There are lots of great means of entertainment and things to do in Seoul, South Korea on your first visit.
The city is a large one and bustling with life with a population that crosses well over 10 million. It has even been named as the 20th most visit country in the world.
If you are planning for a visit to Seoul, then we recommend some of the best things to do in Seoul, South Korea on your first visit. The list can be a handy one for your first visit there.
The first of the any things to do in Seoul, South Korea on your first visit is the trip to the Lotte Market. The place is filled with all sorts of local street foods which you don’t want to miss out on. Going through the Lotte market one can stop once in a while to taste the local delicacies.
The place is located in the area of Seoul train Station which makes it a perfect place to make a stop and fill up on energizing treats.
Among the many known things to eat few of them are Crown Butter Waffles, Honey Butter Chips, and Lore Biscuit Sticks.
Fiery Noodle Challenge
Fiery Noodles are something that anyone can buy at any local convenience store in Seoul, South Korea. As the name suggest, these are fiery hot noodles and one need to be fan of hot spicy foods to pick up a package of these noodles and eat it. One of the popular fiery noodles is the Hek buldak Extra Spicy Roasted Chicken Ramen. All one needs to do is to buy a box of it, bring it to their room and then add some hot water to it.
Be sure to keep some water right next to you or a cold cola because the heat will be instantly felt as soon as noodles hit your tongue.
Tosokchon Samgyetang (Ginseng Chicken Soup)
The Ginseng Chicken Soup is a special restaurant in the Seoul, South Korea which known for their soup named Samgyetang which is country’s authentic chicken soup.
If one can have time to visit the place they must always make this trip during off-hours or there is minimum chance of finding a place to even sit.
The average waiting hour there is some time in between 1 to 2 hours but one thing we can vouch on is that the taste will be worth it.
Another one of the best things to do in Seoul, South Korea on your first visit is the trip to the Garosu-gil Cafes. The name Garosu-gil’s translates to streets lined with trees and the area is known for serving food cakes such as Bad Farmers with some of the tastiest salads you might have tasted.
For those who are travelling to Seoul, South Korea from Mediterranean or Europe and are a little homesick for the food, you guys should visit the El Plato Garosu-gil. This place is known for their European and Mediterranean dishes.
As for the pancake lovers, they can visit the ‘The Original pancake House’ for some of the tastiest pancakes for a heavy brunch or breakfast.
The Buttermilk Biscuit Company is known for serving the dish named The Southerner which is comprised of Buttery biscuits alongside gravy and chicken.
Korean-style Braised Chicken
There is a Korean style chicken dish called Andong JJimdak which is spicy chicken with glass nodules and vegetables.
This dish has a spicy and sweet taste which is made spicy with the addition of the dried chili pepper powder.
Not trying this dish on your visit to Seoul, South Korea is like not eating pasta when visiting Italy.
Also, as the braised chicken happens to be the traditional dinner dish of Korea, no matter where one eats it, the taste will be great.
Twisty Ice Cream
There might have been occasions when you have eaten the ice cream in a cone which is in spirally swirls. However, when visiting Seoul, South Korea, you will taste the same ice cream but it will be 32 centimeters in height which is larger than a foot. You will have a hard time finishing this entire cone of ice cream.
Be sure to eat it quickly or otherwise you will be left with sticky hands filled with melted ice cream. The best place to eat this ice cream is in Myeongdong.
Teahouses are abundant in Seoul, South Korea and they are the best place for any tourist to sit back and relax after a long day of sightseeing. Many of these teahouses are traditional ones named Hanoks which gives one a feeling as if in their own home.
There are countless teahouses in Seoul, South Korea but the famous ones we recommend to visit are Dawon Traditional Tea Garden, Moonbird Teahouse and Tteuran Teahouse.
The best restaurant even among these is the Tteuran Teahouse which is located little outside of the city’s hustle and bustle and maddening crowd. They serve their tea with a dessert called Ymilgwa which is made from sesame, grain and honey.
As for Dawon teahouse, it located within the Museum of Fine Art and their best tea is Omija made from five different berries. This tea is known for its detoxification and reduction of blood pressure effects.
Seoul, South Korea features many of the great Underground Shopping areas which includes places like the Gangnam Underground Shopping Center and the Express Bus Terminal Underground Center.
If the weather in Seoul is rainy, the best place s to be in is to be in one of these renowned underground shopping areas.
The Express Bus terminal Mall features the largest Mall of the city with over 600 stores where one can find anything from clothes to artworks and souvenirs to bring back home.
As for the Gangnam Underground Shopping Center, it has 200 of the best fashion stores of the city where one can buy things like clothes, make-up, bags and shoes at discounted prices.
Namdaemun is the largest market in Seoul, South Korea and it has over 10000 different street vendors. Despite the time of the day you visit this market. you will be able to find lots of shops to do shopping, foods to eat and things to do.
Be sure to get your best walking shoes out as the place is 16 acres in length. If one does not find anything they are looking for at this market, they will not find it anywhere else in Seoul, South Korea.
Visit of the Myeongdong Market is one of the best things to do in Seoul, South Korea for your first visit. This market boasts many department stores along with fashion boutiques.
All the latest and trendiest of the fashion items as well as cosmetic products are available at this market for a reasonable price.
Many of the stores here offer free samples for their cosmetic products. Although the small shops are hidden away behind the large one, but these will be the shops where you can find best prices.
Most of the people who want to visit a foreign land, they want to bring souvenirs for back home and the best place for that in Seoul, South Korea is Insadong.
The placer is located on road filled with teahouses and restaurants along with numerous shops that sell traditional souvenirs. If you have friends and family back home waiting for you to bring them a gift, Insadong is the place for you to visit.
This palace happens to be amongst the Seoul, South Korea’s 5 Grand palaces and was built back in 1395. The palace built upon 100 acres of land offers the landscapes with Amisan Mountains in the background.
The popular attraction of this place is The Changing of the Guard which happens after every hour expect on Tuesday when the visitors are not allowed to palace.
The palace is situated near the city’s north and was once the Joseon Dynasty’s main royal palace.