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TOP 10 MUST GO ATTRACTIONS IN SEOUL!

 

 

Ok, let’s get it started with the Top 10 Must Go Attractions in Seoul!

 

1. Ewha Womans University

 

We started our day in Sinchon and Hongdae area where you see youngsters shop for latest Kpop fashions. Don’t forget to drop by these places if you are into Kpop fashions.

Ehwa Womans Uiversity

Ewha Womans University is Korea’s first educational institute for women, and one of the most prestigious universities in the country. The University is getting more popular among tourists with its unique architecture in the campus. Ewha is a little mixture of old and modern American style building with its own charm that looks beautiful in photos.

Ehwa Womans University

 

 

ADDRESS

 52 Ewhayeodae-gil, Sinchon-dong, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul, South Korea

  OPENS

24 hours

TRANSPORT

Subway Green Line #2 Ewha Womans Univ. Station

PRICE

CONTACT

 www.ewha.ac.kr

2. Nami Island

 

A place that is truly magical and unique on its own regardless season of the year. This place got extremely popular after the famous Korean Drama “Winter Sonata” which was shot here during winter. Nami Island highlights different scenic experience each season, enjoy your perfect day trip here and make sure you get the best shot of all the sceneries.

This is where the famous Korean drama ‘Winter Sonata’ took place.

 

 

Instead of going for maple leaves, I was there this winter because I wanted to experience Nami Island dressed up in the pristine snow! Nami Island is located in Gangwondo province of Korea. The island was originally a hill and it was formed due to the rising water level after completion of Cheongpyeong Dam.

We signed up the day tour with TrazyTrazy.com is a one stop travel booking site where you can easily find the latest, trendiest, newest things to do in Korea at the best price. They offer travel activities, tours, performance & concert tickets, passes to beauty make-up experiences and more.

The day tour took us to Petite France and Garden of Morning Calm after Nami Island. Please be minded that Nami Island is situated a little further from Seoul city, so public transport can be troublesome and costly. I highly recommend you to sign up day trips like what I have done so that you don’t have to worry about transportation. You have a choice to be picked up at any of these easily accessible places, Myeongdong/Hongyik/ Dongdaemun subway stations. The ferry fare to Nami Island and admission fees to the attractions are all included!

This steamed bun was the best way to warm our hand and tummy. Snow-white skin with red bean paste filling is yum!

 

 

ADDRESS

 1, Namiseom-gil, Namsan-myeon, Chuncheon-si,Gangwon-do

  OPENS

Namiseom Ferry : 07:30 – 21:40

TRANSPORT

Taxi approx 5-10mins from Gapyeong Station

 or sign up day trip from Trazy.com

PRICE

Adult: 10,000 won

Teenagers:  8,000 won

Children: 4,000 won.

International tourist receive discounted fee of 8,000 won.

Admission includes round-trip ferry ticket.

CONTACT

Namisum.com

3. Petite France

 

This place is not strange to all the K drama fans. Petite France was featured in many dramas and variety shows, such as Beethoven Virus, Secret Garden, Running Man and not to forget My Love from the Star. It is getting more popular and now it is one of the favourite tourist spots.

Petite France

Everywhere is just romantic and picture perfect. All colourful buildings stood out in the photos. It is located not too far from Nami Island. After a short bus ride, you will meet this French cultural village on the left hillside. The concept of Petite France encapsulates ‘flowers, stars, and Little Prince.’

We were there late evening, just nice to see the transition of the day and night view at Petite France. The night view was completely different after Christmas lights and decorations were lit up. It was beautiful and romantic. This place is a must for the couple to pay a visit just like how the two main casts Kim Soo Hyun and Jun Ji Hyun from “My Love From The Star” had their iconic kissing scene.

This is where Doo Min Jun shi and cheong song yi from ‘My Love From The Star’ had their kiss scene.

 

Petite France

 

 

ADDRESS

 1063, Hoban-ro, Cheongpyeong-myeon, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do

  OPENS

Sun-Thu 09:00-18:00

Fri-Sat 09:00-20:00

TRANSPORT

Subway – CheongPyeong Station , exit 2 then short walk to the bus stop.

From Cheongpyeong Bus Terminal, take a local bus bound for Goseong-ri (고성리).

or Sign up day trip from Trazy.com

PRICE

Adults: 8,000 won
Teenagers: 6,000 won
Children: 5,000 won
Seniors (ages 65 & above) / People with Disabilities: 6,000 won (proof of identification required)

CONTACT

+82-31-584-8200

 www.pfcamp.com

4. Garden of Morning Calm

 

The last destination was Garden of Morning Calm. According to the official website, the Garden of Morning Calm was founded by professor Sang-kyung Han (honorary professor of the Department of Horticulture, Sahmyook University) and it began business on May 11, 1996 as a private garden. He came up with the idea of establishing beautiful, world-class garden while staying as an exchange professor in the US in 1993.

 

In addition to the beautiful foliage of the garden, there are a variety of festivals and displays held throughout the year.

* Spring: Spring Garden Festival
* Summer: Festival of Roses, Hydrangeas and Roses of Sharon
* Autumn: Festival of Chrysanthemums and Autumnal Tints
* Winter: Lighting Festival

We were right in time for the Lighting Festival and this is the biggest festival of lights in Korea, covering thousands of pyeong illuminated lights. It was spectacular when the lights turned on. Different type of light structures for you to capture. So beautiful and heartwarming during the super cold weather.

 

The tour was sponsored by Trazy, please log on to  TRAZY.COM for more information on the tour packages.

 

ADDRESS

 432, Sumogwon-ro, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do

  OPENS

Sun-Fri 11:00-21:00

Sat 11:00-23:00

TRANSPORT

Subway – Cheongpyeong Station (Gyeonchun Line), Exit 1.
 or Sign up day trip from Trazy.com

PRICE

Adults: 9,000 won
Teenagers: 6,500 won
Children : 5,500 won

CONTACT

+82-1544-6703

 morningcalm.co.kr

5. Gyeongbokgung Palace

 

Gyeongbokgung Palace

A place where you can find ladies in colourful Hanbok. Gyeongbokgung Palace was the major legal residence of the Royal Family during the Joseon Dynasty. There are few sessions of Royal Guard Changing Ceremony held at the palace entrance and tourists get to witness this cultural performance by gathering at Gwanghwamun Gate at specified times.

 Good news for all ladies out there, the fee is waived for visitors in Hanbok even on holiday! Hanbok and palace experience is getting popular these days among the tourists and even Korean ladies. Hanbok can be rented at a relatively affordable price nowadays. I am so glad I found One Day Hanbok, located within walking distance to Gyeongbokgung Palace, made it easier to pick and fit my Hanbok and subsequently toured the palace.

Sorry, I’m too excited because it was my first time wearing Hanbok, please allow me to show off some of my Hanbok photos 😛

 

Check out more Hanbok designs from One Day Hanbok here!

 

ADDRESS

 161, Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul

  OPENS

January-February 09:00-17:00
March-May 09:00-18:00
June-August 09:00-18:30
September-October 09:00-18:00
November-December 09:00-17:00

*Closed on Tuesday*

TRANSPORT

Gyeongbokgung Palace Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 5

PRICE

[International Visitors] Adults (ages 19-64): 3,000 won / Groups (10 people or more): 2,400 won
Children (ages 7-18): 1,500 won / Groups (10 people or more): 1,200 won

CONTACT

 +82-2-3700-3900~1

 royalpalace.go.kr

6. Bukchon Hanok Village

 

Bukchon Hanok Village is situated near Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace and Jongmyo Shrine. It is a lovely village with many traditional wooden Korean houses, called ‘hanok’ during the Joseon Dynasty. Some of the hanoks currently operate as cultural centres, guesthouses, restaurants and tea houses now; for visitors like us to experience a different culture in Korea. Also note that it is also a residential area living, so please be considerate and control your excitement and tone down while you are there.

 

ADDRESS

 37, Gyedong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul

  OPENS

24 hours

TRANSPORT

Anguk Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 1 or 2

PRICE

Free

CONTACT

 +82-2-2148-416

 hanok.seoul.go.kr

7. Samcheong-dong

 

If you walk all the way down from Bukchon Hanok Village through the connecting staircase, you will find yourself in Samcheong-dong district. This is one of our favourite spots in Seoul for its artistic galleries, European style cafes, and colourful street arts.

Our favourite monday couple from ‘Running Man’ was there in one of the episodes.

 

 

ADDRESS

Samcheong-dong, Jongno-gu

  OPENS

24 hours

TRANSPORT

Anguk Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 1

PRICE

Free

CONTACT

 +82-2-731-7312

8. Namsan Seoul Tower

 

Most tourists relate Eiffel Tower to Paris. Of course, we would not want to miss N Seoul Tower as a landmark in Seoul. Rising high above the rest of Seoul’s skyline, the N Seoul Tower is the popular spot to catch the night skyline. N Seoul Tower was first used as TV and radio broadcast tower in 1969. Since then, it has become one of the representative landmarks in Seoul. It is also a favourite among the couples for its picture –perfect love locks corner; where you can seal your true love with your partner at the height of 480m ! 

 

 

ADDRESS

105, Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

  OPENS

Sunday-Friday: 10:00-23:00
Saturday: 10:00-24:00

TRANSPORT

Myeongdong Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), Exit 3

PRICE

Namsan Cable Car

Round-trip (Adults 8,500 won / Children 5,500 won)

One-way (Adults 6,000 won / Children 3,500 won)

CONTACT

 +82-2-3455-9277

 seoultower.co.kr

9. Cheonggyecheon Stream

 

There are many festivals during Christmas in Korea. The Seoul Christmas Festival will take place along Cheonggyecheon stream from 9th of December 2017 to 2nd of January 2018 featuring beautiful Christmas decorations.  This stream runs through central Seoul from near Gwanghwamun & City Hall to Dongdaemun. There are pedestrian walkways along the stream with Christmas lights projections and art installations placed along them. This place is popular during summer for people to paddle in the water and cool off. Cheonggye Plaza roughly covers an area of 2,500 square meters, and is located at the starting point of Cheonggyecheon Stream.  We were lucky to be there this winter to witness this signature festival. Trust me! The beauty was beyond words.

 

 

ADDRESS

Taepyeong-ro 1-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul

  OPENS

Open all year round

TRANSPORT

City Hall, Jonggak, Jongno 3(sam)-ga, Jongno 5(o)-ga, Dongdaemun, Sinseol-dong Stations (Seoul Subway Line 1)

PRICE

CONTACT

 +82-2-2290-6803

 www.cheonggyecheon.or.krhttp://www.cheonggyecheon.or.kr

10. Pocheon Herb Island

 

Our visit here was unplanned although it was in my itinerary. The taxi driver was supposed to drop us at Pocheon Art Valley, instead we ended up at Herb Island as he misunderstood the instruction. Having said that, we did not regret visiting this place because it is another hotspot for K drama fans. This is where the proposal scene took place in ‘Oh My Venus’ drama. This was also our first stop before we went to the 9 other attractions written above and boy we were truly amazed by their lightings and decorations. This is the Winter Wonderland for couples for romantic moments in such cold weather. It really makes you feel like you are the main cast of romantic Korean dramas.

Herb Island is located in Pocheon City, Gyeonggi Province. It is rather far away from Seoul city but it was worth the trip there. So yeah, Herb Island is another tourist attraction that focuses on growing Mediterranean herbs. Other than that, various events and festivals take place every month and visitors are welcome to watch cultural performances held at Venice Village performance stage every weekend for free. It can be freezing cold during the winter because it is located at a hill, please put on more clothes and heat packs to keep yourself warm.

 

 

ADDRESS

35, Cheongsin-ro 947beon-gil, Pocheon-si, Gyeonggi-do

  OPENS

[Summer Season (May-October)] Weekdays & Sundays 09:00-22:00
Saturdays & National Holidays 09:00-23:00

[Winter Season (November-April)] Weekdays & Sundays 09:00-22:00
Saturdays & National Holidays 09:00-23:00

TRANSPORT

Soyosan Station (Seoul Subway Line 1). Take Bus 57, and get off at Samjeong-ri.
Go straight on Samcheongol-gil Street to arrive at Herb Island.

PRICE

General Admission (Ages 17 & above): 6,000 won
Discount Rate: 4,000 won (Children & Group of 30 pax and above)

CONTACT

+82-31-535-6494

 herbisland.co.kr

 

If it wasn’t in your bucket list in 2017, you should really consider Seoul in 2018!

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