50 MUST-VISIT PLACES IN KOREA
Below is “atti”´s pick of 50 must-visit places recommended for foreign tourists.
1 SEOUL FOREST PARK
Seoul Park is like an oasis in the center of Seoul. Enjoy “Mirrored Pond” with lush trees that project above water, the sculpture garden, the small library in the woods, and other charming places to see and enjoy here and there. The park was originally a hunting ground for the king, but is now comprised of themed areas like Cultural Art Park, Nature Experiencing Studying Field, Ecological Forest, and Wetlands Ecological Field. If you need to “heal”, head towards the park.
Address 273, Ttukseom-ro, Seongdong-gu, Seoul
2 SEOUL SKY
Seoul Sky is a new landmark in Jamsil, Seoul. It is recommended for those who want to experience another Seoul, high above the sky. Seoul Sky Observatory located in Lotte World Tower (555m-high and the 4th tallest building in the world), is one of the world’s top 3 observatories and a “must-visit”. Be amazed day or night, at the view of Seoul with its dynamic modern culture and a glorious history.
Address 117th~123rd Floor, 300, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul
Operating Hours 10am - 10pm on Sunday to Thursday / 10am - 11pm on Friday, Saturday, and Holiday (3 days or more)
3 NAMSAN SEOULTOWER
Seoul Tower was a major filming location for “My Love from the Star”, a top Korean TV series that was also immensely popular across Asia, which many still reminisce about. Originally famous for its “Lock of Love” and panoramic view of Seoul, it became known as a more romantic place due to the love story of Do Min-joon and Cheon Song-yi. Mt. Namsan is a superb place to take a walk and is sought by many Seoulites all year around due to its botanical garden with lush pine trees and wild flowers. Among several paths one can take, breathing in nature and soaking up history, Sowol-gil is the best, especially at night when it boasts spectacular night views of Seoul.
Subway About 700m from Exit 3 of
Myeongdong Station, Line 4
Operating Hours10am~12am Inquiries +82-2-3455-9277
4 DONGDAEMUN DESIGN PLAZA (DDP)
DDP is a complex cultural space with the motto of “Design·Origin of Creative Industries”. With conventions, exhibitions, performances, fashion shows, year round, DDP is famous as the world's largest 3D architecture landmark. During Fashion Week every season, it is a gathering place for fashionistas in Seoul. You can also enjoy shopping as there are wholesale and retail fashion market all around DDP.
5 NAMDAEMUN MARKET
A place where 600 years of tradition and history is alive and well - coexisting with the present - it is Korea’s largest traditional market which is seemingly open round-theclock. “Hanbok”, “Najeon-chilgi” (lacquerware), traditional crafts, as well as accessories, clothing, souvenir, tableware, imported goods, foods like “Gim” and “Kimchi”, can all be easily found here. If Dongdaemun is the mecca of fashion, Namdaemun is the sacred place for accessories and children’s clothing, accounting for 90% of the Korean market. There is a food street for merchants and customers, among which “Galchi” (scabbard fish) and “Kalguksu” (noodle soup) are most famous. Visit tourist information centers for maps and language services in English, Chinese and Japanese .
Address 21, Namdaemun Market 4-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
Operating Hours Midnight - 11pm on Weekdays
* May vary depending on specific goods
6 MYEONGDONG STREET
Myeongdong is known as the “paradise of shopping”, bustling with shoppers 365 days a year. It is the perfect place for shopping as there are large and small road shops down alleys, as well as Lotte Department Store and duty free shops just across the street. It is also a district specializing in beauty goods, where you can experience everything there is on K-Beauty. In addition, you will find unique street food such as scallops and lobster, which are available only in Myeongdong.
Address Myeongdong 2-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul
7 BUKCHON HANOK VILLAGE
Originally the residential area of Joseon aristocrats, Bukchon which is located in northern Jongno, attracts record number of tourists seeking to experience the Hanok Village. Visitors can immerse themselves in traditional Korean culture, shop for traditional Korean products, taste traditional food and tea, and even experience a Hanok homestay.
Address 37, Gyedong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
8 GYEONGBOKGUNG PALACE
Gyeongbokgung was built in 1395 with the founding of Joseon Dynasty by Taejo Yi Seong-gye, as its main palace. It is arguably the most beautiful and the largest of the 5 Joseon palaces. Remarkably, the most representative Joseon edifices - Gyeonghoeru Pavilion and Hyangwonjeong Pond - remain intact. Woldae and sculptures of Geunjeongjeon (Royal Audience Chamber) represent Joseon sculpture. National Palace Museum of Korea is located south of Heungnyemun Gate, and National Folk Museum is located on the eastern side within Hyangwonjeong.
Address 161, Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
* Closed every Tuesday
9 HONGDAE STREET
If you get off at Hongdae Station and follow the young people, you will find busking performances. People singing and playing guitars, people rapping, and people dancing∙∙∙∙∙∙ The place is vibrant with energy and you will find your shoulders shaking. At night, it is full of clubbers who love to dance. If you also move just a little bit away from the hustle and bustle of Hongdae, you will meet the quaint and charming neighborhood of Yeonnam-dong with a completely different atmosphere, so fall for the attractions that the Hongdae area has to offer.
Address Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul
10 SINSA-DONG GAROSU-GIL
Garosu-gil has regained its reputation. Hot young men and women are gathering here again. From fashion and beauty brands, to food and beverage and lifestyle stores that have newly opened, there are many things to enjoy on Garosu-gil. Take a closer look at the unique shops on “Serosu-gil” and “Narosu-gil”, alongside Garosu-gil. It may be amazingly fun!
Address Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Subway Exit 8 of Sinsa Station, Subway Line 3
1 NAMI ISLAND
It was a while ago, but a Korean Wave drama mega hit “Winter Sonata”, made Nami Island a hot spot. It is still a “must-visit” destination for tourists. Squirrels, magpies, peacocks, geese, ducks, rabbits, and moles live freely on Nami Island. Ostriches are locked up because they have caused trouble. Accommodations are also excellent. Hotel Jeonggwanru is a charming place where you can stay at a room of your choice, which were created by artists, painters, craftsmen, and writers. If you want to purify your mind, how about taking a walk, stepping through the white snow, on the Metasequoia road in Nami Island.
Address 1024, Bukhangangbyeon-ro, Gapyeongeup, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do
Operating Hours 7:30 am~ 9:30 pm on Weekdays
2 SHINSEGAE SIMON YEOJU PREMIUM OUTLETS
As the largest shopping spot in Korea since 2007, Yeoju Premium Outlets is Korea’s first premium designer outlet operated by Shinsegae Simon, a JV between Shinsegae and Simon Property Group, No.1 company in the US outlet market industry. You will find 270 brands in luxury, contemporary, casual, sports, outdoor, living, kids categories, at a 25~65% discount. With over 60 luxury brands like Yves Saint Laurent, Givenchy, Balenciaga, Gucci, and Burberry, it ranks as Asia’s top outlet with the most number of luxury brands sold.
Address Yeoju Premium Outlets, 360, Myeongpum-ro,Yeojusi, Gyeonggido
Open Hours Mon~Thur 10:30am~ 8:30pm /
Fri~Sun 10:30am~ 9:00pm (Including Holidays)
Everland is an exciting adventure for children and a kingdom of childhood dreams for grown-ups. It opened in 1976 as “Farmland” and has since, led many of us to an unforgettable world of fantasy. Everland is divided into 5 zones: “Global Fair” which is a bazaar district of a global scale, and 4 theme park zones “American Adventure”, “Magic Land”, “European Adventure” and “Zootopia”, which are fun and thrilling, each with their own signature rides and attractions.
Address 199, Everland-ro, Pogok-eup, Cheoin-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do
4 KOREAN FOLK VILLAGE
It is the only traditional cultural theme park in Korea. Joseon Dynasty Village is comprised of real houses that were relocated from across Korea and restored to create a replica of a village from the Joseon period. It as a living museum of Korean traditional culture where you can experience outdoor hands-on exhibitions, traditional handcrafts, and seasonal festivals.
Address 90, Minsokchon-ro, Giheung-gu, Yongin, Gyeonggi-do
5 PETITE FRANCE
Visit Petite France where you can meet “The Little Prince” who is likely to shine upon children as well as adults, and remind us that we live in a world of dreams and hope. It is the only French-style theme park in Korea where you will find a flea market with European antiques on the roadside, and also, experience performances of orgels which were made hundreds of years ago, as well as marionette dance performances in the plaza. Petite France may also feel familiar as it was featured on many K-wave dramas and variety shows such as “Beethoven Virus”, “Secret Garden”, “My Love from the Star” and “Running Man”. With spring flowers abloom in May, it will feel like you are staying at majestic French mansion with floral fragrance, which will feel exotic!
Address 1063, Hoban-ro, Cheongpyeong-myeon, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do
Operating Hours 9am ~ 6pm
Entrance Fee Adults KRW 10,000 / Teenagers KRW 8,000 / Children KRW 6,000
6 INCHEON STATION AND CHINATOWN
From 120 years ago, Incheon already has been an international city where Chinese, Japanese and Western people strolled around. The trace of that can still be found even today at Incheon Station, Port of Incheon and all areas in Chinatown and they grasp people’s attention.
Location Across the first pai-loo in Chinatown
Address 269, Jemulyang-ro, Jung-gu, Incheon
We don’t remember since when, but Wolmido is now more known as an amusement park than as an island. Apparently, the theme park of Wolmido is still great but there are also various things to enjoy such as cruise ship, music fountain and etc.
Address 81, Wolmi-munhwa-ro, Jung-gu, Incheon
8 SONGDO INTERNATIONAL CITY
When you hear the word “Incheon”, Chinatown and modern buildings will be the first things that come to your mind. However, Songdo, the utmost cutting-edge future city, is gaining attention as the center of Harbor Line. Especially, skyscrapers built on the filled land that once had been a sea and the parks that blend well with sea water which flows in between are just fantastic. This description is for Songdo Central Park and Songdo Techno Park.
9 SINPO MARKET
Sinpo Market is the place where every popular Korean food is gathered. Sweet and Sour Chicken, Spicy Cold Chewy Noodles, Five Cardinal Colors Dumplings and other mouthwatering food welcome visitors under the signboard that claims they are the “original”. However, the genuine original shop is “Sinpo Sweet and Sour Chicken” located at the entrance of the market. It would not be difficult to spot here as there is a long line of people all the time.
Address 11-5, Uhyeon-ro 49 Beon-gil, Jung-gu, Incheon
10 SONGDO TECHNOPARK
The shopping mall “Triple Street Onesta” can be reached by getting off at the subway station and passing through an underground path called Triple Street Onesta which leads to an outlet shopping mall. Triple Street which was opened last year is a complex district that is located next to the outlet mall
and meets the taste of young consumers as the street of youth.
Location Techonopark Station, Exit 2
Address 123, gukjedae-ro, Songdo-dong, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon
1 ODAESAN WOLJEONGSA
Woljeongsa, a traditional Korean temple of a 1000 years,is located deep in the mountains of Odaesan. Nine fir trees planted in front of Woljeongsa over 1,000 years ago, has grown into a beautiful fir tree forest, which has become more famous as the filming site for the popular Korean drama “Goblin” (Dokkaebi).
Address 374-8, Odaesan-ro, Jinbu-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do
Inquiries +82-33-339-6606~7 Website woljeongsa.org
Address Gangdong-myeon, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do
3 DAEGWALLYEONG SHEEP FARM
It is Korea’s first and only sheep ranch where you can see over 300 sheep grazing on the vast field of Daegwallyeong, with bluegrass swaying in the wind, making you think that you are in the Alps. A trip to Daegwallyeong will be a meaningful one with beautiful memories of the beauty of different seasons.
Address 483-32, Daegwallyeongmaru-gil, Daegwallyeong-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do
Inquiries +82-33-335-1966 Website www.yangtte.co.kr
4 ABAI VILLAGE
It is a small village of North Korean refugees who escaped during the Korean War. It became famous as the filming site for Korean drama “Autumn In My Heart”, which featured the Gaetbae Boat, a floating raft of tires and wood pulled along a cable, which you can ride to get to downtown Sokcho in 1~2 minutes without going around the Cheongcho Lake.
Address 122, Cheongho-ro, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do
5 TEDDY BEAR FARM
Teddy bears designed by world class designers as well as various accessories are on display, and you can learn about the history and meaning of teddy bears. It is a great place for families to visit.
Address 16, Haksapyeong 2-gil, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do
Inquiries +82-33-636-3680 Website www.teddyfarm.net
6 ANMOK COFFEE STREET
With the new KTX Gyeonggang Line running from Seoul to Gangneung, you can drink coffee while enjoying a panoramic view of the beautiful East Sea, in 2 hours from Seoul. You will find various specialty coffee shops including “Terrarosa” and “Bohemian”, which are called “two mountain ranges” in the coffee world.
7 DMZ MUSEUM DMZ
Through the DMZ which is a symbol of the only divided country in the world, it is a place which tells about the tragedy of the Korean War, where you can learn about the historical significance of the Demilitarized Zone, and feel the pain of separated families and divided country, etc.
Address 369, Tongiljeonmangdae-ro, Hyeonnae-myeon, Goseong-gun, Gangwon-do
8 OJUKHEON HOUSE
Designated as National Treasure No. 165, Ojukheon is located at Jukheon-dong, Gangneung-si. It is the birthplace of the most prominent Korean Confucian scholar Yi I and his mother Shin Saimdang. Yi I was born in Mongryongsil, and on exhibit are relics including Yi I’s writings and Shin’s posthumous works.
Address 24, Yulgok-ro 3139 Beon-gil, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do
9 GOSEONG UNIFICATION OBSERVATORY
This 70m-high observatory is located at where the Military Demarcation Line and the Southern Limit Line meet. You can see Mt. Geumgang and Haegeum River at a short distance, and even Ongnyeobong Peak and Chaehabong Peak on sunny days. There are religious facilities for displaced persons and also, security educational exhibits.
Address 481, Geumgangsan-ro, Hyeonnae-myeon, Goseong-gun, Gangwon-do
Gyeongpodae Pavilion which sits on the northern hill overlooking the beautiful Gyeongpoho Lake, is one of the “8 scenic views of Gwandong”. Inside the pavilion are “Eujesi” poem written by King Sukjong, “Gyeongpodaebu” written by Yulgok Yi I when he was 10 years old, and other writings of famous writers. The popular Gyeongpo Beach is also located nearby.
Address San 1-1 Gangmun-dong, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do
1 HAEUNDAE BEACH
A vast sandy beach and blue ocean, five-star hotels and restaurants, and aquariums are some of the many reasons for visiting Haeundae Beach. Haeundae Traditional Market is only 5-minute walk away, and you can taste fresh sashimi and Busan’s specialty, the Pork and Rice Soup.
Address 264, Haeundaehaebyun-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan
2 DONGBAEKSEOM ISLAND
You can take in a view of the Gwangandaegyo Bridge and the Haeundae Beach while walking along a path made by camellia trees and pine trees. This is an ideal place for dating or just taking walks, as there are many things to see such as the Nurimaru APEC House in which APEC summit meeting was held, a lighthouse, etc.
Address Woo-dong, Haeundae-gu, Busan
3 DALMAJI ROAD
This is a “hot” place for young people with modern art galleries, pretty cafes, and expensive restaurants. It is also famous as a driving course where you can appreciate a lovely moonrise.
4 SEALIFE BUSAN AQUARIUM
Various exhibits and performances are held in special water tanks with themes, undersea tunnels, and 90 other aquariums. Sharks, turtles, starfish, sea horses, and a million diverse marine animals of 250 types, live in the aquarium, which means a lot of things to see. You can also touch some marine life at touch pools and other state-of-the-art facilities.
Address 266, Haeundaehaebyeon-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan
5 BUSAN CINEMA CENTER
The opening and closing ceremonies of the Busan International Film Festival and red carpet events are held here every October. The world’s largest roof, “Big Roof”, shows off beautiful landscape lighting at 7pm every night. You can obtain 22,000 types of different materials on movies, and so, a visit here is essential if you are a movie fan. ID is required.
Address 120, Suyeonggangbyeon-daero， Haeundae-gu, Busan
Inquiries +82-51-780-6000 Website dureraum.org
6 THE BAY 101
There is no fancier place to enjoy night views of this marine city while drinking a cool glass of beer. It is Busan’s “hot” place where you can enjoy a splendid view of the ocean, ride yachts, enjoy marine leisure activities, and also, find food and culture, select shops, and even galleries.
Address 52, Dongbaek-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan
7 CENTUM SHOPPING CENTER
This is the world’s largest shopping center with Shinsegae Centum City Department Store which has been registered in the Guinness World Records as the largest shopping complex in the world, and also, the Lotte Department Store. There are not only fashion, beauty, and shopping stores, but also, an indoor ice rink, spa land, theaters, and a cultural complex you can enjoy all year round.
Location Centum City Station, Busan Metro Line 2
8 GWANGANDAEGYO BRIDGE
Also known as the “Diamond Bridge”, this is where the fabulous Busan Fireworks Festival is held every October. LED lighting and sounds fit for world’s largest-scale bridge, render beautiful night views.
Address Gwangan-dong, Sooyoung-gu, Busan
9 JAGALCHI MARKET
This is a traditional fish market in which you can feel the crude but kind-hearted affections of Busan. It is also Korea’s largest fish market. Not only foreigners, but Korean visitors, do not fail to drop by this Busan market in order to buy fresh raw fish.
Address Jagalchi Market, 52, Jagalchihaean-ro, Jung-gu, Busan
10 GUKJE MARKET
This place has become more popular due to the movie “Ode to My Father”. Currently a market of all things, it was once a survival zone for refugees at the time of the Korean War of 1950. There are always tourists in front of Ssiat Htteok (Korean pancakes), as the area between Bupyeong Kkangtong Market and Changseonding Moekja Golmok has developed into a large-scale tourist attraction.
Address Shinchan-dong 4-ga, Jung-gu, Busan
1 GEOMUN OREUM
If you take a walk in the forest of Geomun Oreum at least once, you would realize why it is Korea’s representative eco tourist site. As if a scene from a fairy tale book popped out, a magnificent scenery will be laid out before you. Reservation for the tour around Geomum Oreum is mandatory.
Address 569-36, Seongyo-ro, Jocheon-eup, Jeju-si
2 JEJU MOKGWANA
Mokgwana that once had been a government office during Jeoseon Dynasty played a key role in Jeju administration from the era of Tamra State and throughout Jeoseon Dynasty. Especially, Gwandeokjung, a part of Jeju Mokgwana was built to be used as the site for army training and martial arts practice. It is the oldest building you can find in Jeju.
Address 25, Gwandeok-ro, Jeju-si
3 SEONGEUP FOLK VILLAGE
Seongeup Folk Village that is designated as Important Folklore Material still maintains old homes and life style of Jeju. The village is a folk village but differs from other folk villages in the way that people are still residing in the village even today.
Address 9-2, Seongeupjeonguihyeon-ro 22beon-gil, Pyoseon-myeon, Seogwipo-si
4 SUWOLBONG PEAK
Suwolbong has a sunset that creates a fine harmony with Chagwido, a peak 77m out of the sea, and typical volcanic landform shaped by a volcanic activity under the water. Sunset scene at Suwolbong is as great as that of Sarabong, and one can see Chagwido, Songaksan and Jukdo at a glance from the peak.
Address Gorak-ro, Hangyeong-myeon, Jeju-si
This is a place where you can meet typical beauty of Jeju such as a plain located at the top end of the hill, Jeju ponies leisurely grazing in the fields and cliffs surrounded by rocks and towering seonbawi that carries an old tale. It is not too much to say that Seopjikoji is the highlight of the whole trip in Jeju. According to
the tale, this place was the heaven angels’ bathing spot.
Address Gosung-ri, Seongsaneup, Seogwipo-si
6 JEJU SHINHWAWORLD
It is the largest multi-resort complex in Korea offering not only a premium hotel but also a variety of facilities, including theme parks, water parks and interactive displays, over 40 food and beverage outlets, duty free shops, and the largest foreigner-only casino in Jeju Island.
Address 38, Shinhwayeoksa-ro 304 Beon-gil, Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
8 JEJU HALLIM PARK
JEJU HALLIM PARK surrounded by a 10 million pyeong(acre) of land, a colony of towering palm trees and a dense pine forest. As a worldly tour site visited by many popular figures in the world, the park has nine kinds of themes that can be enjoyed by tourists in and overseas.
Address 300, Hallim-ro, Hallim-eup, Jeju-si
9 O’SULLOCTEA MUSEUM
The museum itself is in the shape of a green tea cup. Here, one can experience green tea and traditional tea culture of Korea and find out everything about Sulloc Tea.
Address 15, Sinhwayeoksa-ro, Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo-si
7 MT. HALLA
Mt. Hallasan is the highest mountain in Korea. It is a dormant volcano with basalts and a lake crater at its summit, whose stem extends from the center of Jeju Island to the east and west. With beautiful volcanic landscapes such as waterfalls and ridgelines, it boasts wonderful scenery throughout the four seasons.
Address San 220-1, Sanghyo-dong, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
10 NAKCHEON-RI NINE GOOD VILLAGE
As a “Clean Zone” in Jeju, the village features nine fountains that carry the meaning “bringing nine lucks to visitors”. It is said that few numbers of chairs that were made to provide a rest area are now a thousand.
Address 97, Naksu-ro, Hangyeong-myeon, Jeju-si