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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

7. Gyeongbokgung 경복궁

This was the first palace to be constructed during the Joseon Dynasty. It is the grandest of the five palaces in Seoul and portrays the essence of the Korea royal court culture. Palace walls contain offices for the king and state officials, living quarters, and Huwon Garden, which houses Gyeonghoeru, regarded as the most beautiful pavilion of Korea. Also within palace grounds are the National Palace Museum, which displays relics of the Joseon Dynasty, and the National Folk Museum, where you can see the traditional lifestyle of Korea


Location: 161 Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul

Website: www.royalpalace.go.kr


8. Gyeonghuigung Palace 경희궁

Constructed as a detached royal villa at the house of Taejo Lee Seong-gye (1335-1408, r. 1392-1398), the founding king of the Joseon Dynasty, it eventually became the royal palace. It originally housed about 100 buildings but most were damaged and lost. Today’s palace remains quiet and serene. The Seoul History Museum is located nearby.

Location: 45 Saemunan-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul

6. Dongdaemun Fashion Town 동대문 패션 타운

_A Shopping District of Seoul Open 24 Hours

With major shopping malls like Doota and Migliore, this shopping district of Seoul selcomes shoppers all day long. The latest fashion trends, as well as original designs by young desighners can be seen and purchased here. Also in the area is the Dongdaemun Design Plaza(DDP), a major cultural complex designed by world-renowned architect Zaha Hadid. DDP hosts a great number of events including the annual Seoul Fashion Week in March and October.

Location: Euji-ro 6-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul

Website: www.ddp.or.kr