Ready for an adventure? Check out this Seoul travel guide for the best things to do in Seoul, South Korea, and start planning your trip!
I was surprised to learn that in Seoul, there are not only one but five major palaces. Among them, Gyeongbokgung is Korea’s largest and most important palace.
When visiting Gyeongbokgung Palace, don’t miss the Royal Guard Changing Ceremony.
The events will happen almost every hour between 10 am and 4 pm at Gyeongbokgung Palace, every day except Tuesdays.
- Royal Guard Changing Ceremony: 10:00, 14:00 / 20 minutes per ceremony
- The ceremony of Guarding Gwanghwamun Gate: 11:00, 13:00 / 10 minutes per ceremony
* Events may be canceled in the case of rain.
- Accommodation: I recommend booking your hotel in Seoul in advance. I enjoy my stay at LOTTE City Hotel Myeongdong. Amazing view, comfortable bed, spacious room, and perfect location.
- Tour: You can combine your visit to Gyeongbokgung Palace with N Seoul Tower and Bukchon Hanok Village with a day tour. Check availability and read reviews here.
There are many ways to get a glimpse of Korean culture, and one of them is wearing Hanbok and taking a stroll through Seoul.
Hanbok is traditional Korean attire for formal occasions such as festivals, celebrations, and ceremonies. You can find Hanbok rental shops in most tourist areas in Seoul city.
Is it okay for foreigners to wear Hanbok?
Yes. Korean love seeing foreign visitors in their national dress. It shows their culture and is encouraged by the Korean Tourism board.
Free admission when wearing Hanbok: A bonus point of wearing Hanbok is that you can enter the Palaces in Seoul for free!
Here is the list of five palaces waiving admission fees for visitors wearing hanbok:
Explore Bukchon Hanok Ancient Village
Located between Gyeongbokgung palaces and Changdeokgung Palace is a famous old village called Bukchon Hanok.
The village is home to more than 400 old houses that you often see in Korean historical dramas. The area has many lovely cafes, tranquil tea ceremonies, restaurants, and souvenir shops selling exquisite Korean handicrafts.
Be creative at Trickeye Museum Seoul.
Trickeye Museum is an interesting spot to visit in Seoul.
At Trickeye Museum, there are six areas with six attractive themes in many aspects such as fairy, love, wildlife theme, and adventure.
Using three spaces combining walls, ceilings, and the floor creates works of art capable of deceiving the eyes – the birthplace of many beautiful and impressive photos.
See the view from N Seoul Tower
Address: 105 Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan 2 (i) ga-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Located on Namsan Mountain, N Seoul Tower is the second-highest point in Seoul, with 236 meters. The tower offers breathtaking panoramic views of Seoul, especially at night when the city light up.
The tower is also a location where many couples leave a love lock to show their attachment and seal their romantic promises.
Try Korean Royal Cuisine
Suppose you’d like to experience authentic Royal Korean Cuisine visit Myeongdongjeong. Here, you can enjoy a traditional feast that was served to royalty in the Joseon dynasty.
You can even dress up in traditional Korean royal clothes to complete the experience.
Address: Seong Chang Building 1F (Parking lot beside Sejong Hotel), 299, Samil-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul
How to get there: On the subway, take Line 4 to Myeongdong Station Exit 10, then walk for 1 minute.
- Monday-Sunday: 11:00-16:00
- Monday-Sunday: 17:00-23:00
Visit Nami island
Located about 60 km from the capital, Nami Island is an ideal place to visit if you are a fan of Korean dramas.
The island has a unique semicircle, like a leaf boat standing out on the long river.
In the center of the island, there is a lush green lawn of up to 260,000 square meters, surrounded by vegetation, including chestnut trees and birch trees.
Also, Nami island has a zoo, botanical garden, and attractive entertainment area.
The island has its unique beauty every season, but the best time to visit Nami Island is autumn when the trees begin to change color.
Travel tips: I recommend taking a day tour that includes Nami Island, Petite France, Garden of Morning Calm, and Gangchon Rail Bike experience.
Try street food
One of my favorite things to do in Seoul is to try street food! You don’t even have to pay a lot to eat in a fancy restaurant because the street food is already fulfilling.
Have a fun day at Lotte World
Lotte World is the second most vibrant entertainment complex in South Korea, with the largest indoor entertainment area in the world.
It has an outdoor entertainment area called Magic Land, an artificial island connected to a bustling shopping center.
At Lotte World, you can also find a luxury hotel, the Museum of Korean Folk, a sports playground, a cinema, and many attractive entertainment spots.
Are you looking to know more about the relationship between North and South Korea and the reality of the former? Then take a tour to the DMZ (the Korean Demilitarized Zone) to learn more.
With the DMZ tour, you can explore the zone’s most important landmarks: Imjingak Park, the Unification Bridge, the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, and the Dorasan Train Station.
Explore at Namdaemun Market
Address: 21 Namdaemunsijang 4-Gil, Namchang-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Namdaemun is Korea’s largest traditional market. Here, not only go sightseeing, but you can also find and buy the freshest fruits and vegetables, which are specialties of the land of kimchi.
The market is also the gateway for you to enter the world of Korean cuisine with delicious street food.
Go shopping at Myeongdong
Address: Myeong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Myeongdong is one of the busiest shopping districts in Seoul. It’s the gateway to the world of fashion and cosmetics. You can find all the famous Korean cosmetic brands in Myeongdong, from Innisfree to Tony Moly and MISSHA.
I love getting lost in Myeongdong, trying products, and getting free samples. Myeongdong is also a famous place for theme cafes, notably Hello Kitty cafes, puppy coffee, and cats.
Stroll around Seokchon Lake
Seokchon Lake is a highlight of the city, bringing natural color to the bustling town. Especially from March to April, you can experience the traditional Korean cherry blossom festival here.
In addition to watching cherry blossoms blooming, you can also enjoy the jubilant atmosphere of the festival and try interesting activities.