What to Do in Seoul
Seoul activities are affordable and entertaining options that cater to almost all age groups, budget levels and personality, whether you’re a nature lover, thrill-seeker or history buff. The city is a vibrant mix of historical sights, verdant mountains, modern architecture, and unique culture, while efficient subway systems and public transportation makes it incredibly convenient to explore many sights and sounds beyond the city centre.
As Seoul has plenty to offer besides its limitless shopping, sightseeing, and dining opportunities, it’s important that you plan well in advance before jetting off so that you can make the most out of it. From climbing Korea’s tallest mountain peak to spending the night in a traditional bathhouse, here are some of activities you could enjoy for an unforgettable experience during your holiday.Read More
A Trip to a Korean Folk Village
The Korean Folk Village known as Minsokchon is where you get a chance to relive the old days before urbanization changed Korea. This quaint town has people performing folk art, cultural games that you can take part in, and thrilling rides to keep the kids busy. Some of the must-visit places at the Korean Folk Village are the World Folklore Museum, Performance area, Korean Paper Workshop station, Haunted house, Korean Folk museum, and Historical Drama Exhibition. At the performance area do not miss out on the acrobatics on a tightrope and the performance of the folk band. The Korean Folk Village also has a Korean food court that serves authentic local delicacies. A trip to this village will keep you occupied for the whole day. In order to make the most of your trip, plan in advance and start your tour early.
- Opening Hours: 09:00 - 18:30 and 09:00 - 17:00 during winter
- Address: 107 Pora-ri
- Price Range: 8,000 - 12,000 won
Seoul has a number of spas where you can relax and rejuvenate and also laze around by the pool, indulge in a game of golf, or watch a movie. The Dragon Hill Spa is a popular spa and is an all-inclusive seven-storey relaxation and health complex. The spa has an outdoor pool, massage centre, jimjilbangs, and rooms for resting, a play area for kids, sauna, rooftop barbeque, garden, and a cinema. Staff members are cordial and speak English. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 24 hours
- Address: 40-713 Hangangno 3(sam)-ga, Yongsan-gu
- Price Range: 6,000 - 12,000 won
Scale Bugaksan Mountain
Bugaksan Mountain also known as Baekaksan, is located to the north of Seoul and is amongst the highest mountains in the area. There are a number of trails that take you through the reconstructed 15th century gates and along the ancient fortress walls of Seoul. Once on top of the mountain, you can also enjoy the wonderful views of the city below. Remember to carry your passport with you, as you will need it to gain entry to the trail.
- Opening Hours: April - October 09:00 - 15:00 and November - March 10:00 - 15:00. Closed on Mondays
- Location: Seoul-si, Jongno-gu, Samcheong-dong
- Price Range: Free
Take a Tour of the City
Regardless of how much you plan, it's nearly impossible to visit every worthwhile destination in a tourist megacity such as Seoul – especially if you're visiting for only a few days. If you are in such a situation, the best way is to take a tour of the city in the Seoul City Tour Bus. Some of the most popular attractions and shopping venues have been packed into one tour and this tour is best suited for families with kids who are not very thrilled about having to walk around from one place to another.
The tour includes popular tourist sites such as Changdeokgung, Gyeongbokgung, Gyeonghigung, Changgyeonggung, Unhyeongung, Deoksugung, Seoul Tower, Namsangol Korean Village, Daehakro, Cheongwadae, and Insa-dong. As no trip is complete without shopping, this tour also takes you to some of the popular shopping districts in Seoul such as Myeong-dong, Namdaemun, and Dongdaemun. With a one-day pass, you can get off and on any City Tour Bus for the day.
- Opening Hours: 08:30 - 21:00 depending on the places you want to visit.
- Location: Tour bus starts from Gwanghwamun Station
- Price Range: 3,000 - 10,000 won
Take Part in the Taekwondo Experience Tour Program
If you’ve always wanted to learn taekwondo, take some time out and join the one-day Taekwondo Experience Program at the Korea Taekwondo Tour Information Centre inside the War Memorial and enjoy Korean traditional martial arts. Managed by Hoki Taekwondo, this one-day program takes you through stretching, basic kick movements, and sparring.
- Opening Hours: Starting from 10:00
- Location: Hoguk Mudokwan inside the War Memorial, Yongsan-dong 1-ga 8, Yongsan-gu
- Price Range: 35,000 - 70,000 won
Visit Gyeongbok Palace
The Gyeonbok Palace, or ‘the palace greatly blessed by heaven,’ was destroyed in the 1500s during the Japanese Era and was later rebuilt in the 1800s. This massive structure is a great monument to ancient Korean history and the grandeur of the Choson period.
There are tours conducted in English to help tourists to learn more about the Korean traditions, the court customs, and the architecture of that era. This palace is so big that if you’re planning to visit it, you need to do it on a day when you have a lot of spare time with not many other activities planned.
For anyone interested in history, the Gyeonbok Palace is a must-visit spot.
- Opening Hours: 09:00 - 18:00 and 09:00 - 17:00 during winter. Closed on Tuesdays.
- Address: 1 Se jongro, Jongno-gu
- Price Range: 1,000 won