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Seoul is the capital of South Korea and probably one of the most impressive cities you could ever dream of visiting! The amount of things to do, see and eat in Seoul are endless, and unique experiences await you on every corner.

Explore Bukchon Hanok Village

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Surrounded by Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace and Jongmyo Shrine, Bukchon Hanok Village is home to hundreds of traditional houses, called hanok, that date back to the Joseon dynasty. The name Bukchon, which literally translates to “northern village,” came about as the neighborhood lies north of two significant Seoul landmarks, Cheonggyecheon Stream and Jongno. Today, many of these hanoks operate as cultural centers, guesthouses, restaurants and tea houses, providing visitors with an opportunity to experience, learn and immerse themselves in traditional Korean culture. As Bukchon Hanok Village is an actual neighborhood with people’s homes, visitors are advised to be respectful at all times while looking around.

Address: 37, Gyedong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul | 서울특별시 종로구 계동길 37 (계동)
Website: https://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=561382

Shop in Myeongdong

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Myeong-dong is one of the primary shopping districts in Seoul. The two main streets meet in the center of the block with one beginning from Myeong-dong Subway Station (Seoul Subway Line No. 4) and the other from Lotte Department Store at Euljiro. Many brand name shops and department stores line the streets and alleys. Common products for sale include clothes, shoes, and accessories.

Address: 66, Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul | 서울특별시 중구 을지로 66 (을지로2가)

Have a fun time in Lotte World

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Operated by Lotte Group, Lotte World is the perfect spot for entertainment and sightseeing for Koreans and international tourists alike. It is a theme park filled with thrilling rides, an ice rink and different kinds of parades, as well as a folk museum, a lake, accommodations, department stores and more. Lotte World is divided into Lotte World Adventure, a world themed indoor area, and Magic Island theme outdoors, next to Seokchonhosu Lake.

Address: 240, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul | 서울특별시 송파구 올림픽로 240 (잠실동)
Hours: 09:30-22:00 (Nighttime admission: 16:00~) *Closing time may vary each day; please refer to the official website.
Website: http://adventure.lotteworld.com/eng/main/index.do

Ride the steepest wooden roller coaster at Everland

Everland Resort entertains visitors all year long with various rides, festivals, theme areas, and Zootopia, perfect for a great amusement park. It houses diverse attractions which are available to enjoy with no age limits, different themed festivals including Tulip Festival, Rose Festival, Summer Splash, Halloween Festival, Romantic Illumination, and other festivals all year long. One of the park’s most famous rides is T-Express, Korea’s first wooden roller coaster, popular among young visitors.

The best advice we have for you is to visit the park as early as you can. Based on past reviews, Everland has too many rides to squeeze into a day!

Address: 199, Everland-ro, Pogok-eup, Cheoin-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do | 경기도 용인시 처인구 포곡읍 에버랜드로 199 (포곡읍)
Hours: 10:00-21:00 Operating hours vary by day of week. Please visit the official website.
Website: http://www.everland.com/

Have a photoshoot at Common Ground

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Korea’s first pop-up store built with shipping containers, Common Ground is approximately 5,300 square meters in scale, made up of 200 large containers and is capable of transforming into different structures or moving into different places. Mega-sized mainstream brands are hard to spot in Common Ground. Instead, new and trendy mid-sized shops by up-and-coming new designers and editorial shops can be found here.

Address: 200, Achasan-ro, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul 서울특별시 광진구 아차산로 200
Website: http://www.common-ground.co.kr/

Drink the famous ginseng chicken soup at Tosokchon

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Located near Gyeongbokgung Station, the restaurant was also frequented by late President Roh Moo-hyun. It produces their ingredients like Tojongdak (Korean chicken), 4-years ginseng, chest nut, jujube, garlics, ginger, adlay, perilla seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seed, nuts, pine nut, black sesame, and etc.
Even though one has to wait to enter during lunch time, do not worry about long wait as the restaurant is spacious. Besides Samgyetang (ginseng chicken soup), it serves Ogol-samgyetang, otdak, pajeon (green onion pancake), Rotisserie chicken, and other menus.

Address: 5, Jahamun-ro 5-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul | 서울특별시 종로구 자하문로5길 5
Website: http://tosokchon.com/

Admire the spectacular view from Namsan Seoul Tower

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Namsan Seoul Tower was the first tower-type tourism spot in Korea. The top of the tower is at almost 480 meters above sea level, including Namsan Mountain (243m) and the tower’s own height (236.7m), making it one of the tallest towers in Asia. It is comprised of Seoul Tower Plaza, recently opened to public access after 40 years, and N Seoul Tower, operated by CJ Foodville since 2005. The tower was first established as a broadcasting tower to send out TV and radio signals in 1969. As of now, it has become one of the representative landmarks and multi-cultural venues in Seoul.

Address: 105, Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul | 서울특별시 용산구 남산공원길 105 (용산동2가)
Hours: Monday-Friday 10:00-23:00; Saturday 10:00-24:00; Sunday 10:00-23:00
Website: http://www.seoultower.co.kr/

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