Soak in Some Culture
This is arguably the largest and grandest of the five traditional palaces in Seoul. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the picturesque grounds (admission: 3,000 won), and try to catch the fascinating guard-changing ceremony. I couldn’t resist sidling up to an unsmiling guard in his bright, traditional costume to sneak a shot. Getting there: Take the subway to Gyeongbokgung Palace Station (Line 3) and use Exit 5.
INSADONG A well-known arts and culture street, Insadong is lined with quaint cafes, teahouses and art galleries. But walk further and you’ll come to a modern complex called Ssamziegil – a designer handicraft hub. Its picture-worthy, spiral alleys are packed with shops selling beautiful artisanal products. I couldn’t resist buying two pretty, hand-painted fans. Getting there: It’s a 10-minute walk from Gyeongbokgung (exit from Gwanghwamun gate). Cross the main road and turn left. Go straight along the main road and you’ll see Insadong on your right.