Seoul has an unusual amalgam of both traditional attractions and modern locations crowded into the city. It's best to plan your visit around an area, head there via subway, and then explore the neighborhood on foot.

Note: Street names aren't widely used in Seoul (or most of South Korea for that matter). Some major streets may have street signs, but in general streets (and especially smaller alleyways) have no mark. More commonly, people will always give you directions starting from a famous landmark or a store in the area. When traveling by taxi, it's best to know the gu (district) and the dong (ward) where you're headed.


Because this city has been the capital of Korea for centuries, it's natural that the city would have the country's most elaborate palaces and historic buildings. An important part of Korea's intricate history, these palaces tell stories of fallen kings and centuries-old dynasties, and hold more mysteries within their walls than we can ever know.

Temples & Churches

There are literally hundreds of temples in and around the Seoul metropolitan area, many of them located in the mountains surrounding the city. A few major temples are highlighted for you in this guide.

Amusement Parks & Zoos

There are plenty of amusement parks both large and small in Seoul. The smaller ones may be a bit cheesy, especially by Western standards, with just a few carnival rides and games. But the larger parks are giant crowd pleasers with world-class roller coasters and high prices to boot. 

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