A. Strengths and Weaknesses of Seoul
Set amongst eight mountains and divided by the Han River, Seoul with a population of over 10 million is one of the most populous and successful cities on earth.
The speed with which it has been transformed has produced a fascinating combination of ultra-modernity and ancient tradition.
Seoul is home to several substantially pedestrianized shopping districts, five ancient palaces and numerous temples and shrines.
The city is very safe, easy to get around and delights visitors with glorious shopping and vibrant nightlife. Due to an excellent public transport system it is very easy to get around.
There are no extraordinary sights, the city possesses no real centre, and the price level is high.
Do not expect great weather since in winter it is generally cold and in summer very rainy. Best months are September to November and March to May.
9/10 [10.3 Mio.]
B. Best Things to Do in Seoul (Detailed List with Photos and Information)
These sights and attractions contribute to a sights score of 6.75/10.
Gyeongbokgung Palace 7
Gyeongbokgung with its wonderful royal court architecture of high historical significance and attractive gardens is the largest and arguably the most beautiful of the five Joseon palaces in Seoul and the most visited tourist site in Korea.
Among the many fascinating sights in this huge complex including hundreds of edifices, don't miss the two-story hexagonal Hyangwonjeong Pavilion and its distinctive arched bridge (Chwihyanggyo) over a small lake, the Gwanghwamun gate, where you can see the changing of the guards, the Main Throne Hall (Geunjeongjeon) and the Royal Banquet Hall (Gyeonghoeru), the National Palace Museum of Korea and the National Folk Museum. The still ongoing restoration and reconstruction of the palace after systematical destruction during Japanese occupation the early 20th century, began again in 1990.
CHANGDEOKGUNG PALACE 7
While the colourfully painted buildings of the palace grounds are remarkable, the highlight of the Changdeokgung is its vast 78-acre (32 ha) beautiful Secret Garden' Biwon' , with its lotus pond, fountains and pavilions surrounded by 26,000 trees.
The Secret Garden can be visited through a guided tour.
Palace complex with gardens (World Heritage Site since 1997)
Lotte World Tower 7
Completed in 2017 and standing at a height of 555m, the sleek Lotte World Tower is the 6th highest in building the world.
From the observation deck "Seoul Sky" located on the 117th ~ 123rd floors of the tower, which is at 554 m the second highest in the world (after Shanghai World Tower) you will be able to enjoy breathtaking views of the city.
Skyscraper (total 555 m, observation deck 554 m,)
by Cyberdoomslayer / CC BY-SA 4.0
C. Other Notable Sights and Attractions in Seoul
-Insadong (city district) 5
-Bukhansan National Park 5
-Bukchon (traditional city district) 5
-Banpo Bridge 5
-National Palace Museum of Korea 5
-Leeum Samsung Museum (by Botta, Nouvel and Koolhaas, 2004) 5
-Tangent Seoul (modern architecture by Libeskind, 2005) 5
E. Top 10 List of the Best Things to Do in Seoul (including close-by excursions)
Gyeongbokgung Palace (huge complex, reconstruction) 7
CHANGDEOKGUNG PALACE with SECRET GARDEN 7
Lotte World Tower (total 555.7 m) 7
N Seoul Tower (total 236 m) 6
HWASEONG FORTRESS in Suwon (ca. 30 km from Seoul) 6
Myeongdong (city district, shopping) 5
Cheonggyecheon (city district with modern riverside walk) 5
Dongdaemun Design Plaza (by Hadid, completed 2014) 5
National Museum of Korea 5
War Memorial of Korea (museum) 5