Top things to do

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…
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 Museum in Itaewon & Yongsan-gu

National Museum of Korea

The grand, marble-lined, modernist building cleverly channels plenty of natural light to show off Korea’s ancient treasures. Among the must-see exhibits in the ground-floor galleries are the Baekje Incense Burner, a…
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…
Top Choice Shrine in Gwanghwamun & Jongno-gu

Jongmyo

Surrounded by dense woodland, the impressive buildings of the Confucian shrine Jongmyo houses the 'spirit tablets' of the Joseon kings and queens and some of their most loyal government officials. Their spirits are …
Top Choice Museum in Northern Seoul

Seodaemun Prison History Hall

Built in 1908, this one-time prison is a symbol of Japanese cruelty and oppression during their colonial rule of Korea from 1910 until 1945. However, it was also used by Korea's various postwar dictators up until it…