Popular Architecture Attractions in South Korea

Myeong Dong
Seoul·South Korea
4.5/5
5,656 Reviews
Featured Neighborhood
Myeong-dong is a well-known commercial district in Korea that combines food and beverage all kinds of entertainment. It includes a wide variety of brand-name stores with small vendors selling small commodities and food on either side of the street. The Myeong-dong Festival is held here in the spring and autumn, as well as the Miss Myeong-dong Pageant, folk games, traditional wedding ceremonies, fashion shows and plenty of other attractions.
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Seoul·South Korea
4.4/5
4,665 Reviews
Historical Architecture
Palace
Gyeongbokgung Palace is located in a corner of central Seoul, the first palace constructed during the Joseon Dynasty. Gyeongbokgung features gorgeous scenery all year round, with cherry blossoms in the spring, green trees in summer, ginkgo trees in autumn, and pearly white snow in winter. Korean dramas, such as "Da Jang Geum", "The House of Kings", and "You from the Stars" have all been filmed here. The east side of Gyeongbokgung Palace is Geonchunmun Gate, with Yeongchumun in the west, Sinmumun in the north, and Gwanghwamun in the south. Gwanghwamun Gate is the main entrance to the palace, featuring exquisite craftsmanship, clever architecture, and a magnificent stylistic design. The changing of the guard ceremony is certainly worth a watch.
N Seoul Tower
Seoul·South Korea
4.5/5
5,076 Reviews
Observation Deck
Modern Architecture
N Seoul Tower is a major landmark located on top of Namsan Mountain, overlooking a panoramic view of Seoul. It is not only a paradise for Koreans, but also a popular destination for foreign tourists. Under the N Seoul Tower is a wall of locks, where lovers come to hang a lock symbolizing their never-ending love. The French-style revolving restaurant at the top of the tower is a popular spot for a romantic dinner on what feels like the top of the world. Another highlight of the N Seoul Tower is the fantastic night view. The lights on the launch tower, observation deck, tower and tower floor are all as magnificent as they are varied, and even change with the weather and seasons.
Insadong
Seoul·South Korea
4.4/5
1,229 Reviews
Featured Neighborhood
Insa-dong is located in the heart of the city, with a large boulevard at its center. It is surrounded by lots of small alleyways with all sorts of galleries, traditional craft shops and art shops. Insa-dong is famous for offering ceramics, all kinds of lacquer carvings, calligraphy, old paintings, objet d'art and valuable furniture all in one place. One of the many pleasures of strolling through Insa-dong and going shopping, is coming across all kinds of traditional Korean restaurants and teahouses along the narrow streets.
Hongik University
Seoul·South Korea
4.4/5
691 Reviews
School
Hongik University in Korea is a famous art school best known for its Fine Arts Department. The neighborhood in front of the university is packed with a creative atmosphere. Artists often display their work here. Additionally, there are many performance and exhibition halls, as well as unique cafés. The nightlife in the areas surrounding Hongik University are very rich with lots of street performers. Next to the main entrance of Hongik University, there is a small park that regularly holds a flea market.
Samcheong-dong
Seoul·South Korea
4.5/5
686 Reviews
Featured Neighborhood
Samcheong-dong is located near the east gate of Gyeongbokgung Palace. This neighborhood is full of quaintly traditional Hanok architecture, art galleries and antique shops. Modern life and traditional style merge together to form Samcheong-dong's unique atmosphere. Hidden among Samcheong-dong's various byways are various museums of diverse sorts. These include the World Jewellery Museum, the Owl Museum and the ToyKino Museum. Samcheong-dong is a great place for gourmands to visit; there are many different styles of cafés and restaurants including those in charming bookstores and adjacent to high-end art galleries.
Cheong Wa Dae
Seoul·South Korea
4.3/5
976 Reviews
Garden
Historical Architecture
Cheong Wa Dae is the South Korean presidential office. It is located to the north of Gyeongbokgung Palace. Cheong Wa Dae is a complex of buildings mixing modern and ancient styles. The buildings have upward curved tiled roofs with 150,000 blue roof tiles. The unique buildings of Cheong Wa Dae include the Main Office, the Spring and Autumn Pavilion (Chunchugwan), the Guest House (Yeongbingwan), the Green Garden (Nokjiwon) and the Seven Palaces. The appearance of these buildings vary in style. Cheong Wa Dae can be toured with a guide at fixed times. The tour guide can explain the different parts of the building and give you a better understanding of its history and unique form.
Ewha Womans University
Seoul·South Korea
4.5/5
1,229 Reviews
School
Ewha Womans University is a world-renowned women's institution of higher learning. The school has all sorts of beautiful scenery, especially in the autumn when the maple leaves are falling or the spring when the cherry blossoms first appear. Everywhere you look is a mix of verdant green growth and old-style scholastic buildings. The quiet little garden on the hillside and the campus avenue full of ginkgo trees are hard to forget. Ewha means “pear flower” and, as a result, the school's gate has a large bas relief sculpture of pear blossoms. This is a popular site for taking souvenir photos. Ewha Womans University ECC (Ewha Campus Complex) is Korea's largest underground campus. There are six levels counting down from the ground floor. Near the school, Ewha Fashion Street caters to the student body with beauty salons, fashion stores and cafés.

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