Bukchon Hanok Village 🏨
Bukchon Hanok Village that is composed of many alleys, hanok and is preserved to show a 600-year-old urban environment. Hanok is an architectural term describing Korean traditional houses, also referred as Chosun houses. he pillars, rafters, doors, window frames, and floor are wooden, while the walls are a mixture of straw and dirt. The paper to cover the frames of doors and windows was made from tree pulp. As the building materials used are all natural, hanok houses have excellent breathability, perfect for escaping the summer heat.
Namsan Seoul Tower 🗼
No landmark in Seoul is more iconic than the N Seoul Tower! Also sometimes known as Namsan Seoul Tower, it’s located at the top of Mount Namsan and offers an incredible panoramic view of the entire Seoul. Like the Pont Neuf bridge in Paris, couples head to the tower to lock their “padlock of love” onto the railing and to dream that their love will last forever. Standing at 480m above sea level, this makes the tower the highest point of Seoul. Originally a broadcast tower used for sending out TV and radio signals back in 1969, it is now an attraction which boasts an unprecedented 360-degree view of Seoul.
Noryangjin Fish Market 🦞
One of the best places to visit in Seoul is Noryangjin Fish Market. It’s like an aquarium where we get to eat the exhibits. Unlike a lot of fish markets around the world, many of the fish are still alive in tanks.
We order the live lobster, sea urchins, octopus and abalones from the wet market then headed to a nearby restaurant within the market to have it prepared for us for a small fees, we tried lobster, sea urchin and octopus sashimi.
Gwanghwamun Gate 🏯
The largest and main gate to Seoul’s Gyeongbokgung Palace, Gwanghwamun Gate is home to the changing of the guards ceremony (performed since 1469), which happens daily (except Tuesdays) at 10am and 2pm. The gate has undergone many renovations and rebuilding, most recently in 2010, when it was restored to its original location and reconstructed with native materials using traditional tools and building techniques.
Ihwa Mural Village 🎨
Ihwa Mural Village was set for destruction as it was seen as a bit of a slum and down-trodden area but in 2006 under the “Art in City Project” carried out by The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, murals were added in an effort to revitalize the neighborhood in Seoul. The revitalization has come at a cost though. Beautiful murals in varying sizes placed on walls, fences and rooftops were created by 70 artists and certainly brought loads of tourists to the area, however, no one really asked the residents, mostly elderly Korean citizens, if they were okay with this or explained what the murals might bring.
Seoraksan Mountain is one of Korea’s most famous tourist destinations that stretches across several areas including Sokcho, Goseong, Inje, and Yangyang in Gangwon-do. It was designated as Korea’s fifth national park in 1970 after the designation of Hallyeohaesang National Park, and as Korea’s first UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1982. The summit of Daecheongbong Peak commands the magnificent natural landscape of Seoraksan Mountain and the East Sea. In particular, it is known for the fantastic views of the sunrise and sunset. In addition to Daecheongbong Peak, Seoraksan Mountain has some 30 grand peaks, such as Socheongbong, Hwachaebong, and Jungcheongbong. The mountain is also full of hidden scenic views of Biryongpokpo Falls, Ulsan Peak, Heundeulbawi Rock, and Geumganggul Cave.
Hahoe Village 🛖
Hahoe Village is one of the most famous folk villages in Korea. Surrounded by the Nakdonggang River, the village is home to descendants of the Ryu clan of Pungsan, which still makes up 70 percent of the villagers. The village has many cultural treasures and important cultural materials, earning the village the designation as National Folklore Cultural Heritage No. 122 in 1984. Hahoe Masks, National Treasure No. 121, is also an important feature of the village. UNESCO World Heritage desginated on July 31, 2010.
Tosokchon Samgyetang 🍲
Tosokchon Samgyetang is a well known and popular restaurant that serves a delicious chicken ginseng soup known as samgyetang. The restaurant, located near Gyeongbokgung Palace, has been serving the delicious signature dish for over 30 years. Samgyetang is a dish consisting of chicken ginseng soup which is simply a whole young chicken in a broth of Korean ginseng. The chicken is then stuffed with glutinous rice, garlic, nuts, Korean dates, and more ginseng.