Seoul (서울), South Korea Travel Guide
Seoul, South Korea
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Sights in downtown Seoul
- Seoul Tower
240-meter tower standing on 274-meter Namsan Mountain.
- Korea House
One of the best Korean restaurants in Seoul, on the slopes of Namsan.
- Namsangol Hanok Village
Living museum showcasing the traditional life in Korea.
- Namdaemun (Great South Gate)
Medieval gate of the walled city of Seoul.
- Dongdaemun (Great East Gate)
Another medieval gate of the old walled city.
- City Hall Plaza
City square with City Hall to the north, considered the very heart of Seoul.
- Gwanghwamun (Gate of Transformation by Light)
Reconstructed medieval gate in front of Gyeongbok Palace
- Gwanghwamun Intersection
Major traffic intersection with the statue of 16th century hero Yi Sun-sin.
Bell tower at Jongno intersection.
- Gyeongbokgung Palace (Palace of the Heavenly Blessings)
The largest of the Five Grand Palaces of the Joseon Dynasty
- National Folk Museum of Korea
Museum located within the grounds of the Gyeongbokgung Palace.
- Gyeonghoeru Pavilion
State banquet hall built in 1412, with the grounds of the Gyeongbokgung Palace.
- Hyangwonjeong Pavilion
Two storey hexagonal pavilion within the grounds of Gyeongbokgung Palace.
- National Museum of Korea
The main museum of Korean history and art, in Yongsan Family Park.
One of the main shopping districts of Seoul, 10 minutes from City Hall Plaza
- Myeongdong Cathedral
Oldest Catholic cathedral in Korea.
- Deoksugung Palace (Palace of Virtuous Longevity)
Residence of Korean royalty 1919.
- Royal Museum
Museum within the grounds of the Deoksugung Palace displaying items once used by the royal court.
- Changdeokgung Palace (Palace of Illustrious Virtue)
Another palace from the Joseon Dynasty, also called East Palace.
Former private park of the royal family.
- Changgyeonggung Palace
Summer Palace of the Goryeo Emperor, within the largest public park in Seoul.
Royal Ancestral Shrine, across from Changgyeonggung Palace.
- Sungkyunkwan University
National institute with history going back to the Joseon Dynasty.
- Munmyo Shrine
Shrine honoring Confucius within grounds of Sungkyunkwan University.
- Jogyesa Temple
Headquarters of the official sect of Buddhism in Korea.
- Namdaemun Sijang (Great South Gate Market)
A major Seoul market.
- Dongdaemun Sijang (Great East Gate Market)
An even bigger market, three times Namdaemun Sijang.
Locality in Seoul with lots of antique shops.
- Tapgol Park
Park with a Joseon Dynasty pagoda in its center.
Sights around Seoul
- Hwanghakdong Flea Market
A big market place for second-hand goods.
- Gyeongdong Oriental Medicine Market
A place to browse at ginseng and all the roots and herbs.
- Janghanpyeong Antique Market
A cluster of shops and mall specializing in antiques.
Nightlife precinct favored by students from neighboring universities.
- Wedding Street
Street with shops specializing in wedding downs.
A locality on the southern flank of Namsan, famous for shopping and nightclubs.
- War Memorial
Memorial with museum of Korea's military history.
- Yongsan Electronics Market
Shopping precinct specializing in electronic goods, to the southwest of the War Memorial.
- Hangang Citizen's Park
Public recreational area in Seoul.
- Seoul World Cup Stadium
Stadium built for the 2002 World Cup.
- Hyperion Tower
Tallest building in Seoul, and second tallest in South Korea.
- 63 Building
Second tallest building in Seoul, and third tallest in South Korea.
- Noryangjin Fish Market
A good place to gawk at all the fish and marine life destined for Korean tables.
An upscale neighborhood with high-class branded stores and boutiques.
- Seoul Nori Madang
Outdoor amphitheater for Korean folk performances.
- Amsadong Prehistoric Settlement Site
Largest archaeological site for Neolithic remains in South Korea.
- Korea World Trade Center
A major center of business in Seoul.
- Korea Exhibition Center (KOEX)
Exhibition center for auto shows, travel fairs and the like, located next to the Korea World Trade Center.
One of the oldest temples in Seoul, on hill behind KOEX.
- Seoul Arts Center
Modern theater complex on the south side of the Han River.
- National Center for Korean Traditional Performing Arts
Center for viewing traditional Korean court music and dance.