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There are almost as many things to bởi in Seoul, South Korea as there are people.

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This large, bustling đô thị has a population of over 10,000,000.

South Korea is the 20th most visited country in the world.

If this is your first visit, be prepared for a busy và fun adventure experiencing the mouth-watering food, fabulous shopping & unique attractions.

Food và Drink Highlights

1. Lotte Mart


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Lotte Martmight be the first place you’ll want to lớn hit khổng lồ stock up on tasty snacks you can munch on throughout a busy day of touring without interruption of stopping.

It’s located in the Seoul Train Station, making it a convenient stop to lớn provide some energizing and delicious treats to lớn keep you going.

Some of the most popular edibles include Crown Butter Waffles, Lotte Biscuit Sticks và Honey Butter Chips. Binggrae Banana Flavored Milk is another big seller at the mart.

Directions (There’s a Lotte Mart in Seoul Station!): Within Seoul Station (Subway Line 1 & 4), take Exit 1.

2. Yummy Street Food


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Of course, there arefood cartsgalore all over the city. You will no doubt be tempted lớn try many of them throughout your visit.

One of the most popular street snacks in Seoul is the spicy, rice cake called Teokbokki. You can’t help but try these since they’re featured at just about every food cart in the city.

You might also try Hotteok, a popular dessert pancake, not a flat pancake lượt thích you might imagine, but a pocket of hot and chewy dough filled with cinnamon paste.

The savory version of this same snack might be filled with vegetables and noodles.

3.Fiery Noodle Challenge


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Found easily at convenience stores, if you’re a daredevil when it comes to lớn setting your mouth aflame, bring a package of Hek Buldak Extra Spicy Roasted Chicken Ramen back lớn your room later và mix it up with some boiling water.

The water won’t be the only thing boiling when you taste the heat of these ever so spicy instant noodles.

4. Ginseng Chicken Soup (Tosokchon Samgyetang)


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Ordering this famous soup, also called Samgyetang, at Tosokchon Samgyetang is one of the must bởi things in Seoul. It’s an authentic soup of the country.

If you can manage a visit lớn Tosokchon Samgyetang during off-hours, you won’t have lớn wait as long to be seated.

Otherwise, expect khổng lồ wait in line for a half hour or more. If you do have khổng lồ wait, the delicious dish will be worth it.

Address: 5 Jahamun-ro 5-gil, Chebu-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Directions: From Gyeongbokgung Station (Seoul Subway Line 3) take Exit 2, go straight about 186 yards and turn left onto Jahamun-ro 5-gil Road. The restaurant is located about 33 feet ahead on the left.

5. Garosu-gil’s Cafes


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The name, Garosu-gil, means tree-lined street. This area is where you will findnumerous food cafeslike Bad Farmers, serving up some of the best salads you’ve ever tasted.

If you’re a little homesick for traditional tastes you’re more used to, then a visit to El Plato Garosu-gil will satisfy your palate’s need for Mediterranean and other European dishes.

If you have a yen for pancakes, head over to The Original Pancake House, serving breakfast và brunch.

Try the dish called The Southerner at The Buttermilk Biscuit Company lớn take you right back khổng lồ the southern US for a delicious dinner of buttery biscuits, fried chicken và gravy.

There are too many food cafes in the Garosu-gil area khổng lồ name them all, but you can see that the cuisine you’ll find there is eclectic enough to completely satisfy any palate.

Directions: Alight at Sinsa Station (Subway Line 3) and take Exit 8 towards Garosu-gil. Walk straight until you reach a junction corner, và then turn left into the street where the area begins.

6. Experience Milkis


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This delicious,carbonated milk and yogurt beveragecomes in 11 different fruit flavors. It can be drunk straight from its container or served over ice, as some prefer it.

You can get this online when you return home, & it’s fairly popular in Europe too, but you probably won’t find all the flavors available as you will in South Korea.

7.Korean-style Braised Chicken


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The spicy version of this delectable chicken, vegetable and glass noodle dish is called Andong jjimdak.

It has a sweet và savory flavor. Dried chili peppers địa chỉ a hot zing to the dish.

Not including tasting this entree as a part of things to do in Seoul is like not trying pasta in Italy.

Since it’s such a staple dish,Korean-style braised chickenis going to lớn be great almost no matter where you get it in Seoul.

8.Twist Ice Cream


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Although you’ve probably at one time or another experienced an ice cream cone with soft, spiraling, swirls of creamy heaven, you’ve most likely never had one that is32 centimeters tall, equivalent to over a foot of what will seem to be never-ending ice cream.

If you don’t eat it quickly, it can turn into a melted mess so be ready or, better yet, mô tả it with someone else. You can find one in Myeongdong from an ice cream stand.

9.Teahouses


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Teahouses in Seoul provide a nice rest to tired tourists. Many of them are in hanoks, traditional Korean houses so they have a nice, homey & relaxing feel.

Many of the teas are energizing so they can give you the second wind you might need in the middle of a long day of touring và doing lots of walking.

Among the most popular teahouses (though there are far too many of even just the most popular khổng lồ list) are Tteuran Teahouse, Dawon Traditional Tea Garden and Moonbird Teahouse.

Although located within the city,Tteuran Teahouseis a little off the beaten path & is a quiet get-a-way, making you feel as if you’re miles from the maddening crowds.

They serve their tea with a dessert known as yumilgwa, a sweet, fried mixture of grain, honey và sesame.

Directions: From Anguk Station, take Exit 4. Walk down Samil-daero. At the corner where there is a pharmacy, turn left into a small alley. Walk straight ahead for about 5 minutes.

Dawonis located in the Museum of Fine Art.

Their best-selling tea is Omija, meaning five flavor berries. It’s a very healthy tea, noted for reducing blood pressure and for detoxification.

Address: 11-4 Insa-Dong 10Gil, Jongro-Gu, Seoul, 110-300 Korea.

Moonbird Teahousemay be a little difficult lớn find since it is located in a back alley, but if you are lucky enough to find it, you’ll also get a strong taste of Korean history.

Everything about it is historical và traditional. Complimentary sweets come with every tea order.

Address: 60 Gwanhun-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, S. Korea.

Shopping Highlights

10.Underground Shopping


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There are several of these underground shopping paradises in Seoul, including the Express Bus Terminal Underground Centre và Gangnam Underground Shopping Centre.

When the rain is pouring down outside, there’s not a better place to be in Seoul, South Korea than in one of these underground shopping meccas.

The Express Bus Terminal Mall is the city’s largest. Boasting 600 different stores, you can find anything và everything from clothes and artwork to lớn cosmetics and souvenirs.

The giao dịch are somewhat less expensive here.

Gangnam has over 200 of the trendiest fashion stores in the area. Clothing, shoes, bags và make-up are in never-ending supply, some at discounted prices.

Address of Express Bus Terminal Mall: 194 Sinbanpo-ro, Seocho-gu, Seoul 06545, S. Korea.

11.Ewha Women’s University Shopping Street


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This streetis where you’ll find the deepest discounts in your shopping excursions.

As well as inexpensive clothing và accessories for women, there are popular Korean beauty products on sale, & several hair salons.

Indulging yourself on this street may make you never want lớn leave.

Directions: Take Subway Line 2 lớn Ewha Womans University Station và take Exit 2 or 3.

12.Namdaemun Market


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This is the largest traditional market in the country, boasting over 10,000 vendors. At nearly any hour of the day or night, you can find places lớn go or siêu thị here.

Get your walking shoes ready because the area covers 16 acres. If you can’t find whatever it is you’re looking for atNamdaemun Market, you won’t find it anywhere.

Address: 21 Namdaemunsijang 4-gil, Hoehyeon-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Directions: Take subway line 4 to lớn Hoehyeon Station and take Exit 5.

Read More: Namdaemun Market In Seoul: Everything You Need lớn Know

13.Dongdaemun Market


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This area features 26 shopping malls, 30,000 speciality shops, và 50,000 manufacturers.

Dongdaemun Market sells everything under the sun và the moon as they’re mở cửa day và night, and this shopping area really comes alive in the night hours.

You can buy wholesale goods at retail prices here.

Address: 266, Jong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Directions:Dongdaemun Station (Subway Line 1 and 4) / Dongdaemun Stadium Station (Subway Line 2).

Read More: Dongdaemun Market In Seoul: Everything You Need lớn Know

14.Myeongdong


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Shopping in theMyeongdong areaoffers access to lớn major department stores as well as small boutiques.

The hottest fashion trends và some of the newest và most innovative cosmetic products can be found with ease.

Many places offer không tính phí cosmetic samples. The smaller shops hidden away from the main thoroughfare are where you’ll find the best discounts.

Directions: Alight at Myeong-dong Station (Subway Line 4) and take Exit 5, 6, 7, or 8 / Alight at Euljiro Il-ga Station (Subway Line 2) & take Exit 5.

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15. Common Ground


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Often a hip hangout for students due to lớn its proximity khổng lồ Konkuk University, the charm of theCommon Ground shopping area is its design of blue shipping containers housing the stores.

The cheapest shopping is not found here, but some of the trendiest is. There are lots of entertaining events, and doing a little photo-op here might be included on your fun- list.

Address: 200, Achasan-ro, Gwangjin-gu,Seoul 05071,South Korea

Directions: Alight at Konkuk University Station (Subway Line 2 and Line 7) and take Exit 6. It’s straight ahead.

16. Insadong


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Most people want traditional remembrances of their trips, not something you can buy at home.Insadongis the place for that.

On the main road lined with restaurants & teahouses, there is a plethora of shops with traditional souvenirs & gifts you won’t want khổng lồ leave out from your shopping experience in Seoul.

Directions: Alight at Anguk Station (Subway Line 3) & take Exit 6.

Read More: 21 Things To bởi vì In Insadong

17. Garosu-gil’s Shopping


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Not only known for its exceptional eateries, theGarosu-gil area is a hot-spot for shopping & is very posh.

The prices are commensurate with the region’s fame for its upscale fashion. Esmod Seoul, a French fashion school, is also situated in the area.

Address: Shinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu,Seoul,South Korea

Directions: Alight at Sinsa Station (Subway Line 3) và take Exit 8 towards Garosu-gil. Walk straight until you reach a junction corner, và then turn left into the street where the area begins.

Amusements và Attractions

18. Bukchon Hanok Village


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Bukchon Hanok Villageis a traditional Korean village located on a hilltop where you’ll be amazed by the many tiny alleys that weave in & out throughout the village.

You’ll see architecture dating back khổng lồ the Joseon Dynasty, 1392 khổng lồ 1910.

The village is currently inhabited by modern day people whose culture will be interestingly evident throughout your tour.

Address: 37, Gyedong-gil, Jongno-gu,Seoul 03059,South Korea

Directions: Alight at Anguk Station (Subway Line 3) và take Exit 2.

19. Gyeongbokgung Palace


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Gyeongbokgung Palacewas built in 1395, & is the largest of Seoul’s Five Grand Palaces.

It is situated on over 100 acres of peaceful landscape with a background of the Amisan Mountains in the distance.

The Changing of the Guard is a popular attraction with hourly viewings, except on Tuesdays when the palace is closed to lớn visitors.

This palace is located in the north end of the city, & was the main royal palace of the Joseon dynasty.

Address:161 Sajik-ro, Sejongno, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Directions: Alight at Gyeongbokgung Palace Station (Subway Line 3) & take Exit 5 / Alight at Gwanghwamun Station (Subway Line 5)and take Exit 2.

20. Dressing Up At Gyeongbokgung Palace


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Another one of the things to bởi vì in Seoul while you’re visiting the Gyeongbokgung Palace is to dress up in a gatekeeper’s costume.

What fun! There is no extra charge for this imaginative và enchanting experience.

21. A Ride for the Adventuresome at Everland


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The wooden roller coaster atEverlandis not for the faint of heart. Everland’s theme park boasts the steepest wooden roller coaster in the world.

Everland is South Korea’s largest theme park. Just lượt thích Disneyland, there are amazing shows and exhibits.

Even though you may include a trip khổng lồ Everland on your first visit to Seoul, you can’t possibly vì chưng everything there is to vày at Everland in just one visit.

Address: 199, Everland-ro, Pogok-eup, Cheoin-gu,Yongin, Gyeonggi-do 17023,South Korea

Directions: From Gangnam Station take Bus No.5002 into the park / From Jamsil Station take Bus No. 5700 into the park. The bus journey is about 1 hour and the bus fee costs KRW2,500.

22. Cable oto Ride At Mount Namsan


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Thecable oto at Mount Namsanis a tramway that runs from the base of the mountain lớn the Tower.

It’s a pleasant 3-minute ride with stunning views, especially during the sunset hours.

Walking down from the đứng top with a picnic lunch in tow can be a relaxing & fun way to spend one of your days is Seoul.

Address: 100-177 Hoehyeon-dong 1-ga, Jung-gu|Yongsan-dong, Yongsan-gu,Seoul,South Korea

Directions: From Myeong-dong Station (Subway Line 4). It’s a 15 minute walk towards the Pacific Hotel. From there you will see the boarding point for the cable car.

23. NANTA Theater Show


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The NANTA Theater Showis the longest running show in Korean history. The non-verbal comedy includes acrobatics, magic, pantomime và audience participation.

Members of the audience are sometimes selected khổng lồ actually go on stage with the performers, making it even more fun.

Address: 26, Myeongdong-gil, Jung-gu|UNESCO Hall 3F,Seoul 04536,South Korea

Directions: Take Subway Line 2 Go to lớn Euljiro 1-ga Station. Take Exit 6. It’s located in the UNESCO building ahead.

24. Cát Cafes


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For all you feline fanatics,Cat Cafesare something you probably won’t want lớn miss putting on your menu of things to vày in Seoul.

While you’re shopping at Myeong-dong, you can take a break and have some refreshments while petting cats và observing them in this clean & comfortable environment.

There are four other cát cafes in Seoul if visiting this one alone isn’t enough for you.

Address for cat Playground: 37-14 Myeongdong 8-gil, Chungmuro 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea

25. Seoul Alive Illusion Museum


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TheSeoul Alive Illusion Museumis located in the Insadong neighborhood of Seoul.

Here you can create your own personalized art, superimposing yourself, facial expressions and body into existing artwork.

With the help of digital technology, this trick art khung becomes part of a lasting memory of your visit lớn Seoul, & the creative fun creating it is something you’ll always remember.

Address:12 Insadong-gil, Insa-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Directions: Take a subway lớn Anguk station, Line 3 and get off Exit 6. It’s straight ahead.

26. Exhibitions và Shows at Dongdaemun design Plaza


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The amazing, atypical, modern architecture ofThe Dongdaemun thiết kế Plazaalone is something to lớn view. It is Seoul’s newest attraction.

There is a roof park for strolls, & the plaza contains 3 underground levels as well as 4 above-ground levels.

There are various trade shows, exhibitions, fashion shows, concerts & performances to lớn view there.

They change regularly so you might want to kiểm tra to see what is scheduled coinciding with your stay in the city. It’s xuất hiện day & night.

Address: 281, Eulji-ro, Jung-gu,Seoul 04566,South Korea

Directions: Alight at Dongdaemun History và Culture Park Station (Subway Line 2, 4 and 5) and take Exit 1. It is connected khổng lồ the complex.

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is trang chủ to the K-Pop music genre having its origins in South Korea.

The modern khung of K-Pop has come khổng lồ include other styles & genres from other parts of the world as well.

Their studio within the complex offers vocal lessons and video-making sessions where you can be a K-Pop performer yourself for a day.

Address: 513, Yeongdong-daero, Gangnam-gu,Seoul 06164,South Korea

Directions: Alight at Samseong Station (Subway Line 2) và take Exit 6.

28. Cheonggyecheon Stream


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Thislovely riverextends for a little more than half a mile beneath Seoul’s đô thị streets.

The pedestrian walkways both alongside the river and across it allow for leisurely walks away from the bustling city crowds.

The soft, colorful lights at night can be a nice, thắm thiết setting for an evening picnic or thắm thiết interlude.

Address: 37 Mugyo-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03187, South Korea

29. The National Museum Of Korea


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The National Museum of Korea is the 6th largest museum in the world, and the largest in Korea. It has three floors with nearly a quarter million objects in its collection.

The first floor is laden with natural resources, including, but not limited khổng lồ gardens & waterfalls. It also contains the history galleries.

The second floor contains galleries of artwork. The third floor contains sculpture & crafts. It’s a great place forsouvenir shopping, too.

Address: 137 Seobinggo-ro, Seobinggo-dong, Yongsan-gu, South Korea

30. Changdeokgung Palace


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Changdeokgung Palaceis Seoul’s second largest of its Five Grand Palaces. The area is especially lovely in the spring when cherry blossom trees are lush with blooms.

The rear garden which has always been preserved as naturally as possible and contains a huge, 300-year-old tree.

In December of 1977, UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage Committee made it a World Cultural Heritage site.

Address:99 Yulgok-ro, Waryong-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Directions: Alight at Anguk Station (Subway Line 3) và take Exit 3. Straight 5 minute walk to entrance.

31. Lotte World


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Lotte Worldboasts to have the largest indoor theme park in the world.

The cultural items on display in their Folk Museum exhibit some dating back 5000 years ago in the Korean history.

Tiny villages, children’s playground, ice-skating rink, shops, restaurants & Lotte World Garden Stage presenting musicals make it a venue for the whole family to lớn completely enjoy.

Their outdoor amusement park is called Magic Island, as it is surrounded by water amidst a labyrinth of shopping malls, luxury hotel facilities và movie theaters, linked by a monorail for an effortless tour throughout the park.

Address: 240 Olympic-ro, Jamsil-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Directions: Alight at Jamsil Station (Subway Line 2 và 8) và take Exit 4

Start Planning Your Trip to Seoul

If you’re planning a trip to lớn Seoul for the first time, the number of fun things you can vị can be overwhelming since you might not be able lớn decide which ones you’ll have to forego until your next visit.

Hopefully, you’ll be there long enough lớn be able khổng lồ try several of these fun ideas.

This guide should help you lớn plan an itinerary that will fit the needs of all in your party.


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