50 best things to do in seoul, korea

From buying cosmetics at Myeongdong lớn café-hopping at Garosu-gil, here are the things you MUST bởi vì when in Seoul for the first time.

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Lotte World is the world’s largest indoor amusement park. Comprising both an indoor theme park and an outdoor amusement park, Lotte World is also surrounded by a khách sạn và a large shopping complex!

This top-notch attraction is great for families, kids và couples alượt thích. Lotte World is more than just an ordinary theme park, it’s a massive sầu entertainment hub that promises fun in epic proportions!

Getting there: 240 Olympic-ro Songpa-Gu, Seoul, Korea. The park is connected to Jamsil Station on Line 2 and Line 8 of the Subway. Take Exit 4 and head khổng lồ Lotte World.

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2. Buy cosmetics at Myeongdong


The Bukchon Hanok Village is one of my favourite phokhổng lồ spots in Seoul. The traditional hanok houses found here date all the way baông xã to lớn the Joseon Dynasty, và people actually live sầu in them! This picturesque residential area is nestled in the heart of the city between Gyeongbokgung Palace & Changdeokgung Palace, and from atop the hill, you can see a background of modern buildings in the distance.

Getting there: Anguk Station (Subway Line 3), Exit 2.Tip: Get a bản đồ at the Tourist Information Centre!

4. Catch the guard changing ceremony at Gyeongbokgung Palace


Right before và after the ceremonies mentioned above sầu, visitors can don a gatekeeper’s costume at the Sumunjangcheong Building, located behind the Gwanghwamun Gate. You have sầu no reason not khổng lồ bởi vì this – the Sumungun (Gatekeeper) Costume Experience is absolutely free!

6. Buy snacks at Lotte Mart


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If you’re looking for a different theme park experience while in Korea, Everland is where you need to lớn be. It is South Korea’s largest outdoor theme park and houses five sầu unique zones of rides và attractions. Aao ước all the rides, Everl& is proudly home to lớn the world’s steepest wooden roller coaster & South Korea’s only safari!

The best advice we have sầu for you is to lớn visit the park as early as you can. Based on past Reviews, Everland has too many rides khổng lồ squeeze inkhổng lồ a day!

Getting there: 199 Everland-ro, Pogog-eup, Cheoin-gu, Gyeonggi province. Take bus 5002 from Gangnam giới Station or 5700 from Jamsil Station. The ride will take around an hour and costs KRW2,500.

8. Take the cable oto up Mount Namsan


You should never go hungry in Seoul, especially when there’s plenty of yummy street food everywhere! Some must-try street food in Seoul include tteokbokki (spicy rice cakes), hotteok (sweet pancakes), kimbap (seaweed rice rolls) và of course, the classic chicken skewers! 

10. Have sầu a photo-shoot at Common Ground


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For a truly iconic và memorable experience with your loved ones, consider the humorous NANTA Theater Show. Nanta Show is Korea’s most popular theater performance that takes place in a non-verbal musical setting.

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It features a culinary-themed comedic performance that includes acrobatic moves & rhythmic melodies. Remember lớn book your tickets in advance as they tkết thúc lớn sell out quickly.

12. Go shopping in an underground shopping centre



If you’re planning on buying traditional goods, head lớn Insadong! There is one main road in Insadong lined with booths, shops, galleries, teahouses and restaurants. Be sure khổng lồ wander inkhổng lồ the alleyways khổng lồ discover hidden charms & unexpected gems.

Getting there: Anguk Station (Subway Line 3). Exit 6.

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15. Snap quirky photos at Seoul Alive sầu Illusion Museum


I really wanted to lớn experience a traditional teahouse in Seoul, so I hunted down Insadong Chatjip, a hanok teahouse. The cup of homemade Jujube Tea I had was absolutely delicious! Seoul has many fantastic teahouses, so forget Starbucks & go traditional instead.

Address: 33-1, Insadong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul

17. Try the Korean fire noodle challenge


Attention, ladies! The area near Ewha Women’s University, also known as Edae, is a heaven for shoppers. Wander where your feet take you và shop alongside fashionable Korean women. Buy clothing, cosmetics & shoes, pop by a salon for a makeover & when you’re tired, take a break in one of the many cafes around.

Getting there: Ewha Womans University Station (Subway Line 2), Exits 2 & 3.

19. Drink the famous ginseng chicken soup at Tosokchon


The Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) is a new attraction in Seoul và it is a venue for events, exhibitions and shows related to lớn the kiến thiết industry. When I was there, the “Andy Warhol Live” exhibition, which features about 400 of Andy Warhol’s artworks, was ongoing. On your visit to Seoul, be sure khổng lồ check whether there is anything happening in DDP that suits your interests!

Getting there: Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station (Subway Line 2, 4 & 5), Exit 1.

21. Stroll along Seoullo 7017 a.k.a. Seoul Sky Park


Just a short walk from DDP is the Cheonggyecheon Stream, which provides an easily accessible retreat from the surrounding city. On hot summer days, locals gather under the bridges lớn enjoy the shade & dip their feet in the cool water. It is actually possible to lớn walk along the length of the stream, which spans 10.9 kilometres. Along the way, you can make detours to lớn visit the many attractions nearby.

23. Have sầu a walk around Namdaemun Market

Cafe-hopping in Seoul is an easy affair; just make your way to Garosu-gil, where you can find a large selection of cafes for your choosing. Indulge in delectable tarts from Deux Cremes and then hop over to O’Sulloc Tea House khổng lồ try all sorts of green tea desserts. If you’re in Seoul in summer, then hunt down a bowl of patbingsu (Korean shaved ice dessert). Or just go without a plan and wander into any random cafe in sight – that’s alright too!

Getting there: Sinsa Station (Subway Line 3), Exit 8. Go straight for 250 metres and turn left.

25. Finish a bottle of Milkis


I could easily fill this checklist with the different foods you simply have khổng lồ try in Seoul, but I shall limit it khổng lồ one of my favourites: Andong Jjimdak (braised chicken of Andong). What’s there lớn love about this? The Andong-style chicken is soft & tender while the soybean-based sauce is sweet và savoury. Slices of potatoes, carrots, và onions are thrown into lớn the delicious mix, & starch noodles complete the dish. Yum!

27. Liông xã 32 centimetres’ worth of twist ice cream

Seoul is truly where you can cửa hàng till you drop… asleep. Dongdaemun, one of Seoul’s biggest shopping districts, comes alive sầu at night (10pm khổng lồ 5am, khổng lồ be specific). There are two districts in Seoul – one for retail shopping và the other for wholesale shopping. Some of the most popular shopping malls here include Doota, Migliore, Hello apM and Good Morning City.

Getting there: Dongdaemun Stadium Station (Subway Line 2) / Dongdaemun Station (Subway Line 1 & 4)

29. Indulge in cheap và fresh seafood

If you love sầu seafood, vì chưng not miss out on a trip to Noryangjin Fisheries Wholesale Market, located near Noryangjin Station. In there, you can check out the seafood auction (it starts and ends in the very early hours though!) & buy really fresh seafood from the hundreds of stores there. The best part that the prices are really affordable, & you can expect lớn purchase enough to lớn eat for two for about 20,000 krw. When you’re done with your shopping, head to one of the many restaurants located in the same market & they’ll cook your purchases for a small fee!

Address: 674, Nodeul-ro, Dongjak-gu, Seoul

30. Experience a seshin (full toàn thân scrub) at a jjimjilbang (bath house)

No trip lớn South Korea should be without a visit khổng lồ a jjimjilbang – however, getting steamed up in the saumãng cầu is not the most intimidating experience there! If you’re up for it, you should try a seshin performed by “scrub mistress” or “scrub master”, a ritual that’s embraced by locals and well, not so much the visitors. The pain factor is high on the danh sách, but that’s what makes the scrub so efficient, và you’ll literally get every inch of your body toàn thân (yes, you’ll be naked) exfoliated. You’ll leave sầu the jjimjilbang feeling and looking lượt thích a new person!


Before you go & have the time of your life in Seoul, be sure to download the extremely useful Visit Korea app which will help you with information, navigation, travel planning & so much more!

Once you’re done with all these awesome activities on your first trip, come baông xã a second time khổng lồ complete these 24 fun things lớn vì in Seoul on your SECOND trip! I will see you there!

After Seoul, I hopped on the K-Shuttle to discover some of the best attractions in the different provinces of Korea, & spent a few days exploring the đô thị of Busan. The directions in this article are taken from VisitKorea, and my wonderful first trip khổng lồ Korea was made possible by Korea Tourism Organisation (Singapore Office).