What to Do

Crave - - TRAVEL -

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.

Iris Wong

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