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Dating back to 1395, Gyeongbokgung Palace served as the residence of the Joseon dynasty rulers, their households, and governments. Though muc
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N Seoul Tower , Seoul
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Ride the elevator to the top levels of N Seoul Tower, a broadcast and observation tower. Serving as South Korea's first general radio broadca
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Listed as a World Heritage Site, Changdeokgung Palace represents the main palace of Joseon Dynasty's kings, which shelters lotus ponds, pavil
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Insadong , Seoul
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Once the prime district to find antiques and ancient art, Insadong remains at the heart of Seoul's cafe culture. The main street, which the m
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Explore a 600-year-old urban area composed of traditional Korean houses at Bukchon Hanok Village. Constructed during the reign of the Joseon
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Seoul

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Shopping · History Museums · Lookouts
Things to do in Seoul allow you to discover many of the city's charms, including five World Heritage Sites. Start by taking in the sweeping panorama of Seoul from the roof terrace of N Seoul Tower. Dating back to the 14th century, Gyeongbokgung Palace is an expansive complex that provides a glimpse into the private quarters of the Joseon dynasty rulers and encompasses National Folk Museum. For some retail therapy, visit high fashion houses and department stores on Myeongdong Shopping Street. When you get tired of sightseeing, take a relaxing stroll through the capital's only natural reserve, Bukhansan National Park.

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Where to stay in Seoul

The Seoul metropolitan area has two districts especially appealing to backpackers--Jongno just northeast of the city, and Hongdae to the west. Both offer good shopping and dining, as well as easy transport links to the rest of the city. Mid-range options may prove difficult to find in peak season (July to August), unless you don't mind staying at a traditional hanok guesthouse, where loads of character make up for any lack of amenities. Finally, a range of top-end hotels with an impressive list of services and facilities lie scattered around the city.
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