Things to do in Seoul

 

SEOUL things to do

10- second takeaway: Seoul is Korean culture at its peak with a promise to please your tastebuds. Think K Pop, K Culture, Beauty products and everything you hear of S.Korea. Also, state of the art infrastructure, convenient connectivity through the city, flavourful food, boutique coffee shops & pop bars. Seoul is so Metropolitan while being so rooted culturally at the same time. Experience the best of both worlds in this beautiful city. 

Trip Type: Culture & Food

In all honesty, I’ve always wanted to explore East Asian countries & culture but somehow more shiny destinations ended up attracting me. Such a shame, I know!

But as life always has, it gives you surprises & I had an opportunity to visit Seoul for work. I tried to make the best of my 4 days in the city & tried to explore as much as I could.

Did you know that Seoul is the third largest metropolitan, its humongous. I went to the city with no expectations & almost no research as it was quite a last minute trip.

From the time I landed at Incheon Airport till I reached my swanky Ritz Carlton room, I came to be in awe of the infrastructure of this city. The beautiful roads, side walks, cycling lanes, hilly roads making the view amazing, what was not to love.

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On the way from Incheon to Ritz Carlton
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On the way from Incheon Airport to my hotel

Going around the city is very convenient with the metros in the city.

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Art display at one of the subways

Below is my list of must do’s if you’re visiting this lovely city with the most beautiful people I’ve ever met:

  1. Korean Barbecue is an art form in itself. The traditional ways & format of the Traditional Barbecue will make you forget Texas Barbecue. You must try the local barbecue here.
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Korean style Barbecue
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Interesting Decor at the restaurant 🙂

2. Watch the guard changing at Changdeokgung Palace

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3. Visit the Gyeongbokgung Palaces & the sites around.

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Posing at the Gyeongbokgung Palace

4. Get lost in the beautiful Bukchon Hanok village

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Seoul- Things to Do5. Shop for Korean cosmetics- an absolute must are brands like Tony Moly, Missha, Etude among many others.

Things to do in Seoul
My Korean friend sent some gifts my way. Yes, I make lovely friends on these trips 🙂

6. Head to the Gangnam street to experience the K-Pop culture.

Things to do in Seoul
The popular Psy Gangnam dance song originates from here

7. Eat, eat and eat more- Kimchi, salad, Kalguksu, Samgyetang, everything Korean is yummilicious.

Things to do in Seoul

Things to do in Seoul

Things to do in Seoul

Things to do in Seoul
The local korean drink, quite potent this

8. Try the local boutique coffee shops

Things to do in Seoul

9. Check out the small bars along alleyways near Gangnam street

Things to do in Seoul
The menu at one of these pop up bars I visited
Things to do in Seoul
Make way for the Korean invention of Finger naps (Disposable mini gloves worn on the thumb & index finger) to avoid the grease on fingers while eating finger food! How did we never think of this before!

Suggestions while visiting Korea:

  1. Like most Asian countries, everything is in Korean. Hence, take prints of names, addresses, subways, hotel and other important numbers.
  2. Get a T-money card if you’re going to use the subway & bus. This will help you save money & time.
  3. Wifi is all over Seoul so not much to worry on that front

Have fun & Gomawo until next time 🙂

 

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