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8 Attractions You Must Go to On Your First Trip to Seoul

Shopping and beauty products aside, South Korea is a country also known for their culture and natural beauty. If you are planning your first trip to Seoul, here are 8 attractions you must visit to complete your Korean experience.

View from N Seoul Tower

The K-wave hits Singapore, stronger than ever! With the soaring popularity of K-dramas like Descendants of the Sun and Doctors, South Korea is becoming increasingly popular as a travel destination among Singaporeans over the years. Shopping and beauty products aside, South Korea is a country also known for their culture and natural beauty. If you are planning your first trip to Seoul, here are 8 attractions you must visit to complete your Korean experience.

1. Namsan Tower (N Seoul Tower) 남산 타워 

View from N Seoul Tower

N Seoul Tower, more commonly known as Namsan Tower, makes an ideal romantic date idea with the beautiful panoramic view of Seoul at night. The stalls selling “왕 돈까스” (large pork chops) on your way up Namsan Tower are highly raved by celebrities, TV shows and KKday. Unless you have a huge appetite, you should just buy one to share with your Seoul-mate because Koreans mean business when they say large — the size of their pork chops is comparable to your face!

Tip: If you’re a cautious traveller looking for a guide to lead the way, don’t fret! KKday plans the night for you — take the cable car to the Namsan Tower before going a cruise to enjoy the beauty of the Han River and finally, enjoy chartered transport right back to the door steps of your hotel.

>> Seoul’s Night Scenery — Seoul Tower and Han River Cruise

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2. Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) 동대문디자인플라자

Dongdaemun Design Plaza

Opened in May 2014, Dongdaemun Design Plaza is already considered a landmark in Seoul!

An integrated space made for international conferences, product launches, fashion shows etc., Dongdaemun Design Plaza was opened in May 2014 and rose in popularity as one of the filming sites of the popular K-dramaYou Who Came From the Stars“.

LED Rose Garden (tae-yang.net)

If you’re an artsy-fartsy person, you’ll be glad to find that Dongdaemun Design Plaza boasts numerous exhibitions as well — one of the most recent being LED Rose Garden (장미 축제), making Dongdaemun Design Plaza an Insta-worthy shopping mall.

LED Rose Garden (tae-yang.net)

Die-hard fan of Korean dramas, listen up! You must drag your travel buddies here to get your Instagram shot taken.

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3. Gyeongbokgung Palace 경복궁

Gyeongbokgung Palace (photo.naver.com)

With an important role in South Korea‘s history as the largest of the Five Grand Palaces built by the Joseon dynasty, you can typically see tourists milling the entrance of Gyeongbokgung Palace on an average day in South Korea.

Gyeongbukgung Palace (photo.naver.com)

Gyeongbokgung Palace‘s opening hours are usually weekdays, from 9am to 6pm, however, there are limited tickets for visitors to enter the palace at night occasionally, attracting both locals and tourists to queue for these tickets to experience the ancient city during sunset.

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4. Banpo Bridge 반포 대교

Water and light show at Banpo Bridge

Banpodaegyo Bridge, better known as Banpo Bridge, is every Korean‘s favourite weekend hang out to eat fried chicken and drink beer while catching up with each other. More than just an area for locals to gather, you can catch Banpo Bridge’s Rainbow Fountain Show at certain times throughout the night from August to October yearly. Remember to check the timing of the Rainbow Fountain Show as it varies from month to month.

Tip: Culture lovers interested in mingling with the locals, here’s how KKday can help you eat like a local (Evening tour of Han River and Korean Fried Chicken)

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5. Cheonggyecheon Stream 청계천

Cheonggyecheon Stream

Located in central Seoul, Cheonggyecheon Stream is a gorgeous river popular with friends or lovers who wish to catch Korea’s sunsets. With the gentle stream flowing, it’s the perfect place to unwind and soak your feet after a day of shopping in Seoul.

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6. Bukchon Hanok Village 북촌 한옥 마을

Bukchon Hanok Village

Due to the rapid economic growth in KoreaBukchon Hanok Village was initially seen as backward and Koreans only wanted to live in apartments. Later on, people started embracing and protecting the Korean culture. No longer filled with only traditional architects, you’ll be surprised to observe the creative fusion between ancient and modern culture in this village.

In a bustling city like SeoulBukchon Hanok Village is a paradise that attracts tourists with their slower pace of life. Be sure to keep your volume low as you stroll through Bukchon Hanok Village so that you won’t bother the villagers going about their daily lives.

Tip: Want a half-day walking tour through the historical and cultural landmarks like Bukchon Hanok Village? Interested in affordable shopping in Gwangjang market? Fascinated by Korean culinary? KKday recommends you go on a Seoul History and Culture Tour to fully experience Korea the local way.

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7. Sky Park 하늘 공원

Sky Park

Sky Park, one of the most underrated attractions in Korea, is a serene and beautiful park, especially during autumn, where the park is filled with fields of golden reeds.

Sky Park

The idyllic atmosphere in Sky Park is perfect for a photoshoot between lovers, friends or families. Photographers, remember to bring your camera to capture this autumn forest that happens only one a year.

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8. Ihwa Mural Village 이화 마을

Ihwa Mural Village

Fans of K-drama “Rooftop Prince”, does this attraction look familiar? Located near the lively street of Ewha Womans University is a village full of playful and creative murals. Besides admiring the murals, there are art exhibitions at almost every corner of Ihwa Mural Village. There are also many unique coffee shops around if you’re looking for a place to take a break.

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We hope we have prepared and inspired your first trip to Seoul. whether you’re planning to head there with a loved one, your friends or family, the capital of South Korea has a place for everyone.

Need more tips before your Seoul-searching trip?

>> Unexplored Places in Korea That Spices Up Your Itinerary
>> 10 Must Go Shopping Spots in Korea
>> 6 Beauty Products Under $30 You MUST Buy in Korea (2016 Edition)

Visiting Seoul anytime soon? Search for the best hotel rates HERE.

Launched in 2014 and headquartered in Taiwan, KKday is Asia’s leading travel experience e-commerce platform that connects users to local tours from all over the world. KKday has more than 6000 travel activities worldwide from our professional providers and unique local experts in more than 53 countries. We believe that a unique and memorable travel experience tailored to your needs and wants is simply a click away. For more information, please visit: www.kkday.com

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