Rogpa Tea Stall
Shop next door selling Tibetan handicrafts
Shop next door selling Tibetan handicrafts
Buy lunch using brass coins. Fill up lunch tray with food and pay when done with food shopping
Seoul’s largest food alley (or meokjagolmok), the Gwangjang Market is home to some 200 stalls set up among kimchi and fresh seafood vendors.
You can then take your seafood to several restaurants within the market who will either serve it up to you with a variety of side dishes (usually around W3000 person), or prepare and cook it (starting from an extra ₩5000 depending on what you have).
It's a great opportunity to meet the crafters and buy a unique souvenir, be it a hand-painted baseball cap, a colourful piece of jewellery or a leather bag. A good line-up of singers and bands play all afternoon, to
D Cube Arts Centre with a concert hall and larger theatre for musicals, a very spiffy Sheraton Hotel (with fabulous views from all rooms), good restaurants and a superbly designed Korean food court in the basement.
the food and fabrics sold here, head upstairs for vintage secondhand clothing stalls.
The first floor has a variety of casual and athletic clothing as well as mobile phone cases and notebooks, while the second floor is more experimental, with fashion-forward items from local designers.
this hip place is where to pick up the edgiest of shades and frames as worn by K-Popsters and TV stars.
Around 60 different Korean designer shops selling crafts, fashion and homewares are gathered at this slick complex
The building dives six storeys underground and is split by a broad cascade of steps leading up to the Gothic-style 1935 Pfeiffer Hall. Inside, on the ground floor, you’ll find cafes, shops and the Arthouse Momo cinema.
Go inside this elegant, red- and grey-brick Gothic-style cathedral, consecrated in 1898, to admire the vaulted ceiling and stained-glass windows
this fascinating museum which charts the city's history since the dawn of the Joseon dynasty.
three main exhibition halls covering the history of the Korean people, the agricultural way of life and the life of yangban (aristocrats) during the Joseon era.
Bring your passport and join the tour at the ticket booth in Gyeongbokgung’s car park. A tour bus then takes you the short distance from the car park to Cheongwadae’s public entrance. On arrival you'll be shown a five-minute film then whisked around the palatial grounds, which are nice enough.
Cheondogyo means 'Religion of the Heavenly Way', and this temple is the hall of worship for a home-grown faith containing Buddhist, Confucian and Christian elements that gathered momentum in the 186
With its landscaped walkways, footbridges, waterfalls and a variety of public artworks, such as the enormous pink-and-blue shell entitled Spring in Cheong-gye Plaza, the revitalised stream is a hit with Seoulites who come to escape the urban hubbub and, in summer, dangle their feet in the water.
Jeoldusan means ‘Beheading Hill’ – this is where up to 2000 Korean Catholics were executed in 1866 following a royal decree, most thrown off the high cliff here into the Han River. Next to the chapel (where mass is held daily at 10am and 3pm) the museum includes some of the grizzly wooden torture equipment used on the Catholic martyrs, 27 of whom have been made saints.
The largest market in Korea, each section has hundreds of stalls, from clothing to handicrafts and accessories. Its market food, though, is the biggest highlight with dozens of stalls selling sujebi (dough and shellfish soup), homemade kalguksu noodles and bibimbap (mixed rice, meat and vegetables). Restaurant Alley has a huge range of Korean food. One of the best places in Seoul for Korean souvenirs is the wholesale handicrafts market in the upper floors of Building C and D, with good discounts on the same items you'll find in Insa-dong. Also here are traditional Korean cookware and utensils, perfect for those dinner parties back home.
the shrines and halls of the Buddhist temple Bongeun-sa, with its tree-filled hillside location, stand in direct juxtaposition to its corporate high-rise surrounds. Founded in AD 794, the buildings have been rebuilt many times over the centuries. Entry to the temple is through Jinyeomun (Gate of Truth), protected by four king guardians. The main shrine, Daewungjeon has lattice doors and is decorated inside and out with Buddhist symbols and art that express Buddhist philosophy and ideals.
Built in 1908, this one-time prison is a symbol of Japanese cruelty and oppression during their colonial rule of Korea from 1910 until 1945. The execution building (1923) is chilling. Behind it is a 200m tunnel to a hillside cemetery where the bodies were buried.
Surrounded by dense woodland, the impressive buildings of the Confucian shrine Jongmyo houses the 'spirit tablets' of the Joseon kings and queens and some of their most loyal government officials. Their spirits are believed to reside in a special hole bored into the wooden tablets
It takes at least three hours to browse the whole place, so arrive before 3pm. Don’t try to cover this museum and the National Museum of Korea in one day. There are free one-hour tours at 10am and 2pm daily.
Myeongdong stn to gyeongbugung stn, exit 5 lead to palace left side. National folk museum of Korea next to it. Can go Jogye temple, blue house(Cheong wade), Bukcon Hanok Village. Bugak Skyway atop Bugak mountain. Can cover all in one day
One of Seoul's five grand palaces built during the Joseon dynasty, Deoksugung (meaning Palace of Virtuous Longevity) is the only one you can visit in the evening and see the buildings illuminated.
the most beautiful of Seoul's five main palaces. English tours run at 10.30am and 2.30pm;