South Korea is an amazing place to visit. With its rich culture, beautiful landscape and amiable people, this country will not fail to surprise you.
In this Explore series, having travelled to Seoul over the years, I will be sharing 5 interesting places to visit in Seoul.
1. Visit a Palace – Gyeongbokgung
At Gyeongbokgung, explore the beautifully and carefully reconstructed palace. This palace served as the main palace of the Joseon Dynasty. Located nearby, a few hanbok rental shops offer an opportunity to experience what it’s like to wear the traditional Korean costume, the hanbok!
If you’re lucky, you could also catch the Royal Guard Changing Ceremony!
In addition to visiting Gyeongbokgung, you could also visit the National Folk Museum of Korea which is housed within the palace’s premises. In the museum, you are able to preview how Koreans used to live.
After your trip to Gyeongbokgung, you could head down to Tosokchon Samgyetang for a delicious meal! There is a traditional and comforting feel to the place from the moment you step in. They serve various types of chicken and the meal comes with a complementary cup of ginseng wine.
2. Gangchon Rail Park
Gangchon Railpark provided a very interesting experience for my family and I because it was the first time we cycled together on train tracks while enjoying the cold winter breeze. I recall that in the middle of the cycling journey, there were disco lights and K-Pop music playing throughout the park. At the end of the cycling journey, we also boarded a train in which the guide shared some knowledge about the Rail Park. The entire experience was truly one of a kind!
The streets of Myeongdong are usually crowded with tourists. Myeongdong is truly one of the best places to purchase skincare and makeup products. Here, you are also able to purchase common streetwear merchandise including Nike, Adidas and Fila. Even brands such as Coach, Calvin Klein Jeans and Tommy Hilfiger have set up stores in this bustling shopping district.
At night, the shopping district is alive and bustling with locals and tourists, k-pop music, and the street stalls! Just thinking of Tteokbokki, Odeng, and Grilled Cheese Lobster makes my mouth water!
4. Try their seafood – Noryangjin Market
At the fish market, there are countless stalls selling fresh seafood. You may wonder, what happens after you buy some? These stalls in fact have their little, yet homely dining area!
What happens is that they will lead you to their shop and what you ordered will be cooked on the spot. If you’re up for it, you can try to eat a live octopus! It is recommended to eat in small cut pieces because it could pose as a choking hazard and because the tentacles may cling to the insides of your mouth.
5. IIsan Strawberry Farm
Last but not least, we have Ilsan Strawberry Farm for those who love going to the places less travelled and for those who have not picked strawberries before.
This strawberry farm is situated near the end of the Orange line (accessible from Madu station).
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While picking strawberries, not only are you able to pick beautiful strawberries, you are also able to learn how a strawberry grows and how a strawberry flower looks like.
View our strawberries!
One thing to noe is that the farm is not located near the subway station. Hence, a taxi ride to and from there would help. However, my family decided to travel on foot back from the farm to the subway station. We felt lost, but the cool, winter air felt amazing.
Also, my family and I learned that we should eat the strawberries every night in our hotel room. There are three reasons to this. Firstly, the strawberries were really delicious and fresh. Secondly, we wanted to prevent the growth of mould. Lastly, we could not bring these strawberries back home given the long flight back. (Haha)
Overall, the experience of picking and eating the plucked strawberries was truly memorable for my family and I.
If you’re up for it, do keep an eye out for NH Bank! Together with the National Agricultural Cooperative Federation (NACF) and other member cooperatives, their collective name, NongHyup1, is ranked as one of the top 300 largest cooperative and mutual organisations by turnover/GDP per capita2.
In addition to these 5 interesting places, there are also other places of interest, such as Nami Island, N-Seoul Tower and the Yeouido Hangang Park! South Korea has so much to offer with every visit.
We hope that this article has been useful in suggesting some interesting places to visit in South Korea!
1 Nonghyup. (n.d.). Organization Detail. Retrieved from https://www.nonghyup.com/eng/nacf/current/organization01.do. Accessed on 23 June 2020.
2 International Co-operative Alliance. (2018). World Cooperative Monitor 2018 edition. Retrieved from https://www.ica.coop/sites/default/files/publication-files/wcm2018-web-1542524747.pdf. Accessed on 23 June 2020.
This article is brought to you by Denise Ong. Denise is a first-year undergraduate in NUS Business School. She is currently interning with SNCF as a Marketing Intern. She is experimenting with designing on Canva and Photoshop, and enjoys playing volleyball in her free time.