In this next segment, we’ve chosen the top 5 places to visit in Seoul. Seoul is the capital of South Korea and one of the most technologically advanced cities in the world. Asides from that, Seoul is also rich with cultural landmarks and unique places to visit. We’re proud to call Seoul the home of Panini and although we still have many locations yet to visit and discover, we’d like to share our list of the top 5 places to visit in Seoul! There is way more than just 5 places, in fact the list could go on and on, so stay tuned for part 2 of this list!
Home to Hongik University, Hongdae might be the hippest and youthful neighborhood on this list. Home to a thriving food scene, fashion scene, clubs, shopping, street vendors, you name it! From the busking area where artists showcase their talents to the sheep café, Hongdae is full of entertaining things to do for the younger people in Seoul. There is no neighborhood quite like it!
4) Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP)
This monumental urban landmark is seriously a sight to behold. Designed by British-Iraqi, Zaha Hadid and Samoo, this neofuturistic-looking landmark is an extraordinary fashion and tourist hub in the city of Seoul. If you ever visit, we guarantee you will hold your breath looking at this giant, curvy and elongated structure looking like something straight out of the future!
Insadong is one of the most popular traditional neighborhoods in Seoul. It embodies a mix of Korea’s culture from both the past and present. It’s truly wondrous walking around and seeing the old-fashioned “Hanok” houses intertwined with newer, modern buildings. In this neighborhood you will find many alleys full of modern art galleries and beautiful tea shops.
2) Gyeongbokgung Palace
Built in 1395, Gyeongbokgung Palace was the main royal palace of the Joseon Dynasty. With centuries worth of history, the palace was destroyed and restored on a few occasions. It is located in the Jongno district of Seoul in the same neighborhood as the Presidential Blue House and the U.S. embassy. The palace is a huge cultural tourist destination. If you ever decide to visit, you can even rent a traditional Korean hanbok for a few hours to wear and take pictures with!
1) Namsan Tower and Namsan Mountain
Sometimes called Seoul Tower, Namsan Tower is the second highest building in Seoul at 236 meters. These days, the tower broadcasts signals for Korean media channels such as MBC, SBS, and KBS. The observation and communication tower is located on Namsan Mountain which is also a highly destined spot in Seoul for hiking and outdoor activities. This 2-in-1 spot is a must visit for both tourists and Seoulites alike!
Check out Leila’s video of her favorite places to go in Korea! Also peep our other videos on Korea and its culture 🙂