Seoul is a huge city with many things to do. It’s certainly an impressive city, with towering skyscrapers, modern architecture and lots of shopping possibilities. In this guide, we’re going to share with you tips to exploring Seoul, the best specific areas, activities you can do, and hopefully, it can help you to plan your daily itinerary in Seoul.
Located north of Gwanghwamun Square, Gyeongbokgung Palace is one of the most iconic sights in all of Korea thanks to its long and storied history. Gyeongbokgung was the main royal palace of the Joseon dynasty. Gyeongbokgung (경복궁), which means “palace greatly blessed by Heaven,” was built in the heart of Seoul surrounded by Mount Bugaksan and Mount Namsan.
Every fall, sightseers flock to Korea’s beautiful rural destinations to enjoy the fiery colors of autumn. It’s time to immerse yourself in a sea of red, orange, and yellow leaves. Fall or autumn is indeed one of our favorite seasons with the colorful leaves that warm our souls. In this post, we are going to show you some of the best places to visit and enjoy fall foliage in Seoul during the autumn season. Hopefully, it can help you plan your itinerary for Autumn holiday.
One of the best spot to enjoy the autumn foliage in Seoul is Ewha Womans University, a prestigious university for female students. The area around the university is full of budget friendly street food, cafes, restaurants, shops, and stores with beautiful trees lined on the street.
Hidden away in a small alley near Anguk station, Jaedong Sundubu (재동순두부) is popular even among the locals. The restaurant serves a variety of traditional Korean dishes, including Sundubu, Bibimbap (mixed rice), Kongguksu (noodles in cold soy milk broth), Pajeon (scallion pancake), and Korean BBQ.
Myeongdong Kyoja is a famous restaurant in Myeongdong area and well known by many people around the world. Having been around for more than 40 years, Myeongdong Kyoja claims to be the founders of handmade Kalguksu noodles, which literally means noodles made by cutting flour dough into thin slices by the knife.
In Korea, there was a huge surge of popularity over soft serve ice cream some while ago, especially those served with real honeycomb. The popularity of the ice cream started around 2013 and now there are many companies and individual vendors offering soft serve vanilla ice cream with real honeycomb, but the original brand that started the trend is “Softree”.
Besides food and shopping scene, local culture is also an interesting attraction in Seoul. Surrounded by Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace, and Jongmyo Shrine, Bukchon Hanok Village (북촌한옥마을) is home to hundreds of Hanok or Korean traditional houses, that date back to the Joseon Dynasty. During our #FooInLoveKOREA trip, we visited Bukchon Hanok Village after strolling around Gyeongbokgung Palace and have a lunch at Tosokchon Samgyetang.
When you go abroad, make sure you try some local foods of the country. Samgyetang (삼계탕) or Ginseng Chicken Soup is one of the national foods of Korea and many tourists love to eat it! In this post, we will take you to Tosokchon Samgyetang, the most famous samgyetang restaurants in Seoul! Roh Moo-hyun, the president of South Korea from 2003 to 2008, frequently visits Tosokchon. His visits have made the restaurant even more popular.
Korean dessert craze started happening in Indonesia the last few years. It can be largely attributed to Sulbing (설빙) Korean Dessert Cafe, a famous Korean dessert cafe which originated in Busan, South Korea. If you head to downtown Seoul, it’s almost impossible to miss a Sulbing outlet, since they expanded to an enormous 490 franchise outlets in only one year. They claim to be “The Original Dessert Café Enterprise”, and most Bingsu cafes and items you see now, are in fact copied from / inspired by them.