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3 Days in Seoul: Travel Guide


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Three days may be just enough time to graze the surface of such an amazing city, but follow my guide to

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the best sights and spots, and yours will be a truly memorable trip to Seoul.
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Chris J's City Tips

Invest in a T-Money transportation card (available at subway stations or convenience stores) to allow for quick
and cheaper boarding, disembarking, and transferring.

Take advantage of the Airport Railroad Link, which goes from Incheon International Airport to Seoul Station.

Popular tourist areas will usually have an information kiosk with maps, guides, and workers able to assist you.

Taking a cab is a great idea when you're short on time and need to get somewhere that would normally require
transferring. Just make sure you avoid traffic rush hours!

Tipping is not necessary when eating out in Korea, and any tax and service charges are almost always
included in the final bill.

Koreans normally keep to themselves, but will generally be more than happy to assist tourists. Usually the
younger locals will speak better English.

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Gyeongbokgung Palace
Castles, History Museums, Historic Sites

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Chris J Says:

Seoul is home to five palaces from the Joseon Dynasty, and Gyeongbokgung is the largest one of these. It also
served as the main administrative palace of the dynasty. The palace has a fascinating history, and its splendid
buildings, living quarters, pavilions, and palace grounds make for some stunning sights.
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A number of free guided tours, in multiple languages, are offered throughout the day. Check the website for more
information and schedules.

A number of ceremonies, such as the changing of the guards, are held near Gwanghwamun Gate. Their homepage has
up to date schedules.

Gyeongbokgung is closed on Tuesdays.

Plan to stay: 1-2 hours

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Address:

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161 Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu

02-3700-3900

Wed - Mon
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Seoul
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The National Folk Museum of Korea


History Museums

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Chris J Says:

Located inside the Gyeongbok Palace, the National Folk Museum of Korea holds more than 4,000 artefacts in its
collection, offering a comprehensive insight into how Koreans used to live. Visitors can also get the inside track on a
variety of customs and rituals, from weddings to funerals, and even learn about interesting local superstitions.
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Artefacts and exhibits are extensively labelled with English descriptions.

The museum is closed on Tuesdays.

Admission to the folk museum is included with your ticket to Gyeongbok Palace.

Foreign language tours, as well as rental audio guides, are available.

Plan to stay: 1-2 hours

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37 Samcheong-ro, Jongno-gu

02-3704-3114

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Seoul 110-820
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Tosokchon
Restaurants (Asian, Korean)

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Chris J Says:

Samgyetang is a popular and nutritious dish: a whole chicken is stuffed with sticky rice, ginseng, chestnuts, jujubes,
and more, and simmered to create a velvety smooth broth. It's revered by locals as both a rejuvenating and tasty
dish, and there's no place that's as famous for it as Tosokchon near Gyeongbok Palace.
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To truly eat like a local, go during the summer when Koreans believe it's best to fight the heat with heat!

Lines can be long at lunch and dinner times, and even more so on weekends. Avoid the peak eating times if possible!

Plan to stay: Less than 1 hour

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Best for Ginseng Chicken (Samgyetang) 05/07/2015

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Address:

Phone:

Hours:

85-1 Chebu-dong, Jongro-gu

02-737-7444

Sun - Sat
10:00 am - 10:00 pm

Seoul
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Insadong
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Neighborhoods, Historic Walking Areas

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Chris J Says:

This older neighborhood is popular for its souvenir and antique shops, galleries, tea shops, and street food carts.
There's also a wide range of Korean restaurants here, some of which specialize in vegetarian, Korean Buddhist
cuisine. For a good mix of shopping, sightseeing, and eating, Insadong can't be beaten.
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Tips

On weekend afternoons, a number of traditional performances and activities are held for foreign tourists to experience
near the Insadong entrance.

Plan to stay: 1-2 hours

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Nice walk and street food 05/14/2015


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Insa-dong, Jongno-gu
Seoul
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Ssamji-gil
Neighborhoods

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Chris J Says:

This interesting building in Insadong houses more than 70 shops and boutiques selling accessories, traditional tea,
natural soaps, clothing, and more. The spiral layout also makes exploring Ssamji-gil fun and easy.
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There're a few places to eat and drink on the first and top floors.

The building is prettier in the evenings when the shop lights are turned on.

Plan to stay: Less than 1 hour

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Ranked #90 of 616 things to do in Seoul

for picture. 03/27/2015


Little surprise for shop , art & tea! 03/24/2015

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Address:
Gwanhun-dong, Jongno-gu
Seoul
South Korea

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Sinyetchatjip
Restaurants (Coffee Shop, Korean)

Chris J Says:

Sinyetchatjip is a traditional Korean tea house in Insadong, housed in an authentic Korean hanok (house). It's a
great place to learn about and experience Korean teas, while the quaint and peaceful setting also makes it a great
place to rest.
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Tips

Ask the servers for recommendations.

Some of the teas are good for particular ailments, such as indigestion.

Plan to stay: 1-2 hours

Address:

Phone:

164, Gwanhun-dong, Jongno-gu

02-732-5257

Seoul
South Korea

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Cheonggyecheon Stream
Bodies of Water, Historic Walking Areas

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Chris J Says:

This stream running through Seoul was covered by an overpass until the waters were restored in 2005. Now
Cheonggyecheon is a favorite for locals and visitors alike, acting as a natural refuge from city life. Take a stroll
along its banks, snap a few shots of the ducks and fish, and even dip your toes into the water in warmer weather.
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Tips

Visit Cheonggyecheon in the evening to experience a very different atmosphere.

Plan to stay: Less than 1 hour

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Myeongdong: Hyper Shopping


Neighborhoods

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Chris J Says:

A visit to Seoul wouldn't be complete without a visit to Myeongdong. This all-encompassing neighborhood is one of
Seoul's ultimate places to meet up, shop, eat, and chill. Stores, cafes and restaurants are all stacked atop each other,
creating seemingly endless rows and making the area one of Seoul's top attractions.
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The street food carts here are some of the city's most famous, selling famed eats such as hoddeok, french fry-encrusted
corn dogs, freshly squeezed lemonade, and more.

The nearby Lotte and Shinsegae department stores are also worth a visit.

Nanta, a popular non-verbal comedic and acrobatic cooking and music show, is held here in the Nanta Theater - worth
checking out if you have time.

Myeongdong is one of the best places to pick up globally popular Korean cosmetics.

Check out Myeongdong Cathedral for a bit of peace and quiet.

Plan to stay: 1-2 hours

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Street you want visiting to do shopping 05/14/2015


Many places to explore 05/14/2015

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Jung-gu
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Myeongdong Kyoja Main Restaurant


Restaurants (Korean)

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Chris J Says:

For more than 40 years, this institution has been churning out its famed knife-cut noodles and dumplings. The
noodles are hand rolled and cut, before being simmered in the delicious beef and vegetable broth. Yum!
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Lines here at lunch and dinner times are extra long - try to come earlier for quicker seating.

A second branch is located just a few meters north of the original branch.

Additional portions of rice and noodles are free.

The dumplings are also popular, and the pungent and extra-garlicky kimchi is famous!

Plan to stay: Less than 1 hour

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Ranked #35 of 2,129 restaurants in Seoul

good korean noodle soup and dumplings? 05/08/2015


Quick, tasty & inexpensive meal 05/07/2015

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25-2, Myeong-dong 2-ga, Jung-gu

02-776-5348

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Namsan Cable Car


Trams

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Chris J Says:

The iconic N Seoul Tower, perched atop Namsan, can be accessed by bus or a 1-hour hike, but most visitors choose
to ride this cable car up to the top for the unparalleled views it offers over the city.
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The cable car is busiest in late afternoon and evening.

To reach the cable cars easily, take the Namsan outdoor elevators (Namsan Oreumi) near the entrance of the Namsan
3rd tunnel.

Plan to stay: Less than 1 hour

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Ranked #144 of 616 things to do in Seoul

Nice view of Seoul 05/07/2015


Avoid 05/01/2015

72 Reviews

Address:

Phone:

Hours:

San 1-19, Hoehyeon-dong 1-ga, Jung-

02-753-2403

Sun - Sat
10:00 am - 11:00 pm

gu
Seoul
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N Seoul Tower
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Lookouts

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Chris J Says:

N Seoul Tower is one of Seoul's most iconic and popular buildings. Sitting atop Namsan, a large hill in central
Seoul, the tower offers some of the best views of the city. In recent years, it's also become a pilgrimage site for lovers
from around the world, who come to place a lock on the fence gates as a symbol of their eternal love. The tower itself
is also home to a famed fine-dining restaurant, a coffee shop, gift shop, teddy bear museum, and a separate
observatory.
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The tower can also be reached via a number of special yellow buses designed to take visitors up the hill. Search for
boarding locations online.

The teddy bear museum and the observatory charge separate admission fees.

The tower is most popular on weekends and evenings.

Plan to stay: 1-2 hours

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Ranked #22 of 616 things to do in Seoul

Namsan Tower 05/15/2015


Longest walk ever 05/14/2015

2706 Reviews

Address:

Phone:

Hours:

105, Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan-gu

02-3455-9277

Sun - Thu
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat
10:00 am - 11:30 pm

Seoul
South Korea

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Dragon Hill Spa


Spas

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Chris J Says:

Tired from traveling? Unwind and relax both your body and mind with a Korean jjimjilbang at Dragon Hill Spa.
After paying, storing your stuff in a locker, and changing into the provided sweat uniforms, simply sit back and
sweat the toxins and fatigue away in one of the many different heated rooms, including jade, charcoal and clay. In
between sweating, you can lounge in the common room, grab a bite to eat and drink in the snack corner, and even
take a nap! When you're finished, try out the many hot tubs and saunas (which are divided by gender), and emerge
rested and clean.
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Senior

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Tips

Make sure your locker is properly secured and keep a close eye on any personal belongings you decide to carry around
with you.

Get a full body dead skin scrub in the hot tub area from a professional scrubber - a popular and uniquely Korean
experience from which you are guaranteed to emerge squeaky clean!

Weekends are more popular than weekdays.

Plan to stay: 1-2 hours

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Ranked #4 of 188 Spas & Wellness in Seoul
57 Reviews

A good but not great introduction to the public bath house


experience 01/28/2015
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40, Hangang-daero 21nagil, Yongsan-

02-792-0001

Website

gu
Seoul
South Korea

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Day 2
The War Memorial of Korea
Military Museums

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Chris J Says:

A fantastic place to learn in-depth about the Korean War, this museum is a must for anyone interested in Korea's
painful and devastating past. The wartime artefacts on display are extensive, from weaponry to letters and
uniforms, with outdoor exhibitions that include aircrafts, tanks, and even a warship.
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The museum is closed on Mondays.

You can rent audio guides in English, Japanese, and Chinese.

Plan to stay: 1-2 hours

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Ranked #1 of 616 things to do in Seoul
1340 Reviews

Recommend this place 05/14/2015


Wow 05/14/2015

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Address:

Phone:

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29, Itaewon-ro, Yongsan-gu

02-709-3139

Website

Seoul 140-021
South Korea

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Namdaemun Market
Flea & Street Markets

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Chris J Says:

The largest traditional market in Korea, this enormous district is located by Seungnyemun, one of the four major
gates of old Seoul. Just about everything can be found here, including dishes, toys, clothing, food gifts, accessories,
and more - all for very reasonable prices. It's a great place to pick up popular Korean souvenirs such as ginseng,
roasted seaweed, and chopsticks, and if you're looking for an inexpensive eye test, its cluster of opticians offer cheap
exams and stylish glasses.
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If you want to try your hand at haggling, make sure you pay by cash and let the sellers know. No merchant will be willing
to negotiate if you are paying by card.

Food is cheap here, and you can even find an alley dedicated to kalguksu (knife-cut noodles) as well as galchi jorim
(braised fish).

Plan to stay: 1-2 hours

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Ranked #53 of 616 things to do in Seoul

Ripped off in a street food stall. A warning. 05/15/2015


Best shopping deals 05/13/2015

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Address:
Namchang-dong
Jung-gu
Seoul
South Korea

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Samcheongdong-gil Road
Points of Interest & Landmarks

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Chris J Says:

A very popular and old neighborhood, Samcheongdong-gil Road is known as home to many restaurants, shops,
and cafes housed in renovated traditional Korean homes. The atmosphere is both charming and romantic at times,
always with a distinctly Korean feel.
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Samcheongdong gets busier on weekends.

Samcheong Park, at the end of the road, is a peaceful and quiet area to walk around.

Browse the cluster of free or inexpensive independent art galleries near the Gyeongbok Palace wall - they often host
interesting exhibitions.

Plan to stay: 1-2 hours

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Ranked #85 of 616 things to do in Seoul
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Lovely shopping experience and great place to have a


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A very charming place of Seoul 04/15/2015

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Bukchon
Neighborhoods, Historic Walking Areas

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Chris J Says:

For one of the best areas to explore hanoks in Seoul, it's hard to beat the Bukchon neighborhood. Many of the
picturesque hanoks here have been converted into small museums, restaurants, and cafes, allowing you a first-hand
glimpse at the exquisite details and layout of a traditional Korean home.
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As many of these buildings are still residential, be respectful of the homeowners.

Bukchon is located next to Samcheongdong, making it easy to explore both in one day.

Plan to stay: Less than 1 hour

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It was nice 05/15/2015


Traditional House Overnight 05/14/2015

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Samcheong-dong, Jongno-gu

02-3707-8388

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Garosu-gil
Neighborhoods

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Chris J Says:

In recent years, Korea has become synonymous with hip, and there are few places that better reflect this than
Garosugil. One of the trendiest neighborhoods in Seoul, it's also one of the best spots for trendy travelers to get an
idea of the latest Korean fashions in food and clothing. Browse the many boutiques, grab a bite at some of Seoul's
most popular joints, or sit with a coffee and simply people-watch!
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Weekends are generally very crowded here.

Plan to stay: 1-2 hours

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Ranked #52 of 616 things to do in Seoul

Shopping & Desserts! 05/10/2015


My Favorite Area in Seoul 05/05/2015

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Noryangjin Fish Market


Flea & Street Markets

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Chris J Says:

The largest and oldest fish and seafood market in Seoul, Noryangjin Fish Market is a must-see for all seafood lovers
and more adventurous travelers! Virtually anything that's edible from the seas of Korea can be found here, via a
seemingly endless number of shops selling the freshest catches available in Seoul. You can stick to the familiar, such
as fish, sashimi, crabs, and shrimp, or go more off-piste with choices such as sea squirt, sea worms, and even the
infamous sannakji (live small octopus)!
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For seafood to go, the fishmongers will clean and prepare your purchase according to how you want it.

Catch the live seafood auctions in the early twilight hours for some intense bidding action.

You can choose to eat your purchase at the market, by heading to an associated restaurant nearby. Just tell them how
you want your seafood prepared.

Plan to stay: 1-2 hours

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Ranked #54 of 616 things to do in Seoul

Seafood Fan's Paradise! 05/11/2015


Very interesting place with really tasty food 05/11/2015

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Address:
13-8 Noryangjin-dong, Dongjak-gu
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Hangang Park
Parks

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Chris J Says:

Hangang Park, one of Seoul's most popular outdoor spaces, comprises of 12 different districts in total, all of which
make great spots to rest, exercise, or simply enjoy the scenery.
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Some of the more popular parks include Yeoido, Ttukseom, and Banpo.

Many of the park districts have bikes available to rent for very cheap prices.

Grab a snack or a beer at one of the many convenience stores around.

Plan to stay: 1-2 hours

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Ranked #19 of 616 things to do in Seoul

Lovely Spot for a Picnic 05/14/2015


Great day and night hangout 05/07/2015

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Eland Cruise
Boat Tours

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Chris J Says:

The hangang ferry takes you through the heart of Seoul via the Han River and is a fun and memorable boat ride.
It's popular with both tourists and locals - especially families and those on dates - and the ferry has both indoor and
outdoor seating, meaning you can enjoy the journey, whatever the weather.
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Tips

The ferry is most popular late afternoon and evening.

You can purchase snacks and drinks at the shops inside.

Plan to stay: 1-2 hours

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Ranked #1 of 2 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Seoul

Beautiful Light Show . . . But, Overall Just Okay 05/10/2015


NIight cruise 04/21/2015

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Day 3
National Museum of Korea
Specialty Museums

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Chris J Says:

The largest museum in Korea (and the sixth largest in the world), this space boasts a massive collection of some
15,000 artefacts and is open to the public for free. The National Museum of Korea offers a good overview of Korea's
wide-spanning, and often complex, history, making it well worth a visit.
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Tips

The museum is closed on Mondays.

Special exhibitions charge a separate admission.

Tours and audio guides in foreign languages are available.

Plan to stay: 1-2 hours

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Ranked #6 of 616 things to do in Seoul

So Much to See 05/14/2015


Outstanding, and gratis 05/14/2015

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Address:

Phone:

Hours:

137 Seobinggo-ro, Yongsan-gu

02-2077-9000

Sun
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tue
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wed
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thu - Fri
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat
9:00 am - 9:00 pm

Seoul 140-026
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Changdeokgung Palace
Castles, Historic Sites, Gardens, Architectural Buildings, Monuments & Statues

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Changdeokgung's beautiful palace grounds were created with a special focus on building around the existing
natural landscape. The result is a harmonious intertwining of Korean architecture and natural beauty, which makes
Changdeokgung a front-runner for the prettiest of Seoul's palaces.
Good for

Peace and Quiet Seeker

Must See

Like a Local

Solo

Friends

History Buff

Couples

Senior

Family

Nature Lover

Tips

Book in advance for a group tour and you can choose to explore the beautiful Huwon gardens, regarded by many as
one of Seoul's most beautiful spots.

The palace is closed on Mondays.

Plan to stay: 1-2 hours

From the community


Ranked #9 of 616 things to do in Seoul

It was ok 05/15/2015
Average cultural site marred by poor tour 05/14/2015

1539 Reviews
Certificate of Excellence 2014

Address:

Phone:

Hours:

99 Yulgok-ro, Jongno-gu

02-762-8261

Sun - Sat
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Seoul 110-360
South Korea

Other:
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Gwangjang Market
Points of Interest & Landmarks

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Chris J Says:

Dating back to 1905, Gwangjang Market was Korea's first official traditional market. Today, more than 1,500
shops operate here, selling silk, traditional Korean clothing (hanbok), blankets, and other goods. Walking through
the market is like walking back in time, with many of the shops having been operated by generations of the same
family. The market is also famous for its budget-friendly and delicious food, including sizzling hot mung bean
pancakes, thick blood sausages, bibimbap, and more.
Good for

Foodie

Must See

Thrifty Traveler

Like a Local

Solo

Friends

Couples

Thrill Seeker

Shopping Fanatic

Tips

Many of the stores are closed on Sundays.

Plan to stay: 1-2 hours

From the community


Ranked #36 of 616 things to do in Seoul
415 Reviews

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Traditional foods galore! 05/14/2015


Hanbok heaven and great food 05/13/2015

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Address:

Hours:

6-1 Yeji-dong, Jongno-gu

Sun - Sat
9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Seoul
South Korea

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Dongdaemun Shopping Complex


Shopping Malls

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Chris J Says:

Seoul is truly a city that never sleeps, and Dongdaemun Shopping Complex is one of the best examples of this. Some
26 shopping malls, with more than 30,000 stores, are located in this active district, making it a true shopper's
paradise. Both wholesale and retailers offer the latest Korean fashion and accessories, plus souvenirs, cosmetics, and
other goods.
Good for

Foodie

Must See

Trendsetter

Like a Local

Friends

Couples

Thrill Seeker

Shopping Fanatic

Nightlife Seeker

Tips

Many clothing stores do not have a changing room. Try to research your Korean size beforehand.

Some sellers are willing to negotiate prices with you, but only if you pay in cash.

Late night/early morning shopping is a popular local activity for the true shopping enthusiast.

If you need to refuel, the major streets are teeming with street food carts, selling all manner of dishes.

Plan to stay: 1-2 hours

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302 Reviews

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Perfect 05/09/2015
Nice surprise! 05/04/2015

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Address:

Hours:

289-3 Jongno 6-ga, Jongno-gu

Sun - Sat
8:00 am - 7:00 pm

Seoul
South Korea

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Samwon Garden Main Store


Restaurants (Korean)

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Chris J Says:

Samwon Garden is one of the most popular restaurants in which to sample the famed Korean barbecue. Its
beautiful Korean garden, complete with pond and waterfall, provides a luxurious but distinctly Korean feel - a
picturesque setting in which to try the ribs and bulgogi, or other authentic Korean dishes, including galbitang,
dwenjang jjigae, nengmyeon, and more.
Good for

Foodie

Luxury Traveler

Friends

Couples

Senior

Family

Tips

Samwon offers special lunch set menus and courses everyday except Sunday - orders must be for a minimum of two
people.

Plan to stay: Less than 1 hour

From the community


Ranked #489 of 2,129 restaurants in Seoul

Great Korean BBQ 05/11/2015


Great Korean BBQ 03/31/2015

57 Reviews

Address:

Phone:

Price range:

623-5 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu

02-548-3030

KRW39,344 - KRW1,568,306

Seoul
South Korea

Hours:

Other:

Sun - Sat
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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