South Korea Things to Do

  • Gyeongbokgung Palace
    by jckim
  • Gyeongbokgung Palace
    by jckim
  • Gyeongbokgung Palace
    by jckim

South Korea Things to Do

  • Gyeongbokgung Palace

    Seoul Things to Do

    Since 1395 it was the main royal palace in Joseon Dynasty. Mostly all building were destroyed during Japanese occupation in 1910. But of course it was refurbished and now it's beautiful nad waiting for you ;-) Entrance fee is only 3,000 Won . The whole area is big so it will take about one to 1,5 hours to spend. Many palaces/halls/gates. Palace...

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  • Ilchulbong Peak

    Jeju (city) Things to Do

    Seongsan Ilchulbong is an extinct volcanic crater that one could climb and come down from within an hour. There is a concrete pathway and stairway to the top with 2 rest stops along the way. Once you reach the crater rim you are rewarded with a magnificent and majestic view of the eastern coast, which is why the place has been designated a World...

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  • Namsan (South Mountain) and Seoul Tower

    Seoul Things to Do

    The N Seoul Tower (236.7 m) is situated in the Namsan park, atop the Namsan mountain (243m) in the city centre of Seoul. It offers great panoramic views of the city, and has been a symbol of Seoul since it first opened to the public in 1980. You can easily walk up to the tower on foot as there are wooden stairs all the way, and it takes only...

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  • Korean Folk Village

    Seoul Things to Do

    Great place filled with Korean culture and tradition! Here's a glimpse if you want to see what to expect or want to reminisce about your trip there in the past! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6IUMvvJLahU&feature=plcp

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  • DMZ - DeMilitarized Zone

    Seoul Things to Do

    As we were in Seoul, we also decided to go to the DMZ - demilitarized zone. We booked a tour to the border, for more information you can write me a message. Mostly tour includes: Camp Bonifas, JSA (Joint Security Area), conference room, freedom house adn bridge of no return. We visited all of those places and I can honestly say that it was a...

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  • Insadong

    Seoul Things to Do

    Tourists visit Insadong 인사동 for the traditional fine art and gallery experience but for me it was all about Ssamziegil (쌈지길). This mall is frequent by locals and tourist and it's you can buy a few unique items for gifts. Korean paper, music boxes, caricature and yes the "poo pancake" on the first floor....

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  • Lotte World

    Seoul Things to Do

    Learn more about Korea's culture in the Lotte World historical folk museum. Exhibition includes a minature village, traditional wedding, market street. Opening hours: Weekday: 9.30am - 8om (Entrance till 7pm) Weekend: 9.30am - 9om (Entrance till 8pm)

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  • Itaewon

    Seoul Things to Do

    You feel right at home in Itaewon, especially for Muslim travellers. There's plenty of Halal restaurants, butchers as there are lots of foreigners from India, Pakistan, Turkey, Saudi, Malaysia, Indonesia, etc setting up shops in this area. There is a mosque here and is on a hill top, very nice view.

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  • Myeongdong

    Seoul Things to Do

    Myeong-dong is a must visit tourist spot with Korea's trendiest shopping area consisting of over 300,000 square meters of shops selling clothes, shoes, handbags, accessories, and cosmetics. Many department stores also have a major presence here. Apart from shopping, there are also a number of recommended restaurants and cafes here. Great shopping...

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  • Namdaemun - Great South Gate

    Seoul Things to Do

    Namdaemun, also known as Sungnyemun, is the largest gate ever constructed in Korea and is Korean National Treasure Number 1. Namdaemun, or the "Great South Gate" sits in the center of a major intersection in Seoul near Seoul Station. This gate was part of the fortress wall that surrounded the city of Seoul since the Joseon Dynasty in the 1390s....

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  • Everland

    Seoul Things to Do

    I find Everland nice & enjoyable. My favorite is the Safari World where you can see different wild animals up close. I wish I could hug those bears. They're so cute & cuddly. Am afraid of the coasters so I chose some tamer rides like the carousels & bump cars. Don't forget to have the boat ride in Global Village. Love those beautiful flower...

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  • Dongdaemoon - Great East Gate

    Seoul Things to Do

    Dongdaemun, originally called Heunginjimun (literally "Gate of Rising Benevolence"), is one of the eight gates of the city of Seoul. Heunginjimun was constructed during the fifth year of King Taejo's reign, 1398. It was renovated in 1453, and the current gate was built in 1869. Despite repairs in 1998, the roof was damaged by heavy rains in 2011....

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  • COEX Mall

    Seoul Things to Do

    COEX Mall (코엑스몰) is an underground shopping in Gangnam, Seoul. The cinema, the aquarium and the Kimchi Field Museum are famous. The open air area are often use for promotional events.

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  • Korea House & Namsan Hanok Folk Village

    Seoul Things to Do

    This village lies at the foot of Mount Namsan. It is made up of five traditional Korean wooden houses. There were people wandering around in traditional Korean clothes. Brides and grooms come here for their wedding shots. There were some displays of traditional craft and people playing traditional Korean games. The grounds of the village also...

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  • Korean War Memorial

    Seoul Things to Do

    When you first hear the name 'War Memorial', you can't help but think it's all about the Korean War. Actually the place is a museum dedicated to warfare and weaponry. It showcases all the important battles in Korea's history plus the people, weapons and equipment through the ages. The Korean War of course is the sort of centerpiece of it all....

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  • Deoksugung Palace

    Seoul Things to Do

    Deoksugung palace or 덕수궁 located in the centre of Seoul, not far from main royal palace Gyeongbokgung. But also Gyeonghuigung palace is near. Entrance fee is 1,000 Won and the palace is opened from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Also you can see the change of the toyal guards daily at 11 a.m. , 2 p.m. , 3.30 p.m. Deoksugung was built...

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  • Biwon Secret Garden

    Seoul Things to Do

    We went here on our first visit to Seoul. It was necessary to go round on a guided tour - unfortunately. It was pretty, but winter is not the best time to visit a garden. I did, however, like the frozen pond. I would go back here in a different season. Spring or autumn would definitely be lovely.The gardens are the grounds of Changdeokgung Palace....

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  • Changdeokgung Palace

    Seoul Things to Do

    The Changdeokgung (창덕궁) palace was built in 1405 by King Taejong, destroyed by the Japanese in the invasion of 1592, and rebuilt from about 1610-1616. In the early 1900s, numerous buildings caught fire or were torn down by the Japanese The palace has three main areas: the outer hall for state functions, the inner hall for the...

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  • National Folk Museum

    Seoul Things to Do

    National Folk Museum is situated beside the Gyeongbukgung Palace. The museum is free & has an internet room for use without charge. There's also a cafe inside. Quite interesting piece of architecture. Worth a visit. There's also performances outside during our afternoon visit. Closed Tuesdays Opens 9AM-6PM

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  • Cheonggyecheon Stream

    Seoul Things to Do

    Cheonggyecheon steam is a nice place to escape a busy Seoul lifestyle. In fact, steam is located just in the centre but somehow you don't feel like you are in the centre. Magic There are many small bridges and every bridge have it own name! Like Gwanggyo, Supyogyo, Naraegyo, Baeogaedari .... During summer time you can even go into the water ,...

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  • Yeouido Island

    Seoul Things to Do

    A nice park for a walk. It's the size of a few city blocks, but it feels a lot larger. Yeouido Park is a haven for families, rollerbladers, cyclists, couples and salarymen who want to take a stroll during lunch. On the weekends it's FULL of people and there are some special events (outdoor concerts and such) every once in a while. Many people just...

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  • Bukhansan Mountain

    Seoul Things to Do

    Bukhansan (북한산) is a National Park on the northern edge of Seoul with miles of hiking trails, dozens of temples, several impressive peaks, and the Bukhansanseong (Bukhan Mountain Fortress) which was constructed in 132 AD. The two largest peaks in Bukhansan Park are Baegundae at 835 meters and Dobongsan, which is over 700...

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  • Changgyeonggung Palace

    Seoul Things to Do

    Changgyeonggung (창경궁) was originally built in 1483, destroyed in 1592 during the Japanese occupation, then rebuilt in 1616. It typically housed former kings and princes. Many of the main buildings in the center of the palace were rebuilt as recently as the 1980s. Honghwamun is the main gate which faces east. Beyond this gate...

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  • Jogyesa - Buddhist Temple

    Seoul Things to Do

    This is the odd Buddhist temple. Most temples I have been to are located in these quiet areas surrounded by trees and nature, not so at Jogyesa. This is right in the middle of downtown Seoul, and it does a lot of business! I have never seen a temple so busy. But it was not a problem, because there were english speaking guides who were present to...

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  • Bukchon Hanok Village

    Seoul Things to Do

    I hope I have the correct name for this area as my visit to Seoul was some time ago (I've just learned how to scan old pictures). I mean the area between the two main palaces: Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace. This area was set on a steep hill, had lots of beautiful traditional old houses climbing up steep narrow lanes. These houses...

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  • Presidential Blue House

    Seoul Things to Do

    Cheong Wa Dae (청와대) is often called the "The Blue House", named after its blue roof with a tongue-in-cheek reference to the United States White House. Like the White House, the Blue House is home to the nation's President while in office. Though this area was historically part of the main royal palace of Gyeongbokgung, the Blue...

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  • Yook-Sam (63) Building

    Seoul Things to Do

    This building has despite its name only 60 floors. They just counted the 3 floors in the basement as well. It used to be Korea's tallest building with its 249 metres. It was built 1985. You can go up to the observatory desk and have a great view over Hanriver and Seoul Tower.

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  • Hangang Shimin Gong-won - Han River...

    Seoul Things to Do

    I just love Hangang Park in Yueido. This will be lovelier at night perfect for a romantic stroll. When exiting Yeouinaru Subway, go directly to the Cascade indicated on the map at the entrance of the park. You can see a floating stage there. Plenty of office workers relaxing during a lunch break, park being close to many offices & buildings. 63...

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  • Namsangol Hanok Village

    Seoul Things to Do

    Namsan Hanok Village was built mostly for the tourists in 1998, but originally here was located a summer resort (during Joseon period). Village are is small so you well spend no more than 30-40 minutes here. Entrance is FREE . Opening times: April - October - 9.00 a.m - 9.00 p.m November - March - 9.00 a.m - 8.00 p.m. !! Tuesday - closed Our...

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  • City Hall

    Seoul Things to Do

    City Hall was constructed in 1926 in a gothic style reminiscent of something from New York City, Chicago, or possibly Batman. It was built during the Japanese occupation and has always housed the Seoul Metropolitan Government. The new City Hall, located just behind the old, was constructed from 2008 to 2012 and is a massive, ultramodern glass...

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  • Seoul World Cup Stadium

    Seoul Things to Do

    If you've lived in Seoul for a while you may start to miss some of your back-home products. You also, however, don't really want to go out on an all-day shopping trip to Wal-Mart or Costco or wherever you go for Western goods. Your free time would be better spent having fun, right? Here is an idea: do both at once. Make an outing to the Seoul...

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  • Namdaemun Market

    Seoul Things to Do

    Don't forget to take in a trip to Namdaemun market and also Myeong-Dong market. Even if you don't want to buy anything (believe me you will when you are there) it is a great place to take in the haggling that is going on, the various stalls and great food to try!

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  • Gangnam

    Seoul Things to Do

    Gangnam-gu (강남구) is the upscale side of Seoul. Considered to be more affluent compared to other districts, this is where you will find COEX, Apgujeong Dong (압구정동) Rodeo Street, Sinsa-dong (신사동) Garosu-gil (가로수 길), and Cheongdam-dong...

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  • Sinchon

    Seoul Things to Do

    Sinchon University District is an area of Seoul, Korea, that is famous for its shopping and nightlife. It is jam-packed with restaurants, bars, cafes, and clothing stores. Sinchon is at the heart of surrounding universities, such as Yonsei, Ewha, and Sogang which are famed for their International Studies departments. As a result, it has become a...

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  • National Museum of Korea

    Seoul Things to Do

    Firstly, National Museum of Korea is FREE :-) It i still strange for me as in Europe you will not find any free palaces/museum. This is a 3 floor musem and time to spend: about 2 hours. Here you can find: pottery, Korean porcelain, celadon, traditional furniture, calligraphy, paintings, sculptures and other. But also there are Chinese ,...

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  • Incheon International Airport

    Seoul Things to Do

    Am pretty impressed by the architectural beauty of Incheon International Airport. It's very huge, modern & bright. You have to take a train inside to take you to the boarding gates. Try to get here early so you still have time to do some last minute duty free shopping. Note: If you have shopped in some duty free stores prior to your flight at...

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  • Seodaemun Prison History Hall

    Seoul Things to Do

    It is one of my fav in this city. It shows a side of Korean people's patriotic side and the struggle against imperial Japanese agressors. For more than 30 years before the end of WWII, Korea was annexed and governed by Japan. The prison was in existence to jail dissidents and other infamous personnels. It has a very well laid plan, self guided with...

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  • '88 Olympic Park

    Seoul Things to Do

    Created for the 88 Olympics, this park is massive. There are wide spaces; the Olympic cycling bowl, swimming pool, tennis courts (all covered) and other stadiums as well as outdoor tennis and miles of jogging tracks. Korea University of Physical Education is close (as well as the speedskating stadium) so you'l see many athletes as well as...

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  • Suwon Fortress

    Seoul Things to Do

    If you've been to the Citadel in Hue, Vietnam then this place seems to be its counterpart. The ancient city was protected by a wall and entrances/exits are through massive and elaborate gates. At the center of it all lies the royal palace or Forbidden City, and the one here in Suwon is the Hwaseong Haenggung which sits at the foot of a hill. Like...

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  • Chongmyo

    Seoul Things to Do

    This is, in my opinion, the most beautiful of Korea's royal palaces. Built in 1395, it is dedicated to the monarchs of the Choson dynasty, who ruled Korea from 1392 to 1910 (when Japan took over). Like the other palaces, it was burned down by the Japanese during their 1592 invasion, but rebuilt in 1608. Since then, more buildings have been...

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  • Nanta

    Seoul Things to Do

    'Cookin' Nanta' is a show recommended to me by a friend and I'm glad I watched it. It's a performance where a cast of just 5 people (4 chefs and their manager) play out a story using knives, pots, pans, veggies and other kitchenware to cook up a cacophony of drums, dance, a bit of acrobatics and slapstick comedy. Overall, a very entertaining 1.5...

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  • Jongmyo - Royal Shrine

    Seoul Things to Do

    Jong Myo is the Royal Ancestral Shrine of the Joseon Dynasty ( 1392~1910 ). There are two major ritual halls and seven auxiliary structures including Gongsindang, pavilion. This( picture ) main hall name are Jeongjeon, there are total 49 spirit Joseon Dynasty's King and Queen tablets are enshrined in 19 rooms. it's architectural style is simple,...

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  • City Bus Tour

    Seoul Things to Do

    I took this tour, starting from Yongsan where I was staying, on the day I arrived, as it gives you a fantastic overview of the city, helping you to understand its layout and decide where to go back to later. You can of course use it for transport to the different places you want to visit although in my case I didn't as I was only free on mornings...

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  • Suraksan

    Seoul Things to Do

    Suraksan is a mountain north of Seoul, most of the way to Uijongbu. From the summit and various other points on the mountain, there are amazing views of Seoul, Bukhansan, and Dobongsan. Near the peak, there are several difficult climbing areas with high strength steel cables to aid hikers. Though it is a somewhat difficult climb as you approach the...

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  • Daehak-ro

    Seoul Things to Do

    There are dramatic performance street of Seoul. lots of dramatic companys and lots of little theaters stand at street, and you'll to find for many atmosphere restaurants and street drawing artists, street bands, street performing artist, photographers. Marronnier parks are main and symbolize place of Daehak-no. this street is meeting place of young...

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