The tourist attractions included in this itinerary

See the center of Seoul, Seoul City Hall, visit the iconic Namdaemun Market, and explore the renowned landmark, N Seoul Tower.


The Route

 

Central-Seoul-Map
Central-Seoul-Map

You can find all the places from number except for Namsan Park and N Seoul Tower, which is located to the south Myeongdong.

 

1. Seoul City Hall 서울 시청

Explore the Seoul Metropolitan Government with its green grass square, and don’t miss the art gallery on the 9th floor.

Insider Tip: The new wing at the back is currently in use, while the old one in the front serves as a library.

seoul city hall
Seoul City Hall
  • Address: 110, Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul / 서울특별시 중구 세종대로 110(태평로1가)
  • Subway: Exit 5 of Seoul City Hall Station, line no.1&2 (navy blue and green line)
  • Opening Hours: 9:00-18:00
  • Things to do: Explore the ‘sky square,’ relax on the bench or on the grass, enjoy coffee, and view artwork at the art gallery on the 9th floor.
  • Estimated Time for this activity: 30 minutes.

 

2. Deoksugung Palace 덕수궁

Discover this walled palace compound with a unique blend of traditional and western-style architecture.

Did You Know: It is the only palace with a western-style garden, fountain, and modern royal palace hall. It served as the backdrop for the Great Korean Empire.

Additional information: ‘Gung’ means a palace. Deoksugung means Deoksu Palace.

Deoksu-Palace
Deoksu Palace
  • Address: 99, Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul / 서울특별시 중구 세종대로 99(정동)
  • Subway: Exit 2 and 12 of Seoul City Hall Station, Line No.1&2 (navy blue and green line)
  • Opening Hours: Mar, Apr, May, Sept. & Oct.: 09:00-21:00 / Closed on Mondays
  • Royal Guard Changing Ceremony: 11:00, 14:00, and 15:30 (3 times a day, all year round)
  • Admission: 800 Won
  • Free Language Guide Service:
    • English: 10:30 AM & 1:30 PM (twice a day)
    • Chinese: 10:00 AM (except on Sundays) & 2:30 PM (except on Saturdays and Sundays)
  • Estimated Time for this activity: 1 hour and 30 minutes.
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3. Deoksugung Doldam-gil (Stone-wall Road) 덕수궁 돌담길

Take a leisurely stroll along the picturesque street that runs alongside the palace walls.

Deoksugung Doldamgil
Deoksugung Doldamgil
  • Things to do: Take a leisurely stroll along the wall, enjoying the serene surroundings. Capture beautiful pictures of the walls and trees that line the path.
  • Estimated Time for this activity: 30 minutes.

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4. Seoul Museum of Art 서울 시립 미술관

Immerse yourself in modern art at this conveniently located museum near Deoksu Palace.

Seoul Museum of Art
Seoul Museum of Art
  • Address: 61 Deoksugung-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul 04515 / 서울특별시 중구 덕수궁길 61(서소문동)
  • Subway: Exit 10 of Seoul City Hall Station, line no.1 & 2 (navy blue and green line)
  • Opening Hours:
    • March – Oct: 10:00 – 20:00 Weekdays / 10:00 – 19:00 Sat, Sun, national holidays
    • Nov – Feb: 10:00 – 20:00 Weekdays / 10:00 – 18:00 Sat, Sun, national holidays
    • Museum Night (Jan-Aug): Open until 10 pm every first and third Tuesdays of the month
    • Museum Night (Sep-Dec): Open until 10 PM every Second and last Wednesdays(Culture Day) of the month
  • Admission: Admission is free for regular exhibitions, and fees may vary for special exhibitions.
  • Estimated Time for this activity: 1 hour and 30 minutes.

 

5. Seoul Museum of History 서울 역사 박물관

Learn about Seoul’s transformation from its prehistoric period to the vibrant city it is today.

Fun Fact: You can catch a glimpse of the life and culture during the early days of Seoul and witness a scale model of the city, offering a panoramic view of Seoul.

Seoul Museum of History
Seoul Museum of History
  • Address: 55, Saemunan-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul / 서울특별시 종로구 새문안로 55(신문로2가)
  • Subway:
    • 7 minutes’ walk (470m) from Exits 6, 7, 8, Gwanghwamun Station, Seoul Subway Line No.5
    • 28 minutes’ walk (600m) from Exit 4, Seodaemun Station, Seoul Subway Line No.5
    • 516 minutes’ walk (980m) from Exit 12, Seoul City Hall Station, Seoul Subway Line No.2
  • Opening Hours:
    • March – Oct: 09:00 – 20:00 Weekdays / 10:00 – 19:00 Sat, Sun, National Holidays
    • Nov – Feb: 10:00 – 20:00 Weekdays / 10:00 – 18:00 Sat, Sun, National Holidays
  • Estimated Time for this activity: 1 hour and 30 minutes.
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Directions: Up to this point, the above-mentioned venues are all in one area, allowing you to start your tour from no.1, Seoul City Hall. From there, you have the option to visit either Myeongdong or Namdaemun, both of which are equally close to the city hall area. I recommend starting with Namdaemun and then proceeding to Myeongdong, as it is closer to Namsangol Hanok Village.

 

6. Sungnyemun (Namdaemun) 숭례문 (남대문)

Visit the national treasure, Namdaemun, and capture stunning photos of this iconic landmark.

Historical Tidbit: It was burned down by a drunken homeless Feb 11, 2008 and was restored in 2013. Most people in Korea were mad. Ever since then, the government has reinforced security to protect it safely.

Sungnyemun
Sungnyemun
  • Address: 40, Saejongdae-ro, Jungg-gu, Seoul / 서울특별시 중구 세종대로 40(남대문로4가)
  • Subway: Exit 5 of Hoehyun Station, line no. 4 (sky blue line). It is a 3 minute walking distance from the station.
  • Things to do: Walk around and you can get a great picture of Namdaemun and the guards.
  • Estimated Time for this activity: 30 minutes.

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7. Namdaemun Market 남대문 시장

Experience Korea’s largest conventional market, known for its variety of goods and delicious street food.

Food at street stalls in Namdaemun Market
Food at street stalls in Namdaemun Market
  • Subway: Exit 5 of Hoehyun Station, line no. 4 (sky blue line)
  • Opening Hours: Most shops are open from 09:00 until around 17:30, but street stalls and stores on the main alley are open until around 21:00. Some shops operate from 23:00 to 18:00, catering to customers from nighttime until late afternoon. The market is closed on Sundays, Lunar New Year, Chuseok, and during summer holidays.
  • Things to do: Eat street food and sit in at old small restaurants. You can buy basically everything in the market; clothes, household goods, health supplements, foods and you name it. This area is famous for its low prices and hospitality. You can always haggle with the store owners.
  • Estimated Time for this activity: 1 hour.

 

8. Myeongdong 명동

Shop till you drop at the vibrant Myeongdong district, famous for cosmetics, fashion, and street food.

Insider Info: Street foods in this area are generally priced higher compared to other areas due to the higher cost of property.

Myeongdong
Street of Myeongdong
  • Subway:
    • Exit 6 of Myeongdong Station, sky blue line, no.4
    • Exit 5 of Eunjiro-ipgu Station (At the station it says Euljiro1(il)ga station), no.2 (green line)
Euljiro-ipgu Station
Euljiro-ipgu Station
  • Opening Hours: Most shops are open from 10:30 til around 22:00
  • Food info: Myeongdong kalguksu (seafood noodle soop), donkatsu (pork cutlet) and dumpligs are famous in this area.
  • Estimated Time for this activity: 1 hour and 30 minutes.

 

9. Namsangol Hanok Village 남산골 한옥 마을

Step into the past at this traditional village nestled in the Namsan Valley.

Namsan Hanok Village
Namsangol Hanok Village
  • Address: 28, Toegye-ro 34-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul / 서울특별시 중구 퇴계로34길 28(필동2가)
  • Subway: Exit 3 or 4 of Chungmuro Station, no.3 (orange line)
  • Opening Hours: 
    • Apr – Oct: 09:00 – 21:00
    • Nov – Mar: 09:00 – 20:00
    • Closed on Mondays
  • Guided Tour: Call 02-224-4412
  • Estimated Time for this activity: 1 hour and 30 minutes.

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10. Namsan Park 남산 공원

Enjoy the tranquility of this well-preserved park located at the foot of Namsan.

Namsan Park
Namsan Park
  • Estimated Time for this activity: 30 minutes.

Directions: You can walk to this park from Namsangol Hanok Village. If you’re starting from Namdaemun Market, I recommend beginning your journey from Gate 1 of Namdaemun Market (서울특별시 중구 남대문로 24(남대문로3가) / 24, Namdaemun-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul) and walking up the hill based on this itinerary.

If you prefer to go there separately, the most convenient and inexpensive way is to take bus number 01, the Namsan Circulation Bus [남산 순환 버스], either from the bus stop right outside Exit 2 of Chungmuro Station (orange line/Line 3) or from a bus stop near Exit 6 of Dongguk University Station (orange line).

 

11. N Seoul Tower N 서울 타워 / 남산타워

Marvel at the breathtaking panoramic view of Seoul from the iconic N Seoul Tower.

Interesting Fact: The N Seoul Tower, officially known as the YTN Seoul Tower and commonly referred to as Namsan Tower or Seoul Tower, is a communication and observation tower located on Namsan Mountain in central Seoul.

N Seoul Tower
N Seoul Tower
  • Address: 105, Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul / 서울특별시 용산구 남산공원길 105(용산동2가)
  • FYI: There are 18 different gates around this mountain, offering various routes to reach the top. For the best experience, consider joining Kimchiman’s guided tour to Namsan Tower. 🙂 The two easiest and cost-effective ways to reach the summit of Namsan are by walking from Namdaemun or Namsangol Hanok Village.
  • Opening Hours:
    • Mon – Fri & Sun 10:00 – 23:00
    • Sat 10:00 – 24:00
  • Admission for observatory: Adults: 16,000 won / Under age 13: 12,000 won
  • Things to do: Enjoy panoramic views of the entire city of Seoul.
  • Estimated Time for this activity: 1 hour and 30 minutes.

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FAQ about Myeongdong

Why is Myeongdong famous?

Myeongdong is famous for several reasons:

1. Shopping Paradise: Myeongdong is a bustling shopping district known for its diverse range of retail shops, boutiques, department stores, and cosmetic stores. It offers a wide selection of fashion items, beauty products, accessories, and more. It is particularly popular among shoppers looking for Korean cosmetics and skincare products.
2. Street Food and Restaurants: Myeongdong is a food lover’s paradise, offering a variety of street food stalls and restaurants. Visitors can indulge in delicious Korean street food such as tteokbokki (spicy rice cakes), kimbap (rice rolls), mandu (dumplings), and hotteok (sweet pancakes). There are also numerous restaurants serving Korean cuisine and international dining options.
3. Nightlife and Entertainment: Myeongdong comes alive at night with vibrant energy. The district is home to entertainment venues, including theaters, live music clubs, and karaoke rooms. Visitors can enjoy cultural performances, live music, and nightlife activities.
4. Cultural Landmarks: Myeongdong is located near several iconic cultural landmarks, including the historic Myeongdong Cathedral, which is the main Roman Catholic church in Seoul. The cathedral is known for its beautiful architecture and religious significance.
5. Street Performances: Myeongdong is known for its lively street performances and buskers. Talented performers showcase their skills in music, dance, magic, and more, adding to the vibrant atmosphere of the district.
6. Central Location: Myeongdong is centrally located in Seoul, making it easily accessible for both locals and tourists. It is a hub of transportation, with convenient subway connections and bus routes, making it a popular destination for both shopping and leisure activities.

Overall, Myeongdong’s combination of shopping, food, entertainment, and cultural attractions has made it a must-visit destination for tourists and a favorite spot for locals in Seoul.

Is Myeongdong a good area?

Yes, Myeongdong is considered a great area to visit in Seoul. It offers a vibrant and dynamic atmosphere with a wide range of attractions, making it a popular choice among locals and tourists alike. Here are some reasons why Myeongdong is considered a good area:

1. Shopping Heaven: Myeongdong is renowned as a shopping paradise. It offers a diverse selection of shops, ranging from global brands and department stores to local boutiques and street stalls. Visitors can find a wide range of fashion items, cosmetics, accessories, and souvenirs.
2. Culinary Delights: The area is known for its extensive culinary offerings. From traditional Korean street food to international cuisine, Myeongdong is a food lover’s haven. Visitors can indulge in delicious treats like Korean fried chicken, bibimbap, Korean-style barbecue, and a variety of street food snacks.
3. Street Performances: Myeongdong is famous for its vibrant street performances. Talented buskers and performers entertain crowds with music, dance, magic tricks, and more. Watching these performances adds to the lively atmosphere of the area.
4. Cultural Landmarks: Myeongdong is home to significant cultural landmarks such as Myeongdong Cathedral, a historic Catholic church with beautiful architecture. These landmarks provide insight into the cultural and historical aspects of the area.
5. Convenient Location: Myeongdong’s central location in Seoul makes it easily accessible for visitors. It is well-connected by public transportation, including subway lines and buses, making it convenient to explore other attractions in the city.
6. Nightlife and Entertainment: Myeongdong comes alive at night with its vibrant nightlife scene. There are numerous entertainment venues, including clubs, bars, and theaters, where visitors can enjoy live music, performances, and nightlife activities.

Overall, Myeongdong offers a mix of shopping, dining, entertainment, and cultural experiences, making it a great area to explore and enjoy the vibrant energy of Seoul.

Is Myeongdong a good area to stay in Seoul?

Myeongdong can be a good area to stay in Seoul depending on your preferences and interests. Here are some factors to consider when deciding if Myeongdong is a suitable area for your stay:

1. Central Location: Myeongdong is centrally located in Seoul, making it convenient for exploring various attractions in the city. It has excellent transportation connections, including subway lines and buses, allowing easy access to other parts of Seoul.
2. Shopping and Dining: Myeongdong is famous for its shopping streets, offering a wide range of retail stores, boutiques, and cosmetics shops. If you enjoy shopping and want to be in the midst of bustling shopping districts, staying in Myeongdong can be a great choice. Additionally, the area is known for its diverse dining options, from street food stalls to trendy restaurants, providing ample culinary experiences.
3. Nightlife and Entertainment: Myeongdong has a vibrant nightlife scene, with various entertainment venues, bars, and clubs. If you enjoy exploring the city’s nightlife and want to be close to evening entertainment options, staying in Myeongdong can be advantageous.
4. Crowded and Busy: It’s important to note that Myeongdong is a popular tourist area, and it can get crowded, especially during peak travel seasons. If you prefer a quieter and more tranquil environment, you may want to consider other neighborhoods in Seoul.
5. Accommodation Options: Myeongdong offers a wide range of accommodation options, including luxury hotels, boutique hotels, guesthouses, and hostels. There is a variety of choices to suit different budgets and preferences.
6.Too touristy, expensive: Since there are number of tourist visit in this area, the businesses have increased their prices, a little bit higher than other places. The street food varies in Myeongdong, but is twice more expensive than other areas

Ultimately, the decision of whether Myeongdong is a good area to stay in Seoul depends on your specific preferences, such as proximity to shopping, dining, nightlife, and transportation. It’s recommended to consider your interests and priorities when selecting an accommodation location in Seoul.

What is the famous street in Korea?

One of the most famous streets in Korea is Myeongdong Street. Myeongdong is located in central Seoul and is known for its vibrant and bustling atmosphere. It is a popular destination for shopping, dining, and entertainment. The street is lined with numerous shops, ranging from global brands to local boutiques, offering a wide variety of products including cosmetics, fashion, and accessories. Myeongdong Street is also renowned for its street food vendors, offering delicious and diverse Korean snacks. The area comes alive at night with bright lights, bustling crowds, and lively street performances, creating an energetic and exciting atmosphere.

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