Seoul, Korea: Recommended spots part 2 (hidden gems)

韓国ソウル オススメスポット第二弾(穴場編)

We will introduce recommended spots in Seoul, the capital of South Korea.
This time we will feature popular parks and markets where you can relax in the area.


Hangang Park

Hangang Park

Hangang Park is a park that stretches along the Han River that runs through Seoul, and is a popular spot for local young people. Especially as COVID restrictions have been relaxed and the weather has gotten warmer, it has become popular to go on picnics or buy food from delivery services or convenience stores in the evenings and eat with friends in the park.

In the evening, Banpo Hangang Park hosts a rainbow fountain show. The rainbow-colored fountain water and the beautiful illuminated surroundings make this a particularly popular spot among young people. The park is also a popular spot for BBQ parties and cherry blossom viewing. You can buy ingredients from nearby convenience stores and supermarkets, set up a grill and a table, and enjoy with friends.

In particular, the night view from the observation deck of the nearby " 63 Building" is spectacular and a great photo spot.

Gwangjang Market

Gwangjang Market

Gwangjang Market is a traditional Korean market that is popular among locals. There are food stalls lined up on the east side of the market, where you can enjoy chijimi and bibimbap, and you can enjoy street food such as yukhoe bibimbap on Yukhoe Street. In addition to traditional foods and souvenirs, there are also fashion items and accessories available. There are also many restaurants in the market where you can taste delicious Korean food. In recent years, the number of stores with English signs for foreigners has increased, making it easier for foreigners to understand.

Gyeongbokgung Palace


It is one of the most famous palaces from the Joseon Dynasty. The palace was built in 1395 and is a historic building where Korean kings lived for about 500 years. The palace is currently designated as Korea's No. 1 National Treasure and is also registered as a World Heritage Site.

Inside the palace, there are also exhibits of court culture and places where you can experience traditional culture.
Around the palace, you can learn about history and culture at traditional markets and art museums.
For a limited time, you can enter at night, allowing you to enjoy a fantastical view of the ancient palace that is different from what you see during the day.



Seoul Forest

Seoul Forest Park is a 6,600 square meter park where you can feel nature. It is one of the largest parks in Seoul and is famous for its tulips imported from Japan, with a tulip festival held every April . The park is equipped with various play equipment and fitness facilities, making it the perfect place to relax with family and friends.

Changdeokgung Palace Greenhouse

Chang Kyung Geun

Changdeokgung Palace Conservatory is a place where various plants are exhibited. It is located about a 10-minute walk from Changdeokgung Palace, and allows you to experience Korean nature and culture. In particular, it is open at night from April , allowing you to enjoy the illuminated plants. The temperature inside the Conservatory is high, making it a recommended tourist spot even during the cold winter months.