Gyeongbokgung is the oldest and largest of Seoul's five Joseon Dynasty palaces.
Hongdae is home to Hongik University, considered to be one of the best schools in South Korea for art. Walking around the neighbor, you don't have to travel too far to get a glimpse at the student's work.
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If you have time in your schedule, recent travelers recommend visiting Gyeongbokgung during the changing of the guards ceremony. The ceremony is 20 minutes long takes place at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily.
Some of the hanoks, or traditional Korean houses, have been in Bukchon Village since the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1897).
When you're visiting anyone of Seoul's ancient attractions (think Gyeongbokgung or Changdeokgung), make sure to look up and admire the vibrant colors and designs present on the buildings, they are present even in the smallest of architectural details.
Kimchi is one of the most hansik dishes, otherwise known as traditional Korean food. The dish is nothing more than fermented cabbage, but is notorious for its spice.
Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, Jongmyo Shrine was where the Korean royal family came to pray to their ancestors.
History and culture collide at Insadong, a shopping district that sells traditional Korean crafts.
Recent travelers love the gardens at Changdeokgung. Known as the Secret Garden, the garden takes up two thirds of the palace's grounds and is home to 56,000 species of trees and plants.
The DMZ – the neutral space between North and South Korea – is thought to be the most heavily armed border in the world.
Seoul hosted the Summer Olympics in 1988. The game's leftover facilities and numerous parks are open for exploration to the public.
N Seoul Tower looms high above Seoul's skyline, and offers an excellent vantage point for dazzling cityscapes.
Aside from ideal temperatures, Seoul is best visited in the spring for its flowers. Cherry blossoms can be found all around the city during this time, including Namsan Park.
Changdeokgung's peaceful grounds provide a great escape from Seoul's bustling city streets.
Some travelers say that the best time to visit N Seoul Tower is at night to watch the twinkling city lights glow.
In the northern reaches of Seoul, the mountainous Bukhansan National Park stands as a hiker's dream.
The best way to get around Seoul is hands down by metro. The signs are both in Korean and English as well as metro announcements.
Traveling to Seoul with a significant other? If you're planning on visiting Namsan Park or N Seoul Tower, don't forget to bring a love lock in tow.
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If you're not one for spicy Korean delicacies (think Kimchi), the next best dish to try is Korean barbeque. It can be found all over, including street stalls.
Think of this as the Seine of Seoul. Frequented by both visitors and locals, you wouldn't believe such a serene waterway could be found right smack dab in the middle of the city.
Even if you're not a party animal, head out to Seoul at night to experience the colorful neon lights that illuminate the city.