I have been repeating that Seoul is a very tourist friendly city. The reason is quite obvious. Although you may be a total stranger to this beautiful city, you can find directions quite easily. One of my favorites is the location signs which are put everywhere. Just a take a look at them and you will know where you are and the close attractions. It is very difficult to get lost in Seoul thanks to these signs and walking has never been easier.
DEOKSUGUNG, JEONGDONG ROUTE (STREET OF MODERN HISTORY
Route A: Deoksugung- Jungmyeongjeon Hall- Former Russian Legation- Gyeonghuigung- Seoul Museum of History
Route B: Deoksugung- Seoul Museum of Art- Gyeonghuigung- Seoul Museum of History
GYEONGBOKGUNG, INSADONG ROUTE (STRETS OF TRADITIONAL CULTURE I)
Route A: Gyeongbokgung- Samcheongdoggil street- Pass Cheong Wa Dae (the Blue House)- Hyojadong Sarangbang (where various gift from foreign head of state and other dignitaries are exhibited)
Route B: Gyeongbokgung- Insadong
* Insadong’s recommended Walking routes: Gana Art Space- Seoul Souvenirs Shop- Insa Art Center- Tong In Store- Kyung In art Gallery- Min’s Club (Mingadaheon)- Dongyang Daye Shop
JONGMYO ROYAL SHRINE, CHANGGYEOGGUNG ROUTE (STRETS OF TRADITIONAL CULTURE II)
Route A: Jongmyo Royal Shrine- Changgyeoggung- Changgyeonggungno street- Yulgongno street- Changdeokgung
Route B: Jongmyo Royal Shrine- Changgyeoggung- Changgyeonggungno street- Seoul National Science Museum- Sung Kyun Kwan University- Munmyo Shrine
DAEHANGNO ROUTE (STREET OF YOUTH * a self-guide tour
Daehangno street ( Heungsadan- Parangsae theater- Marronnier Park- Korean Culture & Arts Foundation- Ihwajang- Naksan Park- Marronnier Park
NAMDAEMUN, MYEONGDONG ROUTE (STREET OF SHOPPING) * a self-guide tour
Namdaemun market- Singsegae Dept Store- Hoehyeon Underground Shopping Center- Postal Museum- Myeongdong- Utoo Zone- Hyunday Investment Trust &Securities- Myeongdonggil street- Catholic Center- Myeongdong Cathedral
If you make reservations at the cultural tour section of the Seoul City website 3 days before desired day, you can be escorted by a guide for a walking tour. Small groups of six persons or less also eligible for a guided tour provided in Korean, English, Japanese or Chinese.
I highly recommend walking in Seoul. It is safe, many major sites are close together, you can interact more with the locals, and you get some great photo opportunities.
I walked throughout much of the city and it allowed me to discover many unique, and interesting sights. I usually had a general plan of something I wanted to do, but whether I actually did that particular thing was often irrelevant as I discovered many other places such as restaurants, parks, shops, hiking trails, and unique photo opportunities.