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Three days may be just enough time to graze the surface of such an amazing city, but follow my guide to the best sights and spots, and yours will be a truly memorable trip to Seoul.

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  • History enthusiast
  • Adventure seeker
  • Shopping enthusiast
  • Food lover
  • Peace and quiet seeker
  • Budget traveller
  • Trendy traveller
  • Hidden gem seeker

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25 Places

Day 1

Gyeongbokgung Palace

Castles, Historic Sites, History Museums

The National Folk Museum of Korea

History Museums

Tosokchon

Restaurants

Insadong

Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods, Landmarks/ Points of Interest

Ssamji-gil

Neighbourhoods

Sinyetchatjip

Restaurants

Cheonggyecheon Stream

Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Bodies of Water

Myeongdong: Hyper Shopping

Neighbourhoods

Myeongdong Kyoja Main Restaurant

Restaurants

Namsan Cable Car

Trams

N Seoul Tower

Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Lookouts

Dragon Hill Spa

Spas

Day 2

The War Memorial of Korea

Monuments/ Statues, Museums

Namdaemun Market

Flea/ Street Markets

Samcheongdong-gil Road

Bukchon

Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods

Garosu-gil

Neighbourhoods

Noryangjin Fish Market

Flea/ Street Markets

Hangang Park

Parks

Eland Cruise

Boat Tours

Day 3

National Museum of Korea

Museums

Changdeokgung Palace

Architectural Buildings, Castles, Historic Sites, Monuments/ Statues, Gardens

Gwangjang Market

Landmarks/ Points of Interest

Dongdaemun Shopping Complex

Shopping centres

Samwon Garden Main Store

Restaurants

Chris J's City Tips

  • Invest in a T-Money transportation card (available at subway stations or convenience stores) to allow for quick and cheaper boarding, disembarking, and transferring.
  • Take advantage of the Airport Railroad Link, which goes from Incheon International Airport to Seoul Station.
  • Popular tourist areas will usually have an information kiosk with maps, guides, and workers able to assist you.
  • Taking a cab is a great idea when you're short on time and need to get somewhere that would normally require transferring. Just make sure you avoid traffic rush hours!
  • Tipping is not necessary when eating out in Korea, and any tax and service charges are almost always included in the final bill.
  • Koreans normally keep to themselves, but will generally be more than happy to assist tourists. Usually the younger locals will speak better English.
    Day 1
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    Gyeongbokgung Palace
    Castles, Historic Sites, History Museums
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    Chris J Says:

    Seoul is home to five palaces from the Joseon Dynasty, and Gyeongbokgung is the largest one of these. It also served as the main administrative palace of the dynasty. The palace has a fascinating history, and its splendid buildings, living quarters, pavilions, and palace grounds make for some stunning sights.

    Good for
    • Must see
    • Budget traveller
    • History enthusiast
    • Couples
    • Art and design lover
    Tips
    • A number of free guided tours, in multiple languages, are offered throughout the day. Check the website for more information and schedules.
    • A number of ceremonies, such as the changing of the guards, are held near Gwanghwamun Gate. Their homepage has up to date schedules.
    • Gyeongbokgung is closed on Tuesdays.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 381 attractions in Seoul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • It's a historical spot but... 20/12/2014
    • Great shopping area 20/12/2014
    • Gyeongbokgung Palace
    Address:
    161 Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu
    Seoul
    South Korea
    Phone:
    02-3700-3900
    Hours:
    Wed - Mon
    9:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    The National Folk Museum of Korea
    History Museums
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    Chris J Says:

    Located inside the Gyeongbok Palace, the National Folk Museum of Korea holds more than 4,000 artefacts in its collection, offering a comprehensive insight into how Koreans used to live. Visitors can also get the inside track on a variety of customs and rituals, from weddings to funerals, and even learn about interesting local superstitions.

    Good for
    • Peace and quiet seeker
    • Hidden gem
    • Friends
    • Solo
    • History enthusiast
    • Senior
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • Admission to the folk museum is included with your ticket to Gyeongbok Palace.
    • The museum is closed on Tuesdays.
    • Foreign language tours, as well as rental audio guides, are available.
    • Artefacts and exhibits are extensively labelled with English descriptions.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #23 of 381 attractions in Seoul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Journey to ancient Korea 07/12/2014
    • The National Folk Museum of Korea 26/11/2014
    • The National Folk Museum of Korea
    Address:
    37 Samcheong-ro, Jongno-gu
    Seoul 110-820
    South Korea
    Phone:
    02-3704-3114
    Other:
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    Tosokchon
    Restaurants (Asian, Korean)
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    Chris J Says:

    Samgyetang is a popular and nutritious dish: a whole chicken is stuffed with sticky rice, ginseng, chestnuts, jujubes, and more, and simmered to create a velvety smooth broth. It's revered by locals as both a rejuvenating and tasty dish, and there's no place that's as famous for it as Tosokchon near Gyeongbok Palace.

    Good for
    • Food lover
    • Must see
    • Local favourite
    • Friends
    • Solo
    • Senior
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • Lines can be long at lunch and dinner times, and even more so on weekends. Avoid the peak eating times if possible!
    • To truly eat like a local, go during the summer when Koreans believe it's best to fight the heat with heat!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #34 of 1,626 restaurants in Seoul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great soup 20/12/2014
    • Very tasty soup 15/12/2014
    • Tosokchon
    Address:
    85-1 Chebu-dong, Jongro-gu
    Seoul
    South Korea
    Phone:
    02-737-7444
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 22:00
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    Insadong
    Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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    Chris J Says:

    This older neighborhood is popular for its souvenir and antique shops, galleries, tea shops, and street food carts. There's also a wide range of Korean restaurants here, some of which specialize in vegetarian, Korean Buddhist cuisine. For a good mix of shopping, sightseeing, and eating, Insadong can't be beaten.

    Good for
    • Food lover
    • Must see
    • Local favourite
    • Friends
    • Solo
    • Senior
    • Couples
    • Shopping enthusiast
    • Art and design lover
    • Family
    Tips
    • On weekend afternoons, a number of traditional performances and activities are held for foreign tourists to experience near the Insadong entrance.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 381 attractions in Seoul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Souvenirs 19/12/2014
    • Great area 18/12/2014
    • Insadong
    Address:
    Insa-dong, Jongno-gu
    Seoul
    South Korea
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    Ssamji-gil
    Neighbourhoods
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    Chris J Says:

    This interesting building in Insadong houses more than 70 shops and boutiques selling accessories, traditional tea, natural soaps, clothing, and more. The spiral layout also makes exploring Ssamji-gil fun and easy.

    Good for
    • Must see
    • Local favourite
    • Friends
    • Solo
    • Senior
    • Couples
    • Shopping enthusiast
    • Family
    Tips
    • There're a few places to eat and drink on the first and top floors.
    • The building is prettier in the evenings when the shop lights are turned on.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #73 of 381 attractions in Seoul
    • Cute and interesting art shops 17/11/2014
    • One of my favourite places in Seoul 06/11/2014
    • Ssamji-gil
    Address:
    Gwanhun-dong, Jongno-gu
    Seoul
    South Korea
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    Sinyetchatjip
    Restaurants (Korean, Café)
    Chris J Says:

    Sinyetchatjip is a traditional Korean tea house in Insadong, housed in an authentic Korean ´hanok´ (house). It's a great place to learn about and experience Korean teas, while the quaint and peaceful setting also makes it a great place to rest.

    Good for
    • Peace and quiet seeker
    • Food lover
    • Friends
    • Solo
    • Senior
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • Some of the teas are good for particular ailments, such as indigestion.
    • Ask the servers for recommendations.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    • Sinyetchatjip
    Address:
    164, Gwanhun-dong, Jongno-gu
    Seoul
    South Korea
    Phone:
    02-732-5257
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    Cheonggyecheon Stream
    Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Bodies of Water
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    Chris J Says:

    This stream running through Seoul was covered by an overpass until the waters were restored in 2005. Now Cheonggyecheon is a favorite for locals and visitors alike, acting as a natural refuge from city life. Take a stroll along its banks, snap a few shots of the ducks and fish, and even dip your toes into the water in warmer weather.

    Good for
    • Peace and quiet seeker
    • Must see
    • Local favourite
    • Friends
    • Solo
    • Senior
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Outdoors explorer
    Tips
    • Visit Cheonggyecheon in the evening to experience a very different atmosphere.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #21 of 381 attractions in Seoul
    • Seoul Lantern Festival 19/12/2014
    • You should visit here 16/12/2014
    • Cheonggyecheon Stream
    Other:
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    Myeongdong: Hyper Shopping
    Neighbourhoods
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    Chris J Says:

    A visit to Seoul wouldn't be complete without a visit to Myeongdong. This all-encompassing neighborhood is one of Seoul's ultimate places to meet up, shop, eat, and chill. Stores, cafes and restaurants are all stacked atop each other, creating seemingly endless rows and making the area one of Seoul's top attractions.

    Good for
    • Food lover
    • Must see
    • Local favourite
    • Trendy traveller
    • Friends
    • Solo
    • Senior
    • Couples
    • Shopping enthusiast
    • Family
    Tips
    • The street food carts here are some of the city's most famous, selling famed eats such as hoddeok, french fry-encrusted corn dogs, freshly squeezed lemonade, and more.
    • The nearby Lotte and Shinsegae department stores are also worth a visit.
    • Check out Myeongdong Cathedral for a bit of peace and quiet.
    • Myeongdong is one of the best places to pick up globally popular Korean cosmetics.
    • Nanta, a popular non-verbal comedic and acrobatic cooking and music show, is held here in the Nanta Theater - worth checking out if you have time.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 381 attractions in Seoul
    • Nice Food, Nice Shopping, Just Niceeee 19/12/2014
    • Beauty products 19/12/2014
    • Myeongdong: Hyper Shopping
    Address:
    Jung-gu
    Seoul
    South Korea
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    Myeongdong Kyoja Main Restaurant
    Restaurants (Korean)
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    Chris J Says:

    For more than 40 years, this institution has been churning out its famed knife-cut noodles and dumplings. The noodles are hand rolled and cut, before being simmered in the delicious beef and vegetable broth. Yum!

    Good for
    • Food lover
    • Must see
    • Local favourite
    • Friends
    • Solo
    • Senior
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • Lines here at lunch and dinner times are extra long - try to come earlier for quicker seating.
    • The dumplings are also popular, and the pungent and extra-garlicky kimchi is famous!
    • A second branch is located just a few meters north of the original branch.
    • Additional portions of rice and noodles are free.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #35 of 1,626 restaurants in Seoul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice food, Standard Price & Big Potion 19/12/2014
    • Awesome noodles and super spicy kimchi 10/12/2014
    • Myeongdong Kyoja Main Restaurant
    Address:
    25-2, Myeong-dong 2-ga, Jung-gu
    Seoul
    South Korea
    Phone:
    02-776-5348
    Other:
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    Namsan Cable Car
    Trams
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    Chris J Says:

    The iconic N Seoul Tower, perched atop Namsan, can be accessed by bus or a 1-hour hike, but most visitors choose to ride this cable car up to the top for the unparalleled views it offers over the city.

    Good for
    • Must see
    • Local favourite
    • Friends
    • Solo
    • Senior
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Outdoors explorer
    Tips
    • The cable car is busiest in late afternoon and evening.
    • To reach the cable cars easily, take the Namsan outdoor elevators (Namsan Oreumi) near the entrance of the Namsan 3rd tunnel.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #111 of 381 attractions in Seoul
    • An OK cable car. 12/12/2014
    • Terrible... waste of time. 15/11/2014
    • Namsan Cable Car
    Address:
    San 1-19, Hoehyeon-dong 1-ga, Jung-gu
    Seoul
    South Korea
    Phone:
    02-753-2403
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 23:00
    Other:
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    N Seoul Tower
    Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Lookouts
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    Chris J Says:

    N Seoul Tower is one of Seoul's most iconic and popular buildings. Sitting atop Namsan, a large hill in central Seoul, the tower offers some of the best views of the city. In recent years, it's also become a pilgrimage site for lovers from around the world, who come to place a lock on the fence gates as a symbol of their eternal love. The tower itself is also home to a famed fine-dining restaurant, a coffee shop, gift shop, teddy bear museum, and a separate observatory.

    Good for
    • Must see
    • Local favourite
    • Trendy traveller
    • Friends
    • Solo
    • Senior
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Outdoors explorer
    Tips
    • The teddy bear museum and the observatory charge separate admission fees.
    • The tower can also be reached via a number of special yellow buses designed to take visitors up the hill. Search for boarding locations online.
    • The tower is most popular on weekends and evenings.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 381 attractions in Seoul
    • Nice View & Romantic 19/12/2014
    • Popular attraction with good atmosphere 19/12/2014
    • N Seoul Tower
    Address:
    105, Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan-gu
    Seoul
    South Korea
    Phone:
    02-3455-9277
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    10:00 - 23:00
    Fri - Sat
    10:00 - 23:30
    Other:
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    Dragon Hill Spa
    Spas
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    Chris J Says:

    Tired from traveling? Unwind and relax both your body and mind with a Korean ´jjimjilbang´ at Dragon Hill Spa. After paying, storing your stuff in a locker, and changing into the provided ´sweat´ uniforms, simply sit back and sweat the toxins and fatigue away in one of the many different heated rooms, including jade, charcoal and clay. In between sweating, you can lounge in the common room, grab a bite to eat and drink in the snack corner, and even take a nap! When you're finished, try out the many hot tubs and saunas (which are divided by gender), and emerge rested and clean.

    Good for
    • Peace and quiet seeker
    • Local favourite
    • Friends
    • Solo
    • Senior
    • Adventure seeker
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • Weekends are more popular than weekdays.
    • Make sure your locker is properly secured and keep a close eye on any personal belongings you decide to carry around with you.
    • Get a full body dead skin scrub in the hot tub area from a professional scrubber - a popular and uniquely Korean experience from which you are guaranteed to emerge squeaky clean!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #36 of 410 activities in Seoul
    • Korean public bath 08/12/2014
    • worst massage ever! 06/12/2014
    • Dragon Hill Spa
    Address:
    40, Hangang-daero 21nagil, Yongsan-gu
    Seoul
    South Korea
    Phone:
    02-792-0001
    Other:
  • Day 2
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    The War Memorial of Korea
    Monuments/ Statues, Museums
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    Chris J Says:

    A fantastic place to learn in-depth about the Korean War, this museum is a must for anyone interested in Korea's painful and devastating past. The wartime artefacts on display are extensive, from weaponry to letters and uniforms, with outdoor exhibitions that include aircrafts, tanks, and even a warship.

    Good for
    • Must see
    • Friends
    • Solo
    • History enthusiast
    • Senior
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • The museum is closed on Mondays.
    • You can rent audio guides in English, Japanese, and Chinese.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 381 attractions in Seoul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A must to visit 19/12/2014
    • Impressive 18/12/2014
    • The War Memorial of Korea
    Address:
    1-8, Yongsan-dong, Yongsan-gu
    Seoul 140-021
    South Korea
    Phone:
    02-709-3139
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    Namdaemun Market
    Flea/ Street Markets
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    Chris J Says:

    The largest traditional market in Korea, this enormous district is located by Seungnyemun, one of the four major gates of old Seoul. Just about everything can be found here, including dishes, toys, clothing, food gifts, accessories, and more - all for very reasonable prices. It's a great place to pick up popular Korean souvenirs such as ginseng, roasted seaweed, and chopsticks, and if you're looking for an inexpensive eye test, its cluster of opticians offer cheap exams and stylish glasses.

    Good for
    • Must see
    • Budget traveller
    • Local favourite
    • Friends
    • Solo
    • Adventure seeker
    • Couples
    • Shopping enthusiast
    Tips
    • Food is cheap here, and you can even find an alley dedicated to kalguksu (knife-cut noodles) as well as galchi jorim (braised fish).
    • If you want to try your hand at haggling, make sure you pay by cash and let the sellers know. No merchant will be willing to negotiate if you are paying by card.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 312 shopping in Seoul
    • Interesting open air Bazaar 16/12/2014
    • I will be back 15/12/2014
    • Namdaemun Market
    Address:
    Namchang-dong
    Jung-gu
    Seoul
    South Korea
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    Samcheongdong-gil Road
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    Chris J Says:

    A very popular and old neighborhood, Samcheongdong-gil Road is known as home to many restaurants, shops, and cafes housed in renovated traditional Korean homes. The atmosphere is both charming and romantic at times, always with a distinctly Korean feel.

    Good for
    • Must see
    • Local favourite
    • Friends
    • Solo
    • Senior
    • Couples
    • Shopping enthusiast
    • Art and design lover
    • Family
    Tips
    • Samcheong Park, at the end of the road, is a peaceful and quiet area to walk around.
    • Browse the cluster of free or inexpensive independent art galleries near the Gyeongbok Palace wall - they often host interesting exhibitions.
    • Samcheongdong gets busier on weekends.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #55 of 381 attractions in Seoul
    • Very nice place to enjoy taking a walk and Sujebi (Korean food). 12/09/2014
    • Filled with cafes 22/07/2014
    • Samcheongdong-gil Road
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    Bukchon
    Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods
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    Chris J Says:

    For one of the best areas to explore hanoks in Seoul, it's hard to beat the Bukchon neighborhood. Many of the picturesque hanoks here have been converted into small museums, restaurants, and cafes, allowing you a first-hand glimpse at the exquisite details and layout of a traditional Korean home.

    Good for
    • Peace and quiet seeker
    • Must see
    • Local favourite
    • Friends
    • Solo
    • Senior
    • Couples
    • Art and design lover
    • Family
    • Outdoors explorer
    Tips
    • As many of these buildings are still residential, be respectful of the homeowners.
    • Bukchon is located next to Samcheongdong, making it easy to explore both in one day.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #15 of 381 attractions in Seoul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Olds in very modern city 20/12/2014
    • The best long walks during winter time 19/12/2014
    • Bukchon
    Address:
    Samcheong-dong, Jongno-gu
    Seoul
    South Korea
    Phone:
    02-3707-8388
    Other:
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    Garosu-gil
    Neighbourhoods
    See more photos
    Chris J Says:

    In recent years, Korea has become synonymous with ´hip´, and there are few places that better reflect this than Garosugil. One of the trendiest neighborhoods in Seoul, it's also one of the best spots for trendy travelers to get an idea of the latest Korean fashions in food and clothing. Browse the many boutiques, grab a bite at some of Seoul's most popular joints, or sit with a coffee and simply people-watch!

    Good for
    • Must see
    • Luxury traveller
    • Trendy traveller
    • Friends
    • Solo
    • Couples
    • Shopping enthusiast
    Tips
    • Weekends are generally very crowded here.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #37 of 381 attractions in Seoul
    • Boutique clothing shops + trendy cafes for young people 02/12/2014
    • One of the best places to shoot a picture in Seoul 11/11/2014
    • Garosu-gil
    Address:
    Shinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu
    Seoul
    South Korea
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    Noryangjin Fish Market
    Flea/ Street Markets
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    Chris J Says:

    The largest and oldest fish and seafood market in Seoul, Noryangjin Fish Market is a must-see for all seafood lovers and more adventurous travelers! Virtually anything that's edible from the seas of Korea can be found here, via a seemingly endless number of shops selling the freshest catches available in Seoul. You can stick to the familiar, such as fish, sashimi, crabs, and shrimp, or go more off-piste with choices such as sea squirt, sea worms, and even the infamous sannakji (live small octopus)!

    Good for
    • Food lover
    • Must see
    • Local favourite
    • Friends
    • Solo
    • Adventure seeker
    • Couples
    Tips
    • You can choose to eat your purchase at the market, by heading to an associated restaurant nearby. Just tell them how you want your seafood prepared.
    • For seafood to go, the fishmongers will clean and prepare your purchase according to how you want it.
    • Catch the live seafood auctions in the early twilight hours for some intense bidding action.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 312 shopping in Seoul
    • Lots of choices 21/12/2014
    • A sight to be seen at least once 11/12/2014
    • Noryangjin Fish Market
    Address:
    13-8 Noryangjin-dong, Dongjak-gu
    Seoul
    South Korea
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    Hangang Park
    Parks
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    Chris J Says:

    Hangang Park, one of Seoul's most popular outdoor spaces, comprises of 12 different districts in total, all of which make great spots to rest, exercise, or simply enjoy the scenery.

    Good for
    • Peace and quiet seeker
    • Must see
    • Budget traveller
    • Friends
    • Solo
    • Couples
    • Outdoors explorer
    Tips
    • Grab a snack or a beer at one of the many convenience stores around.
    • Many of the park districts have bikes available to rent for very cheap prices.
    • Some of the more popular parks include Yeoido, Ttukseom, and Banpo.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 381 attractions in Seoul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • An interesting development, still a work in progress 18/12/2014
    • Great biking trail!!! 16/12/2014
    • Hangang Park
    Other:
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    Eland Cruise
    Boat Tours
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    Chris J Says:

    The hangang ferry takes you through the heart of Seoul via the Han River and is a fun and memorable boat ride. It's popular with both tourists and locals - especially families and those on dates - and the ferry has both indoor and outdoor seating, meaning you can enjoy the journey, whatever the weather.

    Good for
    • Local favourite
    • Friends
    • Solo
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nightlife lover
    • Outdoors explorer
    Tips
    • The ferry is most popular late afternoon and evening.
    • You can purchase snacks and drinks at the shops inside.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #42 of 410 activities in Seoul
    • Nice for a company dinner 09/12/2014
    • Rather disappointing 18/11/2014
    • Eland Cruise
    Phone:
    02-3271-6900
    Other:
  • Day 3
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    National Museum of Korea
    Museums
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    Chris J Says:

    The largest museum in Korea (and the sixth largest in the world), this space boasts a massive collection of some 15,000 artefacts and is open to the public for free. The National Museum of Korea offers a good overview of Korea's wide-spanning, and often complex, history, making it well worth a visit.

    Good for
    • Peace and quiet seeker
    • Must see
    • Friends
    • Solo
    • History enthusiast
    • Senior
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • The museum is closed on Mondays.
    • Special exhibitions charge a separate admission.
    • Tours and audio guides in foreign languages are available.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 381 attractions in Seoul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • lifeless 19/12/2014
    • Must visit 18/12/2014
    • National Museum of Korea
    Address:
    137 Seobinggo-ro, Yongsan-gu
    Seoul 140-026
    South Korea
    Phone:
    02-2077-9000
    Hours:
    Sun
    9:00 - 19:00
    Tue
    9:00 - 18:00
    Wed
    9:00 - 21:00
    Thu - Fri
    9:00 - 18:00
    Sat
    9:00 - 21:00
    Other:
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    Changdeokgung Palace
    Architectural Buildings, Castles, Historic Sites, Monuments/ Statues, Gardens
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    Chris J Says:

    Changdeokgung's beautiful palace grounds were created with a special focus on building around the existing natural landscape. The result is a harmonious intertwining of Korean architecture and natural beauty, which makes Changdeokgung a front-runner for the prettiest of Seoul's palaces.

    Good for
    • Peace and quiet seeker
    • Must see
    • Local favourite
    • Friends
    • Solo
    • History enthusiast
    • Senior
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Outdoors explorer
    Tips
    • Book in advance for a group tour and you can choose to explore the beautiful Huwon gardens, regarded by many as one of Seoul's most beautiful spots.
    • The palace is closed on Mondays.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 381 attractions in Seoul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Smaller place and the tour is interesting 20/12/2014
    • Secret Garden is nice 20/12/2014
    • Changdeokgung Palace
    Address:
    99 Yulgok-ro, Jongno-gu
    Seoul 110-360
    South Korea
    Phone:
    02-762-8261
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Gwangjang Market
    Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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    Chris J Says:

    Dating back to 1905, Gwangjang Market was Korea's first official traditional market. Today, more than 1,500 shops operate here, selling silk, traditional Korean clothing (hanbok), blankets, and other goods. Walking through the market is like walking back in time, with many of the shops having been operated by generations of the same family. The market is also famous for its budget-friendly and delicious food, including sizzling hot mung bean pancakes, thick blood sausages, bibimbap, and more.

    Good for
    • Food lover
    • Must see
    • Budget traveller
    • Local favourite
    • Friends
    • Solo
    • Adventure seeker
    • Couples
    • Shopping enthusiast
    Tips
    • Many of the stores are closed on Sundays.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 312 shopping in Seoul
    • Massive 11/12/2014
    • The Original Open Market in Seoul. 03/12/2014
    • Gwangjang Market
    Address:
    6-1 Yeji-dong, Jongno-gu
    Seoul
    South Korea
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 - 18:00
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    Dongdaemun Shopping Complex
    Shopping centres
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    Chris J Says:

    Seoul is truly a city that never sleeps, and Dongdaemun Shopping Complex is one of the best examples of this. Some 26 shopping malls, with more than 30,000 stores, are located in this active district, making it a true shopper's paradise. Both wholesale and retailers offer the latest Korean fashion and accessories, plus souvenirs, cosmetics, and other goods.

    Good for
    • Food lover
    • Must see
    • Local favourite
    • Trendy traveller
    • Friends
    • Adventure seeker
    • Couples
    • Shopping enthusiast
    • Nightlife lover
    Tips
    • Late night/early morning shopping is a popular local activity for the true shopping enthusiast.
    • If you need to refuel, the major streets are teeming with street food carts, selling all manner of dishes.
    • Some sellers are willing to negotiate prices with you, but only if you pay in cash.
    • Many clothing stores do not have a changing room. Try to research your Korean size beforehand.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #15 of 312 shopping in Seoul
    • Shop till you drop 21/12/2014
    • Something for any buget 01/12/2014
    • Dongdaemun Shopping Complex
    Address:
    289-3 Jongno 6-ga, Jongno-gu
    Seoul
    South Korea
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:00 - 19:00
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    Samwon Garden Main Store
    Restaurants (Korean)
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    Chris J Says:

    Samwon Garden is one of the most popular restaurants in which to sample the famed Korean barbecue. Its beautiful Korean garden, complete with pond and waterfall, provides a luxurious but distinctly Korean feel - a picturesque setting in which to try the ribs and bulgogi, or other authentic Korean dishes, including galbitang, dwenjang jjigae, nengmyeon, and more.

    Good for
    • Food lover
    • Luxury traveller
    • Friends
    • Senior
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • Samwon offers special lunch set menus and courses everyday except Sunday - orders must be for a minimum of two people.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #350 of 1,626 restaurants in Seoul
    • Very Good Korean BBQ 09/12/2014
    • Magical! 09/12/2014
    • Samwon Garden Main Store
    Address:
    623-5 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu
    Seoul
    South Korea
    Phone:
    02-548-3030
    Price range:
    $36 - $1,435
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 - 22:00
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