Top things to do

Top Choice Museum 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 go.…
Top Choice Museum in Northern Seoul

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 up …
Top Choice Museum in Northern Seoul

Korea Furniture Museum

You need to apply several days in advance via a reservation page on the website to visit this museum, but you absolutely should to admire the fabulous collection of Joseon dynasty chests, bookcases, chairs and dinin…
Top Choice Area in Northern Seoul

Ihwa Mural Village

High on the slopes of Naksan is one of the city's old daldongnae (literally ‘moon villages’) where refugees lived in shacks after the Korean War. Sixty years later it has morphed into a tourism hot spot thanks to a …
Top Choice Teahouse in Northern Seoul

Suyeon Sanbang

Seoul’s most charming teahouse is housed in a 1930s hanok and surrounding garden that once belonged to famous writer Lee Tae-jun, who settled in the North after the Korean War to an unknown fate. Apart from a range …
Top Choice Cafe in Northern Seoul

Sanmotoonge

Being featured in a Korean TV drama can do wonders for your business, but punters would still flock to this mountainside hot spot regardless for the wonderful views and hilarious clutter of objet d'art and bric-and-…
Top Choice Korean in Northern Seoul

Jaha Sonmandoo

Around lunchtime and on weekends Seoulites queue up at this posh mountainside mandu (dumpling) house for elegantly wrapped dough parcels stuffed with veggies, beef and pork, served either boiled or in soup. A couple…
Top Choice Coffee in Northern Seoul

Club Espresso

Pouring some of Seoul's best coffee since 1990, this elegant roaster, cafe and shop imports its beans from all corners of the globe; there are usually a couple of free samples on the go. The caffeine kick should giv…
Top Choice Chicken in Northern Seoul

Gyeyeolsa Chicken

The fried chicken purists here say cluck-off to chilli and other gimmicks, simply serving delicious, golden-fried chicken pieces heaped together with crisp potato wedges. One basket serves two nicely. It's a popular…
Bakery in Northern Seoul

Scoff

British baker Jonathan exhibits admirable bake-off skills in his selection of sweet treats ranging from scones and ginger cake to coconut macaroons – but the lemon sponge gets our vote. Ideal for a takeaway nibble w…