#34 best destination in the world

 

Gyeongbokgung, Seoul

Korea Seoul South Gyeongbokgung Palace Historical

Best time to travel: March-May, Sept-Nov
Ease of travel: Moderate
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $$

  • Was the main royal palace of the Joseon dynasty, built in 1395
  • It was the home of Kings of the Joseon dynasty, the Kings’ households, as well as the government of Joseon, until the premises were destroyed by fire during the Imjin War (1592–1598) and abandoned for two centuries
  • In the 19th century, all of the palace’s 7,700 rooms were later restored
  • The architectural principles of ancient Korea were incorporated into the tradition and appearance of the Joseon royal court

N Seoul Tower

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Best time to travel: March-May, Sept-Nov
Walk difficulty: Easy
Ease of travel: Moderate
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $$

  • Communication and observation tower located on Namsan Mountain, the second highest point in Seoul
  • Built in 1969, the tower provides TV and radio broadcasting in Seoul; along with cityscape views on any one of its four observation decks, and a restaurants at the top that has a full rotation every 58 minutes

Lotte World, Seoul

Best time to travel: March-May, Sept-Nov
Ease of travel: Easy
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $

  • Major recreation complex in Seoul, opened in 1989, it consists of the world’s largest indoor theme park, an outdoor amusement park called “Magic Island”, an artificial island inside a lake linked by monorail, shopping malls, a luxury hotel, a Korean folk museum, sports facilities, and movie theaters

Bukchon Hanok Village, Seoul

Best time to travel: March-May, Sept-Nov
Walk difficulty: Easy
Ease of travel: Moderate
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $

  • Korean traditional village in Seoul with a long history located on the top of a hill
  • The traditional village is composed of many alleys, hanok and is preserved to show a 600-year-old urban environment

Myeong-dong, Seoul

Best time to travel: March-May, Sept-Nov
Ease of travel: Easy
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $

  • Neighborhood in Jung-gu, Seoul, it is mostly a commercial area, being one of Seoul’s main shopping, parade route and tourism districts
  • In 2013, Myeong-dong was listed as the ninth most expensive shopping street in the world
  • The area is known for its two historically significant sites, namely the Myeongdong Cathedral and the Myeongdong Nanta Theatre

Changdeokgung, Seoul

Best time to travel: March-May, Sept-Nov
Walk difficulty: Easy
Ease of travel: Moderate
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $

  • Palace set within a large park in Jongno District, Seoul
  • It is one of the “Five Grand Palaces” built by the kings of the Joseon Dynasty (1392–1897)
  • Changdeokgung was the most favored palace of many Joseon kings and retained many elements dating from the Three Kingdoms of Korea period that were not incorporated in the more contemporary Gyeongbokgung
  • One such element is the fact that the buildings of Changdeokgung blend with the natural topography of the site instead of imposing themselves upon it

Cheonggyecheon, Seoul

Best time to travel: March-May
Walk difficulty: Easy
Ease of travel: Moderate
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $

  • 6.8 mile modern public recreation space in downtown Seoul, opened in 2005, and a massive urban renewal project that is on the site of a stream that flowed before the rapid post-war economic development caused it to be covered by transportation infrastructure