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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Landmark
“ Built in 1395, Gyeongbokgung Palace is also commonly referred to as the Northern Palace because its location is furthest north when compared to the neighboring palaces of Changdeokgung (Eastern Palace) and Gyeonghuigung (Western Palace) Palace. Gyeongbokgung Palace is arguably the most beautiful, and remains the largest of all five palaces. The premises were once destroyed by fire during the Imjin War (Japanese Invasions, 1592-1598). However, all of the palace buildings were later restored under the leadership of Heungseondaewongun during the reign of King Gojong (1852-1919). Remarkably, the most representative edifices of the Joseon Dynasty, Gyeonghoeru Pavilion and Hyangwonjeong Pond have remained relatively intact. Woldae and the sculptures of Geunjeongjeon (The Royal Audience Chamber) represent past sculptures of contemporary art. The National Palace Museum of Korea is located south of Heungnyemun Gate, and the National Folk Museum is located on the eastern side within Hyangwonjeong. Current Status Historic Site No.117 (Designated on January 21, 1963) Closed Tuesdays Operating Hours Janunary-February 09:00-17:00 (last admission 16:00) March-May 09:00-18:00 (last admission 17:00) June-August 09:00-18:30 (last admission 17:30) September-October 09:00-18:00 (last admission 17:00) November-December 09:00-17:00 (last admission 14:00) * Operating hours are subject to change depending on conditions or circumstances.”
  • 252 locals recommend
Asian Restaurant
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“Namsan Seoul Tower was the first tower-type tourism spot in Korea. The top of the tower is at almost 480 meters above sea level, including Namsan Mountain (243m) and the tower’s own height (236.7m), making it one of the tallest towers in Asia. It is comprised of Seoul Tower Plaza, recently opened to public access after 40 years, and N Seoul Tower, operated by CJ Foodville since 2005. The tower was first established as a broadcasting tower to send out TV and radio signals in 1969. As of now, it has become one of the representative landmarks and multi-cultural venues in Seoul. [Individual Admission Ticket] - Observatory: Adults 11,000 won / Children 8,000 won - Hello Kitty Island: Adults 8,000 won / Children 7,000 won Package Admission Ticket - Package (Observatory + Hello Kitty Island): Adults 13,500 won / Children 11,500 won * Adults (ages 13 or more) / Children (ages 3-12) * Senior fares are same as children only for observatory admission. * Visitors using N. Grill have free admission to observatory if they make a reservation in advance. [Namsan Cable Car] - Operating hours: 10:00-23:00 * Hours may vary on the day before holidays and Friday and Saturday depending on situations. - Round-trip fare: Adults 9,500 won / Children 6,500 won - One way: Adults 7,000 won / Children & Senior citizens 4,000 won * Discounts may apply for groups of 30 people or more * Children rate applies to preschoolers”
  • 205 locals recommend
Neighborhood
“Myeong-dong is one of the primary shopping districts in Seoul. The two main streets meet in the center of the block with one beginning from Myeong-dong Subway Station (Seoul Subway Line No. 4) and the other from Lotte Department Store at Euljiro. Many brand name shops and department stores line the streets and alleys. Common products for sale include clothes, shoes, and accessories. Unlike Namdaemun or Dongdaemun, many designer brands are sold in Myeong-dong. In addition, several major department stores have branches here, including Lotte Department Store, Shinsegae Department Store, Myeong-dong Migliore, Noon Square and M Plaza. The department stores carry many premium labels and other fashionable goods at reasonable prices. ”
  • 196 locals recommend
Neighborhood
“ It is known for its extensive array of shops and restaurants. There are also loads of others things to do and see in the area. Here are our 10 recommendations. 1. Free art exhibition 2. Eat Street foods 3. Ssamzie-gil market The mall contains over 70 shops that are filled with one-of-a-kind clothes, ceramics, furniture, food and traditional Korean item. It’s a great place for some retail therapy or souvenir hunting. 4. Tapgol Park(Pagoda) Tapgol Park was one of the first parks to be established in Korea and is home to many national treasures. It was also the site of the March 1st Independence Movement of 1919. It’s a fairly small park compared to Korea’s other national parks but makes up for that with its many monuments and must-see sights.”
  • 119 locals recommend
General Entertainment
“DDP is a complex cultural space located at Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station in Seoul.Since opening on March 21, 2014, DDP has held a number of cultural events including exhibitions, fashion shows, new product presentations, forums and conferences.DDP is the place where design trends begin and cultures interact.The world's first new products and fashion trends, new exhibitions to share knowledge and various design experiences are possible. Address: 281 Euljiro, Jung-gu, Seoul”
  • 102 locals recommend
Amusement Park
“Amusement park with easy access by train. (The only amusement park in Seoul-You can get cheap transportation) There are separate indoor and outdoor spaces, but all are available.”
  • 112 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“COEX Mall is located at Samsung Station line #2, 3 stops from Gangnam Station. Great shopping area with Hyundai department store nearby. Byuldabang Library is one of photo zones of Seoul with tons of books filling the whole building”
  • 106 locals recommend
Place to shop
“You can find everything. from clothing to carpet. table ware. accessory. fur. etc.”
  • 87 locals recommend
Neighborhood
“There are many foreign pubs and restaurants for the natives/foreigners. Recommend to visit in the weekend, night!”
  • 96 locals recommend
Park
“Tour Course Information Walking Tour Course (3 hours 30 minutes) Anguk Station → Bukchon Culture Center → Gahoe-dong 11beonji → Hansangsu Embroidery Workshop → Gahoe Folk Drawing Shop → Bukchon Museum 'Old Fragrance' → Anguk-dong house of Yun Boseonga → Anguk Station ”
  • 72 locals recommend
Place to eat
“One of my favorite place that you could try the Korean pancakes, Korean style raw beef, chopped raw octopus”
  • 68 locals recommend
Place to shop
“Exit 3 of Sinsa Station (Line 3). There are many shops and restaurants along the alleys.”
  • 83 locals recommend
Market
“The biggest clothes and fashion wholesale market in Korea. Night market is famous. until 4:00am”
  • 62 locals recommend
Plaza
“Lots of assemblies and cultural events are opened in this square. The heart of Seoul.”
  • 60 locals recommend
Trail
“Beautiful nature🍀 Outdoor activities 🚲 Fine restaurants, cafe, bakery inside the park☕”
  • 40 locals recommend
Landmark
“Changdeokgung Palace was the second royal villa built following the construction of Gyeongbukgung Palace in 1405. It was the principal palace for many kings of the Joseon Dynasty, and is the most well-preserved of the five remaining royal Joseon palaces. The palace grounds are comprised of a public palace area, a royal family residence building, and the rear garden. Known as a place of rest for the kings, the rear garden boasts a gigantic tree that is over 300 years old, a small pond and a pavilion. The palace gained importance starting from the time of Seongjong, the 9th king of Joseon, when a number of kings began using it as a place of residence. Unfortunately, the palace was burned down by angry citizens in 1592 when the royal family fled their abode during the Japanese invasion of Korea. Thanks to Gwanghaegun, the palace was restored in 1611. Even today, it houses a number of cultural treasures, such as Injeongjeon Hall, Daejojeon Hall, Seonjeongjeon Hall, and Nakseonjae. Changdeokgung Palace’s rear garden was constructed during the reign of King Taejong and served as a resting place for the royal family members. The garden had formerly been called Bukwon and Geumwon, but was renamed Biwon after King Kojong came into power. The garden was kept as natural as possible and was touched by human hands only when absolutely necessary. Buyongjeong, Buyongji, Juhabru, Eosumun, Yeonghwadang, Bullomun, Aeryeonjeong, and Yeongyeongdang are some of the many pavilions and fountains that occupy the garden. The most beautiful time to see the garden is during the fall when the autumn foliage is at its peak and the leaves have just started to fall. Though it has been treasured by Koreans for centuries, Changdeokgung Palace was recognized as a World Cultural Heritage site by the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Committee in December of 1997 during the committee meeting in Naples, Italy. Changdeokgung Palace was one of the places visited by the first ladies of the Seoul G20 summit during the G20 conference in Seoul in November 2010. It is one of the most historically significant attractions that represent the beauty of Korea.”
  • 55 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Samgyetang is a ginseng chicken soup, consists of a whole chicken that’s filled with glutinous rice, ginseng, spring onion, jujube, garlic, herbs, and then boiled in a stone bowl that brings out rich and herbal flavors to the dish. Known to be a healthy dish, it’s a perfect choice if you’re feeling sick or exhausted to recharge your body from a whole day’s worth of shopping around Seoul!”
  • 51 locals recommend
Plaza
“Hongdae is a street of youth. You can enjoy k-pop. There are many people with shopping and delicious restaurants.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Shopping Plaza
“Please try Korean traditional noodles here. Its history is over 30 years and one of the famous restaurants in Samchungdong.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
“Yeonnam-dong Thai cuisine restaurant.Thai local atmosphere is very attractive. Michelin guide 2020. Address: 161-8 Seongmisan-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul”
  • 17 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
“Yeonnam-dong representative rice noodle restaurant.Beef noodles and Soi Poppie aga is the main menu. Address: 267, Donggyo-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul”
  • 12 locals recommend
Restaurant
“KALGUKSU Literally translating to “knife noodles”, kalguksu is a noodle dish consisting of handmade, knife-cut wheat flour noodles served in a large bowl with broth and other ingredients. Its name comes from the fact that the noodles are not extruded or spun, but cut. Myeongdong Kyoja is said to serve some of the city’s best for just 8,000 KRW per bowl. Really, really good. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Everytime I take my guest here, everyone loved here Ikseon-dong. Cozy Hanok alleies connected like a maze. The atmosphere that area is like warm and friendly. You can do everything here like eat, drink, shopping, chilling. Go and explore this area!”
  • 11 locals recommend

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