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  • 1. Bukchon Hanok Village

    Jongno-gu | Town/Village

    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...Read More

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  • 2. Changdeokgung Palace

    Jongno-gu | Castle/Palace/Chateau

    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 palace...Read More

  • 3. Bukhansan Mountain and National Park


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

  • 4. Changgyeonggung Palace

    Jongno-gu | Castle/Palace/Chateau

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

  • 5. Cheonggyecheon Stream

    Jongno-gu | Body Of Water/Waterfall

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

  • 6. Deoksugung Palace

    Jung-gu | Castle/Palace/Chateau

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

  • 7. Dongdaemun Market

    Jung-gu | Market/Bazaar

    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 sprawling...Read More

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  • 8. Garosu-gil

    Gangnam-gu | Neighborhood/Street

    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 offer...Read More

  • 9. Gyeongbokgung Palace

    Jongno-gu | Castle/Palace/Chateau

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

  • 10. Gyeonghuigung Palace

    Jongno-gu | Castle/Palace/Chateau

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

  • 11. Insa-dong

    Jongno-gu | Neighborhood/Street

    Although it has become more tourist-centered in the past few years, Insa-dong remains one of Seoul's best areas to spend the day. Full of restaurants...Read More

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  • 12. Jongmyo

    Jongno-gu | Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    Another of Seoul's UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites, Jongmyo is the royal shrine of the Joseon kings and queens. Completed in 1395, the...Read More

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  • 13. Namdaemun Market

    Jung-gu | Market/Bazaar

    Seoul's oldest and second largest market is easily its most accessible and interesting for visitors to the city. Filled with vendors selling...Read More

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  • 14. Namsan Park

    Jung-gu | Park/Playground

    Seoul's largest park once anchored the southern end of the city. As Seoul grew southward, however, it soon became the city's most central park...Read More

  • 15. Namsangol Hanok Village

    Jung-gu | Town/Village

    Namsangol gives visitors a chance to see what a Joseon-era village would have looked like. Though reproductions of old hanok houses, Namsangol...Read More

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  • 16. National Museum of Korea

    Yongsan-gu | Museum/Gallery

    For anyone who wants to become better acquainted with Korea's unique history, culture, or arts the National Museum is the museum to visit. The...Read More

  • 17. Seoul Museum of Art

    Jung-gu | Museum/Gallery

    The city's main art museum, the Seoul Museum of Art's collection is a balanced mix of Korean and foreign as well as classic and modern art....Read More

  • 18. Seoul Museum of History

    Jongno-gu | Museum/Gallery

    The Seoul Museum of History traces the growth of the nation from the stone-age to modern times. The main museum is divided into four areas—the...Read More

  • 19. War Memorial of Korea

    Yongsan-gu | Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    More than any other event, the Korean War has defined the country's recent history. The War Memorial of Korea focuses on exploring and depicting...Read More

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