Seoul Sights

Seoul proper is a sizeable city, but fortunately for travelers, the central areas of the city are easy to navigate. Most main sights are in a few neighborhoods centering on Insadong, north of the Han River. South of the river, the newer area of Gangnam focuses more on shopping and nightlife than sightseeing.

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Bukchon Hanok Village

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With its labyrinthine street and rustic stone and clay houses, Bukchon is one of the few places to get a glimpse of old Seoul. This hilly...

Bukhansan Mountain and National Park

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Seoul offers any number of mountains and trails for hiking, but Bukhansan is both the tallest and most beautiful. Bukhansan Mountain...

Changdeokgung Palace

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If you only have time for one of Seoul's five palaces, Changdeokgung is the one to see. Built in 1405, it is the Joseon Dynasty's second...

Changgyeonggung Palace

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Changgyeonggung stands out for its quiet beauty. Constructed in 1418, the palace was originally a residence for former queens of the...

Cheonggyecheon Stream

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Recently restored in 2005, Cheonggyecheon is a cool respite from Seoul's summer heat. Running east-west through the city, this is one...

Deoksugung Palace

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Located right next to City Hall, Deoksugung is an oasis in the heart of downtown Seoul. Originally built as a residence for the crown...

Dongdaemun Market

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Seoul's largest market can be overwhelming for the first time visitor. Consisting of over 20 shopping malls and 30,000 shops, it is a...

Garosu-gil

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While the neighborhoods north of the Han River are home to most of the tourist sites in Seoul, the much newer neighborhoods to the south...

Gyeongbokgung Palace

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The oldest and most famous of Seoul's palaces, Gyeongbokgung means "Palace Greatly Blessed by Heaven." Built in 1395, it served as the...

Gyeonghuigung Palace

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Gyeonghuing is by far the least grand of Seoul's palaces, but also the least visited. For travelers interested in seeing a palace at...

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