Seoul, the capital of South Korea, is a famous tourist spot and the cultural and business hub of the oriental world. This dynamic city is a fusion of fashion, technology, history and tradition, and therefore it is not a surprise that Seoul attracts visitors of all kind from all over the world.
To help you plan your visit to the capital of South Korea, we go over the top attractions of the city and identify the best places for accommodation.
Cheonggyecheon Stream is a historical waterway that was restored in 2005. The Stream has wide pedestrian walkways and is surrounded on both sides by walls that have folk paintings depicting the history and livelihoods of ancient Koreans. It stretches a total of 10 km and passes through several famous city spots and landmarks such as the Seoul Plaza, Insa-dong Street, Changdeokgung Palace and Deoksugung Palace.
Namsan Park is home to several famous tourist spots which include the N Seoul Tower, an aquarium, a library and a network of beautiful walking trails.
N Seoul Tower is the tallest structure in South Korea. To catch a breathtaking site of the city, you can climb to the observatory located atop this tower, where you can marvel at Seoul’s skyline. You will also found many “love locks” hanging on the railings at various structures in the park. Couples lock them there as symbols of everlasting love.
Dongdaemun Market is a shopper’s paradise. It is spread on 10 blocks and features 26 malls, 25,000 retail shops and countless wholesale stores.
The main shopping area is divided into 2 parts called Zone 1 and Zone 2. Zone 1 is more popular among tourists for its retail outlets. The popular malls here are Doota, Doosan Tower, Hello APM, Good Morning City, Migliore, and Freya Town. These malls are located close to each other and have a variety of clothing and fashion brands on offer. The malls in Seoul are open throughout the day (8.30am to 5am) and offer free Wi-Fi to visitors.
Located in the northern part of the city, the Bukhansan National Park covers a mountainous and rocky terrain of 30 square miles and is home to several granite peaks, forest-laden valleys and miles of hiking trails in between. There are also close to 100 Buddhist temples and monk sanctuaries and cells located here.
Bukhansan National Park’s proximity to Seoul, its historical significance and natural environment make it one of the most-visited nature parks in the world.
The park is easily accessible via subways and is free for all visitors.
Seoul is a massive city comprising of 25 local districts. To help you choose the best locality to stay in, we list the 4 most popular neighborhoods among tourists. These districts are conveniently located close to subway stations and have plenty of hotels and restaurants. We brief each of them below.
Myeongdong has several low-budget and mid-priced hotels. Most cost-conscious travelers choose to stay in this district because the hotels found here offer low rates yet decent quality.
Myeongdong has many clothing and cosmetic shops and other outlets that offer an array of services. In this area you will also find many street food vendors that offer edibles at reasonable prices.
Insadong is a cultural and artistic neighborhood of Seoul. Many souvenir shops and traditional old style Korean restaurants are located in its quiet lanes. Major attractions such as Gyeongbok Palace, Changdeok Palace, Cheonggyecheon Stream and Jongmyo Shrine are close to this area.
Hongdae is very popular with the city’ youngsters because of the areas cool, hipster vibe. Many famous eateries and cafés are located here. Hongdae also has many small art and craft stores operated by students of the area which sell locally made artwork.
This business district of Seoul became a worldwide sensation thanks to Korean pop superstar Psy’s Gangnam Style music video. Gangnam lies along the southern bank of the River Han. Although the area has high rise offices and famous luxury brand outlets, it is not an expensive locality when it comes to finding accommodation.