The ‘it’ city of the moment, Seoul, Korea has everything which makes it a holiday hotspot for travelers; rich heritage, fashionable and exciting pop culture as well as natural beauty. From their charming Hanbok to their signature kimchi, Korean culture has gained major attention across Southeast Asia, becoming one of the most popular holiday destinations within Asia. Here, we introduce to you some of the top things to do during your holiday in Seoul, Korea.
Deoksugung in twilight
The Deoksugung Palace is a walled-up compound, and was an imperial palace, having housed the Korean royal families up till the 20th century. Also known as the Palace of Virtue, its unique design incorporates both Western and domestic architectural styles, including the neo-classical inspired Seokjojeon. Seokjojeon’s west wing is now used as the Deoksugung Art Museum, specializing in contemporary art objects. Visitors can go there to catch a glimpse of Korean art.
Visit Mount Namsan for a break from the busy Seoul
Located right in the heart of Seoul, Namsan is the silent witness to 600 years of Seoul’s history. Here, visitors will be presented with a spectacular bird’s eye view of Seoul beneath their feet. The panorama is especially beautiful during the night when thousands of lit-up buildings and a light show take center stage. Besides the view, visitors can also enjoy the many seasonal flowers in bloom and the beautiful Korean pine trees. Take a quick break from the busy city of Seoul by visiting the gorgeous Mount Namsan during your holiday.
Go to Jeju Island, a must-visit for your holiday in Korea
This UNESCO site is definitely worth a visit for every person who goes to Seoul. This volcanic island is stunning and one of the top honeymoon destinations in the world. It translates to ‘Island of the Gods’, and spots a variety of things to see and do. Visitors can take part in a variety of leisure activities like horse riding, mountain climbing, fishing, or even golf. The visually arresting Manjanggul – one of the longest lava caves in the world – has impressive natural decorations which are second to none. It is definitely a must-visit for your holiday to Korea!
Visit the Teddy Bear Museum for a fun-filled holiday in Korea
Made famous through the hit Korean TV series ‘Goong‘, this delightful museum is definitely a place not to be missed. From vintage, one-of-a-kind bears to popular favorites, this gallery features all imaginable versions of the cuddly beloved soft toy. Placed in charming scenes, with one even imitating Michaelangelo’s renowned painting: The Creation of Adam, it entertains visitors of all ages. From miniature versions to huge life-size figures and beyond, it offers a wonderful range, and visitors can even get a special souvenir home for their friends and family. Families on holiday in Seoul, Korea will undoubtedly enjoy this funfilled detour to the Teddy Bear Museum.
Visit the Gyeongbokgung Palace, a heritage center of Seoul
Your holiday to Seoul, Korea will not be complete without a visit to the Gyeongbokgung Palace. The largest palace in Korea, its name translates to “Palace of Shining Happiness”. Two of Seoul’s grandest architectural sights are here: Geunjeongjeon; the main palace building, and Gyeonghoeru; a massive raised pavilion where glamourous state banquets used to be held. In it, the new National Palace Museum showcases royal artifacts which reveal the skills of the artisans during the Joseon era, like gold-embroidered Hanbok and exquisitely carved accessories worn by the queens and princesses of that time.