99 Fantastic Things to do in Seoul

99 things to do in seoul

Not sure what to do in Seoul? No worries, we’ve got you covered. Check out our expansive list of 99 fantastic things to do in Seoul for anyone looking to have a good time in the metro hub and heart of South Korea.

outdoor activities

Bukhansan during fall

Bukhansan during the fall

1. Bukhansan National Park

It’s not often a national park is located within a city, in Seoul you can get a break from the crowds and noise by taking a peaceful hike in the mountains of Bukhansan and get incredible views of the city from the different peaks.

Seoul Forest

Bambi Sighting at Seoul Forest

2. Seoul Forest

Another great thing to do in Seoul if you love the outdoors. Seoul Forest is compromised of five parks in one including a butterfly sanctuary and outdoor art sculptures! The perfect place for a picnic, bike ride or date.

3. Gwanaksan Mountain

See a different side of Seoul from the mountains near Seoul National University on Gwanaksan Mountain.

4. World Cup Stadium

It’s hard to believe that such a big and beautiful park exists in Seoul next to the Han River with a great infinity pool, cute rabbits, and even camping. Great to visit all year round and always hosting fun events like a Shrimp Festival.

Rabbit Park in Seoul

Rabbit Park in Seoul

5. Visit Rabbit Park

This amazing park is located in the trendy french neighborhood Seorae Village and is one of our favorite things to do in Seoul. Check out the nearby area for great bakeries, wine bars, and better yet a park filled with friendly rabbits! 

Blue House

6. Hike Ingwansan Mountain

Walk along Seoul’s fortress wall on Mt. Ingwansan just near the heart of Seoul and the government complex of Gyeongbokgung Palace and the Presidential Blue House. Don’t forget to bring your passport for identification!

7. Anyang Art Park

Check out this giant park well removed from the city full of art installations and outdoor sculptures.

8. Seokchon Lake

Take a stroll around this park that surrounds Lotte World. Watch people scream on the rides and enjoy the views of Jamsil Tower. This area is extra special during the cherry blossom season!

Seoul Forest Bike Rental

9.Yeouido Park

Located in the smack center of Seoul on an island in the Han River, Yeouido Park is a great place to rent a bike and cruise along the river, picnic, play catch, or even cool off in the big fountain!

10. Han River

The Han River has become one of the best places to find outdoor things to do in Seoul. Rent bikes, take a cruise, have a picnic or even camp, there are tons of activities to enjoy along the Han River and its no wonder why locals love hanging out here.Every year the Han River hosts its annual massive firework festival.

Chyeonggyecheon Stream Seoul

11. Cheonggycheon Stream

Located in the heart of Seoul this 5km long stream is the perfect place to rest your legs after walking through the most visited area in the city. Cool off your feet in the stream, bring a picnic, enjoy live music, or come for the annual Lantern Festival.

Ihwa Mural Village

Ihwa Mural Village

12. Ihwa Mural Village

Stroll around this adorable little village up on a hill with a great view of the city. While weaving your way through the alleyways you’ll find street art and murals scattered throughout the area. When you’re ready for a break to check out some of the area’s trendy cafes.

13. Olympic Park

Once where the summer 1988 Olympics were held is now a park frequented by locals for recreation and enjoying the interesting outdoor sculptures.

14. Banpo Bridge

One of the best things to do in Seoul at night is heading on over to the Han River where the Banpo Bridge, the world’s longest fountain bridge. Every night the bridge is illuminated with the colors of the rainbow and a water show.

HISTORICAL

Gyeongbokgung Palace at Night

Gyeongbokgung Palace

15. Gyeongbokgung Palace

Arguably one of the best things to do in Seoul, Gyeongbokgung is the main royal palace out of five in the city. You could easily spend an entire afternoon exploring the inside of the palace’s walls. Check out the free museums inside and don’t forget a camera for some of Seoul’s most iconic spots.

Changdeokgong Secret Garden

The Secret Garden in Changdeokgong

16. Changdeokgung Palace

One of our favorite things to do in Seoul is strolling through the secret garden and UNESCO World Heritage site Changdeokgung Palace. Another one of the five grand palaces in Seoul, Changdeokgung is the most beautiful during the changing of the leaves in fall and during the cherry blossoms in spring.

17. Deoksugung Palace

Located in one of the busiest intersections in Seoul, Deoksugung Palace is another beautiful spot to enjoy in the city. Much smaller than Gyeongbok and Changdeok palaces, you can enjoy inside Deoksugung palace’s walls in a short period of time. Make sure you check out the changing of the guards here!

18. Changgyeonggung Palace

Another one of Seoul’s main five palaces, Changgyeonggung has an incredibly interesting history as well as a gorgeous botanical garden to enjoy.

19. Gyeonghuigung Palace

The final of the five main palaces in Seoul, Gyeonghuigung is often overlooked by visitors and more of an under the radar spot. The perfect place to go if you want to enjoy an amazing palace without the crowds!

20. Jongmyo Shrine

Jongmyo Shrine is one of the best things to do in Seoul if you are a UNESCO World Heritage Site hunter! Considered the best preserved Confucian Shrine be sure to come and check out one of the guided tours for only 1,000 KRW!

21. Tapgol Park

Hang out at this public park in the heart of historical Seoul. Enjoy the beautiful Palgakjeong Pavilion and the stone Wongaksa Pagoda.

Namsangol

Namsangol Hanok Village

22. Namsangol Hanok Village

Namsangol Hanok Village is an open-air museum of traditional Korean homes, live traditional performances, and great views of Namsan Tower. We found this area to be extremely photogenic, especially near the giant time capsule structure!

North Korea Timelapse

view of North Korea from Cheorwon Observatory

23. DMZ Train

One of the most popular things to do in Seoul is visiting the DMZ. What better way to visit the 38th parallel than to take the scenic DMZ train? Choose between two different trains that depart daily with different stops including the Cheorwon Tunnel and Observatory.

Korean Folk Village

Korean Traditional Wedding Ceremony at Korean Folk Village

24. Korean Folk Village

Step back in time at the Korean Folk Village in Yongin, just on the outskirts of Seoul. Spend an entire day wandering through the different historical periods of Korea through traditional hanok homes, live performances, activities, kids theme park, and even a traditional Korean wedding if you’re lucky!

Suwon Fortress Wall Hwahongmun Gate

25. Hwaesong Fortress

Technically outside of Seoul located in Suwon you can reach this ancient fortress on the Seoul subway line. Spend an entire day wandering inside the walls of Hwaesong Fortress with a guided tour or on your own. You can even check out live performances here and even participate in fun activities like archery!

TEMPLES

COEX Bonguensa Temple Seoul

Bonguensa Temple

26. Bonguensa Temple

Located just next to COEX Mall and Convention Center in Gangnam, Bonguensa Buddhist Temple is most famous for its grand standing Buddha statue.

Jogyesa Temple in Seoul

Jogyesa Temple in Seoul during Buddha’s Birthday

27. Jogyesa Temple

Located in the heart of Seoul next to Insadong and Gyeongbok Palace, Jogyesa is the perfect place to stop if you want to see a peaceful Buddhist temple in the middle of a huge city. It’s incredible how serene Jogyesa is considering it’s located in one of the busiest parts in town.

Golden Buddha Statue

28. Gungnyeongsa Temple aka The Giant Golden Buddha

One of our favorite things to do in Seoul would be going to Bukhansan National Park to see Gungnyeongsa Temple or the Giant Golden Buddha temple nestled in the mountains. If the impressive giant Buddha isn’t enough for you then perhaps the gorgeous scenery or the 10 minute hike up to the summit with amazing views will suit you!

Museums

29. D Museum

Located in Hannamdong, the D Museum, run by Daelim Museum, offers different temporary exhibits and installations with talented international artists. We really enjoyed when they had the Spatial Illumination 9 lights in 9 rooms exhibits in 2016. (video above)

30. Daelim Museum

Located just a few steps away from Gyeongbokgung Palace in the heart of Seoul the Daelim Museum is famous for hosting modern art exhibits including works from famous photographer-illustrator-director Todd Selby. It’s worth checking out the current exhibits at Daelim for any modern art lover.

31. Leeum Samsung Museum of Art

Located in Hannamdong not far from the D Museum, Leeum Samsung Museum of Art is one of the most popular museums in Seoul hosting traditional Korean art as well as contemporary art.

32. National Museum of Korea

Located in Yongsan, the National Museum of Korea features the country’s history and art with an incredible view of Namsan Tower in the distance
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King Sejong Museum

33. Free Museums in Gwanghwamun

Visiting Gwanghwamun Square? Don’t just walk on the surface, make sure you go below the famous King Sejong and Admiral Yi Sun Shin statues for two free museums in the heart of Seoul! Learn the incredible history of King Sejong, the famous king of the Joseon Dynasty and famous Korean war hero Admiral Yi.

34. National Folk Museum of Korea

Located within the grounds of Gyeongbokgung Palace and free with your admission to the palace is the National Folk Museum of Korea offering important replicas and artifacts from Korea’s history.

35. Seodaemun Prison

No longer a prison anymore you can tour Seodaemun Prison to learn the history of this spot shedding light on the cruelty that went on during Japanese colonial rule over Korea through 1910-1945. A more of a bleak place to visit but extremely educational and important to Korea’s history and ongoing resentment towards Japan.

Haewoojae Toilet Museum in Suwon

36. Haewoojae Toilet Museum

This one is a bit crazy but worth a visit if you’re looking for a museum on the lighter side and enjoy toilet humor. The old mayor of Suwon, aka Mr. Toilet, is responsible for bringing the western toilet to Korea during the World Cup in 2002. He was so proud of his endeavors that he turned his home into a toilet shaped building and opened a museum solely dedicated to the porcelain pot.

Markets

37. Namdaemun Market

One of the best things to do in Seoul is visiting Korea’s largest traditional markets located next to Myeongdong. With all sorts of vendors selling all different types of goods this is one place to come if you need to buy anything from electronics to luggage.

38. Gwangjang Market

Korea’s first market famous for its textiles, house ware, and even agriculture products. This is the place to go if you’re looking to design your own or have a great selection of hanbok, traditional Korean clothing. Even if you’re not going to buy anything people flock here for the window shopping and oohing and ahhing at all the different fabrics and colors.

39. Noryangjin Fish Market

This famous fish market is the largest of its kind in the country and offers all sorts of wholesale foods, mostly fish for people looking for the day’s freshest catches. Being here is an experience of its own whether or not you end up picking out a fish to eat or shop. The place is full of energy and worth a visit.

Dongdaemun Design Plaza

40. Dongdaemun Market

Visiting Dongdaemun Market is one of the best things to do in Seoul if you love clothing. Dongdaemun is Seoul’s fashion center and you can buy everything here from materials to make clothing to shopping centers full of the latest trends and fashion.

41. Underground Shopping in Myeongdong

Some of the best shopping in Seoul can be found in the underground markets in Myeongdong. Full of different products like house ware, clothing, K pop memorabilia, and accessories. Get lost in this underground city of shopping and be sure to practice your bargaining skills to get a good deal!

COOL NEIGHBORHOODS

Ikseon Dong Hanok Village from Ibis

Hanok Island

42. Ikseondong

One of the up and coming under the radar spots in Seoul located in the heart of the city. Ikseondong is a tiny hanok village surrounded by high rises getting the nickname, “hanok island.” Within the hanok homes there are boutiques, cafes, and trendy restaurants.

Shopping in Seoul

43. Samcheondong

This cutesy neighborhood is chocked full of boutiques, cafes, restaurants, and magnificent views. Located smack dab in the center between Gyeongbokgung and Bukchon Hanok Village, this is the perfect place to hang out for some lunch while exploring some of the historical sites in Seoul.

Ssamziegil Insadong

44. Insadong

Visiting the fun and lively shopping area of Insadong is one of our favorite things to do in Seoul. Here you can shop for Korean souvenirs, check out cute little boutiques, enjoy tasty desserts, teas houses, cafes, and eat some amazing food. One of our favorite spots within Insadong would be the Ssamziegil shopping center full of fun stores, arts and crafts, tasty treats and even a museum.

cafe in buamdong

45. Buamdong

This ritzy neighborhood in Seoul is another under the radar spot offering terrific views of Seoul and a great ending spot for the famous Ingwansan Mountain hike along the city’s ancient fortress wall. Check out the cafes with great views, museums, and AMAZING fried chicken joints in this tiny neighborhood. When you’re done you’re only a 5 minute bus ride or 15 minute walk to the Presidential Blue House and Gyeongbokgung Palace.

Cafes in Seoul

Cat Cafe in Hongdae

46. Hongdae

Hongdae never sleeps and is known for its late night partying and food at all hours thanks to the nearby universities. This area is chocked full of restaurants, cafes, activities and plenty of shopping. Check out more of the best things to do in Hongdae.

Shopping in Seoul Ewha Womens University

47. Edae

Located near Hongdae next to Ehwa Women’s University, Edae is a great spot for shopping, beauty, and eating. The university campus is also gorgeous and a great place to take photos.

Seorae Seoul

48. Seorae Village

This adorable area in Seoul is considered the french quarter since it houses a majority of the french expat population in the city. Thanks to the french influence in the area you will be able to find some of the best bakeries and wine bars in the city. Don’t forget to check out Montmartre Park, aka Rabbit Park for some cute rabbits while you relax!

Remicone

49. Garosugil

This is where Seoul’s elite like to shop, eat, and play. The charming tree lined streets of Garosugil near Gangnam is where you’ll find designer boutiques and Instagram-worthy desserts.

Gangnam

50. Heart of Gangnam

Whether you live or are just visiting, one of the best things to do in Seoul is visiting the heart of Gangnam. Full of fancy skyscrapers with giant tv projections this center of the city is full of life and energy. Come here to shop all day, eat at incredible restaurants, or party all night in the cities best clubs. Gangnam is the part of Seoul that never sleeps.

Bobo and Chichi

51. Bukchon Hanok Village

Check out Seoul’s cutest neighborhood full of traditional hanok style homes that people still live in today. Climb the hilly hanok lined streets for great views of the juxpasition of where old meets the new.

52. Sinsadong

If you love shopping then Sinsa is the place to go. The streets are lined with stores of some of the most famous brands out there and has something for everyone. There are also tons of galleries and international restaurants to enjoy in the area as well.

53. Hyewha

Hyewha is one of the best places to go in Seoul if you are an art and music enthusiast. You can find galleries, cafes, and art exhibits going on regularly in the area. Just a few steps away is Ihwa Mural Village, Naksan Park, and even a raccoon cafe! There’s also a great selection of restaurants and shopping in the area.

Gwanghwamun Square Seoul

54. Gwanghwamun Square

One of the most iconic and recognizable spots in the city, it’s no doubt that Gwanghwamun Square is one of the best things to do in Seoul. Check out the museums and theatres in the area as well as stroll along the famous walkway with the King Sejong and Admiral Yi Sun Shin statues. During the weekends there are often markets or even protesters filling up the square.

H Room Itaewon

55. Itaewon for everything International

Itaewon is where all foreigners, expats, and locals who want a taste of international cuisine go. Located next to a US military base this area quickly became popular for being the spot to get international cuisine at restaurants or grocery stores. If you’re a bigger size you can often find western sized clothing and footwear in the area. There are also great options for nightlife in the area.

AMUSEMENT PARKS

Everland

56. Everland Resort

Located just outside of Seoul and an easy bus ride from Gangnam is Korea’s answer to Disneyland except with an entire zoo included. Everland Resort is one of our favorite things to do in Seoul year round. Full of rides and seasonal festivities there really is no wrong time of the year to visit. Our favorite ride includes the giant wood roller coaster the T Express and the crazy over the top parades that take place multiple times a day.

57. Lotte World

Located in the city of Seoul is the giant indoor/outdoor amusement park Lotte World. Outside is a pretty castle and a few rides but inside is where you will find the most fun. With over a dozen indoor roller coasters it’s hard to imagine how the heck they fit it all inside one building. Not to mention there is a giant indoor ice skating rink and a huge shopping mall attached, Lotte World will keep you busy for at least a day if not more.

58. Seoul Grand Park

Another one of our favorite things to do in Seoul was visiting the huge outdoor zoo, gardens, and theme park that make up Seoul Grand Park. This massive park has a chair lift that will take you on the scenic ride up to the top of the park where you can enjoy the zoo animals. Wander through the gardens or scream your pants off on the rides at Seoul land there’s definitely enough to do here that will fill up an entire day if not more.

Yongma Land Sunset

Overlooking Seoul from Yongma

59. Visit an Abandoned Amusement Park

Check out Yongma Land, Seoul’s abandoned amusement park for great photo opportunties and to channel your inner K pop or K drama star. Yongma Land has increased with popularity over the years because it has been featured in many films, famous photo shoots, and music videos like Crayon Pop.

INTERESTING BUILDINGS

Dongdaemun Deisgn Plaza Seoul

60. Dongdaemun Design Plaza

Designed by famed architect Zaha Hadid, DDP is one of the most unique and interesting buildings we have ever seen. It almost looks like a space ship has landed in the middle of Seoul. Spend the day shopping inside or enjoying the current exhibits on display in the museum. Come back and night and feel the ambiance of the sounds and lights as they illuminate the area and transform it into an out of this world experience.

Lotte Tower from namsan tower

61. Jamsil Tower

Jamsil Tower or Lotte World Tower is Seoul’s latest new addition to the city’s skyline and rather impressive as it’s the country’s tallest building clocking in with 123 floors and the 5th tallest building in the world! You can to look at the building in awe or shop at the incredible mall on the lower levels.

Romantic things to do in Seoul

62. 63 Building

You can’t miss this beautiful gold high rise along the Han River on Yeouido. This used to be Korea’s tallest building until Jamsil Tower was built. The 63 Building offers a variety of things to do including the incredible observation deck on the top floors, an aquarium, 3D movie experience, and other exhibits.

namsan tower

63. Namsan Tower

One of the best things to do in Seoul would be visiting the iconic Namsan Tower. Namsan Tower can be seen from all over the city and offers incredible 360 views of Seoul once you’re up there. Take a cable car, bus, or walk on the trails leading up to Namsan. Eat, shop, take a date, or just go for the view. We recommend checking out N Grille for a sunset dinner, the restaurant is at the top of the tower and revolves slowly in a complete circle while you enjoy a fine dining experience.

64. Jeongdong Observatory

Located in the heart of Seoul on the 13th floor of Seoul City Hall you can check out the incredible views from Jeongdong Observatory. The highlight would be peering down into the grounds of Deoksugung Palace. Be sure to check the latest hours of business as it changes and is closed on certain holidays.

65. National Museum of Korean Contemporary History

Located in Gwanghwamun Square next to the US Embassy and Gyeongbokgung Palace this museum not only offers interesting exhibits about the history of Korea but also has an incredible outdoor observation deck overlooking Gwanghwamun and Gyeongbokgung Palace. No tripods allowed and guards may not let you take photos facing the palace and presidential Blue House.

ENTERTAINMENT

66. Noraebang

Visiting Korea means you have to check out a noraebang, aka private karaoke rooms. Grab some friends or go solo. You can grab drinks and snacks inside while you belt out your favorite tunes. It’s really a fun experience, we recommend having a few drinks before going to loosen up a bit!

67. Mulitbang

A multibang or game room often includes a karaoke room, movies, and video games. You rent by the hour and can hang out with friends or by yourself. We love coming to multi rooms to play MarioKart and Just Dance on Wii.

68. PC Bang

Are you a big computer gamer? Take advantage of some of the fastest internet in the world at a PC bang or a PC room where you can play your favorite computer games on lighting speed internet 24 hours a day. They sell basic snacks, ramen, and drinks so you won’t have to leave for hours. Conan O’Brien checked out a PC room during his trip to Korea!

69. Screen Golf

Another one of our favorite things to do in Seoul is late night screen golf. Imagine you are on the course with this interactive screen golf game. Many places let you have drinks and will even order you food and are open 24 hours.

70. Bowling

Another great activity to enjoy in Seoul would be bowling! You can’t miss the giant inflatable bowling pin on top of buildings around Seoul letting you know there’s a bowling alley inside. These are often open 24 hours and very inexpensive. We found ourselves loving late night bowling with drinks!

71. Check out Jjimjilbang

Check out Korea’s bath house scene by visiting a jimjilbang. Sweat it out or soak in therapeutic baths, some infused with things like ginseng or green tea. Most jimjilbangs are separated by sex meaning you are in the nude hanging out in the sauna. There are areas where men and women can sit in steam rooms together with jimjilbang outfits provided. They seem scary at first but once you get over the initial shock they are really nice!

CGV

The ultimate movie experience

72. Luxury Cinemas

We loved the movie theater experience in Korea. One of the best things to do in Seoul would be to take advantage of their luxury cinemas. There are cinema experiences where you can lounge on Temperpedic beds, relax in recliners with Beats by Dre speakers, and fine dining. Even at the regular CGV cinemas you can opt for a SweetBox, a little semi private love seat for you and your friend or just extra space for yourself.

73. Nanta Theatre Show

Nanta live theater is perfect for anyone no matter what language you speak as it’s a nonverbal comedy cooking show. It has rave reviews and has gained alot of popularity over the years.

74. Check out the Casino

Did you know Seoul has a few casinos? Gambling is not legal for Korean citizens so it’s for international guests only. We recommend checking out Walker Hill or Seven Luck casinos if gambling is your thing.

Trick Eye Museum

Riding Killer Sharks

75. Trick Eye Museum

Want to fool all your friends into thinking you were at the jaws of a giant crocodile? Or that you were climbing bamboo with adorable panda bears? The Trick Eye Museum is full of art installations where you pose with the scene and become a part of the art. It’s a pretty fun experience full of fun photo opportunities!

Korea Love Museum

76. X Rated Love Museum

This one is not for kids or for the faint of heart. The Love Museum is full of x rated art and like the Trick Eye museum, you can actually pose with some of the displays. You will be shocked, amused, and disgusted as you walk through the entire place. It’s definitely a unique experience!

Han River Seoul

77. Han River Cruise

Enjoy an incredible view of the city by the Han River on a river cruise! There are different options but we recommend taking a sunset cruise served with dinner to witness the city come to life as the sun goes down.

78. Wine Train

If you’re a wine lover like us you may want to check out the Wine Train in Seoul. Hop on board for wine tasting, movies, and fun stops along the way. The train is decked out with kitschy decor and an experience you won’t forget.

79. Check out a Sporting Event

While you’re in Seoul check out a local sporting event! Our favorite would have to be baseball games. We found Korea’s games to be more lively than baseball games in the US. There are dancers, cheerleaders, and mascots galore to ensure you have a great experience rooting for your favorite team.

THE MANY CAFES OF SEOUL

80. Cat Café

If you’re a cat lover like myself then visiting on of city’s many cat cafes is one of the best things to do in Seoul! Sip on a cup of coffee, grab a toy, and have some new feline friends to hang out with. Check out our experience here.

81. Dog Café

Some people say they are “dog” people or others like myself love both cats and dogs. Anyways you can also visit a cafe just with dogs! There are playful pups and cuddly pups, hang out with man’s best friend while you enjoy a cup of coffee.

Raccoon Cafe in Seoul
82. Raccoon Café

Sounds crazy but it’s true! There’s a raccoon cafe in Seoul that lets you hang out with these little ring-tailed bandits. The totally domesticated and lively little creatures are a long way from digging for scraps in the dumpster. They hang out and play in their jungle gym in the ceiling and run around the place. Less cuddly and more playful it’s an experience you won’t forget!

Poop Cafe in Seoul

83. Poop Café

Say what? One of the more quirky and odd things to do in Seoul is visiting the Poop Cafe in the Ssamziegil shopping plaza in Insadong. Sip on a cup of coffee out of a toilet bowl or order spaghetti in a toilet bowl. Either way it’s going to be an expierence unlike any other!

84. Doll Café

Café Blue Fairy in Hongdae stretches wall to wall with glass cases full of dolls. You can actually rent some of the dolls in the café to play with while you drink coffee. You can also bring your own doll and dress it and comb its hair while you enjoy the doll loving atmosphere.

Best Things to do in Hongdae

Photo by Travel with Karla

85. Cafe Where you can drink yourself

This one sounds confusing but is exactly how it sounds. CaFace cafe takes a photo and prints the image on the top of your latte for one super personalized cup of joe!

86. Sheep Café

If you’re starting to feel like you’ve heard it all we don’t blame you. There is actually a cafe in Hongdae called Thanks Nature Cafe where you can hang out with sheep while you drink coffee!

87. The Galapagos

Another interesting theme cafe that involves less cuddly critters. Instead, The Galapagos Cafe in Hongdae has tortoises, sugar gliders, and bearded dragons!

Sanmotoonge Cafe in Buamdong

88. Sanmotoonge Café

A popular cafe not so easy to find in Buamdong where you are rewarded with excellent views of the Seoul Fortress Wall and the mountains overlooking the city. Sanmotoonge gains it’s popularity not from its epic view but from all the TV shows that have filmed here. Enjoy a cup of coffee on one of their many outdoor terraces or inside with amazing views.

89. Hello Kitty Cafe

Another popular cafe in Seoul is the Hello Kitty Cafe. Over the top pink decorations, kitty faces on your lattes, and Hello Kitty galore.

ONLY IN KOREA

Ramen

90. Convenience Stores

Sounds bizarre but hanging out at the convenience stores is actually one of the coolest things to do in Seoul. Haha, okay maybe not “cool” but we love the convenience store culture in Korea. Hang outside with drinks and friends for hours in the night or come and enjoy a quick meal. We love taking advantage of the tables outside for cheap eats and drinks.

Great for Hiking

91. Makgeolli on the Mountains

One unique thing about Korea is that the hikers love drinking makgeolli on the mountains. This is something we LOVED as I am a huge makgeolli drinker. Join in on the fun, hike up to a summit in Bukhansan and enjoy some makgeolli with the locals while enjoying the view!

Couple Laughing During Professional Shoot at Gyeongbokgung Palace during snow

92. Hangout in Seoul in Hanbok

In Seoul near Gyeongbokgung Palace, Gwanghwamun, and Buckhon Hanok Village you’ll notice everyone decked out in their hanbok, Korean traditional clothing, having a good time and taking amazing photos. You can rent or buy your very own colorful hanbok.

Fun Photo Booth in Korea

Photobooth Fun in Korea

93. Fun photo booths

There are literally photo booths all over Seoul, from the subway for passport photos (where I had a crazy experience) to fun photo booths you can take with your friends all over the city. Grab some friends, try on their accessories, and pose!

94. Hangover Ice Cream

Did you know Korea has invented the most unique cure for a hangover? Head on over to any WithMe convenience stores to try out hangover ice cream after a long day of drinking! Check out our video to see if it really works!

95. Shop til you Drop for Cosmetics

You can’t walk on a street in Seoul without seeing tons of cosmetic stores. Korea has made a name for itself for its quality and amazing skin care products. Beauty is very important in the local culture and I ended up loving the abundance and selection for my skincare and makeup collection! Be sure to check out their fun nourishing face masks!

checking the progress of my vision

96. Medical Tourism

Seoul is one of the top plastic surgery capitals in the world! People flock here for medical tourism, mostly cosmetic but other surgeries as well for a fraction of the price at state of the art medical centers with some of the world’s best doctors. I had an incredible experience getting LASEK surgery in Korea and so did Nina Ragusa from Where in the World is Nina.

97. Enjoy KPop Experience

K-pop is one of the biggest crazes in Korea taking the international music scene by storm. Check out a K-pop concert or if you can’t do that you can at least check out the K-Pop interactive experience at Dongdaemun or at Everland Amusement Park!

98. Matching Couple Outfits

Korea has a huge couple culture and it won’t take long for you to notice couples everywhere, even couples wearing matching outfits! Couples like people to know that they are an item so they will often coordinate their clothes. Why not take part of this cute local tradition when in Seoul?

99. Get a Free Massage

This was one thing we took advantage of living in Seoul. There are electronic stores all over the city filled with everything from computers to kitchen appliances. One floor always have these fancy massage chairs that can be yours with a stiff price tag upwards of thousands of dollars. But guess what? You can try them out for free, it’s actually encouraged. You actually may want to buy one after trying it out. Each sample massage usually lasts anywhere from 20-30 minutes and feels just as good as a real therapeutic massage!

Bonus

Chuncheon

Le Petite FranceNot technically Seoul but still able to reach via the Seoul subway is the gorgeous area of Chuncheon. There is easily a weekend full of activities here and no doubt one of our favorite places to visit just outside of Seoul. Walk or bike around Nami Island, visit Korea’s Petite France, enjoy the beautiful flowers or lighting show at the Garden of Morning Calm, have fun on a giant rail bike track, and eat our favorite Korean dish, dak galbi, the signature dish to this region of Korea!


There you have it, 99 fantastic things to do in Seoul! Let us know your favorite activities to do in Seoul, or let us know if we missed anything!

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99 Things to do in Seoul

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  • Brian Keith Dye

    Oh my god! This list is exhaustive! Well done! I am in love with your photos especially the one with you in silhouette with the Seoul Tower in the background and the one of you with the red umbrella! Fab! There really is so much to do in Seoul. Your list is perfect for folks who want to run around the city never doing the same thing twice. Love it!

    • Thanks Brian! Yea after two years in Seoul we barely did the same thing twice! We love how much there is to do in the city and really enjoyed our time living there!

  • What a comprehensive list! It must have taken you forever to put it together, come on, come on, tell us the ins and outs of running a great blog and an amazing post like this. I’m going to say that over time this will be your #1 or #2 most popular post due to the ability to satisfy every time of traveler out there. Like animals – check! Want to photograph a cool building – check! Very nicely done guys!

    • Thanks Alla! I wish it was this easy to pump out content for any other city but we really got to know Seoul well living there 2 years and trying to explore a different area every week! I would love if this post did well 😉

  • Emre Kanik

    Ok time for me to throw the towel hahaha. Wow, you two really haven’t stood still when you were here. Amazing list, which I will surely share on my Facebook page. No need for a Lonely Planet guide, I’ll just redirect people interested in Seoul to this post.

    • Thanks Emre! Hahaha yea right you always know the best spots in Seoul! We would have missed Ikseondong if it weren’t for you!! Also, so sad we missed the opportunity to check out those great cafes you found along the Han!

  • Tasha Fernandez

    Your listing is well put together and pretty comprehensive. I’ve actually done about 70% on the items on your to do list! I’d have broken this blog into two or even three blogs, because you really have a lot of valuable information here, but it’s a little overwhelming to take in in one go.

    • Thanks! Wow that’s awesome you’ve done so much of the list! We wanted it to be easy to find all in one place!

  • Ravenous Travellers

    What an awesome list! Glad to say we’ve managed to tick off most of these, but still need to squeeze a few more in before our contract is up. I love how diverse and fun Seoul is, from palaces to theme cafes, there is something for everyone! Great recommendations for anyone heading to or living in Seoul.

    • Thanks! We totally agree! I am sure we could easily come up with another 30-40 to add to this list if we spent another year in Seoul!

  • Oh wow, this list is huge and comprehensive! Seoul is such a massive and diverse city, it’s about times someone put together a list that shows just how daunting and dynamic it is, and you two are the perfect people to make such a directory. Glad to be able to say we’ve been to/done many of these were lucky enough to do some of them with you guys at our side!

    • Thanks guys! Wishing we could go back to Seoul for another visit and it would be extra awesome if the Hedgers were there!!!

  • This is seriously one of the best write-ups for Seoul I’ve ever seen! What a great longform post, I love it when people put their information together all in one place! It really reflects how much you took the time to get to know your surrogate city and I love that you have enough visual support to vet each one of these items on the list. I love the section “Only in Korea.” I think its important to show travel inspiration wise what you can’t replicate anywhere else. Coupling still weirds me out to this day! I’m planning on getting Lasek in the next two years given how badly my vision has deteriorated! There are so many things I want to comment on in terms of what I love but I’m overwhelmed by all that you covered (in a good way!) I would add The War Memorial of Korea under “Museums” and HBC (because I think they have a better range of foreign offerings than Itaewon!) under “Cool Neighborhoods” 🙂

    • Thanks so much Izzy!! Also, great suggestions! I probably should have done HBC over Itaewon since that’s the area we would end up in anyways! I always lumped the two together! If you go to do LASEK in Seoul let me know, I’ll hook you up with my doctor, they were incredible!