The Kiwi.com Top 10 – Seoul

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The Kiwi.com Top 10 – Seoul

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18 June 2017

By | 18 June 2017

Here at Kiwi.com, we love exploring new places, but we also know that sometimes you want to go back to somewhere you’ve already been. Here’s our guide to the 10 most popular airports that Kiwi.com customers fly in and out of

Airport – Incheon

City – Seoul

If you’ve never been …

… Prepare to be rather overwhelmed! Seoul is home to half of all South Koreans, with the population density around eight times that of Rome. The mixture of architecture, including Buddhist temples, Christian churches and 14th century palaces jostling for space with gigantic glass and steel cathedrals to commerce means that everywhere you turn, you’ll be confronted with something different.

Immerse yourself in history at Gyeongbokgung Palace

Gyeongbokgung Palace was built in 1395 and partially destroyed by the forces of imperial Japan – Shutterstock Group Created with Sketch. Gyeongbokgung Palace was built in 1395 and partially destroyed by the forces of imperial Japan – Shutterstock

Of the five royal palaces in Seoul, this is the largest and generally considered the finest. It contains over 7,500 rooms. It’s also close to the National Palace Museum and the National Folk Museum, for which you can hire a recorded guide, but may have to reserve to get one.

Slum it slightly

Itaewon is famous for its food, nightlife and street markets – DiegoMariottini / Shutterstock Seoul Group Created with Sketch. Itaewon is famous for its food, nightlife and street markets – DiegoMariottini / Shutterstock

Itaewon is a district near a US army base that attracts tourists due to the selection of eating places and nightlife, but also the slightly ramshackle market stalls selling all manner of clothes, jewellry, pottery and general nick-nacks.

Walk by the stream

Cheonggyecheon used to be a rubbish dump and then a street, but it has now been regenerated – Shutterstock Seoul Group Created with Sketch. Cheonggyecheon used to be a rubbish dump and then a street, but it has now been regenerated – Shutterstock

Re-opened in 2005, Cheonggyecheon was a stream specifically for peasants to use as a rubbish disposal. Concreted over in 1958 to help build a highway, it has now been converted into a place that, despite being in the middle of the city, is a haven for people to walk or sit with the sounds of the city suddenly forgotten.

But maybe you’re going back to Seoul. After all, it’s a gigantic city with so much to see and do. Try these …

Look for some wisdom

A museum dedicated to handcrafted owls is certainly an unusual idea – Elena Mirage / Shutterstock Seoul Group Created with Sketch. A museum dedicated to handcrafted owls is certainly an unusual idea – Elena Mirage / Shutterstock

The Owl Art and Craft Museum is one man’s collection of owl memorabilia from around the world. Over 70 countries are represented with examples of mainly hand-crafted owl-based art. The museum used to take up just the living room of this former private house, but as the collection expanded, it took over the whole place. Visitors will also receive a free cup of tea as they browse the collection.

Try some food that moves

Buy a live octopus at Noryangjin market, and then eat it – StockStudio / Shutterstock Seoul Group Created with Sketch. Buy a live octopus at Noryangjin market, and then eat it – StockStudio / Shutterstock

This one is for the adventurous. At Noryangjin market, you can choose your own live octopus, which will then be bagged up for you to carry to a restaurant nearby. When it’s delivered to your table, it’ll still be moving. It is dead, but the nerves keep it wriggling for up to half an hour afterwards. Oh, and be sure to chew thoroughly … They have been known to attach themselves to the insides of unsuspecting mouths.

Have a games night

Multi Bang allows you to pay by the hour to hire a room for gaming, or sleep –  Shutterstock Seoul Group Created with Sketch. Multi Bang allows you to pay by the hour to hire a room for gaming, or sleep – Shutterstock

The oddly named Multi Bang is a type of room you can rent with friends that have facilities for karaoke, video gaming and board gaming all in one place (and many of them provide complimentary snacks as well!). They charge by the hour, so you can stay for a quick go or play long into the night.