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Monday, 1 May 2017

Top 9 Things To Do In Seoul, South Korea

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Ever since I started watching Korean dramas and variety shows at the tender age of 13, Seoul have been one of the places that I knew I had to visit. Fast forward 10 years... my wish came true! Whether you’re a foodie, shopaholic or someone that loves history and culture, Seoul is definitely the place to be. Since I'm guiltily all three, I've put together a first-timer’s travel guide on what to do in Seoul that can appeal to everybody.

1. Go cosmetic crazy at Myeongdong Street
If you’re obsessed with beauty products and cosmetics, Myeongdong Street will need to be at the top of your itinerary. There are numerous stores like Etude House, TonyMoly, Skinfood, Missha, Laneige etc. all lined up along the streets! As our hotel was only located 10 minutes away from the popular shopping street, me and my mum literally went there every single day - we were just obsessed! (If you want to see what I bought, click here.) In my opinion, night time is the best time to go as the street becomes much livelier, busier and fun. However, if you prefer to shop more ‘peacefully’, it is best to get there before mid-afternoon.

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2. Shop till you physically drop at Dongdaemun Market & Namdaemun Market
I had no intention of buying any clothes from Seoul because I was just fixated with buying beauty products. However, that all changed when I got to Dongdaemun. The amount of shopping malls and outlets they have are crazy! One particular store I recommend to visit is Migliore. You can barter your whole way through hundreds of fashion stalls and leave with bags full of clothes. Namdaemun Market on the other hand is one of the most popular outdoor markets in Seoul where they sell everything from clothing and accessories to snacks and home furnishings. I do prefer shopping in Dongdaemun rather than Namdaemun because I feel like the stores are better suited to my age range.

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3. Souvenir shop with LOTTE 
LOTTE is a one of the biggest conglomerate companies in Asia. If you're planning to do some souvenir shopping, I would recommend visiting the Lotte shopping chains. Visit the Lotte Department Store and Lotte Duty Free for retail goods to gift friends and family (think of UK's Harrods and Selfridges). My favourite Lotte store is the Lotte Mart in Seoul Station because they sell a massive variety of Korean food and snacks that you can take back home. You even get to sample food whilst you're shopping too! (Which I guiltily took advantage of by walking back and forth each aisle pretending that I didn't take a sample or two already).

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4. Eat the streets
One of the best things about Seoul is the street food. This is definitely one of the things you shouldn't miss out on your to-do list. Everywhere you go in Seoul, there's bound to be a food stall somewhere. However, due to the wide variety of street food, it's best to head to Myeongdong, Dongdaemun or Namdaemun to experience it because they have numerous food stalls lined up next to one another. Plus, eating and shopping at the same time is like the ultimate combo!

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5. Learn about the history at Gwanghwamun
Featuring museums and monumental statues, Gwanghwamun Square is the place to be if you want to delve into the history of South Korea. The Square stretches out from Gwanghwamun Gate - the main gate of Gyeongbokgung Palace where the royals and servants once lived, to the Sejongno Sageori. Within the square, you can visit two free museums - The Story of King Sejong and Admiral Yi Sun-Shin Museum. The entrance to the museums can be found at the base of the seated statue of King Sejong. Definitely a must-see if you're looking to learn about the history of the country.

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6. Stroll down Cheonggyecheon Stream
This is one of the most beautiful streams I've ever come across (not that there's many from where I'm from). It is an 5.8-km (3.6-mile) stream where you can get away from the city's hustle and bustle to get a sense of the city's serenity and tranquility. Throughout our stroll there, we saw mini waterfalls, fishes, ducks, grey herons and many loved-up couples.

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7. Step back in time in Bukchon Hanok Village
Featuring Korean traditional houses, the Bukchon Hanok Village is a historic village that dates back 600 years to the Joseon Dynasty. When I was there, it felt really surreal because I felt like I was on a set of a movie. Strolling around the village, we spotted so many young girls and couples taking pictures in the hanboks (traditional Korean clothing) they've rented from the hanbok rental shop (there were so many around). It was actually quite interesting and fascinating to see. What's also fascinating is that as a popular tourist spot, the entire village is very quiet because there are still residents that live in the houses till this day - amazing!

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8. Experience Seoul-ful food
Korean BBQ? Fried chicken and beer? Korean BBQ? Dak Galbi etc? How can you not experience Korean cuisines when you're in Korea?! It's really rare for me to miss the food from a country that I visited because I just love British and Chinese food too much. However, after being back at home for a couple of days, I started to miss Korean food quite badly. So much so, I had to indulge on Korean ramen and Korean side dishes like kimchi and pickled radish for a good week.

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9. Bask in the city at N Seoul Tower
You can't say you've been to Seoul without visiting N Seoul Tower. It's like visiting Paris without seeing the Eiffel Tower! As Seoul's tourist landmark, the tower is located on Namsan Mountain and is considered to be the highest point of the city. There are two ways to get to get up to the base of N Seoul Tower - hike up on what seems to be a never-ending flight of stairs or take a cable car ride. We went on the hike because we needed to save our money due to our overspend on beauty products. Although the hike made me and my mum feel like we were taking part in an exhausting military bootcamp, the breath-taking panoramic views of Seoul made it all worthwhile. However, if we were to go up there again... cable car all the way (lol).

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Have you been to Seoul before? If so, what was the highlight of your trip?


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