Gwanghwamun Gate, © Can Stock / SeanPavone
Visit Seoul – Gyeongbokgung Palace
Visit Seoul and see the Gyeongbokgung Palace, which is a 14th century building from the Joseon Dynasty. The palace is closed on Tuesdays, but the large park it’s located in is open all the time. You can enter the Gyeongbokgung Palace grounds through the Gwanghwamun Gate.
Take the metro to the Gwanghwamun Subway Station to get to Gyeongbokgung Palace. View the King Sejong statue near the subway station. The National Folklore Museum and the Pavilion of Far Reaching Fragrance are right next to the Palace on the Gyeongbokgung Palace grounds too. Take a short side trip on the route between the subway station and the palace by walking to the Jogyesa Buddhist Temple. Just north of the park is the Presidential residence known as the Blue House.
Gyeongbokgung Palace, © Can Stock / steve_t
Bukchon Hanok Village
Bukchon Hanok Village is a popular tourist destination nestled between Gyeongbok Palace and Changdeok Palace. The Bukchon Hanok Village is made from traditional wood construction homes known as a hanok.
Bukchon Hanok, thanks Pixabay.com
Visit Seoul – Changdeok Palace
Changdeok Palace is in another giant park that is just east of Gyeongbok Palace and Bukchon Hanok Village. Changdeok Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which includes Donhwamun Gate. Also visit the Jongmyo Shrine in the Changdeok Palace park. It’s a Confucian temple commemorating the Joseon Dynasty. When you travel between Changdeok Palace and Gyeongbok Palace, consider visiting the Insa-dong Antique Alley.
Namdaemun South Great Gate, © Can Stock / SeanPavone
Visit Seoul – Great Gates
Seoul has 3 Great Gates and 4 Small Gates spread throughout the city. The Great Gates are referred to by their direction from downtown. Only 3 of the 4 Great Gates remain today. The North Great Gate is in the hills north of the Blue House. The South Great Gate is near Namdaemun 24 Hour Market. The East Great Gate is near Dongdaemun Shopping Malls. The Great West Gate was destroyed by the Japanese, so it’s called the Invisible Gate now. You can spend many hours hiking the trail remains of the old Seoul Fortress Walls between the gates.
Cheonggyecheon Stream, © Can Stock / imstocks
Visit Seoul – Cheonggyecheon Stream
Cheonggyecheon Stream is a popular spot for tourists and locals alike. You can cross the small stream by hopping along stones set in the stream. The stream is in the heart of downtown with Cheonggye Plaza and Gwangjang Market nearby for shopping. Follow the stream east and you will soon come to the Dongdaemun Shopping Malls and the Great East Gate.
Bongeunsa Temple, © Can Stock / SeanPavone
Visit Seoul – City Hall Area
The Myeongdong Shopping District is right beside Seoul City Hall. A short distance south of Seoul City Hall brings you to the impressive Namdaemun Great South Gate. Don’t miss the Namdaemun 24 Hour Market beside the Great South Gate.
Seoul City Hall, © Can Stock / imstocks
Visit Seoul – Hotels
- Lotte City Hotel Myeongdong
- Grand Ambassador
- Signiel Seoul