Seoul is a city that was built on the shoulders of a nation. Raised up from hard times to build skyscrapers on the backs of those gone before it has an amazing history. Although this city seems to be on the cusp of future, technology humming quietly along it still celebrates it’s ancient origins. The four ancient gates of the city still remain, standing strong. While the royal palace, once the home of kings and queens, still casts a shadow over the modern day government. A reminder of where they came from while deciding where they are going.
The city has a lot of amazing places to visit but if your a history buff, love culture or just like to play K-Drama dress up here is our list of the 4 must visit historical places in Seoul.
Gyeongbokgong sits in the very heart of Seoul. The largest palace in Seoul and the old seat of power, you’ll need at least a half day to explore the massive grounds. The palace has a number of gardens, lakes and pavilions and makes a great place to visit in Seoul with kids. If you’re travelling with kids check out more of the best family things to do in Seoul.
The palace takes on a different personality depending on the season. Autumn is stunning with the gardens taking on so many shades, winter brings frozen lakes, spring has blossoms and with summer comes the Hanboks (traditional Korean clothes).
The Cheonggyecheon stream is an interesting historical spot in Seoul that you might not spot if you hadn’t heard of the history. Over the years it has gone through a number of permutations dating all the way back to the Joseon period of Korea’s history.
After the Korean war it was a make shift home for a number of people that converged on the city in search of work. Many considered it an eyesore and it was concreted over to make a motorway. It wasn’t until the early 2000’s that the government embarked on a beautification project and transformed it into slice of clean, fresh water running through the city.
If you get a chance to visit during the annual lantern festival you’ll see why it’s one of the must visit historical places in Seoul.
The War Memorial of Korea
The War Memorial of Korea is a stark reminder of the history of the Korean War. This monolithic building is definitely on of must visit historical places in Korea. The grounds of the memorial are populated with decommissioned war planes, tanks and missiles from both sides.
You’ll even find a captured North Korean spy boat.
Bukchon Hanok Village
Sitting close to Gyeongbokgong the Bukchon Hanok Village is a group of traditional Korean homes still lived in right in the middle of the city. People still keep these residences and it’s just like walking around your average neighbourhood, just surrounded by amazing traditional houses.
The village is set on top of a hill and looks over the city of skyscrapers, making it an interesting place to take some unique photos. Explore the local area and you’ll find some great restaurants and cafe’s nearby too.
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