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Top 5 Things You Can Do in Seoul within Two Days

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Gyeongbokgung Palace, Jongno District of Seoul, South Korea.

Seoul is one of the best places to hang out with your friends and family for food, nightlife, landmarks, and activities! Because Seoul is such a densely packed city with so many people and a lot of things to do, you do not have to worry when you only have two days left in the city.

Here is a full itinerary of five best things to do in Seoul without having to travel too far to get to the next destination.

Gyeongbokgung Palace

The Gyeongbokgung Palace is a tourist hotspot, because it is the main royal palace that the kings lived in during the Joseon dynasty for nearly 200 years.

Gyeongbokgung Palace at Twilight Sunset

Built using the ancient Korean architectural style, the beautiful palace is divided into multiple sections. The palace is one of the most important historical landmarks of Korea, and thousands of tourists visit this prominent palace every year.

Gyeongbokgung Palace was the main royal palace of the Joseon dynasty built in 1397

Visitors can even rent and try on traditional Korean Hanbok while posing for elegant photos in different locations of the palace. The hanbok are available in multiple extravagant colors, such as ones in gold, white, red, pink or purple tones.

Tourist taking photos with a royal guard in Gyeongbokgung palace.

Many people choose to travel to Korea for wedding or engagement photos, and it is also a popular location for influencers because the palace is renowned for being the best instagrammable places to take a photo in Korea.

How to get there

To get to the palace, take the gyeongbokgung station exit 2, walk towards the blue house uphill. The Gwanghwamun is a huge gate and entrance to the palace. You can go inside from there or go through the other door near the Blue House.

Blue House

The Blue House is also called Chung Hwa Dae or Cheong Wa Dae, and it is where the president of South Korea lives. The Blue House is right across from the Gyeongbokgung Palace, and has a mixture of modern and traditional architectural styles. The roof resembles that of the palace, and is blue in color.

Currently, the Blue House is the residence of president Moon Jae In and his family. The Blue House is located in a mountainous area was originally built as a royal garden by the king during the Joseon dynasty.

Blue House on the hill, Seoul. The Blue House is the executive office and official residence of the President of the Republic of Korea.

The Blue House offers a free one hour tour that is available on certain weeks of the month. Because of its popularity, the tickets must be booked in advance with your passport information. Make sure to check whether or not the day that you pick will offer a garden tour also.

Cheong Wa Dae front, Blue House, Seoul

How to get there

Getting to the Blue House is very convenient if you are on a limited day trip to Gyeongbokgung as well. Because the Blue House is located very close to the palace, you can visit both in a short amount of time. Right across from the left side entrance to the palace is the Blue House when you exit Gyeongbokgung subway station 2.

Lotte World Tower

Many visitors visit Lotte World when first visiting Korea, because it is like a Korean equivalent of Disneyland in America. The Lotte castle is also very similar in design to the Disney castle at Disneyland. Lotte is one of the biggest multinational corporations in Korea, and is well known for its hotel and fast food industries.

Lotte World Castle, Jamsil-dong of Seoul

Lotte World is an amusement park that has their own characters and mascots, with an indoor and outdoor park with various roller coasters and rides.

Group of women performer taking a show in Lotte World theme park. Lotte World is a major recreation complex in Seoul.

Lotte World is on the floor above the lotte ice rink, and it is also surrounded by many high end brands that are inside the Lotte Mall.

Even though it is an exciting adventure to visit Lotte World, visiting amusement parks will likely take the whole day because of lines and the length of the whole experience. If you have only a limited time left, consider visiting the Lotte World Tower instead.

The Lotte World Tower is a very new tower that has been built in 2017, and is the fifth tallest building in the world. Located right across from Lotte World, the tower is very hard to miss because of its colossal height.

Lotte World Tower, Jamsil-dong of Seoul

The World Tower has a sky deck at the very top, and it is 123 floors high. Many multi-millionaires live in the tower, as it is considered to be a luxury hotel with a gym and spa centers inside.

The tower is also connected to a shopping mall at the bottom floor, and is divided into office buildings, the Tower Hotel, apartments, and the skydeck. People take many photos at the skydeck, and are very excited to be on the glass floor where they can see straight down.

Observation deck, Lotte World Tower, Jamsil-dong of Seoul

How to get there

To get to the Lotte World Tower, all you need to do is to take the Jamsil subway exit and look for the sign that says Lotte World Tower. You can go straight to the basement level of the tower without going outside.

Seoul City Hall Ice Rink

The Seoul City Hall Ice Rink is also a wonderful way to spend time with your family and friends during the winter months. The ice rink only opens during the winter and is an outdoor ice rink. There are many food booths (pojangmacha) around the rink, and a lot of carol singers come and sing at the rink during the Christmas holidays.

The Seoul City Hall Ice Rink is also very close to Cheonggyecheon. Cheonggyecheon is a stream that flows underneath through downtown Seoul, and is an area where people hang out and eat. During the holidays, the whole area is decorated in amazing bright Christmas lights, where people can take photos and spend a wonderful time with their loved ones.

Cheonggyecheon Christmas decorations, Jongno district, Seoul
Seoul, South Korea – April, 2017: Lantern festival at Cheonggyecheon stream.

How to get there

To get to the ice rink, you take a subway to City Hall station, and exit 2. When you walk a little bit towards exit 5, you are already at the ice rink. To get to Cheonggyecheon from City Hall, you walk north from exit 4 of the City Hall station, and you walk only a few minutes to the stream.

Myungdong Shopping District

Even more conveniently, Myungdong is located only 10 minutes away from City Hall by walking if you have only a few hours left in Seoul. Myungdong is known to be the mega district for shopping, and is always bustling with large crowds and busy nightlife.

Crowds enjoy the Myeong-Dong district at night. The district is known as one of the main shopping and tourism areas.

Myungdong Shopping District holds one of the biggest and most famous shopping centers throughout Seoul. The shopping street is even mentioned in one of kpop idol group BTS’s famous hit songs.

Myeongdong shopping road, Myeongdong, Seoul

The shopping center is an outdoor and indoor shopping area, where they sell clothes, makeup, various street food, merchandise, dog clothing, you name it. The indoor shopping area is located underground starting from the Myeongdong subway exits. There are many delicious restaurants, cafes, and street shops.

The shopping area is located in a straight line and is called a shopping road in Korean. Street shopping can be fun because sometimes you can haggle prices with street vendors. Night photography is also famous in this district because of the shiny Led storefront lights.

How to get there

To get to Myeongdong, take the Seoul line to Myeongdong and exit 6. You will already be at the shopping centers underground leading from the subway station. Then walk a little bit more outside of the exit and you will see the famous outdoor shopping center.

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