What to Do
In spring or autumn, start the day with an early visit to Haneul Park. Be sure to take your camera for amazing photos ops with a sea of spring flowers or silvergrass and fall foliage. Hikers can take a short two-hour hike up Mount Bugaksan, and be rewarded with spectacular views of the city and the famous Gyeongbokgong Palace. For lunch, head to Gwangjang
Market for Korean street food such as bindaetteok (mung bean pancakes), tteokbokki and sundae (Korean blood sausage), with makgeolli. Seafood lovers might prefer the 24-hour Noryangjin Fish Market, where you can pick your catch and have it prepared any way you like at one of the restaurants. For coffee, Samcheongdong or Hapjeong are packed with cosy, trendy cafes that know their brews. For shopping, Garosu-gil (which translates literally as tree-lined street), is great for high street brands and local designer stores. Myeongdong, another hugely popular shopping district, has a variety of fashion and beauty stores, with luxury brands as well as department stores. Rest your feet after all the retail therapy and devour plate after plate of galbi at Samwon Garden, one of Seoul’s most famous Korean barbecue restaurants. Then unwind at a Korean bathhouse, or jjimjilbang, for a unique local spa experience, or with an oldfashioned at one of the many live jazz lounges in Itaewon.