Top 10 things to do in Seoul, South Korea
Planning a trip to Seoul? Here are some of the best things to do, see and eat in Seoul, South Korea.
Things to do in Seoul, South Korea
- Yeouido Hangang Park
- Lotte World
- Shopping in Myeongdong and Hongdae
- N Seoul Tower
- Gyeongbokgung Palace & Bukchon Hanok Village
- Yonsei University & Ewha Womans University
- DDP (Dongdaemun Design Plaza)
- Starfield Library
- Bongeunsa Temple
- HiKR Ground
1.Yeouido Hangang Park | Things to do in Seoul South Korea
A spacious scenic park that is a hot spot for locals and tourist. There are so many things you can do here including going on cruises trips, renting bikes or even just renting mats and tables and getting street food whilst you listen to buskers.
Definitely one of the best things to do in Seoul South Korea. Perfect place to enjoy the evening with food and an amazing view of the Han River and the iconic I Seoul U sign.
2. Lotte World Adventure and Lotte World Tower
If you enjoy theme parks then Lotte World Adventure is not something to miss. The theme park is a hybrid between being one of the world’s largest indoor theme parks which and also having rides on a separate island. It is one of the most popular theme parks in Seoul and can get busy so avoid visiting on a public holiday or a weekend!
The Lotte World complex also has a water park and an aquarium if you’re looking for more things to do. Read about our experience at Lotte World Adventure here.
3. Shopping and Eating in Myeongdong and Hongdae
South Korea are known for the streets of Myeongdong and Hongdae, especially if you’re looking to do some damage to your bank account. Myeongdong is popular for their skin care with an cosmetic and skin care stores around every corner. Hongdae is popular for its karaoke bars and fashion stores as well as street performers.
Both also have a really good food scene with street food venders and cafés that cater to tourist.
4. N Seoul Tower | Things to do in Seoul South Korea
The iconic N Seoul Tower that has been featured in a few Kdrama is a great place to see a panoramic view of Seoul.
You can either walk up or take the cable card up to Namsan Octagonal Square where you’ll see the Palgakjeong Pavilion, some performers and also the iconic love locks. The square infront of the tower is free to go to and then to go up the tower you’ll need to buy a ticket which you can do there.
5.Gyeongbokgung Palace & Bukchon Hanok Village
Seoul has the perfect mix of tradition and modern architecture with the Gyeongbokgung Palace & Bukchon Hanok Village right in the middle of it. Gyeongbokgung Palace is a beautiful and very grand palace with a huge courtyard for you to explore.
The palace is closed on Tuesdays so do keep that in mind when planning and it is relatively cheap to enter and free if you’re wearing a hanbok.
6. Yonsei University & Ewha Womans University
You can visit Yonsei University & Ewha Womans University which two of the most prestigious universities in Korea. They both have really beautiful campuses full of greenery and gothic style buildings which make it feel like you want to go to university again.
7. DDP (Dongdaemun Design Plaza) | Things to do in Seoul South Korea
A amazing futuristic building with space which hold exhibitions, halls, design museums etc. some paid and some that are free. When we visited there were setting up an exhibition outside cool light pieces. There’s not much to do here but its a great place to visit to appreciate the architecture.
8. Starfield Library | Things to do in Seoul South Korea
One of the most Instagram worthy libraries in the world. Starfield Library a free to enter public library based in the centre of the underground COEX mall. You can come here and take a break, relax and read some books.
9. Bongeunsa Temple | Things to do in Seoul South Korea
The Bongeunsa Temple is one of the largest and oldest Buddhist temple located in Gangnam outside of the COEX mall. Its a stunning temple where you can get a great view of the city. Definitely one to visit if you can.
10. HiKR Ground | Things to do in Seoul South Korea
One of the new places to add to your list when going to Seoul is HiKR. HiKR is a tourist promotion centre in Myeongdong where you can experience a number of free activities. Hi Korea (HiKR) is like a huge Korean cultural playground. There’s a floor for you to dance to K-pop dances with props, and learn about how K-dramas illustrate Korean Culture.