3 Fun Things to Do in Seoul on Your Very First Visit

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Things to do in Korea
Things to do in Korea

Seoul is an incredible city, brimming with mouth-watering food, exciting attractions and unforgettable shopping spots. The amount of things to do, see and eat in Seoul are endless, and unique experiences await you on every corner.

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If you’re heading to Seoul for the first time, you are in for a one-of-a-kind adventure – just like the one I recently had. Not sure where to even begin? Try completing this checklist of 3 things to do in Seoul on your very first visit.

1. Explore Bukchon Hanok Village

The Bukchon Hanok Village is one of my favourite photo spots in Seoul.
The Bukchon Hanok Village is one of my favourite photo spots in Seoul.

The Bukchon Hanok Village is one of my favourite photo spots in Seoul. The traditional hanok houses found here date all the way back to the Joseon Dynasty, and people actually live in them! This picturesque residential area is nestled in the heart of the city between Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace, and from atop the hill you can see a background of modern buildings in the distance.

2. Buy cosmetics at Myeongdong

Myeongdong is a cosmetic-lover’s paradise.
Myeongdong is a cosmetic-lover’s paradise.

Myeongdong is a cosmetic-lover’s paradise. You can find all the popular Korean cosmetic brands in Myeongdong, from Innisfree and Etude House to Tony Moly and MISSHA. Look out for the 1+1 (buy one get one free) offers, and don’t be shy to go around collecting free samples!

3. Indulge in delicious street food

You should never go hungry in Seoul, especially when there’s plenty of yummy street food everywhere!
You should never go hungry in Seoul, especially when there’s plenty of yummy street food everywhere!

You should never go hungry in Seoul, especially when there’s plenty of yummy street food everywhere! Some must-try street food in Seoul include tteokbokki (spicy rice cakes), hotteok (sweet pancakes), kimbap (seaweed rice rolls) and of course, the classic chicken skewers!