Seoul searching eh? And not sure what to pick from the long list of things to try in Seoul? Here’s my top 5 things to do in Seoul, Korea! Happy Seoul Tripping! ♥♥♥
1] Experience the past and present of Seoul by strolling around the Palace quarter [Gyeongbokgung Palace, Insadong & Bukchon Hanok Village]
Seoul is my favorite place so far. I love how you can experience both the past and present of this city. The government really puts efforts in preserving and maintaining the palaces, the hanok [korean traditional house] village and its museums.
Also, they really promote their traditional culture – tourists can try wearing Hanbok [Korean traditional dress] and go around the area dressed like that. It’s really cool! Plus, yes, it’s a big metropolis yet it doesn’t give you the suffocating feel of buildings.
You may want to check out this walking tour that I have found – Seoul by Foot: Secret Garden & Bukchon Hanok Village Walking Tour
2] Nourish the child in you at Everland Theme Park!
If you are young at heart, you’ll definitely love this place! Everland is so big, it’s both a theme park and a zoo – how cool is that? Oh by the way, if you love pandas, they have 2 cute pandas here! Really worth the penny! Note though, that the infamous T express ride is closed during winter.
Get discounted tickets HERE
3] Shop crazy in Myeongdong, Hongdae, Sinchon and Dongdaemun
Here’s the thing – cosmetics are the cheapest to shop in Seoul, Korea. Apparel are a bit expensive, even those that are designed by start-up artists. Myeongdong is the haven of cosmetics, literally almost all the stalls there sell cosmetics [Nature Republic, Faceshop, Missha, Etude House, etc] and each brand have 3–5 stalls in Myeongdong street alone. How crazy is that?
On the other hand, you can find cheap finds in Hongdae and Sinchon since these are university areas. Most of the stores here cater to students and youngsters so you’d definitely get to see cheaper items. For instance, I was able to buy a denim long sleeve and a cute cardigan, each for 5,000 won – well basically it’s on sale. But the point is, it’s still cheaper. You can’t get these for the same discounted price if you’re in Myeongdong or Insadong.
4] Go up to N Seoul Tower and get a bird’s eye view of Seoul
N Seoul Tower lies in the very heart of Seoul, it’s very accessible from Myeongdong station – just a 10-min walk. You’ll have to go via the cable car [roundtrip tickets costs around 8,000 won]. It’s advisable to go there in the afternoon around 5pm…so you’d witness both day and night views of Seoul 🙂
By the way, the infamous lovelocks can be found here. Once you get off the cable car, you’ll see piles of locks of varying sizes and shapes on the way to the tower. It’s actually fun to read the cheesy notes written in the locks!
5] Delight in the yummiest streetfood I’ve ever tasted!
True, they call it streetfood but boy, they’re definitely good food! Plus they’re cheap! They normally range from 3,000 won to 5,000 won. You can actually have these as meals already, so skip the fancy restaurants! You save time from dining in, you save some bucks, and you get to taste really authentic korean food like locals do. So where to? Head to Myeongdong, Insadong, Gwangjang market, Namdaemun market! Almost every corner of Seoul [especially in the subway stations] has streetfood!