I thought I’d lay out my personal list of “must see” attractions in Seoul for you all to learn about. I’m not sure how many parts this will be, but there is definitely more to come!
N Seoul Tower (also known as the Namsan Tower or Seoul Tower) is a tower atop of Namsan mountain (“nam” meaning “north” and “san” meaning “mountain” in Korean). It is a communication and observation tower, and the highest point of Seoul. It is a popular tourist attraction because it has a great overlook on much of the city, but it is also very popular for Korean couples as a romantic spot. There are thousands of “love locks” found at the top of the mountain, as well as “romantic” spots. In addition, the tower lights up every night to tell you the quality of the air at the time (or the amount of yellow dust in the air). Blue is the best, green slightly poorer, and red the worst. When the tower lights up red, you should probably stay home.
The Han River divides Seoul horizontally, fed from the ocean to the west. The most ‘scenic’ and common place to enjoy the Han River is at Yeouinaru Park, at Yeouinaru subway station. It is very popular to gather with friends, get some Korean fried chicken and beer and sit on blankets on the grass for hours, enjoying the buskers (street performers) and scenery. It is also common to ride bikes up and down the path next to the river – I highly recommend this.
The Cheonggyecheon Stream is a man-made stream that was built to restore/replicate a stream that was destroyed in the same place during the Joseon dynasty. It is 11km long and passes under 22 bridges before going back into the Han River. The stream itself isn’t anything too exciting or spectacular to look at, but
there are very often festivals held on the stream, such as lantern and light festivals. It is quite pleasant to walk along the stream in the evening, though it can be quite crowded.
The park was built for the 1988 Summer Olympics held in Seoul. The park is quite large, complete with a Cultural Art Park, Sports Park, Eco-Park and History Experience Park.
When I went, I unfortunately had limited time and was unable to see much. I walked through an area with tons of sculptures made for the Olympics, guessing which countries they were made by. I also went to the Seoul Baekje Museum, which gave information on the area and had an exhibition about antient tombs found on the Korean Peninsula. It was a nice experience, and I’ll be going back to see more.