Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Chapter 16 : Places to Visit in Korea (Seoul)


Korea is an interesting country where you have a vast number of places to visit.
If you want to travel in Korea especially its capital, Seoul, here are some recommendations. 
There might be a lot more to visit, but I just share with you guys where I have been.^^

Firstly, Korea is an advanced and sophisticated country. So it has a very well developed subway and bus system. Wherever you want to go, just take subway or bus. This is the reason why Korea is Tourist-friendly and convenient. 
To find out more about the Subway, Go Here.

Shopping in Korea is absolutely inevitable, as Korea is a shopping heaven.
For Girls especially because Men Stuffs are pretty expensive here (For Me) ^^ 

1. Myeongdong

Myeongdong is a fashion street where you can find almost everything here. Cosmetics, clothing, accessories and others are everywhere in Myeongdong. That's why Myeongdong is full of local and foreign people.You can even find at least 3 identical shops in Myeongdong too.
If you want to have shopping, this can be the primary choice.
More Details, click Here

2.  Dongdaemun

Dongdaemun is famous with the shopping complexes. There are several huge ones such as Doota and GoodMorningCity. You can notice that most of the booths/stalls inside the shopping malls are similar. But choices are aplenty as well. What you need to is, Bargain! You can definitely get a much cheaper price!
 "Don't know Korean, How?" Answer : "Use The Calculator and press the amount you want". Haha ^^
There is one Shoes Market beside all those big complexes. You can get much cheaper shoes there.
Understand more, click Here

3. Namdaemun
Having small stalls with countless choices of things, Namdaemun is also a traditional style of shopping area. Here is always Full of people! Things are quite affordable here and you can get cheap souvenirs as well. From cloth to shoes, from kitchen utensils to umbrella, everything you can find here. It closes early around 8 or 9pm, but you can find some street foods at night ^^
To know more, click Here

4.  Coex Mall
Coex Mall is a large underground shopping complex. There is also crowded most of the time. All kinds of items can be found inside the mall. There is Kimchi Museum and Aquarium too.
More Details, click Here

5.  Insadong
Want to get some Korean traditional items? Then you can visit Insadong. At there you can purchase some Korean traditional and cultural stuffs and souvenirs. Here is full of foreign visitors too. You can learn more about Korean traditions and cultures indirectly from those items too. Just go there with Bus/Subway ^^

6. Gangnam Underground Shopping Arcade
(Express Bus Terminal)

Girls will get excited and scream at this place. This is a supreme shopping area for girls. Fashion stuffs are Cheap! Cheap! Cheap! With 5000 Won, you can get a good-looking T-shirts (For Girls).
It is beneath the Express bus Terminal. You can get there with Subway or Bus.

Sightseeing 
Well, Korea government puts a lot of efforts in promoting tourism in Korea. So there are a lot of awesome places to visit in Seoul, Korea. Breathtaking and impressive!

7. N Seoul Tower
N Seoul Tower provides you a fantastic view of whole Seoul! On the top of Namsam, This tower is the tallest building in Seoul. So, at night, you can see the best night view of Seoul here^^. After visited Namdaemun market, you can pay a visit here. With 9000 won, whole Seoul will be in your eyes.
  More Details, click Here (Combined with Namdaemun Market)

8. Gyeongbokgung


Korea movie loves to film in palace. So, visit a palace in Korea is necessary. Hehe^^ Here is one of the biggest palaces in Seoul. This is really huge and preserved nicely. A lot of nice photos can be taken here.
Experience the feel in Palace here, to be a Korean King or Queen? haha. There are museums nearby too.
   More info, click Here

9. Cheonggyechoen Stream
Cheonggyecheon stream is artificial stream built for people. This is a few-kilometers-long stream. You can date and have a stroll along the stream to relax your mind and enjoy soaking your feet into the cold water. There are some water jet performances too. You can start walking from Dongdaemun to the end (near Gyeongbokgong). The photo above is one end of the Stream. 

10. Nami Island - Winter Sonata
Nami island is not big, but it is famous because of the well-known Korean Drama (Winter Sonata). The island is relaxing and decorated with all kinds of trees. I believe Fall gives the best scenery to this Island. You can cycle here and enjoy the soothing breeze. Remember to charge your camera before going there, you can take a vast number of great photos.
 More Details, click Here

11. Bukchon Hanok Village

Bukchon preserves the most original Korean traditional houses. Entering there as if taking time machine going back to 300 years ago XD. Bukchon is huge and you can enjoy the building along the roads. Grab a map and discover the whole Bukchon. Take some nice photos with these historical houses ^^
Go there with Anguk Station (Line 3), Exit 2.

12. Yoido Full Gospel Church
For Christians even non-believers, this church is pretty worth to pay a visit. This largest church in the world with around 800,000 church members. Most members here are faithful and serving God well. You can see around 7000 members worshiping God together.^^There are bookstore, cafe, and others too.
View more God's grace, Click here

Other than these, Seoul has aplenty of places to have FUN and enjoy too.

12. Hongdae (Hongik University)
Hongdae is an energetic place with all kinds of fun. There are clubs, pubs and shopping areas too. Here is one of the favorites of youth for sure. Besides that, Language Cast is also held here. Hellokitty cafe and other themed restaurants can be found in Hongdae. TrickEye museum is here too!
Discover more, click Here 

13. Lotte World
Located in Seoul, Lotte World is the favorite themed park of Korean and visitors. There are extreme and exciting games. I believe that teenages and youth love that place. Long queue for each ride is common during peak season like Summer. Some rides give me good impression like Gyro Swing and Giant loop.
Learn more, click Here

14. 63 City
63 Sky Art Gallery
63 Aquarium
63 Wax Museum
63 building is somehow built for tourism. It has Wax Museum, Imax Theater, Aquarium and Art Gallery. 
All these 4 are charged around 34000 Won for foreigners. You can view part of Seoul in the Sky Art Gallery. The Wax Museum can be Fun if you go with friends, most of the characters are well known politicians, artist, athletes and others. 63 building is full of family with kids. 
In my opinion, Go there If and only If you have no where else to go.
 How to go : Daebang station (subway line1), Exit 6
Take the Free Shuttle or bus no.62 


15. Sauna(Jjimjilbang) - Dragon Hill Spa

Sauna is common in Korea and it will be a brand new experience. Relaxation is all you need during the hectic  life and travels. There are aplenty of great sauna in Korea. Dragon Hill Spa is one of the best choice. It is just beside Yongsan Bus Terminal with 12000 won for 12 hours. You can enjoy the marvellous hot spring and sweat-inducing saunas there. Since you are in Korea, why not pay a visit to sauna. Stay over night there ^^
More info, visit here

16. Everland
Everland is top ten Amusement park in the world. The roller coasters there are amazing and heart-challenging too. Most of the visitors will pay a visit to the zoo there too. Actually I miss the opportunity to there. Oops... Hehe... Never Mind ^^ More Info, Click Here

Beside Seoul, Where to visit else???
I will recommend

17. Busan



Second largest City in Korea. Busan is a lovely and beautiful place. You can get nice beach, seafood, people here. This city is well equipped with public transportation like Subway and bus as well. Shopping centers and underground markets are common at here too. Busan is a great tourist spot! Foreigners can go there with free shuttle bus too, but only available for certain period.
Know more about Busan, Click Here

18. Jeju Island


People will say, you must pay a visit to Jeju if you are in Korea. Jeju Island is a wonderful natural island in Korea. It is famous with its naturally formed scenery and filming locations for several Korea dramas. Some places are recognised as World Heritage too. Enjoy the wonders of Mother of Nature there^^
Read more Here

Hopefully This helps to enlighten you about Korea and suggestions are helpful for your visit in Korea.
Everyone loves Korea, So am I. Prepare more money here and have a shopping spree. Enjoy your travel in this lovely and blessed Land. I love Korea.

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