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What to Do in Seoul

Seoul Attractions

Seoul attractions are undoubtedly diverse, comprising of well-preserved remnants of the Joseon dynasty, well-preserved royal palaces, quaint Buddhist temples, and picturesque nature parks that coexist with sleek skyscrapers, shopping malls, and massive theme parks. Seoul’s efficient subway system as well as bus and taxi services also allows for easy accessibility beyond the city centre for the venturous traveller.

While the best seasons for sightseeing in Seoul are spring and autumn, Seoul is equally captivating during wintertime as visitors can still enjoy a number of recreational opportunities during their stay such as ice-skating and skiing. Whether you’re looking to immerse yourself in the city’s exotic history or enjoy thrilling rides in one of Asia’s biggest theme parks, our guide on what to see in Seoul will help you decide which attraction is best for you.

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Gyeongbokgung Palace

Gyeongbokgung Palace

A must-visit for first-time visitors and history buffs, Seoul’s magnificent Gyeongbokgung Palace boasts 300 Read More...

N Seoul Tower

N Seoul Tower

Enjoy unique cultural performances, ample dining opportunities, and panoramic views of Seoul and beyond at N Seoul Read More...

Lotte World

Spend an entire day with the entire family at Seoul’s Lotte World, where you’ll find numerous thrilling rides, vibrant Read More...

Bukchon Hanok Village

Surrounded by Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace and Jongmyo Shrine, these hanoks are still inhabited by Read More...

Jongmyo Shrine

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63 SQUARE

63 SQUARE, with a height of 264 metres, is one of Seoul’s tallest skyscrapers. The ground floor is where you can visit Aqua Planet 63, a large-scale aquarium housing 400 species of marine life, including such as penguins, sea otters, and seals. 

The 63 Art Gallery is located on the highest level, and has an observatory overlooking downtown Seoul, Han River, and the Bugaksan, Namsan and Gwanaksan Mountains. You can also find high-end and casual restaurants serving European, Japanese, Chinese and Korean cuisines on the top floors of 63 SQUARE.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 10am to 10pm (hours vary by store)
  • Address: 50, 63-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Tel: +82-2-789-5663
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Insa-dong

Insa-dong is a vibrant district with dozens of antique shops, traditional teahouses, and bookstores along its alleys. There are around 100 art galleries, attracting those interested in traditional Korean fine art. 

Popular spots include Hakgojae Gallery, which displays folk art, and Gana Art Gallery, where you get to see works by up-and-coming artists from across the country. Every weekend, Insa-dong’s main street becomes a pedestrian-friendly space. Enjoy classical concerts, art exhibits, and Korean street food during your visit in Insa-dong.

  • Address: 62, Insadong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
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Namsan Park

Namsan Park is a recreational spot on Mount Namsan, located in the centre of Seoul. You can choose to travel by cable car or climb a stone stairway to the Palgakjeong Pavilion, an octagonal pavilion with views of the city. 

The park has plenty of sightseeing spots, including An Jung-geun Memorial Hall, Namsan Library, and N Seoul Tower. If you’re visiting Namsan Park in the early mornings, you’ll often see locals jogging along the pathways or practising tai chi at several open spaces.

  • Address: 231, Samil-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Tel: +82-2-3783-5900
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Olympic Park and Stadium

The Olympic Park and Stadium is a recreational centre for exercise-minded visitors in Seoul. It was built to host Seoul’s Olympics games in 1988. Athletic competitions, concerts, and large-scale events take place at the stadium year-round. 

There’s also an Olympic Museum, Mongchon Fortress and the World Peace Gate. The Olympic Park has paved pathways that lead to a sculpture park, where you can see around 200 art installations. The stadium’s tennis courts, gymnasium, fencing court, and indoor Olympic pool are all open to the public. 

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 5am to 10pm
  • Address: 424, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Tel: +82-2-410-1114
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National Museum of Korea

The National Museum of Korea has over 15000 pieces in its collection of Buddhist sculptures, metalwork, and ceramics. You’ll also find a fine arts gallery with paintings from Indonesia, Central Asia, Japan and China. 

The 1st floor has relics dating from prehistoric times to the Chosun dynasty, while the 2nd floor houses calligraphy, paintings, and wooden crafts. Families will enjoy Yongsan Family Park, a grassy field with a pond and natural education centre – the park is home to various species of birds, including pigeons and wild pheasants.

  • Opening Hours: Monday–Tuesday and Thursday–Friday from 10am to 6pm, Wednesday and Saturday from 10am to 9pm, Sunday from 10am to 7pm
  • Address: 137, Seobinggo-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Tel: +82-2-2077-9000
  • Price Range: Free admission to Permanent Exhibition & Children's Museum
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