Seoul is a vibrant metropolis in Asia. It perfectly combines historic landmarks with the modernity of an exciting megacity. When visiting Seoul, you will not only have the opportunity to visit ancient temples and palaces but also take advantage of the unlimited entertainment offers of the city, such as karaoke clubs, fusion restaurants and some of the best shopping in Asia.
#1 Gyeongbokgung Palace
Gyeongbokgung Palace is the main palace in Seoul and also the largest of the Five Grand Palaces built by the Joseon Dynasty. It was built in 1395 and is still today an impressive tourist destination. The palace is also home to the National Palace Museum of Korea as well as the National Folk Museum, which are both very worth visiting.
Adults (ages 19-64): 3,000 won / Groups (10 people or more): 2,400 won
Children (ages 7-18): 1,500 won / Group (10 people or more): 1,200 won
Getting there: Use exit #5 of Gyeongbokgung Station | Subway Line #3.
#2 Myeongdong Shopping District
The area of Myeongdong is a major shopping and tourism district in Seoul. Locals and tourists alike visit the area to indulge in some shopping or go out for lunch or dinner. This is definitely your place to be if you are looking for some iconic Korean skincare products, Korean fashion or simply some cute souvenirs to take back home after your visit.
Getting there: Euljiro 1(il)-ga Station | Seoul Subway Line #2
#3 N Seoul Tower
Everyone looking for a splendid view of the entire city should visit N Seoul Tower. While you can either choose to take the Namsan cable car or the stairs, visitors will both be rewarded with a 360-view of Seoul. The tower is 777 ft tall and sits on top of Namsan Mountain (797 ft). N Seoul Tower is worth a visit both during the day and at night and is popular among couples who like to leave lovelocks here.
Getting there: Use exit #3 of Myeongdong Station | Subway Line #4
Adults (ages 19 and more): Individual 10,000 won
Located at the northern end of Sejongno Street, Gwanghwamun is the main gate of Gyeongbokgung Palace and an important landmark of the city. What is interesting is the large statue of King Sejong the Great in front of the gate, as well as the replicas of his greatest inventions.
Getting there: Gwanghwamun Station | Subway Line 5
#5 Bongeunsa Temple
Bongeunsa is a major Buddhist temple that dates back to the year 794. The temple features a tall Buddha statue as well as several prayer halls. What is very unique about this temple is that visitors can take part in a “Temple Stay Program” here, where they learn how to live as a monk for a day or more.
Getting there: Bongeunsa Station | Subway Line #9
#6 Gangnam District
Ever since the singer Psy gained worldwide fame for his song “Gangnam Style”, the Seoul district is one of the hottest places in town. Being home to the rich and famous of Seoul, you will find a lot of upscale restaurants and shopping malls in the area. Gangnam is also home to several Korean Pop Labels where fans can purchase all kinds of merchandise of their bias.
Getting there: Gangnam Station | Subway Line #2
#7 Changdeokgung Secret Garden
Changdeokgung palace is another beautiful palace complex in Seoul. What is more interesting is the 78-acre garden located behind the palace, called Secret Garden. The garden features lotus ponds, beautiful pavilions, trees and flowers. The garden used to only be accessible by the king and those with his permission. Today, it is a major tourist attraction in Seoul.
Getting there: Anguk Station Exit #3 | Subway Line #3
Adults (ages 19 and more): Individual 1,000 won / Group (over 10): 800 won
Linda grew up in Germany and moved to South Korea because of Love. She is currently blogging at Linda Goes East. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook
Have you visited Seoul? What are the places that you have visited in Seoul that you feel should make into the list of 7 wonders?