If food is what you’re passionate about besides travelling, Seoul would be a great choice to make. The beautiful city is the capital of South Korea and is one place you got be in. Being a metro polis, what you’ll find here is varied culture mixed into a palette-exhibiting the popular pop culture, great food, skyscrapers, Buddhist temples and lots of street shopping. So here we are in Seoul, check out where you can go and what to eat-
- Gyeongbokgung Palace- built in the year 1395, this palace is symbolic of the ancient tradition and grace of the past. Built by the Joseon Dynasty, the Gyeongbokgung Palace was the first royal palace built in the region three years after the Joseon Dynasty was founded. Located in the northern Seoul, the palace has 7,700 rooms. However in the beginning of the 20th century the palace was destroyed greatly by the Japanese but the Seoul government is taking steps and is restoring the palace to its original form. A must visit place!
- Seoul City Wall- with the purpose of defending and marking the boundaries of the city, the Seoul City Wall was built in the year 1396. This series of walls are made up of wood, stone and other materials. Built during the era of the Joseon Dynasty, the wall stretches for 18.6km along the ranges of Bugaksan (Mt.), Naksan (Mt.), Namsan (Mt.), and Inwangsan(Mt.), and stands at average height of 7-8m. Some portions of the wall have undergone great restoration work which was initially damaged or destroyed in the past.
- Dongdaemun Market- a huge commercial area housing shopping complexes and traditional markets is one must visit place for shoppers. The place remains flooded with tourists and is therefore being designated as a ‘Special Tourism Zone’. One of the Korea’s largest wholesale and retailer’s spot, the Dongdaemun Market exhibits all sorts of goods including clothes, silk and fabrics, shoes, accessories, sports items, electronics, leather goods, stationeries, kids’ stores and pet supplies. You name it, Dongdaemun has it. Do visit when in Seoul.
- Insa-dong- where dong means neighborhood of the Jongno-gu district of the South Korean district of Seoul. If you wish to see the history or the ancient ware bouts of Seoul, this is the place to be. You’ll be mesmerized with its wooden tea houses, the items sold in the streets, boutique galleries and of course not to forget the food items. Take away traditional Korean artifacts, products, clothes and anything that catches your glimpse. You can find your interest in art galleries, book stores, traditional stationery shop, pottery shops and lots more to explore. Don’t forget to sip a cup of tea at one of the traditional restaurants and tea houses.
- Cheonggyecheon- this place is quite popular among locals and tourists alike. Created as part of an urban renewal project, Cheonggyecheon is an 11 km long modern stream running downtown through Seoul. This stream is a restoration of the stream that was there during the Joseon Dynasty but was covered after the Korean War with an elevated highway. In 2003, the elevated highway was removed and the stream was restored to its present day today. The history of Cheonggyecheon I sdisplayed at the Cheonggyecheon Museum with scale model and some photographs.
- Café Café MyeongDong- love cats? This is the place to be in. Even though you are not a cat person you’ll turn into one once you visit this place. Cat cafes are gaining immense popularity worldwide. You’d find some in Seoul too. Get to pet some of the cutest furry little cats here at Café Café MyeongDong while you sip on some coffee. If you are first timer here you’d be told about some quick rules which you gotta follow while here at the cats kingdom. Some of the other popular cats-cafeteria in Seoul is Cat Café GangNam, Y Cat Café and Cat Café Hondae.
- Dongdaemun Design Plaza- popularly known as the DDP, this place is one of the best architectural achievements in the city. Exhibiting a powerful curved form of elongated structures, this place is the center of fashion hub in South Korea and is a popular tourist destination. This incredible building is designed by Zaha Hadid and Samoo. There are seminar rooms and a lecture hall in the building. This place is well known spot for cultural exchange and cooperation.
So that was Seoul at a glimpse. A beautiful city to visit and learn much about history and culture. If you haven’t visited yet, it’s high time you do it!