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15 Best Places & Things to do in Seoul

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Seoul, South Korea's dynamic capital, offers a mix of historic marvels, modern technology, and vibrant culture that captivates even seasoned travelers. Our concise Seoul travel guide, enriched with stunning photos and an informative video, highlights the city's must-visit spots. Experience Seoul's top attractions, from ancient palaces to bustling markets and green spaces, ensuring a memorable journey through the heart of South Korea.

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  • Why: Capital of South Korea
  • When: All-year-round
  • Best Seoul Eats: Maple Tree House
  • Best Seoul Cocktails: Dresser Bar
  • Best Seoul Bar: Seoul Pub Crawl (Friday night)
  • Best Seoul Nightclub: Fountain (Saturday night)
  • Best Seoul Experience: Euljiro Night Food Tour ($64 USD)
  • Accommodation: You'll find the cheapest hotels on Booking.com
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After what felt like an eternity of planning and Pinterest boards, I finally embarked on the most epic adventure of my life. Living in Korea and Japan has been a wild ride, and I got to plan out my days with the precision of a ninja.

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Best Places for Travel in Seoul

  • 1. Seoul Plaza

    Seoul Plaza is a central plaza located in front of Seoul City Hall at Taepyeongno

  • 2. Myeong-dong

    Being the main shopping and tourism district of Seoul

  • 3. Jongno Tower

    Its top floor is equipped with a restaurant and bar which is famous for its view of Jongno and other areas of Seoul

  • 4. N Seoul Tower

    Commonly known as the Namsan Tower or Seoul Tower, is a communication and observation tower located on Namsan Mountain and at 236m, it marks the highest point in Seoul

  • 5. Gwanghwamun Plaza

    It has historical significant as the location of royal administrative buildings, known as Yukjo-geori or Street of Six Ministries

  • 6. Itaewon

    The old red light district of Seoul and is a haven for foreigners

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First stop, Seoul Plaza, right in front of City Hall. It's not just a big open space; it's where the heart of Seoul beats loud and proud. Then there's Myeong-dong, the shopping paradise where my wallet cried but my wardrobe thanked me. It's basically the Disneyland for shopaholics.

  • 7. Cheonggyecheon Stream

    Cheonggyecheon is a 10.9 km long, modern public recreation space in downtown Seoul

  • 8. Changdeokgung Palace

    Is one of the Five Grand Palaces built by the kings of the Joseon Dynasty

  • 9. War Memorial of Korea

    Memorial building has six indoor exhibition rooms and an outdoor exhibition centre displaying over 13,000 war memorabilia and military equipment

  • 10. Lotte World

    Worlds largest indoor theme park (a Guinness World Record) which is open all year around

  • 11. Noryangjin Fish Market

    Extensive farmers fish market in the neighborhood of Noryangjin-dong in Dongjak-gu

  • 12. Bukchon Hanok Village

    Traditional village is composed of lots of alleys, hanok and is preserved to show a 600-year-old urban environment

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Jongno Tower is where you go to feel fancy while sipping cocktails and pretending you're in a K-drama, looking out over the city like you own it. And let's not forget N Seoul Tower, or as I like to call it, the 'Stairway to Heaven.' It's not just a tower; it's the ultimate selfie spot that screams, "Look at me, I'm in Seoul!"

  • 13. Hongdae

    Known for its urban arts and indie music culture, clubs and entertainments

  • 14. Club Octagon in Gangnam

    The most popular nightclub in Seoul & Korea - many famous DJs have played here

  • 15. Club Ellui

    Second most popular nightclub in the Gangnam district

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Gwanghwamun Plaza is where you get your dose of history without entering a classroom. It's like stepping back in time, but with way better Instagram potential. Itaewon was the spot where I unleashed my inner foodie beast, diving into a world of international cuisine and discovering that my stomach knows no borders.

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Cheonggyecheon Stream was my chill zone, a serene escape from the city's buzz where I could just zen out. Changdeokgung Palace made me feel like royalty, wandering around and casually plotting my takeover of the Joseon Dynasty. The War Memorial of Korea got me all emotional and stuff, paying respects and learning things I never knew I'd be interested in.

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Lotte World was where I unleashed my inner child, riding roller coasters and eating cotton candy like it was my job. And Noryangjin Fish Market? Let's just say it's the ultimate seafood selfie spot, minus the smell.

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In Itaewon, I found my tribe, vibing with expats and locals alike, and discovering that bulgogi maki rolls are the true MVPs of fusion food. And after all the adventures, getting lost in Seoul's nightlife was like stepping into another universe, one where sleep is optional and the party never stops.

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But let me drop a quick PSA about power adapters: major fail on my part for not bringing the right ones. My gadgets were practically decorative until I embarked on a neighborhood odyssey, only to be saved by an American hero at a guesthouse who had the converter I needed. So, word to the wise, don't let your tech go dark in Seoul – pack those adapters!

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Despite the unpredictable weather and my occasional battle with the language barrier, Seoul treated me right. It's a city of endless discoveries, where every alleyway tells a story, every dish is a flavor bomb, and every moment is a memory waiting to happen. So, if you're planning a trip to Seoul, brace yourself for an adventure of a lifetime – and maybe bring an extra suitcase, because the shopping is no joke.

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