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1. Namdaemun Market
Featuring everything from hand crafted furniture to foreign foods, this market is a must see for anyone spending time in Seoul. Thousands of people flock these streets daily and the crowd is a mixture of wide eyed tourists and content locals. Plan to spend at least two to three hours weaving in and out of the unique shops and allow yourself to be amused, rather than frustrated, with the maze-like set up of the market. Also, keep an eye out for restaurants on the second story. Hidden above are a couple of family run restaurants where homemade dumplings are being prepared on the hour. When you need a break from the shopping madness, kick your shoes off and enjoy some of these tasty dumplings!
2. Sangam Stadium [Seoul World Cup Stadium]
Home of the 2002 FIFA World Cup, this stadium is known for it’s architecture. Spend half of the day walking around and admiring the stadium, as well as appreciating the role of soccer in South Korea.
3. 63 Building
Housing the world’s highest art gallery on the 60th floor, this building allows tourists to experience spectacular sites of Seoul from high up in the sky. Spend the day in the city while blocking out some time to ride the glass elevator to the very top where you can enjoy a beverage and a snack or walk through the art gallery.
4. Buckchon Village
Travel back in time by visiting this traditional Korean village situated between two royal palaces, including Gyeongbok Palace (make sure to spend some time here as well). With incredible architecture and some of the houses being set up as if someone was living there, it is a great way to learn your history outside of the classroom. Make sure you stay long enough to see the military band marching near the Gyeonbok Palace.
A must try candy of South Korea, this dessert made of strands of honey with a nut filling is a one of a kind treat. Commonly made by local South Koreans in booths at the street markets, the entertainment from watching it being made is half of the experience. It is very inexpensive and can be kept frozen for a couple of weeks in order that you may bring it home to share with friends and family.
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