안녕하세요 여러분! It has been awhile XD I thought I would write a post about some of the things that I did in Seoul, South Korea that everyone should experience. These are in not in any particular order because if I did have to order them… well, I just could not do it! haha
(1. 서울숲 (Seoul Forest – Soul-soup)
- I ended up going to 서울숲 with Sofia on a whim. We never had any plans to really do so, but after passing the subway station named 서울숲, we really wanted to check it out and see what it was all about. Riding the subway for more than 30 minutes was truly worth it in the end. 서울숲 is the perfect place to go to get the feel that you are out in nature. The trees are huge and provide a nice, cool shade and there are plenty of things to do: feed deer, walk through flower/vegetable gardens, roam around an insect botanical garden, play in the parks, and more! And one of the best things is that the park’s admission is free! (Some things may cost extra like the feed for the deer costs 1,000 won or approximately less than a dollar. But you could take a walk and visit a majority of the gardens for free!)
(2. 남산골한옥마을 (Namsangol Hanok Village – nam-san-gol-han-ok-ma-oul)
- 남산골한옥마을 is a Korean traditional village with restored traditional Korean houses, a traditional garden, pavillion, and more. You get to walk around as if you are in a historical drama taking in all the beautiful views (for free might I add!) Besides the beautiful views and architecture, you can also try traditional Korean games, hanbok, and there is even a gift shop! If Korean history is something you fancy, you must head on over to 남산골한옥마을!~
(3. 통인시장 (Tongin Market – tong-in-shi-jang)
- As part of our Korean class curriculum, we took a field trip to 통인시장. We got to exchange 5,000 won (approximately less than 5 dollars) for some old school Korean coins to get more Korean food than we could eat. It was a lot of fun walking through the entire market and choosing what foods we wanted to buy. We got to practice our Korean skills with the 아줌마s (term used to address married or married age elder women) at the stalls while also ending the afternoon with a hearty and filling lunch.
(4. Biking at Han River! (한강 자전거 타기)
- This was a huge goal of mine ever since I knew I was going to Korea. I loved to bike ride back home and I knew that bike riding along the Han River would be better than all my neighborhood views. Renting the bikes was not too expensive at all, they were about $3 per bike for an hour. We went on a hot day but the shade from the trees cooled us down throughout different portions of the trail. Tucker played some old school Kpop songs as we biked for an entire hour. It was a blast!~
- A list of things to do in Seoul would definitely not be complete without shopping!~ My three favorite places (and probably the three most famous places) are Myeongdong ( Myeongdong station – 명동역), Hongdae (Hongik University Station – 홍대입구역), and Edae (Ewha Womans University – 이대역). Myeongdong is definitely the place for Korean skincare and makeup while Hongdae and Edae are the best places to go for cheap street fashion (Protip: Go to Edae before buying any clothes from Hongdae! A lot of the times, you can find the same shirt in both places but they are usually cheaper in Edae!)
(6. 노래방 (Karaoke Rooms – no-rae-bang)
- For me, singing was reserved for my shower, my bedroom, and the car. I had never been to a karaoke room before and I did not know how I felt about going to one in Korea. It was one of my best decisions ever! Singing into microphones (badly and usually loudly), became one of my favorite things to do. Korean Karaoke rooms are filled with the best Korean and English (and sometimes Chinese and Japanese) songs imaginable. It is also a great way to practice your Korean reading abilities. (I would recommend not going to a 노래방 to sing Korean songs until you are comfortable at reading Hangul because it might be hard to follow along (especially if you are not familiar with the song).
- Animal cafes are such a unique part of Asia. They are slowly being introduced to other countries around the world but you still can not find more animal cafes anywhere else in the world! Cat Cafes, Dog Cafes, Racoon Cafes, Sheep Cafes, Turtle Cafes, if you can name it, Korea probably has it! Usually, the price of admission is a drink, and then you get to enjoy a nice cafe environment with the animals of your choosing. I personally enjoy cat cafes the most because it is quiet enough to work on actual homework, and you can pet cats while doing so. It is a win-win!~
(8. 인사동 (Insadong – in-sa-dong)
- 인사동길 (Insadong Street) is a street in Seoul that is known for its traditional Korean crafts, cultural products, and tons of souvenirs. There is so much to see and buy: chopsticks, pottery, paintings, K-pop merch, stationary, and more. I bought the majority of the souvenirs for my friends, family, and teachers here. It was a lot of fun to walk around and see all the beautiful Korean crafts. The street food in Insadong is also really great!
(9. 경복궁 (Gyeongbokgung Palace – gyeong-bok-gung)
- 경복궁 is probably the most popular Korean palace and tourist attraction. Even though this is the case, and hidden gems are usually seen as better, tourist spots are tourist spots for a reason. There are a lot of palaces near the actual Gyeongbokgung and Insadong is not a far walk away either. What can I say about 경복궁? Well, the views are exceptionally beautiful and you can not leave without photos. Try to go on a cooler day because if it is hot, it won’t be as enjoyable as it could possibly be! Ticket prices for 경복궁 for international visitors range from 1,500 won to 3,000 won depending on age.
(10. 트릭아이미술관 (Trick-eye museum – trick-eye-me-sul-gwan)
- The Trick Eye Museum is an art gallery with paintings that give off a 3D effect which makes them perfect photo ops. Make sure to not go alone! You will need people to take photos for you and it is always more fun to go with friends! Admission is 15,000 won for adults and 12,000 won for children and students (So bring your student ID for a discount). The admission cost also comes with admission to the ice museum. It is honestly a great place for really funny photos and you will never forget your time there making a bunch of poses and using up all your phone storage.
And that was 10 things to do in Seoul, South Korea. There are a million things to do in Seoul (and I have so much that I have yet to have the chance to do), and no matter where you go, you will always be able to find something fun and worthwhile to do. I hope this blog post was entertaining or even informative. Did you add anything to your Korea bucket list? Once again, none of these things are in any particular order. I could never rank them! If you liked this post, make sure to subscribe to my blog!! 감사합니다! 다음에 봐요!~
- 엠마 (Emma)