Monday, December 31, 2012

Things to do & Places to go in Seoul (Korea)

Here's a short guide that we've compiled after being in stunning Seoul for more than a month!
Hope it's helpful!

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14 places to go and 9 things to do in Seoul :

PLACES TO GO:

1) Seoul Tower 
Observatory package ( Teddy Bear Museum + N Seoul Tower Observatory)
- 14,000 won 
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2) Teddy Bear Museum at Seoul Tower
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3) The Demilitarized Zone 

Admission : about $100 SGD

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4) Seoul Grand Park Zoo

Admission : 5,000 won
(includes sky tram ride & admission to Dolphin Show)
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Flying dolphins!

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Cute sheep which was molested by everyone


5) Seoul Race Course
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There wasn't a live race when we were there but there was the live broadcast of a race in Jeju so we joined in the fun by betting! Basically we lost everything except for one race where there was a horse that really looked like a cow and I thought it'd be funny if it won so we bet on it to win the race and guess what, IT DID. HAHAHA. We couldn't stop laughing. It was really quite fun and exciting!



6) Lotte World

Admission : 38,000 won
They asked for our birthdays and X's birthday is in December and apparently 12 is their lucky number of the month so we had a huge discount and only paid 23,000 won each haha
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Lotte World was just alright. We had to queue for really long for every ride and they weren't exactly very thrilling. The gyro drop brings you really high up but the drop was so fast that I could barely feel anything haha but the suspense and thrill while going up was awesome.

We didn't go to Everland because it was too far and it was 35 degrees celcius in summer haha but everyone was raving about the T-Express!


7) Dog Cafe/ Cat Cafe
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Sunnyne Dog Cafe

There is another dog cafe in Myeong Dong. Apparently there's an Afghan Hound there! We didn't visit any cat cafes because X is terrified of cats hahaha. But anyway you'll usually see giant mascots of Garfield/Snoopy walking around promoting the cat and dog cafes!


8) Seaworld (63 Building)
63 Building is very iconic as it is a skyscraper clad in gold. So people make it a point to visit the building

Admission : 15, 000 won
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I bought fishies to feed the otters!

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Angsty otter trying to get the fish

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Baby seals


9) Changdeokgung Palace 

Admission : Secret Garden Tour, 8000 won

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Changdeokgung is a UNESCO world heritage site.

The secret garden tour took 1.5 hours. We didn't manage to join the English tour so we joined a Korean group and we just kinda walked around on our own. We were quite disappointed because there wasn't a garden..? Or anything really special haha but I guess when you're in Korea, you just have to visit a palace.


10) Sam Cheong Dong
Cute shopping street
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There are many cute cafes here such as Egg and Aa Cafe!


11) Hanok Village
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View from the top

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Traditional Korean houses


12) Cheongye Stream
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13) Casino
Seven Luck Casino at Hilton Hotel
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Free entry, free drinks/snacks and remember to get the vouchers for free meals!


14) Hongdae Weekend Market/ Gigs
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THINGS TO DO IN SEOUL:

1) Jimjibang

In Sinchon
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Roast the sweet potatoes on the charcoal in the superhot room!
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2) Noraebang

Luxury Noraebang (Hongdae)
Six of us spent 11,000 won each for 2 hours and free flow drinks/popcorn/icecream
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In Sinchon
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We spent 30,000 won for 2 hours for 10 people and they even gave us a free patpingsu!


3) Catch a 4D movie
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4) Cycling along Han River
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There is a bicycle rental shop where you can rent bikes for a really affordable price. It's nice cycling along the river during sunset


5) Catch a live soccer/baseball game
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We watched the game between Seoul FC and the team from Gangwon! There were cheerleaders and the crowd was pretty wild!


6) Nanta Show
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We caught the NANTA show at the NANTA theatre in Hongdae! We enjoyed it!


7) Shop

Dongdaemun Part 1 : (Migliore, Hello Apm, Good morning City, Doota)

Dongdaemun Part 2: (opens only at 8pm and closed on Saturdays)
To get here, you'll have to walk quite a distance from Dongdaemun Part 1!

U:US, Migliore Valley, Nuzzon, Designer Club etc

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Yeongdeungpo Underground Shopping centre/Gangnam underground shopping centre
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Myeongdong, Ewha and Hongdae are good places to shop at too but the stuff are more pricey


8) Clubbing
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Hongdae is the place to go for affordable clubbing. There are numerous clubs here. Papa Gorilla, Mama Gorilla, Baby Gorilla, Noise Basement 2, Cocoon etc. X and I stay right next to Cocoon and we see neverending queues outside the club every night! The Koreans really can party! The admission to these clubs range from 5, 000 won onwards. Gangnam has clubs too but they're more expensive, somewhat like Zouk in Singapore.


9) Eat
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Read about all the cafes and restaurants we've been to here!
Also, here's a list of the food that you should try in Seoul! [:


Hope you like Korea as much as we do and that you find this helpful! [: 

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Love, K

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