Much has been said about South Korea’s Seoul – a bustling capital city home to over 10 million people. Considering its surrounding areas such as Incheon and Gyeonggi-do, the 10 million mark goes up to about 25 million, making it one of the world’s largest metropolitan areas. Seoul and the rest of South Korea enjoy a temperate climate with 4 beautiful seasons all-year round. This means you can plan your Seoul travel depending on which season you want to experience. Is it the warm, vibrant summer days, soulful autumn season, beautiful spring or the magical winter?
From K-drama fanatics to K-pop fangirls, Korean skincare addicts and kimchi lovers, there is something for everyone in Seoul. For first-time travellers, here’s today’s Seoul travel guide to give you a glimpse of things to do, places to see and Seoul attractions you shouldn’t miss!
Starfield Library in Starfield COEX Mall
Located inside the COEX Mall – Asia’s biggest underground mall is a 2-storey, brightly lit library covering 2,800 square metres and boasting a collection of up to 50,000 books and magazines. This Seoul attraction was opened on May 31, 2017, in the hopes of attracting more tourists to the mall whose tourist count has been declining since 2014. There are about 200 seats to cater to as much visitors as possible. Ipads are also available for people who want to read e-books.
Address: Located at the centre of Central Plaza within Starfield COEX Mall, B1-1F,513,Yeongdong-dearo, Gangnam-gu,Seoul
Opening Hours:10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Admission Fee: Adult (above 13yrs. old): 27,000KRW
Child (36months – 12 yrs old): 24,000KRW
Fast Pass (All age): 50,000KRW
Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP)
In 2015, the New York Times included DDP in the “Top 52 Places to Visit in 2015”. DDP or Dongdaemun Design Plaza is a cultural playground designed by Zaha Hadid, one of the most famous female architects in the world. A number of exhibits, fashion shows, conferences, as well as local and international events are held here. It has also been a filming location for many Korean dramas from broadcasting networks such as MBC and KBS.
Address: D281, Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul 100-197
Subway: Line 2/4/5, Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Station, Exit 1 or 2
Bus: Get off at Dongdaemun History and Culture Park (02-174) N13, 105, 152, 301, 7212, 9403
Right in front of DDP is Doota Mall, perfect for all those looking to enjoy some retail therapy while in the city. This Seoul shopping mall is somehow similar to Shibuya 109 in Japan with its expansive variety of brands to choose from – local to famous Western brands. There’s also a Duty Free located inside Doota Mall.
Address: (100-730) Doosan Tower, 275, Jangchungdan-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul (Doosan Tower, 18-12, Euljiro 6-ga)
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 10:30 AM – 5:00 AM | Sunday 10:30 AM – 12:00 AM
Photo Courtesy: Visit Korea
Enjoy a day filled with excitement, adventure and adrenaline when you visit a Seoul attraction that’s been named as the world’s largest indoor theme park! Lotte World is a four-storey indoor theme park with thrilling rides, restaurants, shops and shows you can enjoy. There’s even the Magic Island – an artificial island which formed as the outdoor theme park boasting 17 rides which includes free-fall thriller the Gyro Drop.
Address: 240, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul 138-721, South Korea
Opening Hours:9:30 AM – 10:00 PM
Full day: Adults 36,000 won / Teenagers 32,000 won / Children 29,000 won
After4: Adults 30,000 won / Teenagers 27,000 won / Children 24,000 won
After7: Adults 18,000 won / Teenagers 16,000 won / Children 14,000 won
Magic Pass Premium Ticket
5-Ride Pass: 30,000 won (Select 5 rides) / Free Pass: 100,000 won (All attractions)
* Magic Pass is only available for Day-pass and Annual Membership holders
* Magic Pass cannot be used for attractions that charge an additional fee
Lotte World Tower Seoul Sky
Located in Jamsil-dong, standing 554.5 metres with 123 floors is Lotte World Tower Seoul Sky which opened in April 2017. It has since been given three Guinness World Records titles for the “world’s highest glass-floored observation deck” (the sky deck on the 118th floor), the “world’s fastest elevator” and the “world’s highest swimming pool in the building” (located at the 85th floor). It is the world’s 5th tallest building and once you’re at the top, you can get a bird’s eye view of Seoul.
Address: 05551 300 Olympic-ro (Sincheon-dong), Songpa-gu, Seoul
Opening Hours: 9:30 AM – 11:00 PM
Adult (13 yrs old and above): 27,000KRW
Child (36months – 12yrs old): 24,000KRW
Fast Pass (All age): 50,000KRW
DRAGON Hill Spa
Dragon Hill Spa is one of the places to visit in Seoul because it is the perfect healing paradise that promotes wellness for a healthy lifestyle. With its variety of rejuvenation programs, relaxing saunas, high-quality facilities and various eateries, Dragon Hill Spa is the relaxing break you need from the busy urban life.
It is open 24 hours which is perfect for a relaxing nightcap after visiting Seoul tourist places during the day!
Grevin Seoul Museum
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You may already be in Seoul but it’s unlikely that you get to meet your favourite K-pop stars or Kdrama actors as they don’t usually stroll around the city in public. But Grevin Museum might just be the best alternative for you!
Grevin Museum, the famous wax museum from France has finally made its way to Asia with its Seoul location considered to be the 4th worldwide but first in Asia. Experience a fun day taking selfies with your favourite Hollywood and Hallyu stars such as Marilyn Monroe, Brad Pitt, Psy, Park Shin Hye, as well as world-renowned personalities like Ghandi or Leonardo Di Vinci with Grevin Museum’s 80 wax figures for you to choose from!
Address: 23, Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
Opening Hours: January-June/September-December
Sunday & Public holidays 09:30-19:00
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Ssamzigil is a cultural complex of cafes, galleries, shops and restaurants. It opened in 2004 and has since been a popular Seoul attraction in Insadong. Although it is a modern establishment, it blends right into the traditional neighbourhood. At the first floor are shops which have been around before the construction of Ssamzigil. The second floor is filled with traditional handicrafts shops where you can buy cute, local souvenirs to take home. For your fashion finds, climb up the 3rd floor for items such as accessories, glasses, neckties and other latest fashion must-have items! There’s a Sky Garden, Galpi book café, crafts exhibition hall and a green open space at the rooftop where it offers a stunning view of the surrounding areas.
Address: 44, Insadong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Opening Hours:10:30 AM – 8:30 PM
Dore Art Village
If you’re craving for sweets during your Seoul travel adventure, head to Dore Art Village, a 3-storey building splashed with colours. You can never miss this building as it is splashed in pink paint all over. It’s a cute dessert café located in Seoul where a variety of cakes, drinks and treats await you. Their best-seller is the rainbow cake!
Address: 1F 40 Dosandae-ro 15gil Gangnam-gu Seoul
Opening Hours:10:30 AM – 11:00 PM
Best time to visit Seoul
Seoul enjoys a temperate climate with 4 different seasons every year. Each season has its own charm and you can plan your travel based on what type of season you would like to experience.
June – August
The summer season in Seoul can be quite humid and hot, making it a bit uncomfortable especially since you would need a lot of walking when exploring the city. Unless you don’t mind sweating, you may opt to fly to Seoul from June to August.
September – November
Autumn is one of the seasons that welcome millions of tourists in the city. The beautiful foliage is truly a sight to see especially for tourists who have yet to experience this type of season. The weather during these months is also favourable, as it is not too hot nor is it too cold. It’s a great balance between the extremes and you’ll find strolling around relaxing.
December to February
South Korea’s winter is said to be one of the coldest in the world. So if you’re confident enough to brave the cold and would like to experience a winter wonderland, then the best time to visit is winter. Be fully equipped and don’t forget to bring warm clothes and the right shoes for your winter travel to Seoul.
Aside from Autumn, most travellers would agree that the next best season to experience Seoul is Spring. There’s just something unique and charming with the beauty of cherry blossoms. You may want to expect a great volume of tourists during this season as there’s a lot of other travellers who’ve been wanting to see cherry blossoms up-close.
You may also want to learn a few basic Korean phrases for a complete Seoul travel experience!
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