When in Seoul Do As the Seoulites Do

I used to associate Seoul with shopping (Myeongdong, baby!). But after having countless visits to the city, I realized there are more to it than just shopping. It is an amazing city filled with mouth-watering (street) food and exciting attractions. 

I have a list of 20 something things to do when in Seoul. But honestly, I haven’t ticked them all off. I take advantage of the fact I live an hour away. I do, on the other hand, have my favorite 6.

Visit Bukchon Hanok Village


Easily one of my favorite photo spots in Seoul. The traditional Korean houses you can find here dated all the way back to the Joseon Dynasty. And guess what? People still live in them. This quaint area is located conveniently between Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace. The area is a little hilly, but worth the hike.

Catch the Guard Changing Ceremony at Gyeongbokgung Palace


Gyeongbokgung Palace is a must visit for people who visit Seoul. When visiting this Palace, don’t miss out on observing the Royal Guard Changing Ceremony. Or you can opt to watch the Gwanghwamun Gate Guard-on-Duty Performance. Either one happens every hour between 10:00 am to 4:00 pm every day (except Tuesday).

Take the Cable Car up to Mt. Namsan (or just go to Mt. Namsan in general)

N Tower

Home to the famous N Tower – another one of Seoul’s main attractions. Only 237 m, those who aren’t so athletically challenged may opt to hike up. But if you’re not keen to climb, don’t ‘fret. There’s a cable car that will take you there. Or if you’re feeling adventurous – you can take the bus.

Indulge in Delicious Street Food

street food

This is my favorite thing to do. I never get tired of trying Seoul’s street food. Tteokbokki (spicy rice cakes), hotteok (sweet pancakes), kimbap and of course, chicken on a skewer (Korea’s version of satay). You have to try ’em. I’m having a Korean food withdrawal just by thinking about it.

Visit an Exhibition at Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP)


I fell in love with DDP after my first visit. The Plaza is one of Seoul’s newer attractions and it’s a venue for various design events. It changes pretty often so make sure you check if there’s anything going on when you’re there.

Go For a Walk at Namdaemun Market


One of my favorite traditional markets (the other one being Gwangjang). Located just minutes away from Myeongdong, so you can visit both on the same day. Goods are very competitively priced so something will definitely catch your attention.
Did I excite you yet? 🙂

There are so much to discover. So don’t limit only yourself to what’s written or suggested in the itinerary. But before you go, make sure you download Visit Korea and Seoul Subway apps. Both apps will be very useful when you’re navigating the city. Trust me.


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