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Top Choice Fusion in Gwanghwamun & Jongno-gu

Min’s Club

Old-world architecture meets new-world cuisine in this classy restaurant housed in a beautifully restored turn-of-the-20th-century hanok, said to be the first in Seoul to incorporate Western features such as en-suit…
Top Choice Jazz in Western Seoul

Club Evans

Appealing across the generations, Evans offers top-grade jazz and a great atmosphere. Get here early if you want a seat or book ahead. They release their own label CDs, too. Monday is jam night.
Top Choice Teahouse in Gwanghwamun & Jongno-gu


The perfect place to unwind under the shady fruit trees in a courtyard with flickering candles. In colder weather sit indoors in hanok rooms decorated with scribbles or in the garden pavilion. The teas are superb, e…
Top Choice Karaoke in Western Seoul

Su Noraebang

Sing your heart out and be noticed at this karaoke bar: some rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows fronting onto the street so you can show off your K-Pop moves. Rates rise from noon to 6am with the most expensive per…
Top Choice Theatre in Myeong-dong & Jung-gu

National Theater of Korea

The several venues here are home to the national drama, changgeuk (Korean opera), orchestra and dance companies. Free concerts and movies are put on in summer at the outdoor stage. Walk 10 minutes here or hop on bus…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Gangnam & South of the Han River


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 in …
Top Choice Palace in Gwanghwamun & Jongno-gu


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 Park in Gangnam & South of the Han River

Olympic Park

This large and pleasant park was the focus of the 1988 Olympics. Strolling its paths takes you past its stadiums surrounded by plenty of greenery, ponds and open-air sculptures. There's a gallery of modern art and t…
Top Choice Amusement Park in Gangnam & South of the Han River

Lotte World

This huge complex includes an amusement park, an ice-skating rink, a cinema multiplex, department store, folk museum, shopping mall, hotel, restaurants and more. Kids and adults alike will love the place, which is b…
Top Choice Museum in Itaewon & Yongsan-gu

War Memorial of Korea

This huge museum documents the history of the Korean War (1950–53) with heaps of black-and-white documentary footage (with English commentary) of the main battles and events. Along with photos, maps and artefacts, t…