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Seoul in 24 hours

3 Sep 2012  For the solo traveller with a layover between flights or the business traveller with a day off
3.5 of 5 stars based on 1 vote

The Seoul Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour is a great way for first time visitors to cover Seoul's main landmarks in a single day. This trip list is for repeat visitors who have tried the bus tour and wish to explore Seoul on their own.

  • Category: Perfect day
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Shopping, Repeat visitors
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Budget travellers , Tourists
  • Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Explore the alleys in the Insadong cultural enclave

    Wear a pair of comfy walking shoes, take the subway to Angguk, Jongno or Jungguk Stations and you are all set to explore the network of alleys lined with traditional Korean structures that make up the Insadong district. The best day to visit is Sunday when the main street is closed to road traffic for street performances and even locals come to visit, but weekday visits are more relaxed. Catch the craftsmen at work, browse in the art galleries and tiny shops, saunter into cosy tea houses for a drink and try snacks such as rice cakes, hotteok pancake and skewered snacks such as sausages from itinerant vendors. Within walking distance from Insadong is the Jogyesa Temple which make for colourful photo stop and Tapgol Park.

  • 2. Visit Namsangol Hanok Village for a trip down memory lane

    Take the train to Chungmuro Station, Exit 3/4 to reach Namsangol Hanok Village (closed on Tuesdays), a historical showcase of ancient Korean rural lifestyle in the Joseon Dynasty. There are five different replicas of traditional Korean houses and it is fun to venture into the various rooms to take a look at the furniture and household items used in the olden days. Aim to arrive by 11.30am as there is a Korean wedding ceremony cultural show at 12pm, after which one can take photos with the performers and try on traditional Korean costumes. One can also learn simple Korean dance steps and basic taekwondo moves. At the Hanok Village you can also watch pottery and craft making demonstrations and learn about Korean pasttimes and games in the olden days.

  • 3. Ascend Namsan and visit the Seoul Tower observatory for panoramic views of the city.

    In the late afternoon, take the bright yellow Namsan shuttle bus outside the Hanok Village to go to the other side of the mountain to catch the cable car ride to reach the foot of Seoul Tower which has a cluster of attractions - N Seoul Tower itself, the Beacon Lighthouse, a Teddy Bear Museum and the Lovers' Fence which has an incredible number of padlocks bearing the names of couples proclaiming their eternal bondage by throwing the keys of their padlocks down Namsan.

  • 4. Late night shopping at Namdaemun Market

    After the cable car ride down Namsan, follow the signage or the groups of people to reach the subway station which has a network of underground walkways. Follow the directions (Hangul & English) to reach Namdaemun across the road. Here is a place that never sleeps where you'll find many small shops and pushcarts selling everything and anything you can possibly think of, from Korean street food to cosmetics, clothes, eye glasses, souvenirs, bags, shoes, dvds etc. Skip this place if you're not into late night shopping