Seoul, a city we have all heard about and one that is in the news frequently, and one I never thought I would visit, but I am certainly glad I did! It is filled with modern technology, fashion, K-Pop and skyscrapers; but you will also find a traditional Hanok village, ancient palaces and temples, and Koreans wearing hanbok, the traditional South Korean dress for formal or semi-formal occasions. It’s a mixture of old and new with a rich history rolled into a bustling, fast paced modern city.
The Bukchon Hanok Village was high on my list of destinations here. Hanoks are traditional Korean houses. Many of the houses in the village have been converted into shops and cafes, while retaining their original design.
The Bukchon Observatory is a great place to get some fantastic views of the city. It’s a steep climb to the facility, but well worth the effort.
Another must see is Gyeongbokgung Palace, with the changing of the guards.
The Lantern Festival at Cheonggyecheon Stream is spectacular and a must see for those visiting in November.
These are just a few highlights of Seoul; there are more places to visit and more blogs to post, so stay tuned. As always, please leave a comment with your thoughts and favorite activities in Seoul.