If you are living and studying in Korea, you might think that you have plenty of time to do all the sightseeing here in Korea. But let me tell you, with the studies, assignments and examinations, often the semester passes very quickly and before you know it, it is time to leave. With Korea being the treasure trove of amazing places, make sure you get to explore as much as you can. For those who are overwhelmed by the number of things to do, here are five of the must-do attractions in Seoul and Busan to help you. Let us know if you want to know the top attractions in other cities too!
Gyeongbokgung Palace & Gwanghwamun Square
One of the most famous sites in Seoul, here you can see Korea’s main royal palace. If you visit at the right time, you can see the Changing of the Guard ceremony with plenty of Hanboks and drumming. The palace itself is full of traditional buildings and a beautiful artificial lake. At the front of Gyeongbokgung, you can see Gwanghwamun Square – a massive plaza with water features and two imposing statues; one of King Sejong and the other of admiral Yi Sun-sin.
Lotte World & Lotte World Tower
Located in Jamsil, you can visit Lotte World Tower, the 5th tallest building in the world. From there, you get an amazing view of Seoul and the surrounding area. You have to get a ticket to go to the observation deck at the top, but you can access a slightly lower floor with restaurants for free. Next to Lotte World Tower is Lotte World – an amusement park which is half indoors and half outdoors. There are plenty of rides and snacks there, and you can often see people dressed up in costumes walking around the area.
Namsan Park & N Seoul Tower
For something a bit more outdoorsy, you can visit Namsan Mountain, the largest park in Seoul, also located right in the heart of the city. Aside from the greenery of the park itself, you can also find other sites like Namsangol Hanok Village and Namsan Palgakjeong. You can hike up to the top, take a bus, or take the cable car. Whichever way you choose, you will find Namsan Seoul Tower at the top. This tower lights up at sunset to reflect the air quality, and provides a fantastic panoramic view of Seoul.