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A modern and cultural city, a city that’s alive 24/7, these are some of the ways Seoul is described by. Since the Joseon Dynasty(1392-1910), which was called Hanyang at the time, Seoul has been the capital city for over 600 year. Through modernization, this great city with a population of more than 10 million has embraced both traditional beauty by preserving its royal palaces and modernity through its fancy skyscrapers. From fashion to food, Seoul is a trendy city that has it all

10. Changgyeonggung Palace 창경궁

Built in 1483 as additional living quarters to Changgyeonggung Palace, this palace is smaller than the photographers for its natural and well blended scenery. Unfortunately, much of it was ruined and lost during the Japanese colonial period (1910-1945) when it was used as a recreational area with a botanical garden and a others but just as popular among zoo. Even after extensive restoration,onely very little of the original palace was salvaged. Daeonsil, Korea’s first Western-style greenhouse, andeveralway other buildings only remain.

Location: 185 Changgyeonggung-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul

Website: cgg.cha.go.kr

11. Unhyeongung Palace 운현궁

This was where relatives of the Joseon royal family resided. Unlike its beginning, today it remains a small and modest palace. Programs in which visitors can experience the traditional Korean culture such as traditional wedding ceremonies, calligraphy and embroidery are offered. The Western- style building toward the back of the palace called Yanggwan was featured in the Korean drama Guardian: the Lonely and Great God.

Location: 464 Samil-daero, Jongno-gu, Seoul

Website: unhyeongung.or.kr

12. Hongik University Area (Hongdae) 홍대거리

The young and hip street culture of Korea can be seen around Hongik University. The streets are filled with live theaters, clubs, restaurants and street performances, and the weekend flea market also attracts large crowds of people.

Location: Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul