Going to Seoul
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- Bukhansan National Park Dobong-gu, Seoul, 11 South Korearecommended Bukhansan National ParkThe national park in Seoul's backyard, Bukhansan is a gem - the place to get away from the city's relentless concrete landscape and get a taste of nature. Accessible by subway (!) this wilderness area ... read morenorth of the city has a host of different hiking courses taking in the various summits, but two of the best are the route summiting Baegundae, the park's highest peak; and the path up to Jaunbong - both feature some exciting scrambling and cables at the top. The park gets ridiculously crowded on weekends, so unless you fancy hiking in a queue, try to go during the week. Koreans will tell you that you haven't really been to the country until you've been to the mountains, so lace up your boots and go!Matthew Crompton
Trekking from the subway! Check out my passport for lots more ideas of what to do in Seoul, one of my favorite cities. Good luck! ^_^
- Leeum Samsung Museum of Art747-18 Hannam-dong Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea 02 2014-6901recommended Leeum Samsung Museum of ArtLocated in the Itaewon neighborhood, this fantastic (if small) museum is worth visiting just for the fantastic architecture of the modern building that houses it. Presentation of its collection, from ... read moreancient Korean celadon ceramics to contemporary non-representational painting, is top-notch. Smaller than the mammoth National Museum, but on a whole more digestible, and more rewarding. Admission 10,000 won, closed Mondays.Recommended for:Art & Design LoversMatthew Crompton
Gorgeous. A must.
recommended HongdaeThe city's premiere young, funky, artsy university neighborhood, Hongdae (the area around Hongik University, accessed via Hongik University Station line 2, exit 5 or Sangsu Station on line 6) is all ... read moretold my favorite of the city's entertainment districts. With a good mix of locals and expats (not the foreigner ghetto that Itaewon is), it's a great place for dinner, a drink (or 15), clubbing, or a bit of late-night norebang (karaoke -- an essential Korean experience). For the essential savor of the city, though, just hang out in Hongik park on a Friday or Saturday night and watch the street performers with a bottle of makgeolli (rice-wine) from the vendor (2000 won!). You'll leave feeling good about everything in life.Matthew Crompton
A must! Go on a friday or saturday night.
- 김밥천국 Kimbap Cheonguk32 Myeongnyun 2(i)ga, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korearecommended 김밥천국 Kimbap CheongukA chain of eateries so common that you can often see one whilst standing in the doorway of another, Kimbap Cheonguk (look for the orange sign reading '김밥천국') is delicious, dirt cheap, and probably the ... read moresingle best introduction to Korean food that you can find in Seoul. You'll never spend more than 5000W for a meal, but the menu is packed with favorites like kimchi jjigae (a kimchi and pork stew), kimbap (rice and goodies rolled up in dried seaweed), and donkasu (fried pork cutlet). Kimbap Cheonguk (the name means 'kimbap heaven') is everywhere, and you haven't really been to Seoul until you've eaten in one. Be forewarned, however, that not all outlets will have an English menu. For first-timers, an outlet like that near Anguk station's tourist environs is best.Matthew Crompton
They're everywhere, and they're delicious.
- Myeongdong Gyoja25-2 Myeongdong 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korearecommended Myeongdong GyojaThe best Myeong-dong kalguksu (thick, wheat-noodle soup) in Seoul, and quite probably the world, this institution has two outlets down the street from one another in Myeongdong. Both have lines that ... read moreare perpetually out the door, but turn-over is lightning-fast, and it's more than worth a few minutes in the queue. Order a kalguksu and some mandu (dumplings) to go with it. Watch out for the kimchi, tho: it's the most garlicky on the planet!Recommended for:FoodiesMatthew Crompton
AMAZING! KALGUKSU! MANDU!!!!
recommended Garage 107The owner is a Ferrari race car driver! In the traditional area of Bukchon, Garage 107 is a standard cafe by day, but it's one of the area's only lounges open till late (1 a.m.). It's become a place ... read morefor locals to head out at night without having to trek to Gangnam or Hongdae. The garage is decked out with disco balls, trophies and a good sound system.
- DMZ - Demilitarized ZoneSan 121 Eoryong-ri, Jinseo-myeon Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korearecommended DMZ - Demilitarized ZoneOne of the most intriguing places I have ever been to. If you are in Korea you must make a trip here and experience the tension between the North and South and really live first-hand a little piece of ... read morehistory in front of you. You must come here.
- B28Basement 88-2 Cheongdam dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Korea 135-954recommended B28B28 Seoul is owned by Mike Soldner and Grace Chang, who opened the popular B28 bar in Singapore in 2011.The Seoul branch has one of the city's largest selections of single cask and single malt ... read morewhiskeys.