Seoul is the capital of South Korea and a beautiful place to visit. This post features 10 things to do in Seoul. Seoul is a huge city with a population of almost 10 million and there is something for literally everyone. This list of things to do in Seoul is not even scratching the surface.
1. Hike up Mount Inwangsan
Hiking up Mount Inwangsan was one of my favorite things to do in Seoul. Mount Inwangsan is easily accessible via public transportation (Metro 3) and local buses. The park is literally in the middle of Seoul and I highly recommend going if you have a couple hours to spare. There is no entry fee and there are plenty of rest spots during the hike. Once you are at the top you’ll have incredible views over Seoul! If you are keen on going then I highly recommend checking out this link for directions and tips.
2. Enjoy great views at Namsan Park
Namsan Mountain is located in the heart of Seoul and popular among locals and tourists alike. There’s a cable car that goes all the way to the top and there are also several paths leading up to the mountain. If you are physically able to walk I definitely recommend walking. The views on the way to the top are wonderful! Namsan Mountain is definitely more touristy and on weekends it can get rather crowded at the top.
3. Visit the Seodaemun Prison History Museum
After my hike to Mount Inwangsan, I found myself in front of Seodaemun Prison History Museum and figured it’d be worth checking out. Seodaemun Prison History Hall is a museum and former prison. It built around 1910 and in this prison, Korean Independence Movement followers were executed and tortured by the Japanese. At the museum, you’ll see jail cells, an execution room, watchtowers and a basement jail cell. If you are interested in South Korea’s history then I highly recommend going! Entry for adults is ₩ 3,000.
4. Explore Suraksan Mountain
Suraksan Mountain is northeast of Seoul and almost as popular among hikers as Bukhansan National Park. It’s 638m high and the 3rd highest mountain Seoul. This was one of the most difficult hikes I ever did in my life and I highly recommend to come prepared. We hiked up one of its peaks which took several hours and decided not to hike any further. For detailed instructions on how to explore Suraksan Mountain visit this website.
5. Order Korea’s famous dish “Bibimbap”
Bibimbap is probably one of Korea’s most famous dishes. It literally means “mixed rice” and you’ll find it everywhere. It’s usually served in a big bowl of mixed rice and heaps of vegetables. My fabsolute favorite Bibimbap is the one at Kwangjang Market for only ₩ 5,000. Check out my post about my favorite vendors to grab Bibimbap here. If you are vegan, like me, make sure to have a note on you that says what you wouldn’t want to eat.
6. Mix things up and get a new piercing at BODYARTISM(바디아티즘)
I was itching to get yet another piercing and after sending out heaps of messages on Facebook I finally found a piercer that met my criteria – BODYARTISM(바디아티즘)! Unfortunately, they didn’t end up getting the jewelry I wanted on time. A basic lobe piercing is ₩ 30,000. If you are in Seoul a little longer then be sure to pop in!
7. Marvel at Banpo Bridge Rainbow Fountain (반포대교 달빛무지개분수)
Banpo Bridge Rainbow Fountain is installed on both sides of the Banpodaegyo Bridge. It’s a beautiful show of water, heaps of lights and music. The fountain is programmed to play different shows during the day and throughout the evening. For more information as well as its operating hours visit this website.
8. Visit Kwangjang Market
Kwangjang Market is one of my favorite markets in Seoul. It’s popular among tourists and locals alike and is open till late. As mentioned earlier, this is my favorite place to grab Bibimbap! If you are looking for food, souvenirs, and clothing then I highly recommend checking out. Please note, it’s closed on Sundays.
9. Check out Amsa Complex Market
Amsa Complex Market is near the metro stop “Amsa” and visiting this market is one of my favorite things to do in Seoul. The market offers local as well as imported fruits and vegetables, local sweets and snacks and heaps of other things. If you are interested in visiting a local market then this would be my #1 recommendation. For more information visit this website.
10. Try Korean sweets
If you are into sweets then trying a couple of Korean sweets is a must. I highly recommend trying Patbingsu if you happen to visit Seoul during the summer. I’ve made a separate post dedicated to this beautiful dessert that I highly recommend checking out. Tteok is also a great sweet that you can try while in South Korea. Tteok is a Korean rice cake that comes in all shapes and sizes. They are usually fairly cheaply available and I highly recommend trying some!
This was my post about my favorite things to do in Seoul. I absolutely love Seoul and highly recommend visiting! What are your favorite things to do in Seoul? Let me know in the comments down below!