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Window shopping in Insadong and scaling the N’Seoul Tower are two of the city’s main lures for out-of-towners. For a deeper appreciation of the city’s culture, follow the natives to a baseball game or scrub down in one the many public baths.

Things to do in Seoul

Bongeun Temple

One of the few Buddhist temples in the country where travelers can communicate with a monk in English, this 8th-century temple’s two-hour tour stirs the soul with religious symbolism and the opportunity to reflect upon the question “who am I?”

Gangnam-gu; Samsung-dong, 011-82-2-511-6070, www.bongeunsa.org (Korean only)
Tags: family | things to do | culture | tour

Insadong-gil

The quaint tea houses, folksy restaurants and kitsch souvenirs on Insadong’s main street and back alleys make this small district a worthwhile half-day encounter (anything more becomes an underwhelming experience).

Gwanhun-dong, 011-82-2-731-0114, www.jongno.go.kr/english/index.jsp
Tags: trendy | things to do | culture | souvenirs

Insadong-gil

The quaint tea houses, folksy restaurants and kitsch souvenirs on Insadong’s main street and back alleys make this small district a worthwhile half-day encounter (anything more becomes an underwhelming experience).

Gwanhun-dong, 011-82-2-731-0114, www.jongno.go.kr/english/index.jsp
Tags: trendy | things to do | culture | souvenirs

Jamsil Baseball Stadium

Cheer on the Doosan Bears or LG Twins and enjoy baseball the way is what meant to be experienced: cheap tickets, intimate seating, and dried squid.

Jamsil-dong, 011-82-2-2240-8801, stadium.seoul.go.kr/stadium_eng
Tags: great value | things to do | spectator sport | baseball

Jamsil Baseball Stadium

Cheer on the Doosan Bears or LG Twins and enjoy baseball the way is what meant to be experienced: cheap tickets, intimate seating, and dried squid.

Jamsil-dong, 011-82-2-2240-8801, stadium.seoul.go.kr/stadium_eng
Tags: great value | things to do | spectator sport | baseball

Leeum Samsung Museum of Art

The playful interaction between color and light inside this architecturally stimulating complex is alone worth the price of admission. The 15,000 pieces of ancient ceramics, Buddhist sculptures and contemporary paintings are a bonus.

#747-18, Hannam-dong, 011-82-2-2014-6900, leeum.samsungfoundation.org/eng/main.asp
Tags: family | trendy | art | things to do | culture | architecture

Leeum Samsung Museum of Art

The playful interaction between color and light inside this architecturally stimulating complex is alone worth the price of admission. The 15,000 pieces of ancient ceramics, Buddhist sculptures and contemporary paintings are a bonus.

#747-18, Hannam-dong, 011-82-2-2014-6900, leeum.samsungfoundation.org/eng/main.asp
Tags: family | trendy | art | things to do | culture | architecture

N’Seoul Tower

The journey up Seoul’s most recognizable attraction starts with a cable car straddling 2000 feet of wire and high-speed elevators rocketing up 13 feet per second. The reward for making it to the top? Panoramic city views.

Namsan-dong, 011-82-2-3455-9277, www.nseoultower.com
Tags: great value | views | things to do | tour | cable car

World Cup Spoland

Getting naked with strangers is Korean culture at its best. Rotate between hot and cold tubs, and then scrub away dead skin with an abrasive towel. Don’t be surprised if this cleansing, relaxing experience is the highlight of your trip.

Seongsan-dong; Mapo-gu, 011-82-2-308-4006, www.sisul.or.kr/sub04/
Tags: smart splurge | things to do | soccer | bath

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