Seoul, Korea’s capital city, is a tourist destination replete with a host of activities to enjoy, ranging from traditional royal palaces to shopping districts boasting the latest fashion trends. To get the most out of your stay, hop on a Seoul City Tour Bus. (Website:http://en.seoulcitybus.com/)
Gyeongbokgung Palace is the primary residence for the royal family of Joseon Dynasty. It is the largest and most architecturally beautiful of the five palaces of Seoul. Although situated in the middle of the city, once inside the gates of the palace, you quickly forget the hustle and bustle of city life.
Changdeokgung Palace and Secret Garden
Changdeokgung Palace is the second royal villa and the most well-preserved of the five remaining royal Joseon palaces. Changdeokgung’s secret garden is kept as natural as possible and is touched by human hands only when absolutely necessary.
Mt. Namsan and N Seoul Tower
Located at the heart of Seoul, Mt, Namsan is a very popular for its restful walkways and excellent views of Seoul at night. At the top of Mt. Namsan, there is N Seoul Tower. Visitors to the tower’s observatory, the highest point in the capital city, can enjoy scenic views of Seoul while enjoying a meal in one of its two restaurants.
Insadong Antique Street
Known as “Korea in Seoul,” this area is the place to be for those who want to experience the authentic ambience and charm of Korean culture. A favorite among Koreans and foreigners alike, Insa-dong and its neighboring streets and alleys are lined with art galleries, folk craft shops, tea shops, and restaurants.
In the past Cheonggyecheon Stream area was covered by a large overpass and filled with concrete. Then in October 2005 it was removed and the beautiful stream was uncovered. The stream has become one of Seoul’s major tourist destinations, and is a popular place for leisure and relaxation since it offers many beautiful sights to see and enjoy.
The National Museum of Korea
The National Museum of Korea, opened in October 2005, has become a renowned showcase for Korean culture. The museum has adopted new ways of exhibiting its collection so that visitors are able to understand the displays in depth. It is home to a permanent exhibition hall displaying archaeological, historical, and donated artifacts related to Asia as well as a temporary exhibition hall.
Namsan Hanok Village
The Hanok Village is a restoration of traditional Korean houses from Joseon Dynasty taking you back to Koreas past, situated in the heart of Seoul among many tall, modern buildings. The furniture in the house is situated to help guests understand the daily life of the past.
COEX Mall is a novel entertainment facility in the heart of the city. With over 250 large commercial stores, it is generally considered to be the best entertainment complex around. There are over 800 restaurants to dine in, and various places to shop, eat, and play including night clubs, theatres, book stores, record stores, and a large aquarium.
Ever since it’s opening in 1905, Dongdaemun Market has been one of the major fashion markets in Korea. Specializing in wholesale clothing, the market has grown large, having more than 20 shopping malls. A full range of fashion items that cover head to toe, are found in Dongdaemun Market at moderate prices.
Namdaemun Market is the biggest traditional market in Korea selling clothing daily miscellaneous goods, kitchenware and local and imported products. Most shops have their own factories and make the products themselves offering both wholesale and retail prices which enable visitors to purchase various shopping items at inexpensive prices.
Itaewon was the first special tourist zone designated in 1997 among the 5 special tourist zones in Seoul. It is a multicultural place where over 20,000 foreigners live and is widely recognized by international visitors. This is a go-to street for shopping and entertainment. The street is crowded with shopping malls selling clothes and bags.
Bukhansan National Park
Mt. Bukhansan is situated in the northern part of Seoul. Designated as a national park in 1983, the mountain is 78.45km wide and has 6 districts. The name Bukhansan means “big mountain in the north,” and it is also called Mt. Samgaksan. Mt. Bukhansan has such smooth curves that the large granite rocks sometimes look as if they would slide down the mountain.
Dongdaemun Design Plaza
Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) is a blend of traditional buildings, relics and cutting-edge modern multicultural facilities. Seoul Fortress, Igansumun Water Gate (floodgate channeling water from Namsan Mountain to Cheonggyecheon Stream and Seoul Fortress), Dongdaemun History Hall, the Dongdaemun Excavation Site, Dongdaemun Sports Memorial Hall, Event Hall, and Design Gallery can all be found at the DDP.
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