No matter where you end up teaching in Korea, you are bound to visit Seoul at least once or twice. With so many things to do in Seoul, it can be hard to formulate an itinerary. Here’s a solid (but by no means exhaustive) list of some of the most fun things to do in Seoul!
Cultural Things to do in Seoul
A trip to Seoul would not be complete without visiting at least a few iconic temples. Nestled in the heart of downtown Seoul, the Gyeongbokgung temple has gorgeous architecture. If you want to get extra “cultural” brownie points, get a guide to take you through the temple so you can learn about what life was like when these temples were first constructed. Perhaps even more interesting than the temples themselves is looking just over the temple walls to see endless, modern skyscrapers. It’s hard to put into words just how strange it is to see something so old and so new side-by-side.
Shopping and Markets
For shopping and eating, the typical market to go to is Namdaemun, which is Korea’s biggest traditional market. There, you can find anything from food to clothes, and so much more. If you haven’t exhausted your shopping quota after that, you should also visit one of the subway markets at the Jamsil or Yeongdeungpo station. The shopping is limited (although there are hundreds of stalls) because most shops sell the same things as everyone else. Regardless, getting lost in the endless tunnels underground is a fun way to spend an afternoon.
Unique and Exciting Things to do in Seoul
Another fun outing is heading to Lotte World, an amusement park in the heart of Seoul. It has a nice variety of exciting and relaxing rides. It’s beautifully located on Seokchonhosu Lake, which is in the middle of downtown Seoul. Also, Seoul is split down the middle by the Han River. No doubt you’ll cross it multiple times either by taxi or subways that go over the water. There are many places to take river cruises, which offer you a unique vantage point of seeing Seoul. Finally, if you want to get a view of it all, you can go all the way up to the top of Namsan Seoul Tower. The tower is situated on the top of Namsan Mountain, giving you 360-degree views of Korea’s capital.
One of best things about living and teaching in Korea is that you can explore so much. There are so many different things to do in Seoul that you’ll never get bored of being there. Hopefully this short itinerary gave you a few ideas of what to do on your next visit to Seoul!