What to See in Seoul
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.Read More
63 (Yuksam) Building
The 63 (Yuksam) Building at 63 floors was once the tallest skyscraper in Seoul. The exterior of the building glows an impressive gold especially at sunset. The tower includes the country's first large-scale aquarium which houses 400 different species of marine life with a total of 20,000 fish. Also inside you’ll find an IMAX theatre featuring movies in three different languages. Up on top of the building an observation sky deck features panoramic views of the city. If you’re hungry there is a variety of restaurants including Japanese, Chinese and Korean cuisines with premium views on the top floors and if you’re on a budget head to the food court on the bottom floor.
- Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 - 24:00, IMAX last show 20:10, Weekends/Holidays 21:10
- Address: 1-8 Myeongdong 2-ga, Jung-gu
- Tel: 02-774-3890
- Price Range: Admission to the observation deck 7,000 won adults, 6,500 won teens or seniors 65 and up, 5,500 won children. Package entry (including observation deck, IMAX, and aquarium) 22,000 won adults, 20,000 won teens and seniors 65 and up, 18,000 won children
Bongeunsa is a Buddhist temple founded in 794 during the Shilla Period. The oldest building still standing was built in 1856 and houses the 150-year-old wooden blocks of the Avatamsaka Sutra as well as other Buddhist scriptures. Twice in the early morning the monks play four percussion instruments to awaken the four Heavenly Beings of the earth, sky, water and underground. Visitors are offered a Temple Stay Program during which they can live as monks do for a few hours. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 04:00 – 21:00
- Address: 73, Samseong-dong, Gangnam-gu
- Tel: 02-545-1448
- Price Range: Free admission
Perfect for visitors looking to immerse themselves in traditional Korean culture, Bukchon Hanok Village houses hundreds of hanok (traditional Korean homes) that have stood the test of time since the Joseon dynasty. It is known as Seoul’s most beautiful historical district, where many of these inhabited hanoks operate as cultural centres, guesthouses, restaurants, and teahouses. While entry to Bukchon Hanok Village is free of charge, you can purchase the ‘Bukchon Museum Freedom Pass’ for 10, 000 won if you’re looking to visit the Gahoe Museum, Han Sangsu Embroidery Museum, and the Museum of Korean Art. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 09:30 - 21:30
- Address: 37, Gyedong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
- Tel: +822 2148 4160
Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997, Changdeokgung Palace is the most well-preserved of the five remaining royal palaces in South Korea. It is set at the foot of Ungbong Peak of Mount Baegaksan in northern Seoul and features a public palace area, paved courtyard, open corridors, the royal family residence and Huwon, a rear garden that’s filled with colourful flowers, intricate stone carvings, a lily pond, a massive tree that is over 300 years old, and elegant-looking pavilions. Guided tours are available in English, Chinese and Japanese with admission fees priced at 8,000 won for adults, senior citizens for 5,000won, and 4,000 won for youths. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 09:00 - 18:30
- Address: 99, Yulgok-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
- Tel: +822 1661 2000
Everland is one of the most popular amusement parks in the world. Take a ride on two different roller coasters or visit the small zoo. Explore European World featuring European architecture and food. Have a go on high-tech 3-D games located in an outdoor facility or take a walk next door to the Caribbean Bay Waterpark and prepare for wild rides down several water slides, enjoy a wave pool, hitch a tube ride and for the little ones there’s a kiddy pool.
- Opening Hours: Daily 09:30 – 22:00
- Address: 310 Jeondae-li, Suwon, Pogok-myeon
- Tel: 02-759-1943, 031-320-5000
- Price Range: 27,000 won adults, 20,000 won children
Gyeongbokgung Palace is the largest and grandest built during the Joseon Dynasty. In the palace grounds you’ll find The National Folk Museum, which gives the visitor insights into Korean culture. You’ll also find the National Palace Museum filled with relics from archeological digs from four different cities; a fact which makes it a great place to learn about Confucianism. Features of the palace include royal apartments, staterooms, gardens and elegant lotus ponds and a pavilion. Read More...
- Opening Hours: March-April and September-October: Monday, Wednesday-Friday 09:00-16:00; November-February: Monday, Wednesday-Friday 09:00-14:00; May-August: Monday, Wednesday-Friday 09:00-15:00; Saturday-Sunday 09:00-17:00
- Address: 1 Sejongno, Jongno-gu
- Tel: 02-732-1931
- Price Range: 3,000 won adults, 1,500 won youth, free to seniors 65 and older and children six and under
Also known as ‘Mary’s Alley’, Insadong district houses more than 100 antique shops, a plethora of art galleries, jewelry stores, bookstores and lots of souvenirs for travelers to choose from. Free classical music concerts with popcorn and drinks on Sundays. Explore the variety of restaurants, taverns and traditional teahouses.
- Opening Hours: Daily 01:00 – 22:00
- Address: Insadong Junction, Jongro-gu
- Tel: 02-731-1621
- Price Range: Free admission
This was a place of worship for the kings of the Joseon Dynasty. The buildings include the main hall, the Hall of Eternal Peace and other facilities. The shrine holds the memorial tablets of 19 kings and 30 queens all in 19 spirit chambers. An annual ceremony is held in honour of the dead monarchs – considered the oldest complete ceremony in the world. The music performed in the ceremony has been handed down for nearly 600 years. Read More...
- Opening Hours: March-October Monday, Wednesday-Friday 09:00 – 17:00, Saturday-Sunday and holidays 09:00 – 19:00; November-February Monday, Wednesday-Friday 09:00 – 16:30, Saturday-Sunday and holidays 09:00 – 18:00
- Address: 1-2 Hunjeong-dong, Jongno-gu
- Tel: 02-765-0195
- Price Range: 1,000 won adults, 500 won youth, free to seniors 65 and older and kids six and under
Lotte World is cited by the Guinness Book of World Record as being the largest amusement theme park in the world. This gargantuan Disneyland of Seoul has both indoor and outdoor areas. Adventure Land covers acres of streets representing different countries that are filled with entertainment, shops, restaurants and ongoing parades. Magic Island has a fairy-tale castle, high-altitude rides, laser shows and walking trails. There is also an indoor ice-rink and a Folk Museum complete with miniature villages. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 09:30 – 23:00
- Address: 40-1, Jamsil-dong, Songpa-gu
- Tel: 02-411-2000, 02-411- 4000
- Price Range: 24,000 won adults, 20,000 won teens and seniors 65 and older, 18,000 won children
N Seoul Tower is renowned as a national landmark in Seoul, offering striking views of the city and its surroundings as well as numerous exhibitions, performances, and dining opportunities. Standing at 237 metres tall, the transmission tower was built in 1969 to broadcast local and international TV and radio channels within the capital city.
Open daily from 10:00 until 24:00, N Seoul Tower is accessible via Namsan cable car, shuttle bus, or the Seoul City Tour bus, all of which charter visitors to Namsan Mountain. Set within Namsan Park, N Seoul Tower's verdant surroundings also make for a nice place to unwind for locals and tourists alike. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday 10:00 – 23:00, Friday & Saturday 10:00 – 00:00, Sunday 10:00 – 23:00
- Address: 105, Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
- Tel: +822 3455 9277
Namsan Park stands in the centre of Seoul. A cable car and stairway (a 30-minute hike) takes visitors to the Palgakjeong on the summit, which is an octagonal pavilion with views of the city, an underground aquarium, botanical gardens, fountains, Namsan Library and the 480-metre tall Seoul Tower. The tower restaurant, N’Grill revolves which allows patrons to enjoy panoramic vistas of the city and general area while dining. There’s also a games room, bakery, café and food court on the lower floors of the Tower.
- Opening Hours: Cable car daily 10:00 – 22:30; observation platform 09:00 – 01:00
- Address: 100-177 Hoehyun-dong 1-ga, Jung-gu
- Tel: 02-753-2563
- Price Range: Free admission to the park; Admission to N Seoul Tower's observation platform 7,000 won ages 19-65, 5,000 won ages 14-19 and 66 and older, 3,000 won ages 5-13; Cable car 7,000 won round-trip or 5,500 won one-way for ages 14 and up, 4,500 won round-trip or 3,000 won one-way for ages 7-13
Olympic Park and Stadium
Seoul’s Olympic Park and Stadium was built to house the 1988 Summer Olympics and nowadays it’s used to host large concerts and events. There’s also an Olympic Museum, Mongchon Fortress and the World Peace Gate. The Olympic Park is filled with paths that wind in and out of an arts park with more than 200 outdoor sculptures. It's a great place for exercise-minded visitors who like to bike, in-line skate, walk or jog. Tennis courts, gymnasium and the indoor Olympic pool are all open to the public.
- Opening Hours: Park daily 05:30 – 22:30. Museum Tuesday-Sunday 10:00 – 17:30 (when a holiday falls on a Monday then it is closed the following day)
- Address: 88 Bangi-dong, Songpa-gu
- Tel: 02 410-1052
- Price Range: Free admission to the park. Admission to the museum 3,000 won adults, 2,000 won teens, 1,500 won children
The National Museum of Korea
This museum has over 220,000 pieces in its collection of Buddhist sculptures, metalworks, and ceramics. You’ll also find a Fine Arts Gallery with art from Indonesia, Central Asia, Japan and China. The second floor houses calligraphy, paintings, and wooden crafts. The first floor has relics dating from prehistoric times to the Chosun Dynasty. There’s also a Children's Museum where visitors can see how people used to live, what people ate and the agricultural tools they used.
- Opening Hours: Tuesday, Thursday-Friday 09:00 – 18:00, Wednesday and Saturday 09:00 – 21:00, Sunday and holidays 09:00 – 19:00. Children's Museum 09:00 – 18:00 (admission every 90 minutes, total six sessions), late-night sessions on last Wednesday of each month 18:00, 19:30.
- Address: 135 Seobinggo-ro, Yongsan-gu
- Tel: 02-2077-9685
- Price Range: Free admission to Permanent Exhibition & Children's Museum
Another popular attraction for history buffs, The War Memorial of Korea was built to commemorate the Korean War (1950 - 1953) and offers an extensive display of various historical relics and battle records. Located in Itaewon, there are six indoor exhibition halls within the building, as well as a virtual combat experience room, and an outdoor exhibition centre with 13,000 war memorabilia and military equipment as well as memorial statues. Entrance to The War Memorial of Korea is free of charge and it is open every day except Mondays from 9:00 till 18:00. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 09:00 - 18:00
- Address: 29, Itaewon-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
- Tel: +822 709 3139