15 Places or Attractions to Visit in Seoul, Korea

The capital of South Korea is one of the most exciting cities in Asia, with a thriving K-Pop scene, low-cost beauty salons, and late-night norebang (karaoke) bars. Come for a few days and you’ll find a mix of traditional and modern thrills, as well as a plethora of attractions and sites to explore. Here are the top 15 must-see places or attractions in Seoul, Korea.

1. Everland

Everland, South Korea’s largest theme park, features thrilling rides and a zoo, among other attractions. If you are visiting Seoul with children, it is highly recommended that you visit this area. It’s also worth noting that there are a number of annual festivals, including Tulip, Rose, and Summer Water. Even if you don’t like scary rides, this is a great place for couples and families.

Location: Gyeonggi-do, Yongin-si, Cheoin-gu, Pogog-eup, Everland-ro, 199 South Korea

Entry Fee: Adults, ₩52,000; Children, ₩41,000 

Subway: Jeondae-Everland (Yongin EverLine, Exit 3)

Operating hours: Monday – Sunday 10am – 10pm

2. Lotte World

Lotte World, the world’s largest indoor theme park, attracts more than 7 million visitors each year. Seasonal festivals, such as the Rio Samba Carnival and the Happy Christmas Party, inspire daily parades and performances. Throughout the day, guests are kept entertained by a variety of indoor and outdoor rides. An ice rink, an elevated monorail system, a folk museum, and a plethora of shopping are also available.

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

Subway: Jamsil (Line 2, 8; Exit 4)

Operating hours: Monday – Thursday 9.30am – 10pm; Friday – Saturday 9.30am – 11pm; Sunday Closed

3. N Seoul Tower

The N Seoul Tower, a symbol of Seoul, was built at the city’s highest point to provide a panoramic view of the city’s most beautiful images. Furthermore, the metropolitan area is served by Korea’s first general radio wave tower, which was built in 1969. Thanks to the latest LED technology lighting that constantly changes colours and patterns, it has evolved into a form of ‘light art’ that combines various media art with an unusual cultural art experience.

Location: 105 Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan 2(i)ga-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Bus: Namsan Sunhwan Shuttle Bus (numbers 02 and 04)

Operating hours: Monday – Sunday 10am – 11pm; Saturday 10am – 12am

4. Bukchon Hanok Village

Bukchon Hanok is a historically significant traditional Korean village in Seoul, located between Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeok Palace, and Jongmyo Royal Shrine. The traditional village is comprised of many alleys and hanok. It was preserved to show a 600-year-old urban environment. It is now used as a traditional culture centre and hanok restaurant, giving visitors a taste of the Joseon Dynasty’s atmosphere.

Location: Jongno-gu, Gahoe-dong, Seoul, South Korea

Entry Fee: Free

Subway: Anguk Station (Line 3, Exit 1 or 2)

Operating hours: Open 24 hours

5. Gyeongbokgung Palace

Gyeongbokgung Palace’s courtyard is well-lit. Despite the shadows of unsure tourists, the palace’s grandeur is highlighted. The largest and most well-known of the five palaces is Gyeongbokgung, also known as the “Northern Palace.” While a visit to such a popular destination may be lacking in originality, keep in mind that the 1395 structure is also one of the most representative of the Joseon Dynasty.

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

Entry fee: Adults, ₩3,000; Youths, ₩1,500

Subway: Gyeongbokgung Palace (Line 3, Exit 5)

Operating hours: Monday – Sunday 9am – 6pm; Tuesday closed

6. Changdeokgung Palace

Changdeokgung Palace, the best preserved of the palaces, was the preferred palace of Joseon princes and a personal favourite of Seoul residents. Changdeokgung makes an impression despite being small and quiet due to its natural integration into the surrounding landscape. Even the most jaded visitor is taken aback by Changdeokgung’s Secret Garden. The garden’s waters, which were originally reserved for the king alone, reflect the colours of the surrounding pavilions.

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

Entry Fee: Adults, ₩3,000; Youths, ₩1,500

Subway: Anguk (Line 3)

Operating hours: Monday – Sunday 9am – 5pm

7. Bukhansan National Park

South Korea is only the size of the US state of Kentucky, but it has 22 national parks. Bukhansan, located just outside of Seoul, is one of these. It is ideal for leisurely hikers: climb the lush Bukhansan Mountain at your own pace to discover an incredible view of the city.

Location: 262 Bogukmun-ro, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Entry Fee: Free

Subway: Dobongsan Station (line 1/7, exit 1)

Operating hours: Monday – Sunday 4am – 5pm

8. Gwangjang Market

Gwangjang Market, Seoul’s oldest traditional market, was founded over a century ago. You’ll find a variety of fresh food here, and if the thought makes you sick, we’re sorry because this is where most people go for their stomachs’ sake.

Location: 88 Changgyeonggung-ro, Jongno 4(sa)-ga, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Entry Fee: Free

Subway: Jongno 5-ga Station (Line 1, Exit 8) or Euljiro 4-ga Station (Lines 2 or 5, Exit4)

Operating hours: Monday – Sunday 9am – 6pm

9. Myeong-Dong

The best part about Myeong-Dong is the abundance of street food vendors. Cheongdamdong Avenue has branded clothing and mid-range restaurants. There’s no shortage of places in Central Seoul that cater exclusively to your taste buds, with authentic Korean cuisine on every corner – ideal if spice isn’t an issue either.

Location: Myeongdong-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Entry Fee: Free

Subway: Myeongdong (Line 4, Exit 6)

Operating hours: Monday – Sunday 9am – 9pm

10. Hongdae

Many students express themselves in Hongdae, the centre of Seoul’s youth culture. There are numerous creative shops and a restaurant serving soothing food. It’s best to come here on Saturday because that’s when Hongdae’s free market comes to life. This market allows young students who make handicrafts to express themselves. It would be fantastic to see things up close and get a different perspective.

Location: 20, Hongik-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Entry Fee: Free

Subway: Hongik University (Line 2, Exit 9)

Operating hours: Monday – Sunday 9am – 12 am

11. Gangnam-gu

When it comes to social gatherings and events, Gangnam is the place to be. Before PSY’s Gangnam style took over, locals had gathered here since its inception as a popular hangout for Koreans who enjoy having fun in their spare time.

Location: Gangnam-daero, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Entry Fee: Free

Subway: Gangnam Station (line 2/Sibundang, exit 10/11)

Operating hours: Monday – Sunday 10am – 10pm

12. Gwanghwamun Square

This new public square is located in front of Gwanghwamun Gate, the main entrance to Gyeongbokgung Palace. A statue of King Sejong the Great, the inventor of Korea’s Hangul alphabet, stands in the square. On a sunny day, you can admire the soaring green hills beyond Seoul’s skyscrapers.

Location: 172 Sejong-daero, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Entry Fee: Free

Subway: Gwanghwamun Station (line 5, exit 1/2/8)

Operating hours: Open 24 hours

13. Cheonggyecheon Stream

This 10-kilometer-long stream in the city centre serves as a venue for exhibitions and festivals. The waterway features illuminations and artworks, particularly at Christmas, but also on other holidays such as Buddha’s birthday and the Lantern Festival. Its rows of foliage and splashing water can make you forget you’re in a city of ten million people.

Location: 1 Cheonggyecheon-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Entry Fee: Free

Subway: Gwanghwamun Station (line 1, exit 5)

Operating hours: Open 24 hours

14. Namdaemun Market

Namdaemun Market, Korea’s largest traditional market, is the place to go for low-cost goods as well as fresh fruits and vegetables. It’s also a great place to eat – don’t miss the spicy tteokbokki rice cakes or the mung-bean pancakes, which are prepared while you wait.

Location: 21 Namdaemunsijang 4-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Entry Fee: Free

Subway: Hoehyeon Station (line 4, exit 5)

Operating hours: Monday – Saturday 9am – 9pm; Sunday 11am – 8pm

15. National Museum of Korea

The National Museum of Korea, the country’s largest museum of Korean history and art, receives over 3 million visitors each year. This makes this museum one of the most visited in the world. If you only have a limited amount of time, make sure to see the golden treasures from the Great Tomb of Hwangnam and the intricate gilt-bronze Baekje incense burner, which resembles a lotus bud on a dragon-like pedestal.

Location: 137 Seobinggo-ro, Yongsan-gu, South Korea

Entry Fee: Free, but separate charge for the special exhibitions

Subway: Take line 4 or the Jungang Line (Munsan-Yongmun) to Ichon Station. Go out exit 2.

Operating hours: Mon/Tue/Thu/Fri/Sun 10am – 6pm; Wed/Sat 10am – 9pm

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