Original source: “50 Things to Do in Seoul, Korea Travel Guide” Travel and Food Videos – Samuel and Audrey
Samuel and Audrey list out 50 top things to do in Seoul, Korea. Trendy and modern, while very traditional, Seoul includes lots of travel experiences in a bundle that it is an exciting city to visit. Let us follow their footsteps in the the heart of Korea, and see what are the best things to do in Seoul.
Gwanghwamun Square is home to two important figures. First up, you’ll see the statue of Yi Sun-Sin. He was a Korean navy commander responsible for many victories at sea, and it still revered today. Then just a few steps north, you’ll come across a seated statue of King Sejong the Great, who was the fourth king of the Joseon Dynasty. He is best known for promoting literacy by creating the Korean alphabet, known as hangul.
From Gwanghuamun Square you can continue to Gyeongbokgung Palace to watch the changing of the royal guard, which takes place twice a day and is a pretty cool ceremony to witness – uniforms, weapons and live music included. Once the changing of the guard is over, you can then purchase your tickets to Gyeongbokgung and tour the grounds. Gyeongbok Palace is the largest and most impressive of the 5 Grand Palaces in Seoul – yes, there are lot of palaces in this city!
Hanok is a traditional type of house that dates back to the Joseon dynasty. You don’t really see this type of construction anymore so we’re going to be wandering around the neighborhood checking out these homes. But wherever you go you see these signs reminding you to keep quiet because families do still live here and I mean you’ve got tourists coming around with their cameras. You can pick up a free map of Bukchon Hanok Village outside of Anguk Station, and go on your own self-guided tour from there.
Galbi is marinated short ribs. You can get pork or beef. We’ve ordered pork because it is a little bit cheaper and it comes in a really sweet marinade which we really enjoy so we’re going to be cooking those at the table. And another thing that sets galbi apart from Samgyeopsal or another meat is that it is cooked over charcoal. This is like the ultimate Korean grill barbecue experience.
We have Namsan which offers an easy hike in the middle of the city. To reach Seoul Tower you basically have two options. You can take the cable car which is the lazy route. Or you can hike up Namsan Park. And that is exactly what we’re doing. That is how you earn those views of Seoul.
On top of Namsan, you’ll find N Seoul Tower, which is a major landmark. We got our tickets. It was 10,000 Won per person. If you ride the elevator to the top, you can get 360 degree views of the city. Aside from that, they also have cultural performances on the square directly below the tower, so be sure to check the schedule while you’re there.
For a taste of where Seoul’s youth hang out, hop over to Hongdae. The area gets its name from Hongik Daehakgyo, which is one of the leading art universities. That translates into an area full of creativity, and it’s also a great area for nightlife…
If there is one thing you need to try while you’re in Seoul it is Noraebang. And that is a singing room. These Korean singing rooms are awesome. They are so much fun. We didn’t even enjoy singing before we came to Korea and now we’re really into it. So that is how cool it is. How it works, is that you rent a room with a few friends for an hour, and then you can sing your heart out complete with tambourines. It’s a lot of fun and we both got into it.
Another experience not to be missed is visiting a jjimjilbang. This is a sauna, bathhouse, and communal space where you can either crash after a late night out, or go to relax and pamper yourself a little bit. Jjjimjilbangs have different spaces where you can sleep, watch movies, read, work out, eat, play video games, and so much more. We went to Siloam sauna which is one of the best in the city and is also conveniently located across from Seoul Station. So we’re heading inside the charcoal room. It is only twenty two degrees and that is the coldest room we’ve been able to find. Aside from the ice room. The others are like fifty or sixty degrees which is just unbearable for me. Yeah, that would be bad for the camera.
One neighborhood to tack on to your itinerary is Insadong. This area is home to antique stores, art galleries, and souvenir shops where you can pick up traditional Korean gifts to take back home with you. If you wander down Insadong’s side streets and back alleys, you’ll also discover lots of cute tea houses.
Insadong’s tea houses offer a quiet escape from the buzz of the main street, and dropping by for some tea is a great way to unwind in between all the shopping and sightseeing. Many of the teahouses are set in old hanok buildings, where you sit on mats on the ground.
Samgyeopsal is Korean pork belly that you cook yourself at the table. It is like really fatty pork, so it is going to be nice and crisp.
A typical night out in Korea could start out with chicken and beer or barbecue and soju, and you can go bar hopping from there. As the evening progresses, you could end up singing the night away at a noraebang or documenting your adventures at a photo booth.
As far as museums go, we really enjoyed visiting the National Hangeul Museum which focuses on the history of the Korean alphabet.
Just a short walk away from National Hangeul Museum, you also have the National Museum of Korea which is the largest museum in the country and covers Korea’s history from ancient times to the modern era.
Lastly, for a more sobering museum, you have the War Memorial of Korea. This museum is located in the old Army Headquarters and the exhibitions showcase military equipment
and war memorabilia.
Baseball in Korea is about much more than just the sport. You come here with friends to eat chicken, drink beer, chew on some squid.
This place is super futuristic. The most eye-catching element is Dongdaemun Design Plaza which looks straight out of space and is used for exhibitions that range from architecture and design, to fine art and fashion. Then right across from the Dongdaemun History and Culture Park.
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