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What to do and see in Seoul

What to see in Seoul (places to visit):

The things you can't miss in Seoul are:
  • The 3 main palaces of the city: Ch'angdokkung, Gyeongbokgung and Deoksugung.
  • Bukchon Hanok Village: an area of â??â??the city that maintains its original appearance. Its streets will transport you in time.
  • Jogyesa Temple: surrounded by skyscrapers, it is the most beautiful temple in the city.
  • Dongdaemun Design Square: the most futuristic square in Seoul.
  • Seoul City Hall: a wonderful architectural work and the largest vertical garden in the world.
  • The Korean War Memorial: the perfect place to learn from the history of Korea.

Things to so in Seoul (attractions):

These are the things you can't stop doing in Seoul:
  • Shopping in Myeongdong: it is perhaps the most authentic area of â??â??the city, what you have in mind when you think of Korea and its crazy consumism. It is also an ideal place to buy the famous Korean cosmetics.
  • Get off at the Gangnam subway station and freak out with the coolest neighborhood in the city. This is where the latest fashion trends are generated and where all the new rich people of Korea want to live. You will find the famous Gangman Style of the song!
  • Dine at the Gwangjang night market, for us the coolest in the city.
  • Stroll along the K Star Road: it's like the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but for Korean pop singers. 
  • Stroll and dine at Insa Dong, a super nice area of â??â??restaurants. You can also complement it with Ikseondong Hanok Village, which is another super authentic pedestrian zone in which the traditional street restaurants coexist with the nicest restaurants and cafes!
  • You can't leave Seoul without trying a Korean barbecue! here there are very cool restaurants to try them.
  • Do not forget to do a noraebang (karaoke) session, it is the biggest hobby of the locals :-).
  • Visit the Starfield Library, one of the most photogenic points of the city.
  • Make a small stop at the ARC.N.BOOK bookstore, where books go up the walls until reaching the ceiling in an arch shape.
  • Watch the Banpo Bridge water and light show, and dine in their food trucks.

Ch'angdokkung Palace Complex:

Complejo del Palacio de Ch'angdokkung

Brief description: also called the Eastern Palace, Ch'angdokkung was built in 1405 by the Chosŏn Dynasty and served as the home of the royal court. It also hosted the government from 1610 to 1868, when the neighbor Gyeongbokgung was rebuilt. This palace was the favorite of many emperors, being much warmer and more welcoming than the other palaces in the city. It houses ...

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Gyeongbokgung Palace:


Brief description: with over 600 years of history, Gyeongbokgung was the main palace during the Joseon dynasty. It is much more formal and majestic than the Ch'angdokkung palace, and like the previous one, it is also worth going to see it. The first large building you will find is the Throne Room, perhaps the most photogenic of the complex. There the official ceremonies ...

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Deoksugung Palace:

Deoksugung Palace

Brief description: Deoksugung is another of the 5 palaces built and inhabited by the Joseon dynasty. Like the other palaces in the city, it was intentionally destroyed during the Japanese occupation and only one third of the original structures have been preserved. The particularity of this palace is the mix of styles and building materials, ranging from stone, painted ...

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Bukchon Hanok Village;

Bukchon Hanok Village

Short description: Bukchon Hanok Village is a neighborhood located between the Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung palaces. Its peculiarity is that it remains practically the same as 600 years ago, full of beautiful streets and traditional Korean houses (hanoks). Wealthy people live in this wonderful neighborhood, and there are also several embassies. In recent years, the ...

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Jogyesa temple:

Jogyesa temple

Brief description: Jogyesa is the main temple of the Jogye order of Korean Buddhism. Initially built in 1395, it has undergone several reconstructions until its current state. During the Japanese colonial invasion from 1910 to 1945, it became the strongest stronghold of Korean Buddhism, being the center of resistance to Japanese attempts to make this lane of Buddhism ...

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Seoul's City Hall:

Ayuntamiento de Seúl

Short description: located in the beautiful Seoul Square, and just behind the old stone building of the City Hall, is this impressive eco-friendly building. Its interior houses the largest vertical garden in the world. And the shape of the building from outside evokes the eaves of traditional Korean houses. It is worth entering the hall to see its curious and innovative ...

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Myeongdong shopping street:


Brief description: leaving aside the Gangnam district, this is undoubtedly the quintessential shopping area in Seoul. On the main street (and pedestrians that cross it), you can find all kinds of clothing stores, from international firms to Korean brands and alternatives. But perhaps what is most surprising is the multitude of perfumeries that exist. Korean cosmetics ...

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Namsangol Hanok Village:

Namsangol Hanok Village

Short description: opened in 1998, in Namsangol Hanok Village you can find five restored traditional Korean houses (hanoks), in addition to gardens, pavilions and performance stages where different events take place (see agenda on website). The views of the Seoul tower are very nice, but unless you are traveling with kids and want them to run and play freely, this is an ...

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Dongdaemun Design Plaza:

 Dongdaemun design plaza.

Brief description: also known as DDP, Dongdaemung Desing Plaza is the center of the design industry in Korea, and a futuristic icon for the city of Seoul. Designed by renowned architect Zaha Hadid, its shape resembles a spaceship, and you won't see a single corner around its perimeter! Its construction was carried out where the Dongdaemun Stadium used to be, and there ...

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War Memorial of Korea:

War Memorial of Korea

Brief description: built in 1994, the Korean War Memorial aims to prevent future wars and ensure the peaceful reunification of North Korea and South Korea. In its gardens you can find beautiful sculptures that symbolize war and reunification. You can also see and visit airplanes and warships. In the main hall there is a very good exhibition on the history of Korea, great ...

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The National Museum of Korea:

Museo Nacional de Corea

Brief description: The National Museum of Korea houses the largest collection of treasures in Korean history and art. This curious new building was built in 2005 in order to protect national treasures. Thus, its structure is designed to withstand an earthquake of magnitude 6.0 on the Richter scale, and all the materials used in its construction are fire resistant. The ...

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Touring Gangnam district:

Starfield Library

World-wide known for the PSY song "Gangnam Style", this neighborhood located south of the Han River is the epicenter of Korean fashion and new trends. It is the place where new technology companies are installed, the famous start ups ... and the most coveted place to live for the new rich Koreans. Sown with modern skyscrapers and designer stores that range from the most ...

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Banpo Bridge:

Banpo Bridge

Brief description: located on the Han River, this bridge is very popular because it has a water and light fountain along it, which fall and move at certain times of the day forming a kind of rainbow. The best place to observe it is from the south side, and from under the bridge, since if you put yourself to the side (for example on the floating islands), the effect is ...

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