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A Simple Travel Guide About Seoul – Plan The Best South Korea Vacation

If you are travelling to Seoul, South Korea, there are some attractions you simply must visit. Whether you are a culture buff, foodie or just plain curious explorer, this article acts as a simple travel guide for visiting Seoul.

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Visit The Gyeongbokgung Palace

As elaborate as the name, this elegant palace is simply stunning! Its noted as the grandest of all South Korea's palaces and is better known as the Northern Palace; a name you can pronounce to ask for directions! The Korean name of the place translates to 'Palace of Shinning Happiness' and indeed the complex exudes an ambience of elegance and riches. Destroyed by Japanese invaders, the palace and its over 7,000 rooms were restored by King Gojong. Located there is the National Folk Museum and National Palace Museum. Central accommodation in Seoul will put you within easy access of the palace, with Travelodge Myeongdong Euljiro, located less than 2kms away. Look for a hotel near Myeongdong for easy access to area locations.

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Try To Catch A Royal Guard Changing Ceremony

This ritual was initiated in 1459 when the Joseon Dynasty ruled. The ceremony is re-enacted for visitors to enjoy, after a through investigation into historical files. All the pomp and pageantry of the changing of guards observed in the days of yore are yours to savour when watching the ceremony. Head over to the Gwanghwamun Gate of the Northern Palace to witness this historical ritual.

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Explore Myeongdong

One of the most popular districts in Seoul, Myeongdong is popular for its range of skin care and fashion. The place is a shopper's paradise and the best for high-end branded shopping. Top names in Korean cosmetics are sold in Myeongdong. Stay at a Myeongdong hotel for the best experience. Shopping is not the only lure there. The area is famous for its collection of restaurants, where you can taste traditional favourites such as pork cutlets and those famous thick noodles.

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Climb The N Seoul Tower

Enjoy sweeping views across Seoul from the observation deck of the N Seoul Tower. Opened in 1980 the tower is more than a viewing station. It's a hub for entertainment with plenty of cultural shows, exhibitions and even movies taking place there.

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Savour The Delights Of Bukchon Hanok Village

Located between the east and west palaces this charming village is home to the country's biggest collection of traditional homes. Traditional wooden Korean homes over 600 years old can be seen in this area. You will witness the carefully planned architecture and structural placements, typical of Hanok design. The perfect place for those social media updates, the houses with their elegant roofs and stone walls are more than picture perfect.

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