If you’re planning a trip to Asia, one of the first stops you should make is in Seoul. This South Korean city is hip, fun, and ultra-modern, yet in the midst of it all are some truly breathtaking historical sites. There’s nothing quite like a trip to Seoul. Here’s what to do and see while there.
- Gyeongbukgung Palace
Seoul has a total of five royal palaces interspersed around the city, all from the Chosun dynasty. They are all incredible places to visit, but this one needs to be at the top of your list, especially if you’re merely passing through and don’t have time to see all of them. With two museums on site, Gyeongbukgung will give you the best insight into early Korean history.
This Confucian shrine dedicated to the kings and queens of the Korean Joseon Dynasty is another must see. UNESCO has declared this shrine as the oldest preserved royal Confucian shrine.
- N Seoul Tower
Hiking up Namsan Mountain is a great way to get exercise thought the cable car that takes you to the top is also fun. It’s very popular in the summer, but in any season, you’ll be treated to some truly spectacular views of the city.
- DMZ Tour
If you can, get on a day trip to the DMZ, or Demilitarized Zone. You’ll get a peek into the history of the Korean War and get as close as you can to North Korea, safely. The guided tour includes a look at the 3rd Tunnel, Yeolsoe Observation Desk, and much more, all a very humbling experience.
This area is a bit touristy, but it’s a must for the plethora of art galleries and fantastic souvenirs to bring home. It also has some of the best restaurants in town though heading off the beaten path in the alleys will save you from the biggest tourist traps.
- The War Memorial of Korea
Another place to discover the history of the Korean War is this incredible museum that sits upon the former site of the army headquarters. You’ll see every aspect of battles and a huge display of intact aircraft to boot.
Craving something that caters to foreigners? Itaewon is the place to go for a more expat-style experience. Korean food is delicious, but sometimes it’s nice to find French, German, Italian, and other options, not to mention bars that are in English.
- Lotte World
Korean-style Disney is easy to access via the subway lines. It features a large indoor amusement park and an outdoor one too, brimming with roller coasters, water rides, and plenty more to give you thrills.
Seoul is full of amazing things to do and see. Don’t miss out!