South Korea or Korea as a whole has a very rich history and culture as it has 14 world heritage sites. There are several landmarks that are well preserved even though it is at the center of a vibrant city such as Seoul.
Judging from its numerous historical Korean Drama TV series, it seems that the country has a well-documented history. They love their past and even up to the present time they still make movies about their ancient history.
Thanks to Jumong, Winter Sonata, Jewel in the Palace, and several other historical K-dramas that came after. Because of these Korean TV series, I began to have an interest in South Korea and want to learn more about the country.
As a result, I decided to travel to Seoul South Korea for 5 days. Below are the tourist attractions that I was able to visit in South Korea.
Enjoy the 360 degree View of Seoul at N Seoul Tower or Namsan Tower
This is a romantic place to visit in Seoul especially together with your loved ones. This is located at Namsan Mountain at the heart of Seoul.
The place is an observation deck 236 meters above sea level. This is considered to be the second-highest peak in Seoul. You will be able to have a 360-degree view of the city.
Do some selfies, and fix a love padlock to make it more memorable. I actually prepared a padlock for my parents and have them fix it in one of the fences.
Explore the Gyeongbokgung Palace while wearing a Hanbok
As the saying goes, your visit to South Korea is not complete, if you haven’t gone to Gyeongbokgung Palace. According to https://english.visitkorea.or.kr/, there are around 5 palaces in Seoul alone, but Gyeongbokgung is the biggest and the most beautiful.
You can roam around the heritage site in your usual travel clothes or you can rent a Hanbok – Koreas traditional dress, so you can enter the palace for free. Plus, you can at least have a memorable experience wearing the traditional attire of Koreans. We’ve tried this one, and for me, this is a must, hahaha.
The Hanbok rental cost is around 13000 to 15000 Won or $9 to $12 for the usual commoner clothes. If you want to wear the high-ranking officer version of the Hanbok, then you need to spend a little more cash. For ladies, there are free hairband that comes with the Hanboks, but if you have long hair and you want it fixed, you have to shell out an extra fee.
You can also watch the royal guards changing ceremony at the palace. This happens twice a day at 10 am and 2 pm. Every ceremony lasts for about 20 minutes.
Walk along the Streets of Bukchon Hanok Village
You need to visit this place if you want to see the traditional ancient houses of Korea during the time of the Joseon Dynasty.
This is a walking tour on sloping roads. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes when you visit the place. As much as possible maintain silence or keep your tone down when you walk past its street as the location is still part of the residential area.
Some of the Hanok serves as a guesthouse. You can book a night or two to have a glimpse of how the ancient people of the Joseon Dynasty lived during its time.
Do a Leisure Walk along the Cheonggyecheon Stream
Do a leisure walking tour at this lively stream at the center of the city. I was amazed when we follow this stream as it looks very clean and vibrant even at night time. We tried to cross to the opposite side of the stream by stepping on large rocks placed on the riverbed.
It’s unbelievable, we were not able to notice the noise coming from the roads even though this tourist attraction is located in the Downtown area of the city. The best time to visit Cheonggyecheon Stream is during nighttime. Take a selfie in front of the small ‘I Seoul U’ sign on the bridge.
Enjoy the Street Food along Myeong-dong
Walking tour along the streets of Myeong-dong. We went to the place only for food tripping. However, the location is a good place for those who want to shop for Korean and international luxury brand beauty products. You will find shops for skin care, makeup store, and lots of fashion boutiques in this place.
After visiting this jam-packed street, we took a photo of the popular Myeong-dong Cathedral. This gothic-style church is a century-old structure and is considered to be the birthplace of the catholic religion in South Korea.
Visit the Gangnam District
We visited this place because we want to see the K-Star road and have a selfie with the GangnamDol and the life-size bears bearing the prints of popular K-Pop groups.
We spend the whole day at this location. We avail the Hop On Hop Off bus during our visit to Gangnam District.
Visit Nami Island
This is outside of Seoul but this is a must-visit location if you are a fan of the “Winter Sonata” K drama series and also want to experience nature in general. You can get around Nami Island by just walking or renting a bike.
Nami Island is 1 hour and 30 minutes away by train from Seoul. We can’t miss visiting this place so we included it in our 5-day itinerary. We spend 1 whole day in this place.
Do Filipinos need to Obtain a Tourist Visa to Travel to South Korea?
Yes, Filipinos need to obtain a tourist visa to travel to Seoul, South Korea. Filipinos can obtain a single-entry visa or a multiple-entry visa. Meanwhile, Filipinos do not need to obtain a tourist visa to South Korea if they booked a tour program arranged by an accredited travel agency and if their point of entry and exit to South Korea is via Yangyang or Muan International Airport. Filipinos do not need to obtain a tourist visa if their point of entry and exit is Jeju Island.