Top 13 Places to Visit in Seoul , South Korea
Updated: Jun 30, 2021
Would you like to go to Seoul, the capital of South Korea? We have compiled a list for you and listed the top 13 places you should visit! Welcome to the homeland of K-pop and K-drama.
1. Gyeongbokgung Palace
Let's start our list of places to visit in Seoul with some culture. This Gyeonbokgung Palace, which every tourist visits, was built in 1395. However, the palace was damaged in the Imjin war in 1595. It was tried to be repaired again in 1867. The palace has 7,000 rooms. It has rooms for the king and queen.
This is one of the must-see places in South Korea! Make sure to grab your traditional Hanbok. You will feel in a K-drama.
2. Bukchon Hanok Village
Hanok is a traditional Korean house. Bukchon Hanok Village is known as the home of the upper class of the Joseon Dynasty and its name means 'northern village'. There are 700 Hanok houses here and the houses are very well preserved. Thousands of tourists come here every year to see these old houses. If you go, please be careful not to make a sound because there are still people living in the houses.
Maybe you know this village from a lot of K-dramas because it has appeared in many dramas. If you're a K-drama fan, put it at the top of your list of places to visit in Seoul!
3. Dongdaemun Design Plaza
Dongdaemun Design Plaza is a huge public space. One of Seoul's modern and iconic buildings! The building is equipped with various public spaces such as exhibition hall, conference hall, design museum, design laboratory, academy hall, media center, seminar room, Dongdaemun History and Culture Park, designer hall, and design market. If you are in Seoul, it may take a day to explore this place. TeamLab with its interactive exhibits is located here.
4. Namdaemun Market
When we go to a country, we don't want to go back without eating the cuisine, do we? The best thing to do when we visit a place is to taste their food! That's why we recommend Namdaemun Market, where Korea's famous dishes are sold! Established as a fish market in 1414, this market has now become one of the largest in Korea and there is plenty of street food to be tasted in Namdaemun.
At the top of our list, we wrote the largest of the palaces known as the five palaces, and now we will talk about one of these palaces, Changdeokgung. Known as the favorite palace of the princes, Changdeokgung was used as a private palace. Some of it was destroyed in the war but managed to preserve its original appearance. It also has an attractive garden. You will enjoy walking and taking pictures. You can learn more about the palace with a guided tour!
6. National Museum of Korea
One of the places to visit in Seoul is the National Museum of Korea. It has collections in the fields of archeology, art, and history. It exhibits about 4500 artifacts from the ancient period. It is the third most visited museum in Asia. General exhibitions are free and open to the public.
7. National Folk Museum of Korea
It is an ideal museum to see the traditional life of the Korean people. It shows the traditional lifestyles of the Korean people from ancient times to the present. Its exterior has some beautiful statues, wooden totems, and beautiful trees.
Jogyesa is the chief temple of Korean Buddhism. The temple was first established in 1395 at the dawn of the Joseon Dynasty, but the modern temple was established in 1910. One of the temple's activities is that anyone can stay in the temple to experience Buddhism. The program shows people how to control their minds and look inside themselves. It is a place worth visiting on Buddha's Birthday, whether you are a Buddhist or not.
9. Trickeye Museum Seoul
Fun in Seoul! Trickeye Museum Seoul is a museum where culture and entertainment meet. Explore 3D illusion pictures. Here you can take great and unique photos. After entering you need to download their app, any photo or video you take will have a 3D effect.
10. Gwanghwamun Plaza
Do you want to see huge statues at Gwanghwamun Plaza? This square was opened to make it a historical and cultural place for citizens. It features statues of Admiral Yi Sun-sin of the Joseon Dynasty and King Sejong the Great of Joseon and has a water fountain in honor of Admiral Yi Sun-sin's achievements. It is called the 12.23 Fountain and it means 23 battles with 12 warships that led the Koreans to victory.
11. Myeongdong Cathedral
The Cathedral Church of Virgin Mary or Myeongdong Cathedral. It is the national cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Seoul. It was not easy to become a Christian during the Joseon dynasty, but still, at that time, the city had a cathedral. Myeongdong Cathedral has become the center of Minjung political and workers' protests, as well as a haven for protesters. The cathedral has earned a nickname as the "Mecca" of pro-democracy activists.
12. Gwangmyeong Cave
Gwangmyeong Cave is a tourist attraction. The cave was originally used for mining but was opened for touristic purposes in 2011.