What are the best places to visit in Seoul?

Places to visit in South Korea, Seoul

Hongdae: Short for Hong-ik University, Hongdae is home to one of Seouls most interesting art universities and the artsy crowd that it fosters.

The area is full of live bars, boutiques, cafes and restaurants that are non-mainstream.

Its sort of like Brooklyn and East London in its vibe, but distinctly Korean.

,Bukchon: A neighborhood near the Palace that is made entirely of old traditional Korean houses.

This is a great place to stay as well, if you can book a room at the Rak-Go-Jae, one of Seouls oldest inns.

Page on RkjSamcheongdong: An area in a valley in North Seoul, this area is distinctly Korean and caters to many diplomats and governmental workers.

Expect to see a lot of interesting traditional restaurants.

Bit hard to get to though.

,Shinsadong: By shinsadong, what I really mean is Garosugil, which is a street full of boutiques, cafes, restaurants, and bars.

I wouldnt say Garosugil has tons of traditional Korean venues, but its a taste of what modern Korean lifestyle may be like.

Its where many people go on dates or to have a quiet night out.

,I miss Seoul.

Top 10 tourist attractions in Seoul

You will have no trouble going around Seoul as long as you stick to traveling by subway.

The subway has English signs and announcements and is reasonably cheap.

Get T-money cards at any convenience store for both you and your mom.

I think there is also a transpo card for tourists in Seoul that allows for 20 rides a day (you can get them at the airport).

You will have to walk a lot this way though so better tell your mom she will be doing some exercise.

,For must-try food in Seoul, check out my answer here: Cherry Ronaos answer to What are some must-visit places for a foodie in Seoul?You can use Google maps on your phone for directions.

But if you are to use Google maps outdoors, you need internet on the go.

You can rent a wifi egg (portable wifi router) at the airport.

Reserve a wifi egg on this link SK telecom roaming OR this link kt uc778ubc14uc6b4ub4dc ub85cubc0d ubaa8ubc14uc77c uc11cube44uc2a4 so that your rental fees will be free; youu2019ll pay only for the per day unli data charge this way.

(Some AirBnBs offer wifi egg rental services for cheap; you should ask your hotel first and weigh your options.

),Firstly, there is a very helpful Korea travel website: VisitKorea - AboutKorea.

It contains all you need to know about travel in Korea, even directions via subway/bus and entrance fees.

If you want to learn more about a travel destination in Korea, just google u201c visitkoreau201d and itu2019ll be one of the top search results.

,Here are some places I recommend for you to visit in Seoul:,Gyeongbokgung Palace - the largest palace in Seoul.

Youu2019ll be doing a lot of walking because it is huge.

,Samcheongdong and Bukchon Hanok Village - located beside Gyeongbokgungu2014you can actually walk from the palace to reach these places.

Samcheongdong is an artsy street full of chic stores, random art, and cafes.

Bukchon Hanok Village is where you can see traditional Korean houses.

,Insadong - very near 1 and 2 and right outside Angguk station.

Lots of traditional stores and galleries.

This is also where the Nami Island office is located.

*Do not get your souvenirs here.

It is better to buy them at Namdaemun where they are cheap and you can haggle.

*1, 2, and 3 can be a one day itinerary.

,Nami Island - an island 2+ hours from Seoul where a lot of Kdramas where shot.

This will take a whole day to explore (plus travel to and from Seoul).

You can reserve a roundtrip shuttle bus ticket here: How to Get to Nami Island.

,DMZ - this also takes a full day.

Reserve slots at USOu2019s website: http://www.

koridoor.

co.

kr/?ckattempt=3.

Heads up on the 3rd tunnel tour as it is a strenuous walk down and up the long slope.

Note that when we first traveled around Seoul, the DMZ tour was the best tour we went to.

,War Memorial of Korea - a huge building full of interesting stories and artifacts about the Korean war and other similar wars.

This one is the 2nd best place we went to on our first Seoul trip.

You will be spending half a day in it.

,University belt - visit Ewha Universityu2019s grand study building, walk towards Yonsei University, visit Shinchon in front of it, and then end your day at Hongdae (Hongik University).

You can actually take the subway (green line) to hop from one uni to the next.

Shinchon and Hongdae has a lot of singers and dancers (even piano players) performing on the streets on weekends.

Lots of stores and restaurants, too.

Hongdae also has a graffiti street: Street Art in Hongdae, South Korea - Going Somewhere Slowly.

If you want to see the street in broad daylight you might want to start your half-day university tour at Hongdae.

*6 and 7 can be a one day itinerary.

,Everland - if you like amusement parks, this is the place to go.

Itu2019s 2 hrs from Seoul and you can go via subway and bus: Traffic information - everland.

DO NOT GO TO EVERLAND ON A WEEKENDu2014it is awfully crowded you wonu2019t be able to ride much.

When we went on a Saturday, we were only able to ride 2 attractions the whole day.

,Noryangjin market - a seafood market where you can eat hoe (sashimi) and sannakji (live baby octopus) if youu2019re an adventure eater.

But even if you donu2019t plan on eating sannakji, a traditional market is a great place to explore and eat various traditional food.

,Myeongdong - it is a buzzling shopping street full of tourists but the reason I recommend you to go there is to try the Kalguksu at Myeongdong Gyoja (see my food link above).

,Namdaemun market - an open market where you can buy cheap souvenirs and stuff.

This is right beside Myeongdong.

,N Seoul Tower - climb to a high place where you can see all of Seoul.

This is also where the love locks are located.

You can take a bus from Myeongdong to go there.

*You can visit 9, 10, 11, and 12 in one day.

,Seoul City Wall - Visit Seoul - Seoul City WallDongdaemun Design Plaza - see great modern architecture,Cheonggyecheon stream - stroll along the stream, toss a coin on the wishing (well), get your feet wet.

,The Painters: Hero Show - watch this instead of Nanta.

I enjoyed watching this so much more than Nanta.

It is a show where several painters do speed painting in different styles.

Donu2019t worry, there are no dialogues.

The Painters: HERO (ud398uc778ud130uc988: ud788uc5b4ub85c)Places I havenu2019t been to but want to go:,Haneul Park - a park thatu2019s very instagrammable ;),Seoul Sky - a new building attraction in Seoul http://english.

visitkorea.

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kr/enu/AKR/FU_EN_15.

jsp?cid=2485353Iu2019ve covered a week of activities so far.

You may want to visit Jeonju for a day for food tripping.

Going to Busan via bullet train (KTX) is also a good idea and while youu2019re at it, sample the Naengchae Jokpal dish I mentioned on the Korean food link above.

You can also consider spending your remaining week at Jeju Island, though then you will need to rent a car to be able to freely go around the island; car rental is cheap in Jeju though.

Feel free to ask if you want to know more about Jeju.

,Hope this helps!

Beautiful places in South Korea

When people think about Korea, most of us always think about South Korea (Republic of Korea) which is more popular than North Korea (Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea) and I guess the questioner is talking about South Korea.

,South Korea is a fast growing country in very short time and there are a lot of things to do in this country.

,Seoul, Busan, Gyeongju, DMZ, Jeju Island, Andong, Suwon, Chuncheon, Jeonju and Itaewon-dong are the most popular and visited places in South Korea.

,The best way is to fly to Incheon International Airport as there are many frequent flights to Seoul from many countries and if you are in Osaka, it is much better to take the Panstar Ferry to Busan.

,When I first entered to Korea, I felt very safe not only that when I was looking the map, how quickly people approached for help.

Picture taken in March, 2010.

Korean food is always my favourite and when I remember Korea, I often miss Soju.

Korea is a small country and well connected to every places, never forget to travel in KTX train.

It is very safe country and people are so friendly, polite and helpful, enjoy this beautiful country with its, culture, food, night life, scenic beauty and many things.

If you are planning a holiday with family, Korea is the best, I guess.

Thank you for reading.

Top 5 places to visit in South Korea

When people think about Korea, most of us always think about South Korea (Republic of Korea) which is more popular than North Korea (Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea) and I guess the questioner is talking about South Korea.

,South Korea is a fast growing country in very short time and there are a lot of things to do in this country.

,Seoul, Busan, Gyeongju, DMZ, Jeju Island, Andong, Suwon, Chuncheon, Jeonju and Itaewon-dong are the most popular and visited places in South Korea.

,The best way is to fly to Incheon International Airport as there are many frequent flights to Seoul from many countries and if you are in Osaka, it is much better to take the Panstar Ferry to Busan.

,When I first entered to Korea, I felt very safe not only that when I was looking the map, how quickly people approached for help.

Picture taken in March, 2010.

Korean food is always my favourite and when I remember Korea, I often miss Soju.

Korea is a small country and well connected to every places, never forget to travel in KTX train.

It is very safe country and people are so friendly, polite and helpful, enjoy this beautiful country with its, culture, food, night life, scenic beauty and many things.

If you are planning a holiday with family, Korea is the best, I guess.

Thank you for reading.

Best places to visit in South Korea during winter

Well, I would say South Korea is a land of paradise! There are plenty of places for you to visit in this country.

I did a small research on this country and what I like the most about South Korea is its pure and unique culture, Korean language and also the way Koreans respect others.

,Tasting the extremely delicious Korean traditional and street foods, trying out a hanbok which is the Korean traditional dress and like any other girl, Kdramas and soju keeps me motivated to visit South Korea.

,So, Letu2019s see what are the best destinations to visit in South Korea!,Namsan TowerAre you a K-drama lover? Then you might know the Namsan Tower.

Namsan is a cultural landmark in South Korea and on the other hand, itu2019s a centre of attraction for lovers.

This is also known as N Seoul Tower and viewers can get a panoramic sight of the glamorous Seoul city.

This tower is located at the top of the Namsan mountain and it is used as a communication and observation centre.

,Namsan Tower is extremely popular among tourists and I believe thatu2019s mostly due to the popularity of K-drama.

Many of the Korean dramas are filmed in Namsan Tower therefore, many foreigners tend to visit this place.

,The scenery from the top of Namsan is eye-catching where you can get a 360-degree view of the entire city.

It is a famous date spot among locals and each couple seal their love forever by putting a love lock there.

,Itu2019s not only a spot for sightseeing but also you have plenty of other things to do at Namsan.

,There are many restaurants at Namsan where you can select dining options that match your budget and have your meal while getting lost amid an amazing view!,A small brief about Namsan restaurants.

,If you want to grab a soft drink or some quick snack like popcorn you can go to the Sweet bar.

,If you want to try Korean ramen you can check out Cheiljemyunso restaurant.

,The visitors can also try American, Italian and French cuisines from N Burger, The place Dining and N Grill.

,The Hancook restaurant will provide you with Korean buffet dining facilities.

,For a magnificent night view, donu2019t miss out the opportunity of having a cocktail at the premium sky lounge N Terrace.

,Namsan Park and Namsangol Hanok Village are also other attractions that you can see when visiting Namsan tower.

You can reach Namsan either by cable cars or by shuttles.

,2.

Gyeongbokgung palaceThis world-famous castle is the biggest of Five Grand Palaces built by the Joseon dynasty and filled in as the illustrious home of the Joseon tradition.

Standing splendidly today, travellers dont know that Gyeongbokgung Palace has raised an excessive number of times from the remains of devastation.

Gyeongbokgung Palace is located in Seoul, Jogno district.

,If you love to explore the traditional Korean culture, then it is a must to visit this royal palace.

Travelling the Gyeongbokgung Palace can take at least half a day therefore, ensure you arrive at the entrance before 10 AM and also donu2019t forget to bring a map of the palace with you.

,You can also get to see the palace guards changing ceremonies between 10 a.

m.

to 6 p.

m.

and guards usually change every 1 hour.

Free tour guides will be there to guide the foreign travellers as well.

,The entrance fees to visit the palace would be 3000 Won per adult and 1500 Won per kid, but in case if you are wearing a hanbok i.

e.

, the traditional Korean dress you would be allowed a free ticket.

,Gyeongbokgung palace is an extremely aesthetic travel destination.

The palace garden features lush greenery, islands, lotus ponds, statues and cherry blossoms in spring.

This surrounding will bring back all the Kdrama scenes and you will feel that you are also playing a character in a drama or youu2019ve gone back to the Joseon dynasty.

Sounds interesting right! But to get the maximum experience you should try wearing a hanbok.

All tourists can rent a hanbok for two hours or four hours (can adjust to your timing) and enter the Gyeongbokgung palace as a Korean princess or prince.

,You too can become a Korean royal princess for a day! Visit Gyeongbokgung palace and remember, to take elegant pictures of yourself.

,3.

Jeju IslandJeju Island, also known as Jejudo (uc81cuc8fcub3c4) is situated on South Koreau2019s southern coast has become a top holiday destination among locals.

Mostly, Jejudo is famous among Korean honeymooners due to its charming sceneries and countless beaches.

,The colourful and aesthetic environment will help in calming your body and mind and allows you to get lost in the wonders of nature.

The dashing greeny borderline fields are covered with tangerine trees and palm trees.

Although Jejudou2019s climate is cooler than other parts of the region, its winters are swallowed up by much longer springs and autumns allowing pineapples, tangerines and dragon fruits to grow.

This island also features many UNESCO world heritage sites.

,If you ever get a chance to visit Jejudo, make sure you do visit all possible places in Jeju! Itu2019s small heaven filled with mesmerising natural wonders.

,4.

Bukchon Hanok VillageHave you ever noticed the traditional houses showed in historical dramas of Korea and did you ever dream of spending two/three days in such a place? Then it is a must to check out the Bukchon Hanok village!,There are hundreds of traditional homes in this village and the most important thing is Bukchon Hanok Village is located close to the Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace and Jongmyo Shrine.

,Many Hanoks offer cultural centres, guesthouses, tea houses and restaurants providing visitors with an opportunity to encounter, learn and immerse themselves in traditional Korean culture.

As Bukchon Hanok Village is an actual neighbourhood with peoples homes, therefore, visitors are advised to be respectful at all times while looking around.

,To explore the Hanok village will take 3 hours and 30 minutes approximately and this place is closed on Sundays.

So make sure to visit during weekdays and Saturdays around 10 a.

m.

to 5 p.

m.

and also the entrance would be free for everyone!,5.

MyeongdongIf you ever plan a trip to Seoul, Myeongdong is a must-visit place.

Myeongdong streets are popular among tourists since the u201970s.

Today, Myeongdong is one of the finest places in Seoul to shop, enjoy and dine all of South Koreau2019s foods.

,This one-stop unique destination is made up of street shopping, vendors in Myeongdong sells cosmetics, handbags, accessories, fast fashion and some of the most delicious Myeongdong sit-in and street food restaurants in the world.

,Korean fashion is much popular among both girls and boys of other nations and your trip to Seoul wonu2019t be completed without experiencing street shopping!,You can try out all branded goodies plus authentic Korean style fashion in these streets.

,There are plenty of delicacies for you to try in Myeongdong.

For example, there is a dessert cafe that is extremely popular among tourists who love Korean sweets.

Donu2019t forget to stop by Myeongdong u2018Noo Na Hol Daku2019 to try dazzling Korean crispy fried chicken if youu2019re a non-veg person.

,You will definitely enjoy the picturesque streets and colourful building lights as you pass by and donu2019t forget to buy some Korean souvenirs to bring back home as a memory of South Korea!,I am counting my days to visit this stunning and disciplined country in my own eyes and enjoy every minute that I spend there!,I hope you got a clear idea of the most beautiful places to visit in South Korea and if I have missed any other holiday destination in South Korea, do comment in the comment section.

,Enjoy your trip to South Korea!

Best places to visit in South Korea during summer

It is too biased to say which country is better to live in.

,Although I live in Korea now, I cannot say Korea is better than Japan.

Likewise, I canu2019t say Japan is better to live in than Korea either.

,As beauty depends on the eyes of the beholders, it goes the same with the place you prefer to live.

So, I think asking which country is better to live in is a too broad question.

,However, I can tell the difference between Seoul (the capital of SK) and Tokyo (the capital of Japan) based on my experience.

,I have been living in Seoul for more than 18 years, and I have visited Tokyo many times, maybe around 8 times.

,Based on my experience, I would like to list several points where each city is better than the other between these two cities and countries:,Public Transportation: Absolutely, Seoul is better.

The cost of public transportation in Tokyo is much higher than in Seoul.

Moreover, the subway dominates Tokyou2019s public transportation.

I mean buses and taxis are very common in Seoul, and the fare is very cheap.

However, you cannot find many buses in Tokyo, and the taxi fare in Tokyo is way too high.

Moreover, the subway system in Tokyo is too complex, and it is a little hard to transit to other lines.

Personally, I have not seen any better subway system than the Seoul Subway in the world yet.

,Air and Environment: Tokyo is better.

Although Tokyo and Seoul are megacities, Tokyo is much cleaner than Seoul, and it seems the air is cleaner than Seoul as well.

Also, the polluted air with micro dust from China affects the quality of the air in Seoul a lot.

So, if you prefer better air and environment, I guess Tokyo is better than Seoul.

,Summer: Both cities are too hot and humid during the Summer.

However, I think Summer in Seoul is slightly better than in Tokyo.

I really hate summer in Korea because it is too humid, but when I visited Tokyo during the summer one time, I cannot complain.

It is more humid and muggy in Tokyo during the summer.

,Food: Food choice really depends on each personu2019s taste.

If you like fish, something light, no spicy food, I think Japanese food is better.

But, if you like spicy food, barbecue, and Kimchi, I think Korean food is better.

However, regarding the food price in general, Korea has a lower food price than Japan.

,Cost of Living: Tokyo has a higher cost of living than Seoul in many aspects.

However, if you have a decent job in Tokyo, I think it doesnu2019t matter much.

,People: This is the most difficult question for me.

I cannot say which countryu2019s people are better.

They are and look similar while they are totally opposite.

Personally, I cannot get used to the Japanese mindset such as Honne & Tatemae things, and it seems Japanese has different understandings and points of view from other Western and Eastern countries.

For me, Iu2019m very used to get along and communicate well with other people in the world as long as they speak English.

Iu2019m very flexible to understand other countries cultures and mindsets.

However, it is a little difficult for me to get along with Japanese, even though I like and respect Japanese culture.

I love Japanese animation and manga and enjoy their food.

I also tried to learn Japanese.

However, I feel some kind of barrier between Japanese people and me when Iu2019m trying to get close after I communicate with him or her for a while.

Maybe, my approach toward Japanese people is wrong, but I never had much trouble with other people in the world except Japanese when I tried to get close with other people in the world.

I donu2019t have any historical issues and prejudice to interfere when I meet Japanese people, but it gets difficult for me to understand and close with them as I communicate with them more and more.

Anyway, this is just for me, and I think it is my problem that I donu2019t know the main reason yet.

Most Japanese people are very kind and polite in general.

Especially, etiquette is still alive in Japan.

Whereas, it seems etiquette is lost and disappeared in Korea nowadays.

In terms of Etiquette in general, Japan respects it more than Korea.

,Again, this list is strictly personal, and I donu2019t mean any offense to Japanese or Koreans.

The more I visit Tokyo, the more I feel Koreans and Japanese are different while they share many similar things such as steamed rice, spoken language (NOT written language), respect for elder people, love of karaoke, pop music, ceramic arts, fanatics for animation and manga, the history of Baekje and Gaya kingdoms in ancient history and so on.

Personally, I hope I can visit other cities in Japan except for Tokyo in the future, and hope I can understand Japanese more.

,For people who never visit Korea and Japan, I would like to recommend them visit Seoul and Tokyo together.

It takes only one hour to fly from Seoul to Tokyo and vice versa.

Also, Korea and Japan are in the same time zone.

So, you donu2019t need to worry about the time difference for visiting these two countries during your trip.

,I hope you can find out which country suits you better by visiting the capital of each country first.

The result will be different for everyone.