Korean capital is a fascinating blend of history and modernity, also mixing the culture and values of the country. Seoul still surprise us when we know it has been reduced to zero after the devastating Korean War there was only a few decades. Growing up today, the largest city of South Korea has nothing but good to offer. There are a multitude of things to do and see but here is a small selection of tours that you can consider during your stay in Seoul:
1. Seafood freshest and best
Noryangjin Fisheries Wholesale Market is a huge market for wholesale seafood and one of the largest in Korea, and its origins date back more than 80 years. The stands are lined up rows filled with displays of fish, seafood, some of which will surprise you … and everything is freshly caught! Search, haggle and get the best products, such as sashimi, octopus, sea cucumbers and many others. You can do anything you cook on site and enjoy your meal in a good atmosphere
2. Eating and buy the oldest market in Seoul
Built in the early 20th century, the traditional market Gwangjang has about 5,000 stores and independent boutiques that sell everything including high quality hanbok (Korean traditional costumes). You can lose yourself in the maze of shops and alleys. On site you can enjoy some local specialties like bindaeddeok, a kind of savory pancake really good. Enjoy this with makgeolli, a drink of rice wine base. Everything is very authentic!
3. Having a taste of traditional Korea
The skyline of Seoul is an unusual and mostly dotted with skyscrapers. But for a glimpse of the traditional Seoul, Bukchon Hanok Village offers the visitors a glimpse of what life was like in the past. These traditional houses were central to family life highly regarded Confucian culture in Korea. Sleep homestay in these hanok houses attract tourists.
4. Climb to the top of the highest point in Seoul
A large majority of the South Korean landscape is mountainous, it is not surprising that climbing is an extremely popular sport for Koreans. While the peaks and channels most famous mountains lie outside of Seoul, the capital has Bukhansan Mount (or “Mount Bukhan”) which is the highest summit in Seoul, peaking at 836.5 meters above sea level and is a tough but rewarding climb for experienced and novice hikers. There are many routes to the different peaks but no matter which one you decide to take the breathtaking views of Seoul and surrounding area is an experience in itself. Beyond the superb ride is an opportunity to meet on the road very friendly Korean and share a snack with them along the trails. Remember to take plenty of water and dress appropriately.
6. Relax and get rid of your stress
Just like the famous Scandinavian saunas, Korea has its own bathroom and improved relaxation centers called jjimjilbangs release. These are found all over Seoul and are very popular among all (old, young, families, couples, friends, etc …). You have a wide choice of spas to relax and sweat (salt room, dining jade room, charcoal, etc.). All of which are inexpensive, do not hesitate to pay a little more for a scrub skin to completely clean out and healthy.