[Version 1.0 - July 2018]
Hi there! It's Noona from Noonawon here!
As I have been traveling to South-Korea more often lately, my friends and family have been asking me about tips on what to do and where to go. I like to share with you my personal preferences and must-go places! There must be absolutely many many more places to go besides my tips but this is just from my point of view and how I experienced my traveling there.
When I go to South-Korea I usually visit Seoul and the place where I am staying is a Guesthouse in the Hongdae area. The reason why I like this area because it's a student area with many many clothing and cosmetic shops, food and cool coffee places! It's very accessible by subway especially from the airport.
It's very easy to get anywhere, just find yourself a subway map and you're good. If you want to use Google Maps, you can use the wifi anywhere or rent portable wifi (egg wifi) which you can get at the airport.
I love going to cool coffee shops, have Korean BBQ with friends and eat many cheap snack along the way.
- Myeong-dong is a shopping area packed with many fashion and cosmetic shops! It's also a place where you can find your street vendors for typical Korean snacks like tteokbokki, hotteok, kimbap and many skewers!
- Namdaemun Market is a large traditional market. It sells many cheap clothing, cheap shoes and from what I remember fruits.
- Shopping in the underground subway stations! (Especially at Meyong-dong and Gangnam).
- Ewha Woman's University Shopping Street. You will find many clothing, cosmetics and shoes. Also this is the place where I visited a wedding cafe. It's a place where you can try on wedding dresses, take pictures and drink some coffee. Perfect to do with your friends.
5. Sight Seeing
- Gyeongbokgung Palace is a palace built in 1396 and takes you back to the history of Korea. You will also be able to see the the guard changing ceremony daily - except Tuesday) every hour between 10:00 - 16:00.
- N Seoul Tower. I love this place as it gives me a view all over Seoul! I visited this place during the day but also at night and personally I would reccomend in the evening as it's less hot (you will need to hike up some parts! / cable car). Also it's so beautiful at night with all the lights!
- Insa-dong is a neighborhood in Seoul. The main street is Insadong-gil (you will find many many gil references!). It has many alleys with modern galleries and tea shops. In the middle you will find a building with many artistic shops if you're into that. You will be able to buy traditional souvenirs here.
- Bukchon Hanok Village is a traditional village in Seoul. You will find many tourists there! Also this is a spot where many historical K-dramas were recorded.
- There are many museums to visit.
- 63 Building is a skyscraper overlooking the Han River. You can go the 60th floor for an observation deck. There is also an aquarium which I visited because I had time left. But I would not recommend going here if you're short on time.
- DDP, Dongdaemun Design Plaza it's such a nice building. I also attended Fashion Week there and was amazed at how cool it was!
- Lotte World is a major recreation complex and has world's largest indoor theme park, outdoor amusement park called Magic Island, shopping malls, hotel, movie theaters and anything you can think of.
- Cheonggyecheon Stream. It's a very long river (10.9km) throughout the middle of the streets and escpecially at night many people will sit there. It's a romantic spot as it's lit in the evening. This is one of my favorite places and each time I go to Korea I visit this place again.
- Banpo Bridge is a major bridge over the Han River. It's nice to be around that area if you want to relax as you can sit in the gras around the bridge with many other people. It's also very kidfriendly. But it can be very hot.
- Bukhansan (Bukhan Mountain) has three major peaks with Baegundae being the highest with 836.5 meters. I had the luxury of going there by myself and finding inner peace as I took in the beautiful landscape. Be aware that in the summer it can be really hot.
It's rather easy to get there but I noticed many local Koreans haven't visited this place before. Find yourself a subway map and take subway line 3 to Gupabal Station and get out at Exit 1. You will see and feel it's a completely other world than Seoul. Take bus #704 bound for Bukhansanseong Fortress. Also the bus drivers here don't speak English so be prepared to find out things there yourself as well! During the trip I saw many ajummas and ajeoshis. Entrance if free by the way!
- Visit a cat or dog cafe. I went to a dog cafe because I love dogs! It was so much fun.
- SMTOWN for KPop merch.
I hope my tips are usable and you will enjoy your trip so much in Seoul! Summer~