Sightseeing in Seoul

Are you looking to explore the vibrant city of Seoul? Whether you're interested in visiting ancient palaces, shopping at bustling markets, or indulging in delicious Korean cuisine, Seoul has something for everyone. In this guide, we'll take you through the must-see sights and hidden gems of this bustling metropolis. Curious about the best time to visit Seoul or where to find the best views of the city skyline? Keep reading to find out!

1. Gyeonghuigung, Seoul

Gyeonghuigung Details

Admittedly the smallest and least famous of Seoul's royal palaces. Much of it was destroyed, and only parts have been restored. During the reign of King, it was used as a hideout and refuge in times of trouble.

2. Statue of King Sejong, Seoul

Statue of King Sejong

Larger-than-life statue fitting for the former Korean king known as Sejong the Great. The depiction sits overlooking the Gwanghwamun Plaza. A museum beneath the statue provides further information about the national figure.

3. Seoul City Hall, Seoul

Seoul City Hall Water

This wave-shaped glass building stands out amongst the other high rise buildings of Seoul's city center. It holds the city's Metropolitan Library, and is worth a small detour when touring through the area.

4. Gyeongbokgung, Seoul

Gyeongbokgung Palace

The largest, and most famous, of the Seoul royal palaces built by the Joseon Dynasty. The complex is significant, so leave time to thoroughly explore. The Seoul Museum of History also inhabits the palace grounds.

5. Some Sevit, Seoul

Some Sevit - Exterior

Some Sevit are three man-made islands floating in the middle of the Han River and are home to futuristic-style buildings. They also host a variety of restaurants, boutiques, an exhibition hall, and an art gallery.

6. Changgyeonggung Palace, Seoul

Changgyeonggung Palace Details

One of the five "grand palaces" located throughout Seoul. During the Japanese occupation in the 1900s, the complex was turned into a zoo and botanical gardens - the gardens remain, and are worth a visit.

7. Changdeokgung, Seoul

Changdeokgung Details

One of Seoul's "Five Grand Palaces" built by the Joseon Dynasty. Changdeokhung is usually less crowded than the more famous, Gyeongbokgung Palace. Tour the buildings, but don't miss the most impressive part - the complex's secret garden.

8. Deoksugung, Seoul

Deoksugung Palace

One of Seoul's five 'grand palaces', Deoksugung displays a changing of the guard ceremony - a popular event with passers-by and tourists. It is also possible to tour the palace, with or without a guide.

9. Achasan, Seoul

Achasan View

Some of the best hiking in Seoul. The Achasan area is full of different manmade trails, but the most popular takes hikers to the top of the mountain - a 287-meter summit with a panoramic views of the city below.

10. Dongdaemun Design Plaza, Seoul

Dongdaemun Design Plaza Exterior

This architecturally interesting, but slightly bizarre building holds a multitude of exhibits and events inside. There is also a small museum inside as well as shops and restaurants. At the very least, stop by to note the architecture.

11. Ewha Woman's University, Seoul

Ewha Womans University Ecc View

Historic women's university in the central Seoul. The establishment itself is private, but the public can wander through the campus ground - they're beautifully designed and well-maintained. Low priority, so visit during free time.

12. Cheonggyecheon, Seoul

Cheonggyecheon Landscape

This restored waterway cuts right through the city - with pedestrian-only walkways on both sides and a number of bridges. Now a recreational space, and an example of urban regeneration, locals visit to walk, picnic, and socialize.

13. Ihwa Mural Village, Seoul

Ihwa Mural Village Yellow

In 2006, this area of Ihwa-dong was set to be demolished. Instead, the Ministry of Culture revitalized it as a public art project. Over 70 artists have contributed to the area with murals and street painting. A great place to wander.