Things to Do in Seoul
Founded in 18 BCE on the Han River, the Seoul Capitol Area is home to 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Changdeokgung Palace, Hwaseong Fortress, Jongmyo Shrine, Namhansanseong and the Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty. Modern marvels are not lacking either in Seoul. Be sure to check out the N Seoul Tower, Dongdaemum Design Plaza, the Moonlight Rainbow Fountain and the Sevit Floating Islands!
For those with a passion for the culinary, Seoul has much to offer. You can experience a hanjeongsik (multicourse banquet), try hotteok from a street vendor or enjoy a spicy crab soup in Noryangjin Fish Market. Visit the official Seoul tourism bureau for a full list of sights and tips at http://www.seoulwelcome.com/.
Built during the Joseon Dynasty, construction began on the palace in 1405 and was completed in 1412. Originally intended as a secondary palace, it became the primary residence after the destruction of Gyeongbokgung. It remained in use until the death of the last Emperor, Sunjong, in 1926.
For more information on admission and hours, please visit http://eng.cdg.go.kr/main/main.htm.
Myeong-dong is Seoul's premier shopping areas and one of the busiest in the city. Over 1 million people pass through each day! The Myeong-dong market is located in the heart of Seoul and is home to thousands of stores, restaurants and street stalls. From high end luxury goods to an inexpensive souvenir, you can find it all.
For more information and a map of the area, please visit Myeon-dong.
This Buddhist temple was founded in 794 by the monk Yeon-hoe, who was at the time the highest ranking monk of the Silla dynasty. Once known as Gyeonseongsa Temple, it is located on the slope of Sudo Mountain and across from the COEX Mall.
For more information on admission and hours, please visit Bongeunsa Temple.
National Museum of Korea
As the largest museum in Korea, the National Museum of Korea is home to over 220,000 objects in its collection. It has six permanent exhibition galleries, special exhibition halls, a children's museum, and an outdoor exhibit area. Admission to the Main Exhibition Hall and the Children's Museum is free.
For more information on admission and hours, please visit National Museum of Korea.
The War Memorial of Korea
Built on the former headquarters of the Korean Infantry, the War Memorial of Korea is the largest of its kind in the world. It opened its doors in 1994 and commemorates the victims and the soldiers that contributed to the modern nation state. 13,000 items are displayed inside the six exhibition halls and large scale weapons are displayed on the surrounding lawns of the main building.
For more information on admission and hours, please visit The War Memorial of Korea.