Seoul Children’s Museum – Best Place To Visit In Seoul

Seoul Children’s Museum is a facility established by the Seoul City government to help enhance the children’s creativity and imagination. The museum offers various cultural activities, as well as arts and science programs that are fun for kids and also enjoyable for parents and teachers. There are about 100 interactive items on display from the basement level to the third floor.

Structure Size
Site area: 6,600㎡
Building area: 19,637㎡
Exhibition area: 2,744㎡

Admission / Participation Fees
Individuals: 4,000 won
Groups: 3,000 won (20 children and more)

* Free: Under 36 months old / the diabled and one accompanying person / seniors over 65 years and annual members (proof required)

How To Go There:

[Subway]
– Children’s Grand Park (Sejong Univ.) Station (Seoul Subway Line 7), Exit 1.
– Achasan (Rear Entrance to Seoul Children’s Grand Park) Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 4.
– Gunja (Neung-dong) Station (Seoul Subway Line 5 & 7), Exit 6.

 

 

Hwanghakjeong Pavilion – Best Place To Visit In Seoul

Hwanghakjeong Pavilion was built in 1898 by decree of King Gojong’s. It was originally set up close to the northern wall of Hoesangjeon in Gyeonghuigung Palace for archery practice. In 1922 when the Japanese colonial government sold buildings of Gyeonghuigung Palace to the public to build Gyeongseong Middle School in the location, the Hwanghakjeong Pavilion was bought and restored at the current location, which is an old site of Deunggwajeong Pavilion located to the North of Sajik Park.

It is relatively large for a pavilion, but the structure is plain and simple. There is a well behind the pavilion to the southwest. A rock behind the well has an engraved poem about eight beautiful scenes of Hwanghakjeong. Located to the right of the pavilion building (northeast of the building) is Hancheongak Pavilion, which has unique roof. To the west of the pavilion is Sauhoegwan Hall that was built with reinforced concrete.

How To Go There:

[Subway]
Gyeongbokgung Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 1.
Go straight for 160m and take a right and then take a left again at the three way intersection. Continue walking for 112m and the venue will be on the right.

[Bus]
Sajik Park Bus Stop
Blue Bus: 272
Green Bus: 7020
Red Bus: 9600 , 9713 , 9703 , 9601 , 9711 , 9712 , 9602 , 9706

Seosomun Park – Best Place To Visit In Seoul

The Seosomun Gate area, which is located outside Seomun Gate, is regarded as a sacred place for many Korean Catholics. During the 19th century, the church suffered persecution for introducing Catholicism in the country. A series of persecutions followed over the years, notably the Sinyu Persecution in 1801 and the Byeongbin Persecution in 1866.

The memorial tower in the center of the park is for the 44 martyrs who died for their Catholic faith during the persecution. It was originally established in December 1984 and rebuilt on May 15, 1999. The tower consists of three granite pillars: the middle one is 15 meters high while the two pillars on both sides are each 13 meters high.

How To Go There:

Seoul Station (Seoul Subway Line 1), Exit 2.
Go straight until you reach the intersection in front of Seonmi Jangsik.
Cross the street and the park will be within sight.

Seoul Gyeonggyojang House – Best Place To Visit In Seoul

Gyeonggyojang House, Historic Site No. 465, was the location of the provisional government and the place where Baekbeom Kim Koo passed away. Seoul-si reproduced the historical site, Gyeonggyojang House, to use the area as an educational site. Also, the house exhibits the history of provisional government in order to see the history more clearly.

Restoration work includes the demolition of the inside that was turned into a hospital facility and embassy after he passed away in 1949. During the work, the remaining parts were restored to the utmost possibility. The other reconstructed parts are based on the Gyeonggyojang House floor plan written in Chosun and Architecture (8th edition in 1938). Visitors can see varied contents related to Korean provisional government history through relics, video, and information searching corners.

How To Go There:

[Subway]
Seodaemun Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 4.
-Walk straight for 270m and take a left at the site of Donuimun Gate.
-The destination is on your left.

K-live – Best Place To Visit In Seoul

K-live, the world’s first K-pop hologram performance hall invites you to a world of hallyu fantasy. Located on the 9th floor of Lotte FitIn (롯데피트인), the hall showcases a variety of K-pop concerts using the best in hologram technology. The experience is made even more immersive with the combination of augmented and virtual reality technologies. Audiences can watch their favorite artists projected onto a 270-degree media facade, which is accompanied by a 14.2 channel surround sound system.

How To Go There:

[Subway]
Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station (Seoul Subway Line 2, 4, and 5), Exit 11 or 12.
K-live is located on the 9th floor and 10th floor of Lotte FitIn (opposite Dongdaemun History & Culture Park).
Lotte FitIn is directly connected to the subway.

[Bus]
1. Get off at Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Bus Stop.
– Blue Bus 105, 144, 152, 261, 301, 420, 407
– Green Bus 7212, 2014, 2233
– Airport Bus 9403
2. Get off at Euljiro Co-op Residence Bus Stop.
– Airport Bus 6001
3. Get off at Gwanghui-dong Bus Stop.
– Blue Bus 100, 105, 144, 301, 420, 407
– Green Bus 7212

Saenamteo Catholic Holy Place of the Martyrs – Best Place To Visit In Seoul

When taking the subway from Seoul Station to Yongsan Station, you will notice a tall and distinct hanok (traditional Korean architecture) building; this is Saenamteo Catholic Holy Place of the Martyrs. Construction of the building began in 1984, the year of the 200th anniversary of Catholicism in Korea, and was completed after three years.

Also called “Nodeul” and “Sanamgi”, Saenamteo was used as military training ground during the early Joseon period. It was also the place where convicted felons and the Sayuksin (the six martyred ministers) were executed.

Many Catholics were executed here during the Sinyu Persecution of 1801, the Gihae Persecution of 1839, the Byeongo Persecution of 1846, and the Byeongin Persecution of 1866. Among those executed were 11 priests including the first Korean priest Kim Taegon (Andrew), the first Chinese priest that came to Korea Ju Mun Mo (Jacobus), the first French priest that came to Korea Bishop Imbert and other Catholics including Hyeon Seok-mun. There is also an altar here where the remains of nine Catholic saints are enshrined.

How To Go There:

Yongsan Station (Seoul Subway Line & Jungang Line), Exit 1.
After coming out of the station, walk to the right for about 63m.
Turn right at the first corner (toward Dragon Hill Spa & Sauna) and keep walking until the end of the street.
Turn left and walk for about 650m.
Turn right at the corner where Bingchang Rainwater Pumping station (빙창빗물펌프장) is located.
Walk for another 188m and after passing the train tracks, you will see the building on the left side of the street.

 

Samseongsan Holy Ground – Best Place To Visit In Seoul

During the Gihae Persecution of 1839, three French Catholic priests were sentenced to death for spreading Catholicism in Korea. Saint Laurent Joseph Marius Imbert (Bishop), Saint Pierre Philibert Maubant (Priest), and Saint Jacques Honore Chastan (Priest) were beheaded on September 21, 1839 at Saenamteo (currently Saenamteo Catholic Holy Place of the Martyrs) and their bodies were buried at Samseongsan Mountain and later transferred to the grotto of Myeondong Cathedral.

How To Go There:

1) Sillim Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 4.
Walk straight for 155m and take Bus 5522A.
Get off at Samseongsan Holy Ground (Samseongsanseongji) Bus Stop (9 bus stops away).
Walk toward Samseong Youth Center and then the holy ground will be located next to the youth center (within 260m from the bus stop).

2) Seoul Nat’l Univ. (Gwanak-gu Office) Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 3.
Walk for 166m and take Bus 5517 or 6515 and get off at Samseong Holy Ground (Samseongsanseongji) Bus Stop (11 bus stops away).
Walk toward Samseong Youth Center and then the holy ground will be located next to the youth center (within 260m from the bus stop).

Myeong-dong Tourist Information Center – Best Place To Visit In Seoul

Located in the heart of Seoul, Myeong-dong is a landmark of Seoul where 6.8 million tourists visit every year. To help those visiting Myeong-dong, Myeongdong Tourist Information Center opened on the first floor of the KEB Hana Bank (Main branch) Annex. The tourist information center offers various services related to Seoul tourism like tour guides, accommodations, performance reservations, events, commemorative photographs, dealing with tourism inconvenience and other services.

How To Go There:

[Subway]
Euljiro 1-ga Station (Seoul Subway Line 2) Exit 6.
Take the first left out of the exit, walk straight and the Tourist Information Center will be directly ahead.

Alternatively, from Euljiro 1-ga Station enter the Euljiro Underground Shopping Center and exit through the shopping center’s Exit 2. The Information Center will be directly ahead on the left (90m).

Odong Neighborhood Park – Best Place To Visit In Seoul

Odong Neighborhood Park is located in the areas of Beon-dong and Mia-dong in Gangbuk-gu and Wolgok-dong in Seongbuk-gu. The park is large in size and has a dense forest with various facilities like a resting area, community sports center, grassy lawn, tennis court, acupressure trail with red clay, walking paths, and much more. Nearby residents visit the park for leisure and relaxation.

How To Go There:

[Subway]
Wolgok Station (Seoul Subway Line 6), Exit 3.
Take a left at the first corner and continue straight on this road to reach the park up ahead.

Grand Walkerhill Riverpark – Best Place To Visit In Seoul

Grand Walker Hill Riverpark is a swimming pool using water comprised of alkali ingredients such as sodium and potassium from underground granite. Since it opened in 1994, the Riverpark is one Seoul’s most popular summer getaways to enjoy swimming. Surrounded by Hangang River and Achasan Mountain, it provides fresh air as well as natural scenery. People can use any of the various facilities, including the main pool, lazy river, swimming pool for children, pool-side restaurant offering special summer lunch, and one of the 250 sun tanning beds.

Operating Hours
10:00-18:00 / Nighttime 16:00-22:00

How To Go There:

Gwangnaru Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 4.
Walk straight and take Bus 1, 1-1, 1-2, 9, 9-1, 15, 91, 92, 93, 95, 96, 97, 2000-1 or 2000-3.
Get off at Walkerhill Apartment Bus Stop and walk along the road for about 870m.

※ A shuttle bus is available at Gwangnaru Station (Seoul Subway Line 5, Exit 2) and Gwangbyeon Station (Seoul Subway Line 2, Exit2, opposite of Techno Mart)