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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, though it is very cold, and some people enjoy the summer, even though the heat and humidity can be uncomfortable.

Seoul is home to three UNESCO-listed sites, as well as numerous other cultural treasures and some fun entertainment hubs. The UNESCO World Heritage Sites are Changdeokgung Palace Complex, Jongmyo Shrine and the Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty. The Gyeongbokgung Palace, built in 1395, and home to the National Folk Museum of Korea as well as other sites of interest, is 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, is one of a number of temples that offer temple stay programmes for visitors, allowing foreigners to gain insight into the way of life and the faith of the resident monks.

For a break from high-brow cultural sightseeing, visitors can ride the Namsan Park cable car to the summit of the mountain to see the maritime aquarium and botanical gardens, or visit Lotte World, the largest indoor theme park in the world and one of the most exciting Seoul attractions. There are lovely antique shops and art galleries to be browsed in the Insa-dong alleyways, and many other fun shopping districts, and the Galbi restaurants are a recreational must, at once a culinary and a cultural experience.

The service is amazingly friendly and helpful in Seoul and there are support structures in place for confused tourists: cheerful operators at the 120 Dasan Center provide answers to any question you might have for free, 24-hours a day, in Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and Mongolian, if you call 02-120 (from a cell phone) or 120 (from a landline).


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 immensely…

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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 celebrated as one of Korea's foremost cultural treasures. Visitors…

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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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Namsan Park

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

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