Planning a trip to Seoul for the first time? With towering skyscrapers, pleasant weather, beautiful attractions, engaging markets, vibrant nightlife, and lovely people, Seoul is indeed a traveler’s paradise. This Korean city has all the attributes to satiate the wanderlust of a traveler. If you have already visited this tourist place in Korea, then you must be aware of what this beautiful city has in its fold to offer tourists. But if you are a beginner or visiting Korea for the very first time, then I assume you must be looking for an ultimate guide that could help find what to do in Seoul. If so, then this is the post which you are looking for. So. let’s unveil the list of some of the best places in Korea and things to do in Seoul.
Table of Contents
- 1 Shopping in Myeongdong
- 2 Visit any of the Quirky Cafes
- 3 Spend a Night at a Jimjibang
- 4 Visit the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)
- 5 Korean Karaoke
- 6 Relish Delectable Street Food
- 7 Korean BBQ
- 8 Hiking in Bukhansan Mountain
- 9 Hongdae Nightlife
- 10 Relish the View of the Entire City from N Seoul Tower
Shopping in Myeongdong
If it is about things to do in any destination in the world, shopping has to be somewhere on the top of the list. With that being said, Myeongdong is a shopping hub that is often touted as the unofficial shopping district in Seoul. The place has everything; from k-pop performances to people dressed in Cosplay to the delectable Korean street food, it has everything to entertain you. Besides, the shopping experience in Myeongdong is indelible. You can find anything here, from clothing to accessories to souvenirs to gifts.
Visit any of the Quirky Cafes
You would be amazed to know that Seoul is dotted with a number of oddly themed cafes. And the fact is, you would love all of them. Hongdae Meerkat Cafe, Poop Cafe, are some of the best oddly themed cafes in Seoul.
Spend a Night at a Jimjibang
Jimdibang is a traditional Korean spa. It is one of the unique places to visit in the city of Seoul. It is basically gender-segregated bathhouses that consist of massage areas, communal sleeping rooms, cold-soaking pools, and entertainment lounges. In Seoul, there are a number of Jimjibang to choose from. The most famous of all are Spa Lei, Dragon Hill Spa, and Itaewon Land.
Visit the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)
Well yes, even if you are not a patriotic kind of person, a visit to Demilitarized Zone is a must while on your Seoul trip. For a fact check, this place is situated on the borders of both South and North Korea. Hence, the DMZ is one of the most loved and sought-after tourist attractions in the country. Though this place is located within the periphery of Seoul, yet, it certainly one of the day trip destinations from Seoul as it is situated at a distance of just 60 km. The place remains open every day, except for some days and that is because of security reasons. Hence, I would suggest you to first check out all the tours and available dates here.
There is a fact that Koreans love Karaoke, and hence, you would see plenty of Karaoke rooms in the city that remain open from midnight to early in the morning. Whether you have 3 days in Seoul or 7 days You don’t want to miss a Korean karaoke experience! Pacific Room Club, Rakhyu Coin Karaoke, and Su Noraebang are some of the highly-rated karaoke rooms in Seoul that you should look to visit to get an ultimate experience.
Relish Delectable Street Food
Before saying anything, let me tell you this – the food in South Korea, especially in Seoul is ‘Incredible’. It is one of the most loved cities in the world when it comes to food. Hongdae, gwangjang Market, Myeongdong Street Food Alley, Tongin Market, Dongdaemun Night Market, and Namdaemun Market are some popular places to relish the delectable taste of cheap Korean food.
It would be unfair if we considered Korean BBQ don’t get a separate mention. They’re everywhere especially in main areas like Hongdae. After all, such is the captivating hold of it! Maple Tree House, Daedo Sikdang, and Mapo Sutbul Galbi are some of the highly-recommended BBQ houses in Seoul. Each of them is specialized in a specific type of cut of meat. A personal recommendation from my side is to try roasting some garlic and kimchi for an indelible BBQ experience. Once you try this you can see why it’s really apart of the Korean food culture.
Hiking in Bukhansan Mountain
If you are one of those people who love to have some thrill while on any vacation, then your Seoul trip itinerary must include hiking in Bukhansan Mountain. The entire hiking route is full of pulchritudinous views. The hike would at least 2 hours to complete. However, I would recommend you to go for Bukhansanseong Trail. This is a popular trail on the mountain where you can see a lot of hikers indulging in the experience.
Hongdae is a region in the capital city of Seoul. Trust me, this is that one must-visit place for all the nightcrawlers. This area is the hub of college students and is dotted with numerous budget hotels and incredible food places that is what makes this place the best area to stay in Seoul. But what fascinates tourists are all the things to do in Hongdae like the cafes, bars, and clubs. Apart from visiting any of the cafes or restaurants, you can also go shopping in Hongdae. That’s why this is one of the best things to do in Seoul at night.
Relish the View of the Entire City from N Seoul Tower
No vacation to Seoul is ever completed without paying a visit to N Seoul Tower – the iconic skyscraper. Located on Namsan Mountain in Myeongdong district, N Seoul Tower bids the best view of the city from the top. The best time to relish the views is the evening time when the sun starts to go down. If you want to save some time then the best way to reach the tower is via cable car. Otherwise, you can also choose the roads that windes all the way up to the tower, this tends to take 20 minutes. Instead of waiting in line you can book your tickets here in advance!
South Korea is indeed is one of those destinations in the world where you get to savor some unforgettable experience at every step. I hope you are ready to welcome them all!
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