Planned vacation to Seoul soon? What the hell tourist attractions in Seoul interesting to visit. As the capital city of South Korea, Seoul is a developed metropolis.
More than 10 million people live in the city of Seoul. As a modern city, it turns out that Seoul also has many historical tourist attractions that can be visited. Curious?
Here are 10 tourist attractions in Seoul that are interesting to visit:
1. Gyeongbokgung Palace, to Seoul is a must to this tourist spot!
It can be said that Gyeongbokgung Palace is Seoul’s most famous tourist spot. This attraction used to be the main palace during the Joseon Kingdom.
The palace has 4 main gates, courtyards, pavilions, bridges, and also a pond.
One of the pavilions named Hyangwonjeon built on top of an artificial lake, great for photos. Moreover, in winter this artificial lake will freeze.
Another attraction of Gyeonbokgung Palace is change of guard ceremony.
At certain hours some men in traditional clothes will perform the ceremony accompanied by music and also objects such as flags, swords, and shields. Don’t miss it!
Gyeongbokgung Palace entrance ticket price
The price for admission to Gyeongbokgung Palace is 3,000 won (Rp 35,000) for adults, 1,500 won (Rp 17,000) for children aged 7-18 years. Gyeongbokgung Palace is open every day except Tuesdays.
How to Get to Gyeongbokgung Palace
station subway closest is Gyeongbokgung Palace Station (Subway Line 3). The schedule for the changing of the guard ceremony is:
Gate Guard Changing Ceremony: 10.00, 13.00, 15.00
Gwanghamun Gate Guard Duty Performance: 11.00, 14.00, 15.45
2. Buchon Hanok Village, See Traditional Houses in the Middle of a Modern City
If you don’t have time to visit the traditional village in Gyeongju or the traditional village of Hahoe, don’t worry.
In Seoul there are still traditional housing complexes. Traditional house which is also known as “Hanok“ blends with other tall buildings in Seoul.
There are still around 1,000 hanok remaining in Buchon Hanok. Some houses are still occupied by residents, while some are rented out as guesthouseor just a small museum.
It feels special walking the small streets with this Korean-style house. station subway The closest way to get to Buchon Hanok Village is Anguk Station (Subway line 3, exit 2).
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3. N Seoul Tower, Seoul Sightseeing Spot for City View
To see the panorama of Seoul City, just come to N Seoul Tower. This Seoul tourist spot attracts visitors, especially at night to see the sparkling city of Seoul.
Yes, it is similar to the KL Tower which is also a tourist destination in Kuala Lumpur, or like the Macau Tower which is also one of the towers which is also a mandatory destination in Macau.
N Seoul Tower stands above Namsan Mountain. It used to function as a tower for communication and surveillance. You can enjoy dinner at the N-Grill Restaurant at the same time.
In addition, you can put a lock on a tree to express a wish. You can go up cable car to climb to the top of the tower, but if you are strong you can just go up the stairs, while it’s free.
Entrance fee for N Seoul Tower
The admission price for N Seoul Tower is 11,000 won (Rp 130,000) for adults, and 9,000 won (Rp 106,000) for children. You can buy tickets online here, it’s cheaper than buying tickets on the spot.
Price for cable car up and down 9,500 won (Rp 120,000) for adults, 6,500 won (Rp 76,000) for children. Ticket price cable car one way only 7,000 won (Rp 82,000) for adults 4,000 won (Rp 47,000) for children.
How to get to N Seoul Tower
The closest subway station is Myeongdong Station (Subway Line 4). Then walk towards Pacific Hotel. You can choose to go up cable car or walk up the stairs to the N Seoul Tower.
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4. Gangnam, an elite area with lots of nightclubs too
You must have heard the song called Gangnam Style. Yep, Gangnam is an elite area in Seoul City. Usually those who live here must be KPOP idols or socialites.
Around Gangnam there are many branded shops from Gucci, Prada, all of them luxury goods! There are also many nightclubs around Gangnam but be prepared to spend a lot of money. (Gangnam Station Line 2).
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5. Hongdae, Travel to Seoul Where Backpackers Are!
The Hongdae area is more suitable for young people, students, because here there is a famous university. If you want to look for cheap hostels, there are many in the Hongdae area.
You could say that Hongdae is an area that is always busy, never quiet, especially at night. Many young people like hang out to bars, restaurants, lots of small shops too for shopping. (Honik Univ Station Line 2).
The Itaewon area is more of a hangout for expats because it is close to the United States military camp. So more cool people and tourists play here.
Around Itaewon there are many restaurants and bars serving western food. It’s natural, right, because most of the people living around here are outsiders. The environment is also clean, lots of interesting shops too. (Itayeon Station Line 6).
7. Myeongdong, a Place to Try Streetfood in Tourist Areas
Before going to N Seoul Tower, you can stop by Myeondong first. This district is also more suitable for young people. Many clothing and make-up shops are more affordable.
Too many nights street food lined up in the Myeongdong area. Can taste a little. (Myeongdong Station, Subway Line 4).
8. Insadong, just look for souvenirs here
If you want to look for souvenirs or artistic goods from Korea, you can just go to Insadong. In this area there are also several art galleries that you can visit. (Anguk Station Line 3).
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9. Dongdaemun Market, Heaven for Shopping Lovers!
Dongdaemun Market is the biggest shopping center in South Korea, paradise for hobbyists shopping. Various choices from wholesale and retail, all there. Possibly Korean goods you’re from online shop coming from here.
Of course the prices of goods here are more affordable, especially if you want to buy make up or skin care Korean origin. (Dongdaemun Station Line 1 or 4).
10. DMZ (Demilitarized Zone), South and North Korea Border
The cold war between South and North Korea can be felt in the DMZ, which is the demilitarized zone of the two countries.
South Korea and North Korea agreed to establish a demilitarized zone 2 km each from the designated line.
The DMZ tour from Seoul will take you back to the dark past when the two countries were at war. The tour packages that are most often chosen by visitors are tour packages DMZ + 3rd tunnel and DMZ + JSA (Joint Security Area) tour packages.
You can also take the full package of everything. The difference is that the 3rd tunnel is an underground tunnel on the border which is said to have been built by North Korea to launch a surprise attack.
JSA (Joint Security Area) or known by the name Panmujom was the site of a treaty to stop the war in 1953.
At present this location is also a meeting place between the two parties for meetings or negotiations.
In addition to seeing the historical sites above, visitors can visit: observatory deck and see North Korea.
A train station that has been completed but has not yet operated, the name is Dori Station which is supposed to connect Asia and Europe.
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It’s just that if these two countries don’t make peace, this train won’t operate. This tour is very interesting because it can learn about the history of the past and also people’s hopes for peace. Tour prices start from 40,000 won (Rp 500,000). If interested, you can message here.
There are still many other Seoul tourist attractions that you can visit such as Deoksugung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace, museums, COEX Mall, etc. To get around Seoul, the access is easy.
Almost all tourist attractions can be visited by using the subway. Download the subway map in Seoul, even though the routes are many and look confusing, you will get used to it after a while.
There are several areas that are close to each other. For example, Gyeongbokung Palace, Bukchon Hanok, and Insadong can be done in one go. Myeongdong and N Seoul are also nearby.
Don’t forget to read the travel itinerary to South Korea that I have written, without joining the tour. Also check how to make the latest South Korean visa.
Well, there’s more tourist attractions in Seoul which do you think should be visited? Just comment in the comments column, okay?
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