The Top 10 Things to See and Do in Seoul, South Korea

Itaewon is a diverse and vibrant neighbourhood in Seoul
Itaewon is a diverse and vibrant neighbourhood in Seoul | © Nokuro / Alamy Stock Photo
Seoul is a city of modern skyscrapers, pop culture and bustling markets brimming with independent shops. Here’s our take on the 10 best places to visit in the intriguing and lively capital of South Korea.

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Gyeongbokgung Palace was the main royal palace of the Joseon Dynasty, located in northern Seoul. It is one of the grandest structures in the city and is a fine representation of Korean architecture. Commonly referred to as the Northern Palace, it houses a pavilion located on an artificial island in the middle of a beautiful lake with three stone bridges spread across the palace grounds.
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Archaeological site
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A trip to Bukchon Hanok provides a cultural experience ideal for travellers who want to delve deeper into Korea’s history. This ancient village preserves a 600-year-old urban settlement giving visitors a rich insight into Joseon Dynasty traditions. Located north of the Cheonggye Stream, the village is home to the Bukhchon Traditional Culture Center and houses many venerable homes with Korean-style architecture.
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This thriving complex offers a Temple Stay Program which allows tourists to understand Buddhist customs, participate in intellectual discussions with the monks and enjoy a tea ceremony held every afternoon. The temple is famous for holding the Jeongdaebulsa every September where the monks recite the Beopseongge from heavily inscribed scriptures.
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Market, Seafood
Noryangjin Market
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The Noryangjin Fish Wholesale Market is where you can savor seaside delicacies sold on hundreds of stalls here. This is Seoul’s oldest and biggest indoor fish market, with more than 700 vendors each selling the catch of the day. Get here early to enjoy the excitement of this bustling warehouse and you can participate in the seafood auction that takes place as the sun rises.
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These recommendations were updated on August 5, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.