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It’s cosmopolitan yet quirky and loveable. Seoul is South Korea’s ultimate destination filled with historic sites, fascinating culture, and delightful cuisine. Here’s how to get the most out of every minute you’re there!

Marvel at the Landmarks

Perhaps the most extraordinary thing about Seoul is that alongside all those towering modern skyscrapers, you’ll see ancient palaces. In the city itself, there are 5 palaces to explore. Should you be short on time, choose Gyeongbokgung Palace. The main entrance is at Gwanghwamun, a place where you shouldn’t miss the changing of the guard ceremony. 

Sample the Street Food

Feel more like a local in Seoul by choosing some street food options. They’re all over town, usually in the underground subway stations or just outside. Tteokbokki, a dish of chewy rice cakes smothered in a spicy sauce, is the perfect way to warm up on a chilly day.

Sit Down and Dine Too

Street food is merely a slice of the gastronomic experiences that await you in Seoul. Try a Korean BBQ restaurant where you cook your own meats on a charcoal grill in the center of your table. Be sure to order plenty of beer and soju with it too. For dinner and a show, make reservations at a temple restaurant like Sanchon in Insadong. As a side bonus, you’ll be able to explore this fun district full of galleries and shops. 

Do Some Shopping

And speaking of shopping, Seoul is a mecca for such an activity. In Insadong, you’ll find some special items that make for excellent souvenirs. If fashion is your thing, the malls and boutiques have you covered. Don’t miss your chance to buy Korean skincare either as it’s some of the best in the world.

Indulge Your Inner Child

Whether you’re traveling with kids or you simply want to let your inner child run free, Lotte World is most certainly worth a stop. You can get to it from the Jamsil Station on the Seoul Metro with ease. It is Seoul’s version of Disney with both indoor and outdoor areas full of fun. 

Discover Korean Theater

For many Korean shows at the theaters, you don’t need to understand the language to enjoy it. Shows like NANTA and Jump have been running for a long time and are wonderfully entertaining. 

Be a Star at Norebang

And finally, for anyone that loves singing in the car on road trips, head to any of the norebang places you’ll find all over the city. Norebang, or karaoke, is huge in Seoul. Instead of having to perform in front of strangers though, you get your own room to sing with your group. There are plenty of songs in English, plus you can push a button to order more beer and snacks. 


That’s just the short list, but these 7 tips will have you wishing you could stay in Seoul forever!


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