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Seoul, Why I Would Like To Visit

Updated on December 1, 2015

Why Visit Seoul?

I have travelled a lot but one of the places I would like to see and I haven't been yet, is Asia. China, Korea and Japan are top of my must see places for next year. My ideal tour would be a couple of months travelling through Shanghai, Seoul and Osaka. I would like to spend at least a few weeks in each of them soaking in the culture and enjoying a whole new world of traditions and modernity.

Seoul:

Ever since the Olympic Games in 1988 and the football World Cup in 2002 both held in Seoul, I have been intrigued by this city that mixes ancient palaces with high tech buildings and traditional herbal medicines with the newest technologies. What's more, I have heard that Seoul is a very safe city, where travelers can enjoy themselves freely without worrying about personal security -a bonus if you are a girl travelling on your own!


Seoul, Han River.

Seoul from the sky, June 2008
Seoul from the sky, June 2008 | Source

Seoul in South Korea Was Founded in 1394. Seoul is both the cultural and economic centre of South Korea and with 12 million inhabitants, it is also the 5th la

Places I Would Like To See In Seoul


  • The Changdeokgung Palace & SecretGarden, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site since 1997. This is one of the five grand Palaces in Seoul.
  • Suwon Hwaseong Fortress wall. And the Hwaseong Temporary Palace, where the king sought refuge during times of war and relaxed in times of peace.
  • Seoul Tower, which is one of the best points to overlook the whole city.
  • The World Cup Stadium
  • The Gyeong-dong Herbal Medicine Market, one of the most famous traditional markets in Seoul.
  • The Korean Folk Village, located 41km south of Seoul. This is a living museum of the customs and cultures of the 19th century Joseon Dynasty. A place to see a traditional Farmer's House, a Nobleman's House, an Oriental hospital and a traditional Market.
  • The Yangjaedong Wholesale Flower Plaza
  • The National Museum of Korea.
  • The Blue House where the Korean president resides.
  • Jongmyo Royal Shrine
  • Hanok Village, where you can see Korean original style houses and gardens.
  • The Jogyesa temple, which will show you the essence of Korean Buddhism.
  • Icheon Pottery Village, the centre of Korean traditional ceramic works also famous for its amazing water and soil from which the best quality of rice and hot spring water has been produced.
  • Lotte World, an attraction park with fun rides for all ages located in the heart of the city.
  • Mt. Bukhansan National Park and go rock climbing on the granite cliffs overlooking the city.
  • The Nanta, a non-verbal performance which is the combination of Korean traditional performance called ‘Samullnori’ and a western form of performance. The performers use pans, knives, and objects that you can find in a kitchen as their instruments.


Suwon Hwaseong Fortress

Suwon Hwaseong Fortress.  Photo courtesy of Marcopolis at www.panoramio.com
Suwon Hwaseong Fortress. Photo courtesy of Marcopolis at www.panoramio.com
Suwon Hwaseong Fortress.  Photo courtesy of Marcopolis at www.panoramio.com
Suwon Hwaseong Fortress. Photo courtesy of Marcopolis at www.panoramio.com
Suwon Hwaseong Fortress.  Photo courtesy of Marcopolis at www.panoramio.com
Suwon Hwaseong Fortress. Photo courtesy of Marcopolis at www.panoramio.com
Suwon Hwaseong Fortress.  Photo courtesy of Marcopolis at www.panoramio.com
Suwon Hwaseong Fortress. Photo courtesy of Marcopolis at www.panoramio.com
Suwon Hwaseong Fortress.  Photo courtesy of Marcopolis at www.panoramio.com
Suwon Hwaseong Fortress. Photo courtesy of Marcopolis at www.panoramio.com

In 1969, the N Seoul Tower was built to provide South Korea with TV and radio signals. Seoul's main landmark is 236 metres high and is equipped with several high speed elevators, as well as an observation platform and observatory.

Seoul Modern Buildings:

Trade Tower.  Photo courtesy of Marcopolis at www.panoramio.com
Trade Tower. Photo courtesy of Marcopolis at www.panoramio.com
COEX building. Photo courtesy of Marcopolis at www.panoramio.com
COEX building. Photo courtesy of Marcopolis at www.panoramio.com
Glass Tower building. Photo courtesy of Marcopolis at www.panoramio.com
Glass Tower building. Photo courtesy of Marcopolis at www.panoramio.com
iPark Tower. Photo courtesy of Marcopolis at www.panoramio.com
iPark Tower. Photo courtesy of Marcopolis at www.panoramio.com

Beautiful Seoul. The Most Beautiful City On Earth

Shopping in Myeongdong
Shopping in Myeongdong
Korean Ginseng
Korean Ginseng

Shopping in Seoul.

Ok. I admit shopping is one of my weaknesses and that is one of the reasons why I would like to experience a shopping day in Seoul’s most popular shopping districts.

  • To get used to shopping in Seoul I would like to start spending an afternoon in the Samcheong-dong Walkway, known for its famous art galleries, coffee shops, restaurants, wine bars and craft shops. I’ve been told that this is a calm shopping district where every shop is a delight to visit due to its uniqueness and beautiful decorations. The perfect place to find vintage and trendy items. To finish the day I would like to eat in one of those hanok-style restaurants.
  • Once I have trained myself on shopping in SeoulI would like to wander in Myeong-dong district as it is thetrendiest and crowded shopping/entertainment district popular among local and foreign shopaholics and fashionistas.
  • Maybe an unusual option but one I would not give a miss is a visit to the Gyeong-dong Herbal Medicine Market. I am sure this would be a luxurious experience for the senses. Anything from Ginseng treats to take back home as souvenirs to dead centipedes to cure obscure diseases. It is not that I would go there to buy dead centipedes, but I would like to see, smell and probably taste some of the odd herbs and traditional medicine used in Asia. There are reportedly more than 1,000 stalls, stores and clinics to view in an area five times the size of Seoul’s World Cup Stadium.

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    • Princessa profile imageAUTHOR

      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      9 years ago from France

      Laura: How lucky to be living in Seoul!! I really wish I could visit, I am sure I will :)

      Cindy: I wonder what amazing adventures you had in Seoul?

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      Cindy Vine 

      9 years ago from Cape Town

      I loved my visits to Seoul!~

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      Laura Berwick 

      9 years ago from Seoul, Korea

      Wot Princessa! This is a great hub. I am currently living in Seoul, and you really should visit. I echo BkCreative's statement that you will not be dissapointed. I def encourage you to strive towards that dream of yours and make it a reality!

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      9 years ago from France

      febriedethan: It has been a delight to right this hub :)

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      febriedethan 

      9 years ago from Indonesia

      Wow..thank's for writing this hub, Seoul is my dream city. I really love to visit Seoul one day cause I'm a korean movie's freak too :)

    • Princessa profile imageAUTHOR

      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      9 years ago from France

      earnestshub and Brian: Now it is easier than ever to travel to exotic destinations such as Asia. I would certainly love to spend a few weeks, even months travelling around the most picturesque countries and cities over there.

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      Brian Stephens 

      9 years ago from Castelnaudary, France

      I have never been to the far east and share your desire to visit that part of the world, never know one day maybe.

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      earnestshub 

      9 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      It sounds fantastic and looks great. I would like to see all of South Korea, and would like to see the North too, but that seems unlikely.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      9 years ago from France

      What a wonderful experience! Thanks BkCreative for sharing your memories of such a wonderful place. I'll need to add Jeju Island to my list of places to see.

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