The capital of South Korea is one of the world's greatest cities with its rich culture, beautiful people, and impressive modern developments. A few days are honestly not enough to explore the entire place, but that shouldn’t keep you from making the most out of your stay. Below, we list down the must-visit spots and the must-do activities that you need to squeeze in to your itinerary for an exciting whirlwind of shopping, culture, and food experience. It’s going to be a Seoul good trip!
1. Explore Myeongdong.
If you’re looking for a place to stay in Seoul, Myeongdong is your best bet. You’ll wake up to seemingly deserted streets in the morning and step into a rowdy and colorful shopping paradise at night. Rummage up the best skincare products, the trendiest accessories, and the cutest K-pop and Hallyu stars-endorsed finds!
2. Shop for pasalubong at Insadong.
Right after going to the Gyeokbokgung Palace, cross over to the other side of the highway and walk through the streets of Insadong. It’s a long stretch of stores selling traditional goodies you can buy in bulk for pasalubong. But you shouldn’t miss Ssamziegil, too—the multilevel modern art, culture and shopping complex that’s set at the heart of Insadong.
3. Train those legs at Seoul City Hall.
After taking some photos at the Cheonggyeocheon Stream, walk a little bit further until you reach the Seoul City Hall. There, you’ll discover the piano stairs. It records the number of people who’ve gone up and down, and for each time somebody passes by, 10 won is donated to an organization that benefits children with paraplegia. So get moving, guys!
4. Stop by the Folk Museum.
If you’re an adrenaline junkie, allot an entire day at the Lotte World. But while inside this wonderland, be sure to check out the folk museum, too. You can wander in the miniature village where you’ll find seasonal recreational activities and ceremonial events held in ancient Korea.
Look at this 1/8 scale representation of the activities at the Gyeokbokgung palace. I promise, it’s even cooler IRL!
5. Discover the Gangnam Style.
If you’re curious about what that Korean singer Psy was talking about in his phenomenal song, then be sure to visit Gangnam—the Mayfair of Seoul. It is home to upmarket shopping spots (check out the enormous underground COEX mall and the 10-floor Parnas mall), scrumptious food (Korean barbecue at Sinsa, yay!), and stylish locals.
6. Visit the N Seoul Tower.
With or without a partner, you need to drop by the N Seoul Tower before sunset. Breathe in the cold and fresh air of the city while capturing the beauty of locked love promises as the sky dusks. Sit on a bench while waiting for the tower to light up. I’ll bet my bottom dollar that it’s going to be the best experience you’ll have in Seoul.
Plus, don’t miss out the N Burger, which is possibly the best burger in Seoul!
7. Check out their coffee shops.
You’ll never run out of coffee shops to visit in Seoul, but there’s this quaint little place which stood out for me during my stay. It’s located down the irrefutably stunning Bukchon. This cafe named September 5 serves well-crafted beverages that complement its beautiful and relaxing ambience.
8. Have a taste of their street food.
Step outside of your hotel room and try out the gyeran bang (egg bread), tteokgalbi (meatballs), tteokbokki and galbi chicken, sausage on stick, potato tornado, red bean donuts and fish waffle ice cream. Street food in Seoul is the best!
9. Take the train.
Take time to appreciate the cleanliness and orderliness of Seoul’s transportation system. Their trains make touring the city a breeze.
10. Walk, walk, walk!
It’s a safe and lovely city. Have fun!
Photos by Cheenee Villafuerte