Top things to do

Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Gwanghwamun & Jongno-gu

Cobbler

This high-end bar is located inside a hanok (traditional Korean house) within a nest of small, dark alleyways. Owned by Robin Yoo, a pioneer in Korea's cocktail scene, the undeniably cinematic bar serves up a mean c…
Top Choice Korean in Gwanghwamun & Jongno-gu

Gwanghwamun Jip

Following the same recipe since the 1980s, Gwanghwamun Jip is one of the most famous kimchi stew restaurants in South Korea. In true hole-in-the-wall fashion, the interior is shabby-chic but the food is truly fabulo…
Top Choice Park in Myeong-dong & Jung-gu

Seoullo 7017

Seoul's version of the High Line in New York, this overpass-turned-park reaches a height of 17 metres tall and is one of the few green spaces in the heart of the city. Approximately 24,000 plants are grown here, inc…
Top Choice Horse Racing in Seoul

Seoul Racecourse

Enjoy a day at the races at Seoul's impressive and hugely popular horse-racing track. A 40,000-capacity grandstand faces the sandy track and its backdrop of verdant hills, where giant screens show the odds, the race…
Top Choice Cafe in Dongdaemun & Eastern Seoul

OR:ER

OR:ER is a venue of classic beauty in a neighbourhood known for its hip, post-industrial atmosphere. A large, multi-storey cafe serving cakes and coffees, with plenty of small nooks and crannies, there are a handful…
Top Choice Coffee in Dongdaemun & Eastern Seoul

Onion

One of the most popular places to open in Seongsu-dong in 2017, there’s a reason why there are lines out the door even on weekdays. First built in 1970, the concrete building has lived several lives as a convenience…
Top Choice Palace in Gwanghwamun & Jongno-gu

Changdeokgung

You must join a guided tour to look around World Heritage–listed Changdeokgung, the most beautiful of Seoul's five main palaces. English tours run at 10.30am and 2.30pm; if you don’t care about the commentary then t…
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 Temple in Gwanghwamun & Jongno-gu

Jogye-sa

The focus of Jogye-sa is the giant wooden hall Daeungjeon, Seoul's largest Buddhist worship hall. Completed in 1938, its design followed the Joseon-dynasty style. The exterior is decorated with scenes from Buddha’s …
Top Choice Palace in Gwanghwamun & Jongno-gu

Gyeongbokgung

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