TOP 10 Most Popular Destinations of 2016
Like all countries, Korea has representative attractions that tourists must see when visiting. Among the attractions are those that are especially loved by international tourists. Through the survey we can now what is the top 10 destinations of Korea and every foreigner should visit. These attractions are perfect for adding to your tour schedule! You can see the brief information about this place. And if you’re going to visit Korea check our BnBHero Tours for more cheap options and routs to visit all this places.
No.1 – Gyeongbokgung Palace
Gyeongbokgung Palace was the major legal residence of the Royal Family during the Joseon Dynasty. Carrying a meaning of “a place where the new king can enjoy prosperity of great blessings,” this was the first palace of the Joseon Dynasty. The palace is unique for its vast area and harmony of buildings, and is the only palace to have all four major gates still remaining to this day. You can see some show here like Royal Guard Changing Ceremony, as well as take a guide on your preferred language and take a whole tour!
- ☞ Address: 161, Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
- ☞ Directions: Gyeongbokgung Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 5. Walk approx. 3-5min.
- ☞ Operating hours: Monday, Wednesday-Friday 09:00-18:30
- ※ Closed Tuesdays / December-February, close at 17:00
- ☞ Admission: Adults 3,000 won / Teenagers & Children 1,500 won
- ☞ Website: www.royalpalace.go.kr (Korean, English)
No. 2 – Namiseom Island
Chuncheon’s Namiseom Island is famous as a filming site for the popular drama “Winter Sonata (2003).” Originally a hill, the island was formed due to the water level rising after Cheongpyeong Dam was built downstream. It can take a few hours to see all the attractions of the island, but they are so magnetic, tourists easily lose themselves in the charms. The island’s major draw is the coexistence between humans and nature, and preservation efforts are visible through the artistic use of recycled materials like glass and plastic bottles for decorations.
- ☞ Address: 1, Namiseom-gil, Namsan-myeon, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do
- ☞ Directions (Namiseom Dock): Take a taxi for approx. 5-10 min. from Gapyeong Station
- ※ Namiseom Island is accessible via ferry from Namiseom Dock
- ☞ Operating hours (Namiseom Ferry): 07:30-21:40
- ☞ Admission: Adults 10,000 won / Teenagers (Middle∙High school) 8,000 won / Children (Age 3 – Elementary school) 4,000 won
- ※ International tourists can receive discounted fee of 8,000 won.
- ※ Admission includes round-trip ferry ticket.
- ☞ Website: namisum.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
No. 3 – N Seoul Tower
Seoul’s landmark attraction is none other than N Seoul Tower, located atop Namsan Mountain in the center of the city. The tower draws in visitors year-round, and is most famous for the view it offers of the cityscape at night. For hallyu fans, the tower is a must-visit attraction, having been featured in dramas like “My Love From the Star (2013)” and “Legend of the Blue Sea (2016).” Also there are cafe’s and restaurants.
- ☞ Address: 105, Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
- ☞ Directions
• Public transportation: Chungmuro Station (Seoul Subway Line 3, 4), Exit 2 → Take Namsan Circulation Bus No. 02 to N Seoul Tower Bus Stop → Walk approx. 5min. to N Seoul Tower.
• Namsan Cable Car: Myeongdong Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), Exit 3. Take a taxi for approx. 10min.
- ☞ Operating hours (Observatory): Sunday-Friday 10:00-23:00, Saturday 10:00-24:00
- ☞ Admission (Observatory): Adults 10,000 won / Children 8,000 won
- ※ Adult fare applies from age 13, and child fare applies to ages 3-12. Children under 3 years of age enter free of charge
- ☞ Website: www.nseoultower.com (Korean, English)
No. 4 – Bukchon Hanok Village
A representative attraction of Seoul, Bukchon Hanok Village shows the charm of Korea’s traditional buildings. The neighborhood where relatives of the royal family lived, the hanoks here are grand, providing beautiful scenes down every lane. To make the most of your visit, we recommend finding the “Eight Scenic Spots of Bukchon.” These eight locations are each unique but share the similarity of being breathtaking. Your souvenir photos will turn out great with these spots in the background!
- ☞ Address: 37, Gyedong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
- ☞ Directions: Anguk Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 2. Walk approx. 7-10min.
- ☞ Website: bukchon.seoul.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
No. 5 – Lotte World
If you are looking for a fun place to spend a whole day, check out Lotte World! This amusement park is open all year round, with dynamic events and performances. Even better, the park is located in downtown Seoul and is easily accessible via public transportation. The park is largely divided into two areas: Adventure located indoors, and the outdoor section of Magic Island. Adventure includes a plethora of attractions, including a carousel, Spanish pirate ship, flume ride and more, while Magic Island has big thrill rides like the Gyro Drop and Gyro Spin.
- ☞ Address: Lotte World, 240, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul
- ☞ Directions: Jamsil Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 4. Walk approx. 5min.
- ☞ Operating hours: Monday-Thursday 09:30-22:00, Friday-Sunday 09:30-23:00
- ※ Extended operations until 23:00 on weekdays during peak season
- ☞ Admission: Adults 41,000~52,000 won / Teenagers 36,000~45,000 won / Children 32,000~41,000 won / Infants 13,000 won
- ※ Above fares are for one-day ride pass
- ☞ Website: www.lotteworld.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Russian, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Mongolian)
No. 6 – Myeong-dong
The area of Myeong-dong is filled with unique street foods and plenty of things to see! A district of fashion and shopping, many young Koreans and international tourists seek out great deals and the latest trends. Myeong-dong stretches approximately 1km from Myeongdong Station (Seoul Subway Line 4) to Eulji-ro and Lotte Department Store. The streets are lined with department stores, duty free stores, and various brand shops. Even if shopping isn’t really your thing, you can still enjoy Myeong-dong by trying the street foods and many famous restaurants in the area!
- ☞ Address: Myeongdong-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
- ☞ Directions: Myeongdong Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), Exit 7. Walk approx. 2-3min.
No. 7 – Namdaemun Market
Namdaemun Market is the largest market in Korea, with a history spanning over 600 years. Located in the eastern section of Jung-gu in Seoul, this vast marketplace has everything from clothing goods in every style to textiles, kitchen supplies, electronics, traditional crafts, specialty products, farming goods, foods of every kind, imported goods and more. Each shop is rather small, limiting the amount of goods available, but the shops are all privately owned meaning customers can benefit from the lower prices of direct purchasing.
- ☞ Address: 21, Namdaemunsijang 4-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
- ☞ Directions: Hoehyeon Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), Exit 3. Walk approx. 5min.
Opened in 1979, Lotte Department Store is one of the Korea’s major department stores. The main branch has expanded over the years to include Avenuel, Young Plaza, Lotte Duty Free and more for an all-in-one shopping venue. Continuing their efforts to provide better services, Lotte Department Store now offers immediate tax refund, as of February 2016. For purchases over 30,000 won and under 200,000 won, tourists can pay without the 10% VAT that would normally be charged, providing a tax free shopping experience. Please note that the immediate tax refund is limited to a value of one million won per day.
- ☞ Address: 81, Namdaemun-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
- ☞ Directions: Euljiro 1(il)-ga Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 7. Walk approx. 2-3min.
- ☞ Operating hours: 10:30-20:00
- ※ Hours extended 30 minutes Friday-Sunday
- ☞ Website: store.lotteshopping.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
No. 9 – Insa-dong
Insa-dong is often referred to as the “Street of Traditional Korean Culture.” The main thoroughfare is lined in shops selling traditional crafts and souvenirs, while the many side-streets off the main road feature restaurants and cafés serving traditional foods and teas in hanok buildings. There are an endless number of things to see here, but Ssamzigil tops the list. The structure of the building itself is unique, built in a square shape symbolic of the Korean letter ‘ㅁ’ with a single continuing pathway slowly winding up the building from the basement level to the fourth floor. Along the path, you can see art galleries, shops selling traditional handicrafts, furniture, and more. The fourth floor opens up into a sky garden which offers a bird’s-eye-view of the streets of Insa-dong.
- ☞ Address: 62, Insadong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
- ☞ Directions (Ssamzigil): Anguk Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 6. Walk approx. 5min.
No. 10 – Banpo Bridge Rainbow Fountain
The romantic atmosphere of the nightscape found at Banpo Bridge Rainbow Fountain has been featured in popular dramas “Boys Over Flowers (2009)” and “Iris (2009).” The bridge was recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records in 2008 for being the world’s longest bridge fountain. The rainbow fountain stretches along 570m of Banpo Bridge, with 380 jets of water shooting out from the bridge, a new spin on fountains which usually shoot up from the ground. Over 200 lights create the rainbow effect on water that dances to music. The fountain show can be seen four to five times on weekdays and five to six times on weekends. Unfortunately, the fountain show does not take place during winter (November-March) in order to protect the pipes from bursting in freezing temperatures.
- ☞ Address: Banpo-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul
- ☞ Directions: Express Bus Terminal Station (Seoul Subway Line 3, 7, 9), Exit 8-1. Take a taxi for approx. 7-10min.
- ☞ Operating hours (Rainbow Fountain lighting times)
- – April-June, September-October: 4 times on weekdays (12:00, 20:00, 20:30, 21:00), 5 times on weekends (12:00, 19:30, 20:00, 20:30, 21:00)
- – July-August: 5 times on weekdays (12:00, 19:30, 20:00, 20:30, 21:00), 6 times on weekends (12:00, 19:30, 20:00, 20:30, 21:00, 21:30)
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