Great food, ancient palaces, museums, shopping, and world-class dining.
Photo: Caroline Maryan
Bustling and economically diverse, the mega city of Seoul is full of top tourist sites and under-the-radar gems. Located on the Han River, South Korea’s largest city and capital is ranked first in technology readiness and hosts more art openings per square mile than anyplace else.
See the largest cluster of privately owned traditional Korean wooden homes when you visit Bukchon Village. While you’re in the neighborhood, stroll its dark-tiled alleys and pop in to art galleries, restaurants, and cafes. Also popular with visitors is Itaewon, a lively neighborhood located near the main U.S. Army base. Here, you’ll find charming boutiques, bars, clubs, and restaurants.
Seoul is home to more than a hundred different museums, including the War Memorial, and the Seoul Museum of Art. One of the best ways to sightsee in Seoul is by bus. If it’s serenity you seek, a trip to the Chenoggyecheon stream is one of your best bets. During a walking tour, you’ll spot beautiful waterfalls and nearly two dozen overhead bridges. Or, climb Bugaksan Mountain for some of the best views in the city.