Sightseeing 2018-02-21T08:08:28+00:00

A Thousand Things To See

You’ll never get bored with the beauty that Korea has to offer.

Apart from the activities organized by the university you will be attending, there is a lot of other stuff you can see and do in Seoul. We created a list with the top activities and sight that you need to check out when you are in Seoul!

This palace is probably one of Korea’s most famous. It was former seat of power and it hard to miss given its location at the northern end of Seoul’s main boulevard, Sejongro, a stone’s throw from the Blue House (which is the president’s residence) and the U.S. embassy. The palace was built in the 1300s and has been destroyed and rebuild many times. It’s definitely worth a visit, it gives a good representation of how it used to be! English & Chinese tours are given daily and help you with understanding Korea’s architectural traditions and court customs. Give yourself at least an hour to stroll around the pavilions and halls within the palace’s spacious walled grounds.

Strolling through this picturesque neighborhood it is not hard to imagine the days of yore! Bukchon village is flanked by two palaces — Gyeongbok Palace to the west andChangdeok Palace to the east — All the wooden houses are privately owned and looked after by the owners. Keep an eye out for the special alleys that have beautifully restored architectural features like tiny courtyards, decorative walls and dark tiled roofs. The neighborhood is also filled with hip cafés, art galleries and restaurants. The easiest way to get to Bukchon is to take subway line 3 to Anguk Station and take Exit 3.

If you want to see Seoulites spend some serious cash on a few pieces of fruit or a handful of locally grown oranges, Shinsegae’s flagship downtown store is the place to go. This department store is one of the “big three” department stores in the city (the other two are Lotte and Hyundai) and it’s an amazing emporium that sells all kinds of merchandise. In the lower floors, Korean women jostle to buy prepared dishes and staples like fresh fish at the end of the day. The selection of Korean fare is mind-boggling; step up and sample Korea’s beloved kimchi, a spicy cabbage traditionally fermented in huge jars dug into the earth. Upstairs, the city’s uber-brand-conscious consumers snap up the latest Ferragamo shoes and Hermes silk scarves. On the rooftop, Shinsegae’s new garden is also a welcome respite from the megacity’s hubbub. The store is directly across from the Bank of Korea on Chungmuro, between the Namdaemun market and the Myeongdong shopping district. Get here by taking subway line 4 to Hoehyun Station. Rival Lotte department store, about 10 minutes by foot down the road, also has an exotic grocery store and a popular food court.

If you want to get out of the city but don’t want to travel to long then this is the best option! Bukhansan is one of the best mountains to go hiking. It’s located behind the President’s pad, Cheongwadae or Blue House. The mountain offers different trails and takes you through reconstructed 15th century gates and the ancient fortress wall. From the top, which is definitely doable, but wear good shoes, you have an amazing view of Seoul. This mountain is definitely worth a visit if you feel like getting out of the concrete jungle that is Seoul.

This 5.6 kilometer long stream is welcome sight in the city. Walking past this stream can clear your mind and help you relax. The stream is almost 5 meter below street level, helping you separate your mind from the busy streets. At some places there are waterfalls or places to sit. The stream used to be a large freeway straight through the city, but was turned in to the stream as a part of plan to make Seoul greener and healthier.

Korea has a big history filled with wars. It has been invaded numerous of times and the best way to learn about it is to visit this museum. The museum gives a clear view of Korean War history. Although it is called a memorial, it’s more a museum. The admission is around 3$ and is definitely worth a visit.

A great way of seeing the city is by taking this tour bus. It will show you the city from the streets, and because you will mostly be taking the subway, this is great way to see the city from street view. The buses are single- and double-decker buses and for around 10$ they give you a great tour. Most buses offer hop on and hop off services making it easy for you to get on. The buses run from Tuesday until Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. There is also a night run from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

We definitely recommend you going up the mountain, and if possible the tower. The tower sits on top of Namsan Mountain which at its self gives a good view of Seoul. The park on top of the mountain is filled with couples expressing their love for each other by hooking locks to the fences. But the most amazing view can be witnessed from the tower. There are several ways to get up the tower. One way is to buy a ticket for the observation deck. The other, quite a bit more expensive but really worth it, is by eating at the rotating restaurant at the top floor. The food is really good, the view is even more amazing but the costs are high. Expect to pay around 180,000KRW for a two person dinner. If you met the love of your live and you want surprise and impress them, reserve a table and prepare to get married within two weeks!

This Bridge connects the districts Seocho and Yongsan. The bridge at itself is not that special, but at night it comes alive! Buy some food and some drinks; relax at a park and watch the light & water show. Especially in the summer this is a great and unique way to spend your night. At night the bridge gives a light and water show making it a must see when in Seoul. The view from the riverside is amazing!

This is one of Korea’s top universities. The campus is a very beautiful and if you have the chance to study a semester here you are surrounded by Korean most smartest and talented students. The campus is a hidden gem and not known by many tourist, but we recommend that you go and have a look at this beautiful place!

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