The 7 Best Places to Visit in Seoul


Here is an inside view of places to visit in Seoul that is worth seeing, doing and eating, so you don’t feel like you missed out. If this is your first time visiting, then here is a list of the top 7 tourist spots you should check out.

1.    Gyeongbokgung Palace (Historical Tour)- Address :161 Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul

The largest of 5 grand palaces in Seoul, from the first royal palace built in the Joseon Dynasty 500 years ago. Things to see are changing of the guards, folk museum and 70s village. Walking distance from here is Insa dong, where you can purchase souvenirs and visit various cafes & restaurants along the street alleys. Nearby stores also offer rental of hanbok (Korean traditional outfits) that you can wear to the palaces and take memorable photos of your stay in Korea.

2.    Lotte World Tower & Mall ( Shopping)- Address: 240, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul

The tallest skyscraper in Korea with the most upscale shopping mall, followed by a variety of restaurants from world class chefs. Experience the Seoul Sky and enjoy the beautiful night view located on floors 117-123 of Lotte World Tower. At the top of the tower you will be standing on spacious glass floors which looks like your looking straight down. There are also plenty of stores from electronics, books, & clothing to purchase.

3.    Starfield COEX Mall ( Shopping )- Address: 513 Yeongdong-daero, Gangnam-gu, Seoul

Has nearly 320 brand shops and is considered one of the biggest underground shopping malls in the world. You can find over 100 restaurants, an aquarium, CGV, Starfield library, hotels and more. All condensed under one roof, shopping is made convienient and has a great atmosphere. *Available Hours 10:30am-10:00pm and its open through the year.

4.    Dongdaemun Shopping Complex ( Shopping)-Address: 272 Jong-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul

A popular tourist destination, where you can experience traditional markets and shopping. Doosan Plaza offers a variety of different fashion styles and best bargain shopping. You can find almost anything here such as Korean street foods, shoes, electronics, leather, pet products, sporting goods and accessories. It is Korea’s largest whole sale and retail shopping district. Featuring 26 shopping malls, 30,000 specialty shops and 50,000 manufacturers.  

5.    Gangnam Station (Shopping)- Address: Seoul Gangnam-daero Seocho-gu 415

The popular hit music by Psy “Oppa Gangnam Style” refers to the richest district in Seoul called Gangnam. It is compared to the Beverly Hills version, where you would find Louis Vuitton, Channel and other high end designer stores. The streets have no shortage of plastic surgery clinics, departments stores,, underground shopping & a variety of restaurants to choose from.

6.    Gwangjang Market (Food)- Address: 88 Changgyeonggung-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul

If you are a big foodie and want a taste of Korean traditional street food, you don’t want to miss out. It was first established in 1905, and the market is known to be the oldest. The name Gwangjang means “ to gather from afar and keep altogether”. The market started off as a small trading zone for nearby regions, but has now grown into a large wholesale market place selling a variety of goods such as textiles, imported goods, dried fish and traditional goods. The most popular section is the food street that offers a wide range of menu such as the popular Korean favorite, Bindae-tteok ( Mung bean pancake).

7.    Nam San Tower (Architectural)- Address- 105, Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

The iconic landmark of Korea, known for its sightseeing observatory, attracts thousands of tourists each year. Another favorite attraction is the cable car, began operation in 1962, transferring passengers from foot of the mountain to the base of the tower. Nam San Tower also offers. Besides the amazing day and night views, it has a lot to offer such as theme parks, game arcades, observatory with 360 degree panoramic view of Seoul and scenic hiking trails.