36 Sights in Seoul, South Korea (with Map and Images)

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Here you can find interesting sights in Seoul, South Korea. Click on a marker on the map to view details about the sight. Underneath is an overview of the sights with images. A total of 36 sights are available in Seoul, South Korea.

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1. Changdeokgung Palace

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Changdeokgung Palace Unknown authorUnknown author / CC BY 2.0 kr

Changdeokgung, also known as Changdeokgung Palace or Changdeok Palace, is set within a large park in Jongno District, Seoul, South Korea. It is one of the "Five Grand Palaces" built by the kings of the Joseon dynasty (1392–1897). As it is located east of Gyeongbok Palace, Changdeokgung—along with Changgyeonggung—is also referred to as the "East Palace".

Wikipedia: Changdeokgung (EN)

2. Bukchon Hanok Village

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Bukchon Hanok Village 서울특별시 소방재난본부(Seoul Metropolitan Fire & Disaster Headquarters) / CC BY-SA 4.0

Bukchon Hanok Village is a Korean traditional village in Seoul with a long history located on the top of a hill between Gyeongbok Palace, Changdeok Palace and Jongmyo Royal Shrine. The traditional village is composed of many alleys, hanok and is preserved to show a 600-year-old urban environment.

Wikipedia: Bukchon Hanok Village (EN)

3. Namdaemun Market

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Namdaemun Market is a large traditional market in Seoul, South Korea. The market is located next to Namdaemun, the "Great South Gate," which was the main southern gate to the old city. It is the oldest and largest market in Korea.

Wikipedia: Namdaemun Market (EN)

4. Myeongdong Cathedral

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The Cathedral Church of the Virgin Mary of the Immaculate Conception, informally known as Myeongdong Cathedral, is the national cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Seoul. Located in the Myeongdong neighborhood of Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea, it is the seat of the Archbishop of Seoul, Peter Chung Soon-taick.

Wikipedia: Myeongdong Cathedral (EN)

5. Bukchon Hanok Village Information Center

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Bukchon Hanok Village is a hanok village located in Gahoe-dong and Samcheong-dong in Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea. Geographically, it is located between Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace, and Jongmyo Shrine. Located between the two palaces of the Joseon Dynasty, this area has long been called "Bukchon", meaning the upper neighborhood of Cheonggyecheon and Jongno, and corresponds to the area of present-day Gahoe-dong, Samcheong-dong, Wonseo-dong, Jae-dong, and Gye-dong. There are many historical sites, cultural assets, and folklore materials, so it is sometimes called a museum in the city center. There are many galleries around Samcheongdong-gil facing Gyeongbokgung Palace, and you can find various foods and unique cafes in places such as Hwadong-gil. In addition, Wonseo-dong is home to traditional skill holders and artists.

Wikipedia: 북촌한옥마을 (KO)

6. Sundial(Angbu Ilgu)

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The Ambuil-gu (仰釜日晷) is a sundial made and used since the 16th year of King Sejong the Great of Joseon in 1434, and was designated as Korea's Treasure No. 845 on August 9, 1985 in recognition of its scientific, historical, and artistic value. The early production of Ambouilgu was made by Jang Young-sil, Lee Cheon, and Kim Jo, and no Ambouil-gu survived, so it was designated as a treasure made in the 18th century. The portable Ambouille designated as a treasure is small enough to fit in a pocket and was made by Kang. Other inventions include Jang Young-sil's inventions, such as the Cheng Lu, Honcheon Pavilion, Sundial, Water Clock, and Celestial Train Field.

Wikipedia: 앙부일구 (KO)

7. Cheugugi(Rain Gauge)

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Cheugugi is the first well-known rain gauge invented and used during the Joseon dynasty of Korea. It was invented and supplied to each provincial offices during the King Sejong the Great's reign. As of 2010, only one example of the Cheugugi remains, known as the Geumyeong Cheugugi, which literally means "Cheugugi installed on the provincial office's yard." It is designated as National Treasures #561 of Korea and was installed in provincial office of Gongju city, 1837 by King Yeongjo, the 21st king of Joseon. In addition, the official record of the rainfall by Cheugugi from King Jeongjo's reign to Emperor Gojong's reign is preserved.

Wikipedia: Cheugugi (EN)

8. Donhwamun Gate

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Changdeokgung Donhwamun (昌德宮敦化門) is the main gate of Changdeokgung Palace. It is designated as Treasure No. 383 of the Republic of Korea. It was first built in the 12th year of Taejong (1412), seven years after the completion of Changdeokgung Palace, and the current Donhwamun Gate was completed in the first year of the Gwanghae Dynasty (1608) after it burned down during the Imjin War. The Donhwamun Gate is the oldest existing palace gate and the only one with a five-square façade. It was designated as Treasure No. 383 of the Republic of Korea in 1963.

Wikipedia: 돈화문 (KO)

9. Armillary Sphere

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An armillary sphere is a model of objects in the sky, consisting of a spherical framework of rings, centered on Earth or the Sun, that represent lines of celestial longitude and latitude and other astronomically important features, such as the ecliptic. As such, it differs from a celestial globe, which is a smooth sphere whose principal purpose is to map the constellations. It was invented separately first in ancient China during the 4th century BC and ancient Greece during the 3rd century BC, with later uses in the Islamic world and Medieval Europe.

Wikipedia: Armillary sphere (EN)

10. Deoksugung Palace

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Deoksugung Palace 서울특별시 소방재난본부(Seoul Metropolitan Fire & Disaster Headquarters) / CC BY-SA 4.0

Deoksugung, also known as Gyeongun-gung, Deoksugung Palace, or Deoksu Palace, is a walled compound of palaces in Seoul that was inhabited by members of Korea's Royal Family during the Joseon monarchy until the annexation of Korea by Japan in 1910. It is one of the "Five Grand Palaces" built by the kings of the Joseon Dynasty and designated as a Historic Site. The buildings are of varying styles, including some of natural cryptomeria wood), painted wood, and stucco. Some buildings were built of stone to replicate western palatial structures.

Wikipedia: Deoksugung (EN)

11. Seoul Millennium Time Capsule

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Seoul Millennium Time Capsule Wei-Te Wong from Taipei City, Taiwan, Republic of China / CC BY-SA 2.0

The Seoul 1000 Year Time Capsule was created to commemorate the 600th anniversary of the establishment of Seoul as the capital city in 1994 and was buried on November 29, 1994. It is made of a special material with a height of 1.7 meters and a diameter of 1.3 meters, and is modeled after various shapes seen in the body. It contains 600 items and was released on November 29, 2394. It is located in Namsangol Hanok Village in the area of 28, Toegye-ro 34-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, and the reprint is on display at the Seoul Museum of History.

Wikipedia: 서울 1000년 타임캡슐 (KO)

12. Jogyesa Temple

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Jogyesa is the chief temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism. The building dates back to the late 14th century and became the order's chief temple in 1936. It thus plays a leading role in the current state of Seon Buddhism in South Korea. The temple was first established in 1395, at the dawn of the Joseon Dynasty; the modern temple was founded in 1910 and initially called "Gakhwangsa". The name was changed to "Taegosa" during the period of Japanese rule, and then to the present name in 1954.

Wikipedia: Jogyesa (EN)

13. Chosun Ilbo Gallery

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The Chosun Ilbo is a daily newspaper in South Korea and the oldest daily newspaper in the country. With a daily circulation of more than 1,800,000, the Chosun Ilbo has been audited annually since the Audit Bureau of Circulations was established in 1993. Chosun Ilbo and its subsidiary company, Digital Chosun, operates the Chosun.com news website, which also publishes web versions of the newspaper in English, Chinese, and Japanese. The paper is considered a newspaper of record for South Korea.

Wikipedia: The Chosun Ilbo (EN)

14. Korea House

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Korea House (韓國之家, Korea House) is a traditional culture experience space and restaurant located in Jung-gu, Seoul, and is operated by the Korea Cultural Heritage Foundation seven days a week. Originally, the Korean house was the site of Pak Pang-nyeon, a scholar of the Choson Dynasty's Jiphyeonjeon, and was built in 1980 by Shin Eung-su, a national intangible cultural asset of South Korea, modeled after the Jagyeongjeong of Gyeongbokgung Palace, and officially opened in 1981.

Wikipedia: 한국의 집 (KO)

15. Statue of Peace

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The Statue of Peace, often shortened to Sonyeosang in Korean or Shōjo-zō in Japanese and sometimes called the Comfort Woman Statue , is a symbol of the victims of sexual slavery, known euphemistically as comfort women, by the Japanese military during World War II. The Statue of Peace was first erected in Seoul to urge the Japanese government to apologize to and honour the victims. However, it has since become a site of representational battles among different parties.

Wikipedia: Statue of Peace (EN)

16. Gwanghwamun Gate

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Gwanghwamun is the main and largest gate of Gyeongbokgung Palace, in Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea. It is located at a three-way intersection at the northern end of Sejongno. As a landmark and symbol of Seoul's long history as the capital city during the Joseon Dynasty, the gate has gone through multiple periods of destruction and disrepair. The most recent large-scale restoration work on the gate was finished and it was opened to the public on August 15, 2010.

Wikipedia: Gwanghwamun (EN)

17. Fortress Wall of Seoul (Hanyang City Wall)

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The Fortress Wall of Seoul (漢陽都城, Fortress Wall of Seoul) was a capital surrounding Hanyang during the Joseon Dynasty. In a narrow sense, it refers to the castle walls and gates surrounding Seoul, but in a broad sense, it refers to the walls and the space within them. During the Joseon Dynasty, it was called Hanseong (漢城) for short, and its name as a historic site was changed to its current name in 2011 after being designated as Seoul Fortress Wall.

Wikipedia: 한양도성 (KO)

18. Unhyeongung (Palace)

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Unhyeongung (Palace) Daderot. / CC-BY-SA-3.0

Unhyeongung, also known as Unhyeongung Royal Residence, is a former Korean royal residence located at 114-10 Unni-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea. It was formerly the residence of the Heungseon Daewongun a prince regent of Korea during the Joseon Dynasty in the 19th century, and father of Emperor Gojong. Gojong himself also lived in this residence until age 12 when he assumed the throne. It is currently a museum and is open to the public free of charge.

Wikipedia: Unhyeongung (EN)

19. Statue of Kim usin

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Gim Yu-sin was a Korean military general and politician in 7th-century Silla. He led the unification of the Korean Peninsula by Silla under the reign of King Muyeol and King Munmu. He is said to have been the great-grandchild of King Guhae of Geumgwan Gaya, the last ruler of the Geumgwan Gaya state. This would have given him a very high position in the Silla bone rank system, which governed the political and military status that a person could attain.

Wikipedia: Gim Yu-sin (EN)

20. Cheonggyecheon Stream Park

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Cheonggyecheon is a 10.9-kilometre-long (6.8 mi) modern public recreation space in downtown Seoul, South Korea. The massive urban renewal project is on the site of a stream that flowed before the rapid post-war economic development caused it to be covered by transportation infrastructure. The $335 million USD project initially attracted much public criticism, however, since its opening in 2005, it has become popular among residents and tourists.

Wikipedia: Cheonggyecheon (EN)

21. Sejong Grand Theater

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Sejong Center for the Performing Arts is the largest arts and cultural complex in Seoul, South Korea. It has an interior area of 53,202m². It is situated in the center of the capital, on Sejongno, a main road that cuts through the capital city of the Joseon Dynasty. The center took 4 years to complete, opening in 1978. It was "built as a cultural center for Seoulites." It currently contains one of the biggest pipe organs in Asia.

Wikipedia: Sejong Center (EN)

22. Statue of Lee siyung

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Seongjae Yi Si-yeong was a Korean politician, independence activist, educator and neo-Confucianist scholar. He was the first vice president of South Korea from 1948 to 1951. Yi resigned after the National Defense Corps incident of 1951. His nickname was Seongjae or Sirimsanin. Before the Japan–Korea Treaty of 1910, he had served for Joseon as the Governor of South Pyongan Province and the President of Hansung Law Court.

Wikipedia: Yi Si-yeong (EN)

23. Baek In-Je's House In Gahoe-dong

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Bailindi Home in Jiahuidong is located at No.7 Beicun Road, Jongno District, Special City, Seoul, during the Japanese occupation. On March 17, 1977, it was designated as No.22 Folk Cultural Heritage of Seoul Special City. When it was listed in the Folk Custom Information List in 1977, it was named Bai Renji House because it was owned by Bai Renji, the founder of Bai Hospital.

Wikipedia: 가회동 백인제 가옥 (KO)

24. Namsan Mountain

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Officially Namsan Mountain or Mount Namsan, lit. "South Mountain") is a 270-meter (890 ft)-high peak in Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea. Although known as Mongmyeoksan, or 목멱산 / 木覓山 in the past, it is now commonly referred to as Mt. Namsan. It offers some hiking, picnic areas and views of downtown Seoul's skyline. The N Seoul Tower is located on top of Mt. Namsan.

Wikipedia: Namsan (Seoul) (EN)

25. Gyeongbokgung (Palace)

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Gyeongbokgung, also known as Gyeongbokgung Palace or Gyeongbok Palace, was the main royal palace of the Joseon dynasty. Built in 1395, it is located in northern Seoul, South Korea. The largest of the Five Grand Palaces built by the Joseon dynasty, Gyeongbokgung served as the home of Kings of the Joseon dynasty, the Kings' households, as well as the government of Joseon.

Wikipedia: Gyeongbokgung (EN)

26. Statue of Kim Gu

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Kim Gu, also known by his pen name Baekbeom, was a Korean statesman politician. He was the sixth, ninth and later the last President of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea, a leader of the Korean independence movement against the Empire of Japan, and a reunification activist after 1945. He was assassinated by Korean lieutenant Ahn Doo-hee in 1949.

Wikipedia: Kim Gu (EN)

27. Jungmyeongjeon Hall

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The Jungmyeongjeon (重明殿) is a Western-style pavilion attached to the Deoksugung Palace. Its original name was Suokheon (漱玉軒), but after the fire at Gyeongungung Palace (now Deoksugung Palace) in 1904, Gojong moved here, so it was renamed Jungmyeongjeon. At dawn on November 18, 1905, the Treaty of Eulsain was signed at the Chungmyeong Exhibition.

Wikipedia: 중명전 (KO)

28. Ihwajang

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Ewhajang (梨 花 莊) is a place where Korea's first president, Syngman Rhee lived, is located at the foot of Naksan, behind Korea Broadcasting and Telecommunications University. It is located in the hills of the rhombus surrounded by Changsin -dong to the east, Chung Shin -dong to the south, Yeongun -dong to the west, and Dong Soong -dong to the north.

Wikipedia: 이화장 (KO)

29. National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art

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The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea (MMCA) is a contemporary art museum with four branches in Gwacheon, Deoksugung, Seoul and Cheongju. The museum was first established in 1969 as the only national art museum in the country accommodating modern and contemporary art of Korea and international art of different time periods.

Wikipedia: National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (EN)

30. Namsangol Hanok Village

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Namsangol Hanok Village, also known as "A Village of Traditional Houses in the Namsan Valley", is a Korean village located in the area of Pil-dong neighborhood in Jung-gu, a central district of Seoul, South Korea where hanok (한옥) or Korean traditional houses have been restored to preserve the original atmosphere of the area.

Wikipedia: Namsangol Hanok Village (EN)

31. Jeon Tae il bronze statue

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Jeon Tae il bronze statue kdemo.or.kr / Fair use

Jeon Tae-il was a South Korean sewing worker and workers' rights activist who committed suicide by self-immolation at the age of 22 in protest at the poor working conditions of South Korean factories. His death brought attention to the substandard labor conditions and helped the formation of labor union movement in South Korea.

Wikipedia: Jeon Tae-il (EN)

32. Site of the Heroic Deed of the Martyr Yi Jaemyeong

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Site of the Heroic Deed of the Martyr Yi Jaemyeong 황성신문 / PD

Li Zaiming was an independent activist during the Korean Empire from October 13, 1887 to September 30, 1910. In his weak years, he wanted to execute Li Wanrong. After failing, he was arrested, sentenced to death and martyred at the execution ground. Nickname Li Xiuji, Protestant. Originally from Zhen'an.

Wikipedia: 이재명 (1887년) (KO)

33. Yi Jungu's House in Gahoe-dong

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The Gahoe-dong Leejun-gu House (嘉會洞 李俊九 家屋) is a Japanese Colonial Period building located in Bukchon-ro 11-ga, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea. On May 28, 1991, it was designated as Cultural Property No. 2 of the Seoul Metropolitan Government.

Wikipedia: 가회동 이준구 가옥 (KO)

34. Cheong Wa Dae

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Cheong Wa Dae, also known as the Blue House, is a public park that formerly served as the executive office and official residence of the president of South Korea from 1948 to 2022. It is located in the Jongno district of the South Korean capital Seoul.

Wikipedia: Blue House (EN)

35. Palgakjeong Pavilion

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Tapgol Park Octagonal Pavilion (塔gol公園八角亭) is a pavilion built together with Tapgol Park created by Englishman Brown. On September 11, 1989, it was designated as Tangible Cultural Property No. 73 of the Seoul Metropolitan Government.

Wikipedia: 탑골공원 팔각정 (KO)

36. Postal Administration

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The General Post Office (郵政總局) was the government office in charge of postal services in the late Joseon Dynasty, and it can be said to be the first post office in Korean history. The building is designated as Historic Site No. 213.

Wikipedia: 우정총국 (KO)

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