Where is a famous place in Seoul?
Are you curious to know what you can only experience in Seoul? Find out here what those things are. We introduce how Seoul has completely revamped a familiar experience.
Gyeongbokgung Palace was the first royal palace built in the Joseon Dynasty and is where the Joseon Dynasty’s 500-year history began. The largest of
the five grand palaces remaining in Seoul, Gyeongbokgung Palace provides a glimpse into Joseon’s royal culture, palace life, and architecture through the Geunjeongjeon, Gyeonghoeru Pavilion, and other structures. You can learn more about the royal culture at the National Palace Museum and about the historical living conditions of Koreans at the National Folk Museum of Korea.
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2. Changdeokgung Palace
Recognized for its ideal blend of traditional Korean geomancy and Confucianism, which was the social and ethical philosophy of the Joseon Dynasty, Changdeokgung Palace was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1997. Buildings were built with a ”harmonious” design philosophy in a bid to incorporate the surrounding mountains and geographical features, which gives the palace a sense of balance between architecture and nature. Walking tours of the palace’s garden are available with expert guides.
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Originally built during the Joseon period, this historic palace played an important role in Korea’s modern history. In fact, it served as the backdrop for the
Daehanjeguk, or Great Korean Empire. The only palace among all the ancient palaces in Seoul to have a western style garden, fountain, and modern royal
palace, it stands as the bridge between the old and modern eras. The changing of the royal guard ceremony that takes place every day at the main gate (called Sumumjang) is one of the must-see sights of Seoul.
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This is a street showcasing traditional Korean culture with antique art and book stores, traditional teahouses, and craft shops. It is Seoul’s leading “gallery street” as it has long been home to various art galleries.
Insa-dong P.R Center
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Dongdaemun market started as a market near Heunginjimun Gate (Dongdaemun Gate)
hundreds of years ago during the Joseon era. It has now become Seoul’s most iconic
fashion town, thriving with many wholesale and retail shopping malls and clothing
stores. This market is a leader fashion trends, not only in Seoul but also in Asia.
Opened in 2014, Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) was designed by the world-renowned architect Zaha Hadid and has become the most recognizable structure in Dongdaemun. The glistening exterior of the DDP is made of 45,133 aluminum panels, none of which are the same shape.
Namdaemun market is the largest market in Korea. Countless shops and street stalls line its alleys, selling clothes, household items, and food. Since the market is famous for its low prices and hospitality, almost half of Seoul’s foreign tourists pay it a visit.
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Sungnyemun Gate listed as National Treasure No. 1 in Korea, Sungnyemun Gate, also called Namdaemun Gate, served as the main southern entrance of the Seoul City Wall. Although destroyed by fire in 2008, the gate was subsequently restored in 2013 using traditional construction methods. As a result, Sungnyemun has come to hold more significance than ever for the Korean people.
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Sinchon is a university district that is full of the romance of college campuses and where you can travel on a budget by visiting its many affordable restaurants and shops. In addition, the street in front of Ewha Womans University has been a hot shopping spot, leading the fashion trends of Seoul and giving birth to the term “E-Dae (Ewha Womans University) Style” in the 1990s before “Gangnam Style” came out.
The area near Hongik University, often called hongdae, celebrates individuality and is well known as the hub of indie art culture. This is the place where entire streets are filled with unique cafes, free-spirited murals, and young designers’ outlets that transform into the stage for a mega festival at night with dancing, music, and young club-goers. The clubs in the Hongdae area are so popular with international tourists that the New York Times once picked the area as one of the top ten sites to visit in Seoul.
Itaewon is like a small world within Seoul, a microcosm of the entire world. Here you can see everything from an Islamic mosque to exotic dishes whose names you may never have heard of. Take the opportunity to see unique souvenirs from around the world at Itaewon Market and Antique Street. There is a unique street in a residential area lined with restaurants and cafes with food from such countries as Japan, Thailand, Turkey, and Mexico. Exotic dishes, whose flavors are recreated by foreign chefs and Korean cooks who have worked abroad, are highly popular.
The walking trail, Sunseong-gil, at Seoul City Wall, a fortress wall that connects the four major gates of the city, is a must-see site in the area. Sunseong-gil begins at Heunginjimun Gate and proceeds to Naksan Park and Hyehwamun Gate and is the best place to get a full view of Seoul today. When you arrive at Naksan Park, you will see Daehangno and other art streets that are lined with over 90 small theaters and
galleries. Your journey to the Dongdaemun area will be complete when you visit Ihwa Maeul, which has recently been reborn as a mural town, and meet some of the young street artists at Marronnier Park.
Though Namsan Mountain Park is at the center of Seoul, its landscape is carefully preserved to allow wildlife to thrive. Here you can see pheasants, squirrels, and many other beautiful birds and plants. Namsan Seoul Tower is located 479 m above sea
level, with stunning views of Seoul.
Standing at 236.7 meters tall, Namsan Seoul Tower is Namsan’s main tourist attraction where visitors can enjoy a complete view of Seoul. Enjoy the fantastic
laser show and beautiful nights-cape of Seoul from the observatory on the second and third floors, or in the revolving restaurant.
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With a sprawling plaza surrounded by woods in the center of the city, Yeouido Park is where you can take a walk among the trees, or rent a bike or in-line skates and enjoy a ride through the park. Some of the sights you can find within the park include a statue of King Sejong and models of his inventions.
3. Seokchon Lake Park
The east lake is used as a park where local residents can relax, stroll, and jog along the water, while the west lake features Magic Island, a lively part of Lotte World amusement park.
Lotte World Lotte World is divided into an indoor theme park called “Adventure" and an outdoor theme park called “Magic Island".
Sinsa-dong Garosu-gil One of the most popular hot spots in the Gangnam district, this is where you will find romantic outdoor cafes, boutique shops run by
designers, and the latest trends of Seoul sooner than anywhere else. This is a two-lane road stretching from Sinsa-dong to Apgujeong-dong, lined with ginkgo trees. Here you can find creative clothing and accessories made by talented young designers. Large shops with multiple foreign brands give shoppers the chance to take in fashion trends from all over the world, and one might even be lucky enough to catch a really special deal in the flea markets that spring up occasionally in the area.
1. CJ E&M
There is CJ E&M company building that has a many famous channel like, tvN, Mnet and OliveTV. Mnet's famous program <M COUNTDOWN> hosted by Key from SHINee, Jung-sin Lee from FT Island, is filmed here too. If you want to meet K-POP stars in person, you should participate here.
How to attend 'M COUNTDOWN'
Every Thursday at CJ E&M company building, it's open to public, but on a first-come first-served basis. It will be to your benefit to arrive early.
2. SBS Prism Tower
The right building of CJ E&M Center might be looks familiar to you. It is 'Running Man' filming site where Jae-seok Yu, Jong-guk Kim, Gwang-su Lee and others were running around. The MSC broadcasting building from drama 'Pinocchio' was flimed here. SBS Prism Tower is the winner of the Excellence Award at the Korean Architecture Award in 2013. It looks like a simply box type building, but shinny surface that covered by windows reminds you a prism.
First floor, lobby is only open to public. Lobby is decorated with art works by famous artists such as Francois Morellet, Roni Horn and Jeong-wan Bae. 'The Show' from SBS Mtv hosted by Hongbin from VIXX and Ji-yeon from T-ara and Zhōu Mì from Super Junior M is filming here Prism Tower.
How to attend Mtv 'The Show'
First, join a membership on SBS application (android or iOS), then apply for Admission.
Unlike, M COUNTDOWN, They use only their own application.
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