Seoul, the capital city and the largest metropolitan city of South Korea brims with energy and offers a unique and vibrant Asian experience. If you are a first timer to Seoul, here are a few things to do to make your visit splendid and unforgettable.
Visit the Gyeongbokgung palace
The Seoul experience is complete only with a visit to the Gyeongbokgung palace, the main royal palace of the Joseon dynasty. This has been voted the third most beautiful attraction in Seoul only after the Mount Namsan and river Han vying for the top positions. While you are at the palace do not miss, the Royal Guard Changing Ceremony or the Gwanghwamun Gate Guard-on-Duty Performance. One of the two ceremonies happen every hour between 10am and 4pm, on all days except Tuesdays. Gatekeeper costumes are available for free and can be tried on for a fun experience.
North Seoul Tower
The N. Seoul tower or the Namsan tower is always a part of the tourist attractions in Seoul. It is the tallest structure in Seoul and the major attractions are the visitors riding the Namsan cable car up the Mt. Namsan to walk up to the tower. The tower offers a breath-taking view and it is a glorious sight to glimpse the lights of the Namsan tower.
Historical walking around the Bukchon hanok Village: The traditional residential area reminiscent of the Joseon Dynasty makes for a picturesque location to walk and soak in the beautiful sights.
The traditional tea experience
Seoul provides you with a very traditional and delicious tea experience if you visit one of the many conservative teahouses which are many in number.
The Bukhansan National Park
The Bukhanson national park comprises of forested areas, granite peaks and temples. There is a fortress in this park which was built to prevent foreign invasions. This is a popular fun destination if you are looking for an exciting hiking experience.
The Changdeokgung Palace
This heritage site is one of the 5 grand palaces and is set within a large park. The palace is on many a tourist itinerary and a scenic spot to visit on your very first trip to Seoul.
The Trickeye Museum
This innovative 3D museum should be a part of your first experience in Seoul. The art is interactive, that is, people can freely touch the photos and yet be confused. The fun experience can be educational too. There is an ice museum too, within the premises, housing the biggest ice sculpture experience in Seoul.
This is a popular tourist spot, offering a ‘monk’ experience for a few hours known as the “Temple Stay Program”. This Buddhist temple is a beautiful place and situated conveniently in an area offering vegetarian and Korean cuisine with a modern difference.
The shopping experience at Myeongdong street
This is one of the most important shopping districts in Seoul. The best of Korean shopping, from electronics to fashion and cosmetics, is available here. The stores here often come up with good discounts for travellers, and is a shoppers’ paradise in Seoul.
Souvenir kiosks at Insadong
The streets and alleyways of Insadong showcase the traditional Korean crafts and culture. The bustling area is dotted with curio and artefacts shops and cafes. This is also a veritable haven for street-food lovers and is one of the best in Asia.
So, pack your bags and be ready to have one-of-its-kind Asian experience in Seoul.