Northern Seoul

One of the 'four small gates' in Seoul's City Wall, this is also the start point for the City Wall hike up Bukaksan. If you plan on doing the hike, you'll need to show your passport at the booth by the gate in exchange for a pass, which must be worn at all times.

The current gatehouse structure dates back to 1741, making it the oldest of the four small gates in Seoul's City Wall.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Northern Seoul attractions

1. Whanki Museum

0.09 MILES

Surrounded by sculptures, this attractive museum showcases a rotating display of works by Kim Whan-ki (1913–74), a local pioneer of modern abstract art…

2. Seoul Museum

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The spacious modern galleries here have a variety of shows through the year. The highlight, though, is Seokpajeong, the elegant remains of a 19th-century…

3. Cheongwadae

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Security is so tight around the Blue House (so called because of its blue tiled roof) at the base of Bukaksan that even innocently walking past the…

4. Cheongwadae Sarangchae

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Much more interesting than the tour of Cheongwadae itself is this exhibition hall opposite the exit from the presidential compound. Inside are displays…

5. Ryugaheon

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Based in a restored hanok, Ryugaheon specialises in photography exhibitions, but you may also see other types of art here such as canvases of embroidered…

6. Inwangsan Guksadang

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This ornate shrine atop Inwangsan is one of Seoul's most important sites for shamanism, Korea's ancient, highly ritualised and somewhat taboo folk…

7. National Folk Museum of Korea

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Give yourself at least an hour to do justice to this excellent museum. It has three main exhibition halls, covering the history of the Korean people, the…

8. National Children’s Museum

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Advance reservations are recommended for this interactive and guided museum for kids, as walk-in visitors are limited in number daily.