4 Places To Visit in South Korea

Prepare to be one happy soul when in Seoul

Photography: Sheena M. Cruz

Dubbed as the Capital of East Asian country of the Republic of Korea or South Korea to many, Seoul is a thriving metropolis buzzing with busy streets, tall skyscrapers, museums, and modern and traditional architecture. Everything you see, hear, smell, and eat allows you to take a peek into the country's colorful history. 

If you're planning to take a trip to the Land of the Morning Calm, be sure to make stopovers at these four must-visit spots: 

Gyeongbogkung Palace

Built in 1935 and considered as the largest of the Five Grand Places created by the Joseon dynasty, Gyeongbogkung Palace is located in the northern area of Seoul. Set aside half a day to explore the place, and while you are there you can also visit the National Palace Museum of Korea and the National Folk Museum, too. 

Dongdaemun Design Plaza

Located in Dongdaemun, one of Seoul's most breathtaking fashion hubs, this place is often referred to as DDP by the locals. Designed by the late and world renowned architect Zaha Hadid in collaboration with Studio Samoo, it features a curvy and futuristic design and houses various indoor and outdoor exhibits and displays. Try visiting the DDP at night, and marvel at its gorgeous lights.

The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art

The MMCA has three branches: one in Gwacheon, another in Deuksung, and lastly, in Seoul. The one in Seoul is located in what is known as the “Culture Street” of the city. Opened in 2013, the museum is a culture and art complex that houses exhibitions, halls, and theaters. It is open Tuesdays to Sundays on varying time schedules, but try visiting the museum on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 6:00pm to 9:00pm to avail of the free admission.

N Seoul Tower

Love locks and an unparalleled view of Seoul’s skyline—what more could you ask for? The cable car ride to and from the tower is definitely worth the nerves.  The tower is located on Mt. Namsam in central Seoul. Make sure you visit the tower’s Roof Terrace where you can see the Locks of Love and the observatory to have a panoramic view of the city.

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