Seoul is the capital city of South Korea. Also, one of the most famous cities in the world. Seoul was a prohibited area according to USFK COVID-19 policy. However, you are now able to travel to Seoul since the increasing rate of COVID-19 patients is under 100 for months. Seoul has been a capital city for thousands of years in this country. Seoul is the center of culture, politics, and economy.
If you are in Korea, Seoul might be the place you want to visit more than once. You can visit beautiful palaces, museums, a family-friendly amusement park, hiking mountains, and shopping in one city. The beautiful line of skyscrapers is just a bonus. It is incredibly hard to pick the top 5 places you need to visit in Seoul, but I will try my best to recommend the most famous and tourist-friendly spot in Seoul.
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The Most Famous Joseon Dynasty Palace in Seoul
Gyeongbokgung (Gyeongbok Palace)
This beautiful palace is located northern part of the Han River. There are five palaces in Seoul, but Gyeongbokgung was the main palace during the Joseon Dynasty. When you walk into the palace, you will be surprised how well maintained each building is throughout the Japanese colonial era and the Korean War. Gyeongbokgung remembers every big and small historical event past 600 years.
No word can describe this beautiful palace except just look at yourself. Looking for architectural details will be fun activities. You need to make a reservation if you want to visit certain buildings. Changing the guard ceremony is also worth watching. During the spring to the fall season, you can visit Gyeongbokgung after sunset. Foreigners do not need to make a reservation, so please make sure of visiting the palace in the evening hours.
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Experience Panoramic view of Seoul
Namsan Seoul Tower
The most notable landmark in Seoul might be Namsan Seoul Tower. This tower is located on Namsan mountain. Going up to the mountain can be a little bit of work, but you will forget about all your effort once you see the panoramic view of Seoul city.
Namsan is also famous for love padlocks. Write down your loved one's initial and lock it on to the fence is the most common activity among couples. You can check famous Kdrama shooting spots if you are a huge fan of Korean dramas.
You can ride a cable car to go top of the mountain if you do not like hiking. Also, there is a restaurant inside the tower, so you can enjoy the Seoul skyline while you are eating.
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Enjoy Hiking and Nature in the Middle of Seoul City
Bukhansan (Bukhan Mountain)
One best thing about South Korea is that you can take a photo with a mountain, a river, a farm, a city, or a town in all one shot. Little over 65% is cover with mountain areas in South Korea and Seoul city is not an exception. Seoul is a unique city that owns a national park inside the capital city.
Bukhansan is stretched from Seoul to Gyeonggi-Province. Since the mountain is very easily reachable from the city, thanks to the convenient public transportation, it is the most visited mountains according to Guinness World Record. Bukhansan has beautiful gorges and crystal clear valley, so it is a perfect place to heal yourself from a busy city life.
There are several hiking trails, so you need to plan before you visit Bukhansan.
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The Tallest Skyscraper in South Korea
Lotte World Tower
Lotte World Tower is the tallest building in South Korea and 5th in the world. This 123-story skyscraper is located east side of Seoul and has an amazing view of Seoul city. The building offers shopping, restaurants, a business center, a movie theatre, a hotel, a gallery, and residents.
Lotte World Tower is famous for the cherry blossom festival in front of Seokchon Lake during the spring season. Also, firework on New Year's Eve is a huge event.
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The Center of Joseon Dynasty's Artistic Soul
Insa-dong streets are filled with antique shops and galleries. The reason this small town became the center of art is that this is the location of Joseon Dynasty's art institute, Dohwawon.
Insa-dong is very popular among tourists because of shopping for souvenirs. Also, you can taste various types of Korean street food while you are walking down the street. There are many Korean restaurants and traditional tea houses between small alleyways.
Don't forget to strike a bargain with shop owners. If you are good at a bargain, you might find your little treasure at a cheap price.
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