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3 days in Seoul

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3 days in Seoul
Seoul is a city steeped in the past yet anxious to embrace modernity, and this makes it one of Asia's most interesting and culturally vibrant destinations. From food, galleries, ancient palaces, museums, and shopping, this city has it all. Here is the best way to submerge yourself in Seoul for three days.
Good for: Families, Groups, Seniors, Individuals
Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
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Day 1
N Seoul Tower
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N Seoul Tower

Built on a 262 meter peak in Namsan Park, the tower reaches to 480 meters above sea level. When the weather and pollution levels cooperate, visiting the observation tower (370 meters above sea level) allows you to view the entire city and surrounding areas.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Gyeongbokgung Palace
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Gyeongbokgung Palace

The National Museum of Korea and the National Folk Museum are located on the grounds of this palace, built six centuries ago by the founder of the Chosun dynasty.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Insadong
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Insadong

Though touristy, this vibrant neighborhood is one of the cultural and artistic hubs of Seoul. Great tea houses, restaurants, street food, galleries and souvenir shops make it a must-see area.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Sanchon
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Sanchon
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Namdaemun Market
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Namdaemun Market

Shopping, shopping, shopping.  This is one of the best spots to get souvenirs, not junk, but little purses, shoes, socks, umbrellas, and clothing in... more »

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Day 2
National Museum of Korea
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National Museum of Korea

This is the largest museum in Korea with over 220,000 objects in its collection. It has six permanent exhibition galleries such as Historical Gallery and Fine Arts Gallery. It also has special exhibition halls, a children's museum, outdoor exhibit areas, restaurants, cafes, shops and other amenities. *Admission: Free to Permanent Exhibition & Children's Museum(changeable after... More

This is the largest museum in Korea with over 220,000 objects in its collection. It has six permanent exhibition galleries such as Historical Gallery and Fine Arts Gallery. It also has special exhibition halls, a children's museum, outdoor exhibit areas, restaurants, cafes, shops and other amenities. *Admission: Free to Permanent Exhibition & Children's Museum(changeable after 2010)*Hours: Tue/Thu/Fri: 9am-6pm, Wed/Sat: 9am-9pm, Sun/holidays: 9am-7pm, closed Mon & January 1st Less

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Changdeokgung Palace
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Changdeokgung Palace

This 600-year-old UNESCO World Heritage Site is the city's jewel. It's as famous for its outstanding architectural details as for its verdant and expansive gardens.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Bukchon
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Bukchon
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MyeongDong NANTA Theatre
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MyeongDong NANTA Theatre

"A talented troupe of Korean performers treats Cookin' audience to a taste of Culinary lunacy-sliced and diced to percussive perfection." - Playbill, Minetta Lane Theatre-NANTA premiered in 1997 and is the longest running show in Korean history. This electrifying 90-min show, on the comically-charged efforts of four cooks who are tasked with preparing an entire wedding banquet in just... More

"A talented troupe of Korean performers treats Cookin' audience to a taste of Culinary lunacy-sliced and diced to percussive perfection." - Playbill, Minetta Lane Theatre-NANTA premiered in 1997 and is the longest running show in Korean history. This electrifying 90-min show, on the comically-charged efforts of four cooks who are tasked with preparing an entire wedding banquet in just one hour, is one of Korea's most popular musicals of all time. Since its first performance, this world famous non-verbal performance made a record of 20% above full capacity at the theatre driving the largest number of audience in Korean history. Less

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Day 3
The War Memorial of Korea
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The War Memorial of Korea

Poignant exhibits, war memorabilia, art works, and military equipment make this a perfect place to learn about Korea’s history of war, most notably with North Korea. Kids will enjoy the display of actual tanks and airplanes.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Cheonggyecheon
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Cheonggyecheon

Formerrly polluted and covered with an elevated road since 2005 this stream has been cleaned up and made into an Art and nature walkway through the heart of Seoul.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Jogyesa Temple
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Jogyesa Temple

This beautiful, colorful temple is the center of Zen Buddhism in Korea. Equally lovely is the courtyard, which is filled with vibrant lanterns and trees more than 500 years old.

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Myeongdong: Hyper Shopping
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Myeongdong: Hyper Shopping

Myeongdong is Seoul's busiest area teeming with tens of thousands of people at any given time. There are hundreds of shops here and you can find... more »

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Samcheonggak
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Samcheonggak

Samcheonggak is an exclusive fine dining Korean restaurant located on top of a hill near the presidential Blue House. It was once used by former... more »

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