Seoul Plaza is located in front of the Seoul City Hall which was built in 1926 in a Renaissance style which was widely used as an arena for public protests, rallies and events. The (Samil) Independence Movement and the pro-democracy movement were held there previously.
Cheonggyecheon is a 11km long stream that runs through downtown Seoul, which started as a part of the urban renewal project in 2003 is a breathtaking attraction today in its restored form. The stream starts from Cheonggyecheon Plaza, a popular arts venue and passes under a total of 22 bridges before flowing into the Hangang River.
Myeong-Dong is one of Seoul’s most attractive places as it not only offers a hotspot for shopping and food stalls but also is a centre for commerce, banking and culture. As the hotel is located in the heart of the city, Myeong -Dong is just a 5 minute walk away, waiting to be explored.
Nanta is a South Korean non-verbal comedy show that in cooperates traditional samui nori rhythm. Nanta Theatre is a one of a kind exclusive venue for the performances located at the 3rd and 5th floor of the UNESCO building, offering 386 seats and world class entertainment to thrill your senses and experience the energy of the performance.
Deoksugung Palace also known as Gyeongungung or Deoksu Palace is a unique palace in Korea as it portrays a blend of western and medieval architecture in harmony with an elegant stone wall road. During the Joseon dynasty the royal guard was responsible for opening and closing of the gates and patrolling the gates at night.
Deoksugung Doldam- gil is the beautiful stone wall encircling the Palace with a urban architecture feel to it, built with eco friendly material and ensuring utmost safety for the pedestrians to enjoy a pleasant stroll. There are over 20 benches and 130 trees along the road for the visitors to unwind and also check out the nearby located Seoul Museum of Art and Seoul Museum of History.
Myeong-Dong Cathedral is the very first Roman Catholic parish church and also the first Gothic building built. On the basement floor there is a small sanctum where remains of the martyrs are enshrined, where the visitors can pay their respects.
A visit to Gwanghwamun Square takes you back in time only to relive the dynasty rule and magnificence of the empires. It was first constructed in 1395 as the main gate to Gyeongbokgung Palace during the Joseon Dynasty. Further on it was ruined by fire and completely destroyed in the Korean War.
Insa- Dong boasts of local and traditional charm like no other place, being the pivotal center for showcasing local handicrafts, handbok(traditional clothing), hanji( traditional paper), teas, pottery etc. This is a must see for the visitors as they get a chance to acquaint themselves with the Korean culture.
Gyeongbokgung Palace also known as the ‘Gyeongbok Palace’ or ‘The Northern Palace’ built in 1395 is the largest of the Five Grand Palaces and the first royal palace built by the Joseon Dynasty. The palace was heavily destroyed by the Japanese invasion (1592-1598), however later the 7,700 rooms were restored and upto 40 percent of the palace is now open to the public and houses the National Palace Museum of Korea and the National Folk Museum of Korea.
Bukchon Hanok Village sits between two Palaces of the Joseon Dynasty, Changdeokgung and Gyeongbokgung. The name Bukchon means northern village and Hanok translates to house, thus this place is home to a thousands of Koreans living in traditional houses. This village lies just 10 minutes away from the hotel, which offers the tourists to take a peek into the lives of the locals to experience and immerse in the Korean culture.
Changgyeonggung Palace was built in 1483 by King Sejong for his retiring father, King Taejong and it often served as a residential quarters for the kings, queens and concubines. As compared to the other palaces built by the king, this is compact and simple and also located on the east of the primary palace of Gyeongbokgung.
Changdeokgung Palace also known as Changdeok Palace, is one of the ‘Five Grand Palaces’ built by the Joseon Dynasty set within a large park in Seoul. This palace was the focal point for the Joseon Government and a favoured residence for many Joseon Dynasty Kings for about 270 years. As compared to other palaces, Changdeokgung was well preserved and still features most of the original architectural designs.
Dongdaemun Market is located near Dongdaemun, divided into 5 shopping districts A, B, C, D and a shopping town with 26 shopping malls situated over 10 blocks, 30000 specialty shops and 50,000 manufacturers. All kinds of materials are available at the market from fabric, clothes, shoes, accessories, electronics to leather goods, office goods, sporting material and toys.
Dongdaemun Design Plaza, also known as DDP, is the newest urban development project in South Korea designed by Zaha Hadid and Samoo making it an iconic landmark in the Korean design industry. Located at the central part of Dongdaemun, the building is elongated and curved in shape offering high class centre for large exhibitions, design related shows and conferences.
The War Memorial of Korea was established to commemorate the martyrs of the Korean War (1950-1953) to symbolise the desire for peaceful reunification of Korea. These grounds were previously used as the headquarters for the Korean Infantry; many experts were consulted numerous times before completing the exhibits.
Korea boasts of a lot shopping hotspots offering a variety of products and eatables at reasonable prices. The Seoul Central Mosque is also located in Itaewon along with a number of halal food stores, and shopping hubs. Due to the area’s diverse inhabitants, Itaewon has become one of the most cosmopolitan areas in Seoul boasting restaurants, shopping and nightlife that are equally diverse and cater to international tastes, attracting many foreign tourists.
N Seoul Tower was built in 1969 as Korea’s first integrated transmission tower beaming television and radio broadcasts across the capital, has become a major must-see in Seoul. The 236.7 m tower sits atop the Namsan Mountain offering a panoramic view of the city.
Namsan Park is a prominent park located in Seoul. It is a historical site and the largest park consisting of variety of trees, plants and animals. This area is well connected and a popular spot for romantic getaways for couples of all ages.
The National Museum of Korea is the largest in Korea and the sixth largest in the world. The architecture blends in well with the contemporary style as well as the traditional style and built specifically to withstand a violent oscillation in an earthquake. The museum houses artifacts and works that tell us a brief history of Korea with beautifully sculpted relics and walls.
Ewha Women’s University is also known as ‘Edae’ (Ewha Yeoja Daehakgyo). Ewha is a Sino- Korean term for ‘Pear Blossom’. This flower is the symbol of Ewha Woman’s University and is also incorporated in their logo. You can spot several pear blossom trees as you enter through the main gate of the university with the architecture complementing the modern facilities providing a large green space in the centre of the university.
Garosu-gil is an area located in Sinsadong, which is adorned with gingko trees. The street gets its name from the Korean word, which means tree-lined streets. The area is filled with restaurants, bars, cafes, galleries, art design bookshops and clothing boutiques. This street is particularly popular during autumn when the leaves begin to shed and portrays a picturesque scene to experience an enjoyable stroll through it.
63 City is a 60 floor skyscraper with three basement levels making it one of the most prominent landmarks in Seoul. It is a multi-venue leisure complex featuring an aquarium, art gallery, IMAX cinema, performance hall and a wax museum making it a popular spot for family outings. The view deck at the top offers a spectacular view of the Hangang river and the surrounding mountains of Bugaksun Namsan and the Gwanaksan.
Coex Convention and Exhibition Centre located in Samseong- dong of Gangnam-gun district, Seoul, is one of the largest convention and exhibition centre in South Korea. The four storey centre has 4 exhibition halls and 48 meeting rooms majorly for business purposes. A 57-storey assembly hall consists of 20 trade organisations including the Korea International Trade Association (KITA) and 250 companies and financial institutions.
The one-stop shop for adventure and thrill. Lotte World is one of the largest theme parks in the world loaded with a variety of amusement rides, ice rink, different kinds of parades and also a folk museum and much more. It is divided into two major sections – Adventure and Magic Island. The Gyro Drop and the Gyro Swing are the major thrills with a steep altitude drop of over 70 metres or the teeth clenching sensation of being trapped in a tornado.
Everland is one of the first amusement park’s to be opened in Seoul, which also includes a zoo and a water park called Carribean Bay. Everland is divided into 5 distinct zones – Global Fair, Zoo-Topia, European Adventure, Magic Land and American Adventure.