South Korea

Things to Do & Attractions in South Korea

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Joint Security Area (Panmunjom)

4.5 star rating: Recommended 96 Reviews

Visit the 'truce village' known as the Joint Security Area (JSA), or Panmunjon, to get a glimpse of the still simmering tensions that remain here more than 50 ...  Read more

The War Memorial of Korea

4.5 star rating: Recommended 10 Reviews

Even beyond the Korean War, South Korea's history is wrought with conflict. The War Memorial of Korea documents this history with a focus on the country's ...  Read more

Unhyeongung Palace

4.5 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

Once the royal residence of Prince Regent Daewon-gun, this historic palace is now a public museum that draws locals and travelers to its ornate halls and ...  Read more

Namsan Cable Car

4.5 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

The Namsan Cable Car in Seoul runs from the Hoehyeon-dong platform at the base of Mount Namsan up to the Yejang-dong platform near the Namsan Tower. ...  Read more

Gyeonghuigung Palace

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Prior to the Japanese invasion of Seoul, Gyeonghuigung Palace was a massive compound with over 100 buildings. Much of the palace was destroyed, however, after ...  Read more

Leeum Samsung Museum of Art

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

The Leeum Samsung Museum of Art, tucked away on the hills of Namsan, celebrates Korean and Western art and architecture from the past, present and future. The ...  Read more

Namiseom (Nami) Island

4 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

Namiseom Island, most commonly referred to as Nami Island, is a popular tourist attraction and somewhat of a curiosity just northeast of Seoul. It actually ...  Read more

Seokguram Grotto

4 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Known for being home to one of the finest Buddha shrines in the Asia, South Korea’s Seokguram Grotto looks out to the East Sea from Mount Tohamsan near ...  Read more

Insadong

4 star rating: Recommended 438 Reviews

Insadong (Insa-dong), Seoul’s cultural and artistic hub, is the place to go to shop for local crafts, visit a traditional Korean tea shop or catch an impromptu ...  Read more

Deoksugung

4 star rating: Recommended 220 Reviews

Situated along an old stone road and tucked between a handful of western-style buildings, Deoksugung is the only traditional palace in Seoul’s bustling ...  Read more

Namdaemun Market

4 star rating: Recommended 140 Reviews

If you need to do any shopping in Seoul, whether it be for clothes, housewares, jewelry, appliances or souvenirs, you’ll find it for a good price somewhere in ...  Read more

National Folk Museum of Korea

4 star rating: Recommended 19 Reviews

This national museum is an impressive collection of Korean culture and history as displayed in nearly 100,000 artifacts. It’s housed in the beautiful ...  Read more

Gamcheon Culture Village

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Gamcheon Culture Village spills down a hillside just outside of Busan in a riot of colors. The village, with nicknames like “Santorini on the South Sea” and ...  Read more

Haeinsa Temple

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

Founded in 802, UNESCO-listed Haeinsa Temple famously houses the Tripitaka Koreana, one of the world’s most complete collections of Buddhist texts and a ...  Read more

Hwaseong Fortress

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

This UNESCO World Heritage site was built between 1794 and 1796 as an homage to the remains of Prince Sado, who was murdered by his father after failing to ...  Read more

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