It's time to get planning, as there are hundreds of things to do in Seoul. Use the newly restored Cheong-gye stream as your starting point – a wide and welcoming waterway that crates a central focus in the sprawling city. Discover the city's history at the Gyeongbok-gung palace and Namdaemun gate. Then make the most of the city's bars and clubs in the Hongdae district.
Located between the famous Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung Palaces, the Bukchon Hanok Village is a popular tourist attraction that transports visitors to an earlier time in Korea’s history. The village is most famous for the hanoks (traditional Korean houses) that line its streets and alleys. Its classic architecture has largely remained unchanged until the 1920s and 1930s, when more modern developments started being adopted. A number of shops, restaurants and cafés can also be found in the surrounding area, providing an interesting contrast to the village’s old-world aesthetics.
For a comprehensive look of Korean history and culture, make a trip to the National Museum of Korea. This vast museum is a gateway to learning more about Korea – past and present – with exhibitions that display historical artefacts, paintings, sculptures and various artwork. There’s also plenty to see and experience outside the main building, with the exhibition hall complemented by areas like the Pagoda garden, Dragon Falls, a Korean restaurant and various ponds throughout the museum grounds.
The War Memorial of Korea is a modern museum that showcases the country’s culture throughout the many wars it’s been through, most notably the historic Korean War. It features both indoor and outdoor exhibitions, with around 9,000 artefacts available throughout the museum. The indoor exhibition is divided into seven main sections that provide a comprehensive look into Korea’s armed forces and their accompanying stories. Its outdoor exhibitions, meanwhile, display military vehicles and equipment like tanks, planes and artillery that were used in various wars.
For a memorable experience that blends Western and Eastern cultures, watch a baseball game at the iconic Jamsil Baseball Stadium. Home to two local baseball teams, the LG Twins and the Doosan Bears, tourists and visitors have commented on the stadium’s special atmosphere and loyal base of supporters. Food and drinks are widely available both inside and outside the stadium.
With a history that dates back to the late 1300s, the Gyeongbokgung Palace is undeniably one of Seoul’s most significant sites. Many of its buildings and structures have been beautifully restored, showcasing Korea’s traditional architecture and rich culture throughout the palace grounds. Keep in mind that this is a sprawling attraction that contains several different areas, so be prepared to do plenty of walking and sightseeing. Aside from the palace itself, its other main sections include a preliminary gate to the palace, a gorgeous pavilion and the living quarters for the King, Queen, Crown Prince and Crown Princess.