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Top Choice Palace in Myeong-dong & Jung-gu

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 as…
Top Choice Park in Myeong-dong & Jung-gu

Seoullo 7017

This overpass-turned-park is a green space in the heart of the city. About 24,000 plants are grown here, including various types of flowers and trees, all labelled. Seoullo 7017 provides an interesting, airy (though…
Top Choice 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 and now is a major architectural attraction of the city. It is a modern reinterpretation of traditional Korean desig…
Top Choice Market in Myeong-dong & Jung-gu

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 food, t…
Top Choice Korean 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) music an…
Top Choice Tower in Myeong-dong & Jung-gu

N Seoul Tower & Namsan

The iconic N Seoul tower (236m), atop the city’s guardian mountain Namsan, offers panoramic views of this immense metropolis from its observation deck. Come at sunset and you can watch the city morph into a galaxy o…
Top Choice Performing Arts in Myeong-dong & Jung-gu

Nanta Theatre Jung-gu

Running for over 15 years, with no end in sight, is Korea's most successful nonverbal performance. Set in a kitchen, this high-octane, 90-minute show mixes magic tricks, samulnori folk music, drumming, kitchen utens…
Top Choice Korean in Myeong-dong & Jung-gu

Congdu

Feast on artfully plated, contemporary twists on Korean classics, such as pinenut soup with soy milk espuma (foam) or raw blue crab, at this serene restaurant tucked behind the British Embassy. Meals come as set men…
Top Choice Bar in Myeong-dong & Jung-gu

Muldwinda

Seoul's most sophisticated makgeolli bar is a place for connoisseurs of Korean liquors and those who'd like to learn a bit more about the depths and breadths of local tipples. Set up by graduates from the nearby Sus…
Top Choice Korean in Myeong-dong & Jung-gu

Gosang

One worth dressing up for, this classy restaurant specialises in vegetarian temple dishes that date from the Goryeo dynsasty. It's all set-course, traditional-style banquets here, and there's also a meat option. It'…