So you are planning on visiting Seoul for a couple of days and you don’t miss out on the top attractions? You’ve come to the right place! You will find below my list of 5 best places to visit in Seoul.
Korean was ruled by a dynasty of Emperors up until the 20th century (1910 to be more precise), so you can imagine there would be a need to accommodate the many rulers of this country. Seoul therefore, has no lack for palaces. The difficulty is in choosing which one to visit.
My recommendation goes to Gyeongbokgung Palace. Surrounded by Mount Bugaksan and Mount Namsan, Gyeongbokgung Palace ( “The Palace Greatly Blessed by Heaven”) is a great place to go for a walk and let the Korean culture sink in. You will get a chance to see lots of locals and tourists wearing the traditional gown Hanbok and taking pictures. Why not try it out yourself? You might enjoy it! There are numerous shops around from where you can rent the dress our suit and have a complete Korean makeover (complete with hairstyle).
2. Bukchon Hanok Village
Just 30 min away from the palace you will find this picturesque ancient village where people are still residing to this day. Take some time to appreciate the architecture from the 15th century and a view to the N-Seoul tower.
Just be mindful that people still live there and might not enjoy the massive tourist masses that frolic daily to their doorsteps. Silence is the key.
3. N-Seoul Tower
I know some people are just too tired of going to different countries and visiting “another tower” but N-Seoul Tower is situated in a park and has one of the best sunset viewpoints in the city. Weather you would prefer to climb to the top, go for a walk in nature or just enjoy the fantastic 360º view from the balcony, you surely don’t want to miss it.
It would be a shame to visit Seoul and not go on a shopping spree, wouldn’t it? In the most famous shopping area in Seoul you can find a little bit of everything and even some of the best restaurants. Make sure you find the best places to eat between 12:00 and 12:30 during the week as the busiest time is from 12:00 onwards.
5- Take a stroll along the Han River
Han River separates the ancient part of Seoul and the modern/rich part of Seoul. Have you hear Gangnam Style? It refers to the southbank of this river. It is so easy to rent a bike and cross one of the many bridges to visit Gangnam or just take a look at the skyscrapers on the other side like Lotte Tower. You will be impressed.