Attractions

Top Choice Palace in Gwanghwamun & Jongno-gu

Gyeongbokgung

Like a phoenix, Seoul’s premier palace has risen several times from the ashes of destruction. Hoards of tourists have replaced the thousands of government officials, scholars, eunuchs, concubines, soldiers and serva…
Top Choice Palace in Gwanghwamun & Jongno-gu

Changdeokgung

The World Heritage–listed Changdeokgung is the most beautiful of Seoul's five main palaces. You must join a one-hour guided tour to look around. English tours run at 10.15am and 1.15pm; if you don’t care about the c…
Top Choice Temple in Gwanghwamun & Jongno-gu

Jogye-sa

The focus of Jogye-sa is the grand wooden hall Daeungjeon, Seoul's largest Buddhist worship hall and the epicentre of Korean Buddhism. Completed in 1938, its design followed the Joseon-dynasty style. The exterior is…
Top Choice Shrine in Gwanghwamun & Jongno-gu

Jongmyo

Surrounded by dense woodland, the impressive buildings of the Confucian shrine Jongmyo house the 'spirit tablets' of the Joseon kings and queens and some of their most loyal government officials. Their spirits are b…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Gangnam & South of the Han River

Bongeun-sa

Located in the heart of ritzy Gangnam, 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 …
Top Choice Park in Myeong-dong & Jung-gu

Seoullo 7017

Seoul's version of the High Line in New York, this overpass-turned-park reaches a height of 17 metres tall and is one of the few green spaces in the heart of the city. Approximately 24,000 plants are grown here, inc…
Top Choice River in Gwanghwamun & Jongno-gu

Cheong-gye-cheon

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, this revitalised stream is a hit with Seoulites. …
Top Choice Area in Gwanghwamun & Jongno-gu

Bukchon Hanok Village

Meaning ‘North Village’, Bukchon, between Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung, is home to around 900 hanok, Seoul’s largest concentration of these traditional Korean homes. It’s a busy tourist area, but it’s still a ple…
Top Choice Architecture in Gangnam & South of the Han River

Tangent

Hyundai Development Company commissioned Daniel Libeskind to work with Seoul-based firm Himma on its headquarters opposite COEX. The result, Tangent, is one of Seoul’s boldest architectural statements, an enormous s…
Top Choice Park in Gangnam & South of the Han River

Olympic Park

This large and pleasant park was the focus of the 1988 Olympics. Strolling its paths takes you past its stadiums surrounded by plenty of greenery, ponds and open-air sculptures. There's a gallery of modern art and t…