremony of changing guards at the main gate

Gyeongbokgung Palace is the most famous palace in Korea. It’s the main and the biggest palace built by Joseon Dynasty in 1300’s. You can find within its premises the National Palace Museum of Korea and the National Folk Museum. If you want a taste of old Korea, this is probably the best place!

Ladies wearing Hanbok, Korea’s traditional clothing

Tip: If you want to enter the main complex of Gyeongbokgung Palace for FREE, rent a Hanbok or present your Discover Seoul Pass at the ticket counter.

 

Be amazed by the Architecture of Dongdaemun Design Plaza

Dongdaemun Design Plaza or DDP is a new famous landmark in Seoul. It’s getting a lot of attention because of its atypical yet futuristic structure. DDP is a venue for events like entertainment shows, fashion shows, art exhibits and more. We went here one weekend and we saw elderly people chillin’ and having coffee with their friends. How cute, right? I would love to do the same when I get old.

 

Buy souvenirs at Insadong

Looking for traditional souvenir items? You’ll find good stuff at Insadong. I bought my sister a customized stamp with her Korean name on it.

You may also want to visit Ssamziegil mall at Insadong

Yes, this is a mall. I’m really fascinated how they design structures in Korea. From the most traditional to the most futuristic ones, Architecture is always on point.

 

Eat at Kwang Jang market

If you want the most authentic, yet cheapest Korean food, Kwang Jang Market is the place to be! You’ll be surprised by the number of food stalls and restaurants found here. To have the best and memorable dining experience, eat at food stalls along with Koreans and other Foreigners.

 

Shop at Myeong Dong

If you’re a make-up junkie, Myeongdong is heaven on earth for people like you. There’s an alley dedicated for make-up and skin care shops.

 

Enjoy this 32 cm long ice cream

After shopping, indulge yourself with this wonderfully tall and delicious ice cream. You’ll find one store selling this in the middle of makeup alley at Myeongeong.

 

Take a walk along Seoul City Fortress Wall

If China has Great Wall, Korea has Fortress Wall. It was also built to protect the city against invaders. This wall follows the ridges of Seoul’s four mountains: Baegaksan, Naksan, Namsan, and Inwangsan.

 

I said “walk” but some people actually go here to hike. It’s just that hiking wasn’t part of our itinerary and I’m not so much into hiking. But this 18.2-kilometer fortress wall is one the best trails in Seoul, according to those people who tried.

 

Watch Indie performances at Hongdae

Hongdae is such a busy place. The crowd is both overwhelming and enjoyable. Entertain yourself by watching indie music performances and street shows in this modern area. The population of youngsters in this place is very evident. We went here Saturday afternoon but I heard that party vibe is being taken to a completely higher level during nighttime especially bars and nightclubs are mostly located here.

 

Get the best view of the city and lock your love at N Seoul Tower

A communication and observation tower located on Namsan Mountain in Seoul, South Korea. Hence, it is commonly known as Namsan Tower.

This landmark reminded me of Tokyo Skytree in Japan. But not until I felt out of place after seeing couples everywhere. Couples usually go here to attach love locks as a symbol of their love and commitment. If you’re visiting Korea with your special someone, this is one romantic place you shouldn’t miss.

No bitterness, I promise

If you want the best view of the city, this is the place to go. Despite the volume of people visiting this place at night, I would still recommend that you schedule your visit at night.

 

Roam around Bukchon Hanok Village

Visit this village where Korean traditional houses are found. You can visit for free, just be mindful of the neighborhood living in the area. Let us be responsible tourists.

 

Stroll and Shop at EWHA Woman’s University

Ewha Womans University is currently the world’s largest female educational institute and is one of the most prestigious universities in South Korea.

Tourists go here to see and photograph the University’s complex

Just near the campus, is a shopping paradise for youngsters/students. Affordable apparels, shoes and bags are available in these shops.

 

Have a Serene Moment at Bongeunsa

A traditional Buddhist Temple located in Gangnam district. It’s a beautiful and calm place despite its location in the middle of an urban area. Entrance is free but please be aware that it’s an active temple and there are people meditating inside. After all, it wasn’t made for tourism purposes.

Part of the Bongeunsa vicinity

 

Lanterns inside Bongeunsan

 

Play with Dogs in a Cafe

Bau Haus Cafe

If you’re an animal lover, then Animal Cafes are your kind of cafe. There’s a lot to try but we went for a Dog Cafe. You just need to pay the entrance fee which is already inclusive of one drink then you can start playing with pets and take photos of them.

Aside from Dog cafe, you can also try Cat Cafe (I think this one is more famous). Oh wait, there’s more! They even have Sheep Cafe and Raccoon Cafe.

 

Be wacky and artsy at Alive Museum

Take art to a whole new level in this modern museum located in Insadong. Do not go here alone though because selfies won’t work. You need someone to take photos for you.

Guess what? We did not pay for the tickets. We were given free access to go inside the museum. In my next blog, I will discuss more about that and will give some helpful tips.

Revisit history at Seodaemun Prison Museum

Take yourself back in history when you visit this museum which was a prison during Japanese colonial era.

This prison memorial witnessed the most horrible experiences and hardest times of Korea in the past.

 

Eat Korean barbeque and Drink Soju

Feeling tired and hungry after your city tour? Treat yourself a good dinner by trying the famous Korean barbecue and Soju! Try it with your friends and tell me what you think about this perfect duo.

Oh, Chicken is also a perfect match for Soju! Trying it with your friends is highly recommended.

 

Food, Entertainment, Architecture and so much more. There are so many things to do, learn and experience in Seoul. It’s a great place where tradition and modernity meets. I can give you countless reasons to visit this beautiful place, but one thing is for sure: SEOUL WILL MAKE YOUR SOUL HAPPY.

Special shout-out to Paula, JC and Riz for being the best Travel Buddies! #Chungmoro

23 thoughts on “Best Things to Do in Seoul”

  1. Seoul looks like such a fun place! That ice cream cone is absolutely insane, if I was eating that I’d probably start melting and topple over before I could finish it!

  2. First of all thanks for the post! Very informative!
    Heh, I used to play starcraft a lot when I was a kid but didn’t have money to travel to Korea.
    I don’t do that anymore, but think if visiting and go to one of the championships. I still like watching the games.
    Now I have a list of things to do, apart from Starcraft.

  3. Yes, we do have grand mega malls here in Asia. I am in Indonesia. Same thing here. Malls are everywhere. (I myself prefer nature more **sigh**). That 32 in ice cream is impressive. I wonder how it doesn’t topple over. The person dispensing the ice cream must have lots of practice. We have activated black charcoal iceream here. Yup, BLACK ice cream. Guess what else it’ll make black later on?? Korea in on my bucket list. One day…

  4. Wow, looks like you had an awesome trip! I have never been there and don’t know that I ever will, but I appreciate you sharing the photos and describing each site and activity. Like a virtual tour! 🙂

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