Top ChoicePalace in Gwanghwamun & Jongno-gu

Gyeongbokgung

Gyeongbokgung

Like a phoenix, Seoul’s premier palace has risen several times from the ashes of destruction. Hordes of tourists have replaced the thousands of government officials, scholars, eunuchs, concubines, soldiers and...

Top ChoicePalace in Gwanghwamun & Jongno-gu

Changdeokgung

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...

Top ChoiceGallery in Itaewon & Yongsan-gu

Leeum Samsung Museum of Art

Leeum Samsung Museum of Art

Amid the celebrity-owned apartments on the leafy southern slope of Namsan is Korea's premier art gallery. Beautifully designed and laid-out, it balances modern and contemporary art with traditional Korean art...

Top ChoiceKorean in Dongdaemun & Eastern Seoul

Gwangjang Market

Gwangjang Market

This sprawling fabric market is now best known as Seoul’s busiest meokjagolmok (food alley), thanks to the 200 or so food stalls, kimchi and fresh-seafood vendors that have set up shop amid the silk, satin and...

Top ChoiceBakery in Dongdaemun & Eastern Seoul

Onion

Seoul's hippest cafe-bakery, Onion is the epitome of industrial-chic cool, set within a semiderelict concrete building that just begs to be photographed. Scenesters queue out the door to take their turn loading...

Top ChoiceCafe in Dongdaemun & Eastern Seoul

Daelim Changgo

Hands down the most stunning converted changgo (warehouse) venue in 'Seoul's Brooklyn', Daelim Changgo is the ultimate synthesis of Seoul's obsessions for cafes, design, art and selfies. Choose from single-origin...

Top ChoiceKorean in Gangnam & Southern Seoul

Jungsik

This place was voted number 25 in Asia's 50 Best Restaurants in 2018; neo-Korean cuisine hardly gets better than this. At the Apgujeong outpost of the New York restaurant named after creative chef-owner Yim...

Top ChoiceClub in Gangnam & Southern Seoul

Club Octagon

Voted number seven in the world's top clubs by DJ Mag in 2018, Octagon is one of Gangnam's best for serious clubbers. High-profile resident and guest DJs spin house, trap, hip-hop and techno in a warehouse-sized...

Top ChoicePalace in Myeong-dong & Jung-gu

Deoksugung

Deoksugung

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. It first served...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Itaewon & Yongsan-gu

National Museum of Korea

National Museum of Korea

This vast and imposing concrete slab of a museum takes visitors on a fascinating journey through Korea's past from prehistory all the way to the Korean Empire period (1897–1910). If you're short on time,...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Itaewon & Yongsan-gu

War Memorial of Korea

War Memorial of Korea

This huge museum documents the history of the Korean War (1950–53) using multimedia exhibits and black-and-white documentary footage, along with artefacts like weapons, uniforms, and maps. Outside, a sombre...

Top ChoiceBuddhist Temple in Gangnam & Southern Seoul

Bongeun-sa

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...

Top ChoiceCultural Centre in Dongdaemun & Eastern Seoul

Dongdaemun Design Plaza & Park

Dongdaemun Design Plaza & Park

Designed by the late Zaha Hadid, this neofuturistic cultural complex was commissioned to replace the Dongdaemun Stadium, built during Japanese rule in the 1920s. Dubbed the 'largest three-dimensional atypical...

Top ChoiceMarket in Western Seoul

Noryangjin Fish Market

Noryangjin Fish Market

Providing terrific photo opportunities, Korea's largest fish market supplies every kind of aquatic life form to restaurants, fish shops and the general public. Originally established in 1927 and relocated here in...

Top ChoicePark in Western Seoul

Gyeongui Line Forest Park

This 6.3km park, named for the former Gyeongui Line (on which it was built), is a narrow, long green space that runs along the discarded railroad tracks above Gajwa Station to Hyochang Park station. Within are...

Top ChoiceMarket in Myeong-dong & Jung-gu

Namdaemun Market

Namdaemun Market

You could spend all day in this swarming night-and-day market and not see it at all. The largest market in Korea, each section has hundreds of stalls, from clothing to handicrafts and accessories. Its market...

Top ChoiceKorean in Myeong-dong & Jung-gu

Korea House

Scoring a hat trick for high-quality food, entertainment and shopping is Korea House. A dozen dainty, artistic courses make up the royal banquet. The hanok, the hanbok-clad waitresses, the gayageum (zither)...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Northern Seoul

Korean Stone Art Museum

A score of centuries-old stone sentinels stand guard on the hillside at this terrific museum overlooking Seongbuk-dong. A road winds through sculpted gardens revealing collections of various stone figures as you...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Northern Seoul

Seodaemun Prison History Hall

Seodaemun Prison History Hall

Built in 1908, this former prison is a potent symbol of Korean suffering at the hands of Japan during colonial occupation in the early 20th century. However, it was also used by Korea's various postwar dictators...

Top ChoiceRiver in Gwanghwamun & Jongno-gu

Cheong-gye-cheon

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...