Top Choice Architecture in Gangnam & South of the Han River


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…
Notable Building in Western Seoul

National Assembly

Home to South Korea’s parliament since 1975, the pleasant grounds here with a fountain and an elaborate hanok (traditional wooden house; used for official functions) are worth a wander. The interior of the green dom…
Architecture in Gwanghwamun & Jongno-gu

Bukchon Traditional Culture Center

There's an informative exhibition about hanok homes and the Bukchon area, housed in this larger-than-average hanok. It's generally unstaffed but sometimes you may find English-speaking volunteers here and you may be…
Architecture in Gwanghwamun & Jongno-gu


The private body National Trust of Korea manages the residential property Simsimheon, meaning ‘House Where the Heart is Found’ in the heart of Bukchon. This modern hanok was rebuilt using traditional methods on the …
Architecture in Myeong-dong & Jung-gu

Seoul City Hall

Looking like a tsunami made of glass and steel, Seoul City Hall was completely redeveloped in 2013. It is a modern reinterpretation of traditional Korean design; the cresting wave provides shade (like the curved eav…
Architecture in Western Seoul

KT&G SangsangMadang

Funded by Korea’s top tobacco company, this visually striking building is home to an art-house cinema, a concert space (hosting top indie bands) and galleries that focus on experimental, fringe exhibitions. There’s …
Notable Building in Gangnam & South of the Han River

Samsung D’Light

Spread over three floors, one of which is devoted to selling the latest lines of gadgets, this showroom showcases the technology of the Korean electronics giant Samsung, whose headquarters are in the same building. …
House in Northern Seoul

Choi Sunu House

The charming hanok (traditional wooden home) of a former director of the National Museum of Korea and academic on Korean arts is now looked after by the National Trust of Korea. Built in the 1930s, it follows a trad…
Architecture in Gangnam & South of the Han River

Some Sevit

At the south end of Banpo Bridge are these three artificial floating islands interconnected by walkways. Each features futuristic buildings in a complex that comprises restaurants, an exhibition hall and an outdoor …
Architecture in Gangnam & South of the Han River

Prugio Valley

Looking like a giant music speaker crossed with a slab of Swiss cheese, this incredible steel-clad building was designed by Unsangdong Architects.