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What to see in Seoul

Seoul Attractions


Seoul attractions include historic temples and palaces, as well as some natural and cultural highlights. The preferred seasons for sightseeing in Seoul are spring and autumn, with comfortable temperatures and blue skies, but in winter the city is covered in snow and can be quite beautiful.

The Gyeongbokgung Palace, built in 1395, and is home to the National Folk Museum of Korea, a great Seoul attraction. The Namsangol Hanok Village is also a good stop, featuring traditional Korean homes from the Joseon Dynasty. The Bongeunsa, a Buddhist temple founded in 794 AD, offers a 'Temple Stay Program' for visitors.

Just out of town, visitors can ride the Namsan Park cable car to the summit of the mountain to see the maritime aquarium and botanical gardens. Lotte World is the largest indoor theme park in the world, one of the most exciting Seoul attractions, while the 1988 Olympic Park and Stadium is another. There are lovely antique shops and art galleries to be browsed in the Insa-dong alleyways.


Bongeunsa

Bongeunsa is a Buddhist temple in Gangnam-gu and was founded in 794 AD by Yeon-hoe, the highest-ranking monk of Silla…

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Changdeokgung

One of the 'Five Grand Palaces' built by the kings of the Joseon Dynasty, Changdeokgung is set within a large park in…

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Galbi Restaurants

A quintessential Korean pastime - and a good everyday option for budget-conscious travellers - Galbi Restaurants are…

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Gyeongbokgung

The jewel of Seoul's five historic palaces, Gyeongbokgung was built in 1395 by Lee Seong-Gye, founder of the Joseon Dynasty,…

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Insadong

No visit to Seoul is complete without exploring the capital's heart and artistic soul: the alleyways of the Insadong…

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Itaewon

Without doubt the most popular area of Seoul for foreign visitors, the gritty neighbourhood of Itaewon is one of Korea's…

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Jogyesa

Jogyesa is the chief temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism. First established in 1395, Jogyesa is located in Gyeonji-dong,…

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Jongmyo Shrine

Jongmyo Shrine is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is heralded as Korea's foremost cultural treasure. Visitors to Seoul…

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Lotte World

Fun and thrills are the order of the day at Seoul's main theme park, which draws about six million visitors annually.…

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Myeong-dong

Paradise for shoppers, Myeong-dong is Seoul's retail haven covering a vast area that spreads out from the Myeong-dong…

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Namsan Park

Namsan, the mountain that stands sentinel in the centre of Seoul, is a popular recreational feature in the city. A cable…

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Namsangol Hanok Village

Set among the skyscrapers, the Namsangol traditional Korean village comes as a pleasant surprise. Centred on five restored…

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Olympic Park and Stadium

The Seoul Olympic Park, or Olpark, was built to host the 1988 Summer Games, located in Songpa-gu, Bangi-dong. It is home…

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