Travel Distance: 0.8km
Myeong-dong is Seoul’s shopping mecca and is a must-see for tourists,
but it is not just a shopping destination; Myeong-dong is also a center of commerce,
banking and culture with a daytime population of 1.5-2 million.
For shoppers there is a mixture of street stalls and retail outlets selling everything
from high fashion to casual attire as well as many Korean cosmetics stores offering
high-quality products at competitive prices.
Myeong-dong is very popular with international visitors and fills with Japanese tourists
during the Japanese holiday period known as “Golden Week” which runs from the end of
April to the beginning of May. Part of Myeong-dong’s popularity stems from the more
affordable prices here compared to Apgujeong-dong and Cheongdam-dong.
Travel Distance: 1.2km
Nowhere exudes more local and traditional charm than Insa-dong, a quaint neighborhood in the center
of Seoul that transports visitors back to a time when women wore hanbok and men rode horses.
With its wooden tea houses, boutique galleries and street vendors selling traditional snacks, a stroll
through Insa-dong is mandatory for all visitors, especially on Sundays when the streets become traffic
free and come alive with street performances, buskers and throngs of young and old who have come to
experience one of Seoul’s most fascinating and creative neighborhoods. While the entertainment here is
free, Insa-dong is also one of the best places in Seoul to purchase traditional Korean art, products,
and other souvenirs, as it is filled with antique shops, art galleries, traditional stationery shops,
handicraft shops, pottery and porcelain shops, bookstores, and art supply stores. Insa-dong is also
home to many traditional restaurants and teahouses.
Travel Distance: 1.4km
Gyeongbokgung Palace was the first royal palace built by the Joseon Dynasty, three years after the
Joseon Dynasty was founded. Built in 1395, Gyeongbokgung Palace was located at the heart of newly
appointed capital of Seoul (then known as Hanyang) and represented the sovereignty of the Joseon Dynasty.
The largest of the Five Grand Palaces (the others being Gyeonghuigung Palace, Deoksugung Palace,
Changgyeonggung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace), Gyeongbokgung served as the main palace of the
Travel Distance: 0.5km
Cheonggyecheon is an 11 km long modern stream that runs through downtown Seoul. Created as part of
an urban renewal project, Cheonggyecheon is a restoration of the stream that was once there before
during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). The stream was covered with an elevated highway after the
Korean War (1950-1953), as part of the country’s post-war economic development. Then in 2003,
the elevated highway was removed to restore the stream to its present form today. The stream starts
from Cheonggye Plaza, a popular cultural arts venue, and passes under a total of 22 bridges before
flowing into the Hangang (River), with many attractions along its length.
N Seoul Tower
Travel Distance: 4km
N Seoul Tower was built in 1969 as Korea’s first integrated transmission tower beaming television and
radio broadcasts across the capital. Since opening to the public in 1980, it has become a much-loved
Seoul landmark. The tower’s main attractions include multi-colored digital art projected onto the tower
at night, a digital observatory, a roof terrace, the HanCook restaurant, the n.Grill restaurant, and
the Haneul (Sky) Restroom. N Seoul Tower’s mountain surroundings on Namsan (Mt.) have made it a popular
place to unwind for locals and tourists alike.
Seoul City Tour Bus
Travel Distance: 4km
The Seoul City Tour Bus offers organized shuttle tours of the city’s most popular and noteworthy attractions
through circular routes. With one ticket valid for the day, tourists may hop-on and –off at any of its
destinations to visit the attractions of their choice (except for the nighttime tours which are non-stop).
Available Courses are: Seoul City Course (City Circulation, Cheonggyecheong Stream, Seoul Panorama, and
Nighttime Tours I & II), Traditional Culture Tour, and Gangnam Tour.