What’s up, everybody! We’re back again and today we’re going to be talking about a topic that quite a lot of travelers wouldn’t mind knowing before venturing into the vast capital of South Korea: Seoul. We’ll introduce you a couple of places to visit while you’re in Seoul. It’s the middle of summer and it can get pretty hot these days, so be careful when visiting these places. We personally recommend purchasing one of those mini portable fans. They’re superb during the hot weather and these cute little fans have been getting more popular by the day. Anyway, let’s get back to point.
Gangnam has always been a place where people gather to shop, hang out, drink, and enjoy all kinds of entertainment. Thanks to Psy’s hit single “Gangnam Style,” the place is more popular than ever. It even has the biggest mall in Korea called Coex Mall. From morning to night, the city is pack full of people roaming the streets.
Han River (한강)
Han River is not your average river that you just happen to pass by and think it’s lovely. This river is a place where people go to enjoy the nice fresh air, spend time with family and friends, and occasionally drink beer with some delicious chicken. If you have nothing to do but want to enjoy the outdoors, then grab a tent or a mat and enjoy the Han River.
Lotte World (롯데월드)
This place is like what Disney World is to the US. Lotte World is a huge amusement park that is the most popular in Seoul. This magical world of nonstop entertainment is a great place to go with family, friends, or loved ones. It’s filled with tasty snacks and fun rides that’ll make visitors coming back for more.
If you’re not sure of where to go shopping for clothes, gadgets, cosmetics, etc., then Myeongdong is your answer. It is the number one tourist spot in Seoul where travelers come to purchase pretty much anything. Once you step foot on Myeondong, you’ll see so many foreigners that you’ll wonder whether you’re still in Korea or not.
Hongdae is another heavily populated place where people come to hang out and have fun. But it’s more crowded by people who want to party, drink, and shop. It’s famous for clubs, bars, cafes, street food and street performances. It has everything that you need to have fun.
Whether you’re a foreigner who’s feeling homesick or a Korean who wants to experience a foreign culture, Itaewon is the place for you. Once you step into this city, it’s almost like it’s a whole new world inside of Seoul. Itaewon is filled with foreign shops and the streets are packed with more foreigners than Koreans. It’s basically the international district of Seoul.
Originally being a town where many historically famous scholars used to live, Insadong became a street filled with Korean traditional culture. It is the home to almost half of the nation’s antique shops and art galleries. There is also a place called Nagwon Music Mall (낙원악기상가) that’s like heaven for musicians. The place only sells musical instruments and there’s a lot of them. Insadong is just the place for artists to enjoy.
Bukchon Hanok Village (북촌한옥마을)
Right next to Insadong, is the Bukchon Hanok Village. Insadong may be filled with shops that sell traditional items and delicacies, but Hanok Village is a traditional hot spot for travelers who want to experience the atmosphere of what Korea’s past culture was like. Visit the village to take a bunch of Instagram pictures that’ll make your friends jealous.
Gwanghwamun Gate (광화문)
Gwanghwamun Gate is the largest gate out of the five palace gates of Gyeongbokgung Palace. It is the absolute most important and beautiful tourist spot that every traveler has to visit. This gate is known as one of Korea’s national treasures and has been standing for over 600 years. You will definitely be amazed by the sheer size of this gate.
That was a long, but it was a short list of places to visit. Descriptions for each place were a bit brief, but experiencing them first hand is so much better (in our opinion). Hope you enjoyed today’s blog. Now go out there and visit as many of these places as possible.