Seoul is the business and cultural hub of South Korea, where skyscrapers tower over Buddhist temples. Take it all in from the N Seoul Tower, built atop a peak in Namsan Park. The teahouses and shops of Insadong give you a taste of Korean flavor, which you can further experience with a visit to the grounds and museums of Gyeongbokgung. UNESCO World Heritage Site Changdeokgung Palace is a fine example of authentic ancient architecture.
The Five Royal Palaces in Seoul
The five royal palaces in Seoul (Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace, Deoksugung Palace, Changgyeonggung Palace, and Gyeonghuigung Palace) are probably the best places to see and experience the history, tradition, culture, and beauty of Korea all in one place. Of the five palaces, Gyeongbokgung Palace was the official residence of the kings of Joseon; Changdeokgung Palace is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site; Deoksugung Palace combines the elegant beauty of Korean architecture and re ned beauty of Western architecture; Changgyeonggung Palace is known for its practical beauty; and Gyeonghuigung Palace is simple and cozy.
When you walk into the alleys of Ikseon-dong, you will find some of the least expected places. Among the array of small and simple traditional Korean houses called hanok, you will see cafes, restaurants, handcrafted beer bars, and vintage stores. These are some of the most popular places in Seoul to go on a date, and thousands of people take photos of these places and post them on SNS.
"Seoullo 7017" was named as such to infer 1970 when the Seoul Station Overpass was built and 2017 when the overpass was transformed in to Korea's first overpass pedestrian walkway. In addition to eateries where you can eat, drink, and have fun, there are gardens and the Rose Stage that combine ecology and culture. There is also a Tourist Information Center that can help you to find your way around.