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There is more to do in Seoul than you imagine

By Carlton Leisure - 31/07/2014

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Boasting a history of about 600 years, Seoul is the seat of government and economic, commercial, cultural and education hub of South Korea. Filled with several old historic sites like Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung Palaces, and cultural hubs like Bukchon Hanok Village, Insa-dong, and Namdaemun Market, Seoul promises travellers several moments of fun and enjoyment. But it is not all the South Korean capital has to offer as there are several skyscrapers, climate controlled shopping malls and entertainment districts of Myeongdonge to make it an out and out tourist destination ratcheting up demand for Seoul flights. Here we reason out what attracts travellers to this Asian country.

N Seoul Tower

Built in 1969 N Seoul Tower is Korea's first integrated transmission tower that transmits television and radio broadcasts across the Seoul. The tower that was opened for the public in 1980 is one of the most visited Seoul landmarks. The most interesting feature of the tower is vibrant digital art projected onto the tower at night, a digital observatory, a roof terrace, the HanCook restaurant, the n.Grill restaurant, and the Haneul (Sky) Restroom. The mountain that surrounds the tower makes it a fascinating place for visitors.

Bongeunsa Temple

The city which is well known for its dazzling allures is also home to some religious sites and Bongeunsa Temple is one of the finest examples of this kind. This Buddhist temple founded in 794 during the Silla (one of the Three Kingdoms of Korea) period has more than 1,000 years of history. The temple also has several cultural features, including woodblock carvings of the Avatamsaka Sutra (Flower Garland Sutra). Being more than a temple it also runs several programs on traditional Korean Buddhist culture.

The War Memorial of Korea

The War Memorial of Korea speaks volumes about military history and Korean War. The guests will find an interesting array of exhibits that include modern Korean weapons, fighter planes, bomber, and trainer aircraft which used during Korean War.

Gyeongbokgung Palace

Gyeongbokgung Palace is the major highlight of Seoul tours. The palace was built in 1395 by the Joseon Dynasty kings. Situated in the heart of Seoul the palace represented the sovereignty of the Joseon Dynasty. The palace is biggest among the five palaces in the city.

Changdeokgung Palace

Also referred as Donggwol, Changdeokgung Palace is one of the prime draw cards for Seoul tourism. The palace is also referred as the Eastern Palace due to its location. The palace has served as the home to Joseon Dynasty kings for close to three centuries. The palace is well preserved and many of its original features are still intact. The palace has been listed as the UNESCO World Heritage site.

Itaewon

Itaewon is highly thronged by locals and expats as the area is abuzz with bars, clubs, restaurants and shops that a travellers looks for while on a vacation. The place is good for going out and having a coffee.

In addition there are several amusement parks, garden, shopping hubs, museums and art galleries to keep you engaged for few days. So if you’re planning a trip to South Korean capital then rest assured that your vacation is bound to be a fun filled affair.