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5 amazing things to do in Seoul

Seoul, South Korea’s capital and largest city is becoming increasingly more popular with travellers. More and more people are visiting to experience a place where modernity and tradition meet so seamlessly. Seoul is a contemporary metropolis with skyscrapers and plenty of technology, but it also has ancient Buddhist temples and charming teahouses galore. There is so much to do and see on a visit to Seoul, here are 5 ideas to get you started:

1. Discover Bukchon Hanok Village

Bukchon Hanok Village

Bukchon Hanok Village is a historic village sandwiched between two palaces – Changdeok and Gyeongbok – and Jongmyo Royal Shrine. Hanok is the name for the hundreds of traditional wooden houses that exist in the village that are around 600 years old. Today, many of them have been transformed into cultural centres, guesthouses, teahouses and restaurants that give visitors a taste of typical Korean life and culture.

2. Wander along the Cheonggyecheon River

Cheonggyecheon River

The Cheonggyecheon River runs through the centre of Seoul and is a wonderful recreation space within the middle of the city. It sits on the site where a stream flowed before rapid development caused it to be covered by transportation infrastructure. Now, Cheonggyecheon is a brilliant place of urban renewal where people can stroll along the banks of the river and enjoy a place of peace within the hustle and bustle of the city.

3. Feast on street food

Seoul is one of the best places in Asia for foodies and there is so much fantastic street food to sample in the city. Head to one of the oldest markets in the city, Gwangjang Market, where you’ll find scores of vendors cooking up some of the freshest and most delicious food you’ll find in Seoul. Don’t forget to wash your food down with some soju – South Korea’s most popular alcoholic drink.

4. Climb Bugaksan

Bugaksan

Seoul is framed by four different mountains, so it would be wrong to visit the city and not scale at least one of them. The easiest and best is Bugaksan, where several trails snake through 15th century gates and along an ancient fortress wall. From the top of the mountain you’ll get the most incredible view of the city, making each of the 342 metres you’ve climbed well worth it.

5. Visit Gyeongbokgung Palace

Gyeongbokgung Palace

Gyeongbokgung Palace dates all the way back to the 14th century and is South Korea’s most famous royal palace. The palace is a striking building, with characteristic Korean architecture and opulent colours. Within the grounds there are several ornate gates and structures, as well as the National Folk Museum of Korea, featuring almost 10,000 artefacts. Pick the right time for your visit and you’ll even witness the fascinating changing of the guard.

Let Chapman Freeborn transport you to South Korea’s capital city by private jet charter. Gimpo International Airport is just 12 miles from the city and Incheon International Airport is just over 30 miles away. If you’re interested in flying into or out of one of these airports, contact us today for a private jet charter quote.