Visiting Japan’s neighbours 2: South Korea part 2




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Visiting Japan’s neighbours 2: South Korea part 2

In the previous post I gave some tips about planning the trip to South Korea and started a list of the must-see places in Seoul area. I mentioned Seoul's royal palaces and confucian Jongmyo shrine as the first two places you cannot miss. Here are the next treasures of Seoul:

3. Bukchon Hanok Village

If you are going to visit Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokung Palaces you should not miss Bukchon Hanok Village, which is located between the Palaces. It is a residential area  with over 900 hanok - traditional Korean houses, which gives you a feeling of how city looked in the past. During the Josei Period members of royal family and aristocrats lived there. I recommend using one of the hanbok rentals in this area. Great localisation between the two palaces and nearby dozens of hanoks gives you a lot of nice photo opportunites! But remember to be respectful towards the actual residents of Bukchon Hanok Village!


4. N Seoul Tower

236.7 meters tall tower with observatory from you can enjoy a complete view os Seoul. Observatory entry charge: 10,000 won.


 5. Sungnyemun Gate

Listed as National Treasure No. 1 in Korea, served as the main south entrance of the Seoul City Wall. Do not miss the guard changing ceremony or patrol ceremony!


6. Gwanghwamun Square

555 meter long square in front of Gwanghwamun, the main gate of Gyeongbokgung. There are a statues of King Sejong and Admiral Yi Sunshin, two of most respected historical figures in South Korea.


7. Cheonggyecheon Stram Walk

A 10.84 km-long stream flowing from Gwanghwamun to Dongdaemun, in 2005 transformed into an ekological park with amzing lighting and 22 bridges.


6. Insa-dong Street

A street showcasing traditional Korean culture with antique art and craft shops. Great place to buy souvenirs!


7. Jogyesa Temple

Near to Insa-dong Street, a buddhist temple operates daily templestay programs for foreign visitors. Beautiful colourful architecture with lots of cravings. Must see!


7. Hongdae

Area near the Hongik University, a renowned art college. Filled with clothing and accessory shops, clubs, theaters, cafes and restaurants, so you can enjoy shopping, entertainment, culture and food! I recommend trying a korean barbeque with soju here! Definitely must-do experience!



8. Myeong-dong

Korea's best-known shopping district full of department stores and shops selling brand-name cosmetics, clothes, shoes and accessories. Here you you can also find some stuff connected with Korean pop-culture - K-pop, and K-dramas, if you are interested in it.

There is also Korea's biggest tourist information center and  Meong-dong Cathedral, first Korea's Gothic cathedral.

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I chose places you should definitely see, if you do not have much time, but of course, there is so much more to see! But the most important thing ,when comming to Korea is to explore the food, it is so delicious!

Have a great trip!

Best regards!

Flora Yokohama Hoshikawa:

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