Seoul is such an exciting city to live in, and is constantly surprising me with new adventures. To get you started on your journey in Seoul, here 5 things to do in Seoul, Korea!
D Museum was created by the founder of Daelim Museum, and is located on Dokseodang-ro in Hannamdong. It offers two floors of different exhibitions, based on the concept of spatial illumination. The exhibition is composed of nine separate rooms designed to stimulate the senses (and provide a great photo op) through color, sound and movement.
How to get there: Come out of Oksu station (Line Number 3) and go straight to Oksu-dong Samsung Apartment Station. Get on a 110A or 241 bus and get off at Hannam-Sibum Apartment Station. The museum will be close to Podo Club.
Blind Alley Cafe
So, you may have heard of cat and dog cafe’s popping up left and right, but have you ever been to a raccoon cafe? Blind Alley Cafe offers you the opportunity to sip your coffee while interacting with cheeky little raccoons. Make sure to follow the rules though, and don’t bring any thing in your pockets! I didn’t listen and promptly got my wallet stolen by one of these furry terrors. (My sad little wallet now has raccoon bite marks all over it.)
How to get there: From Sookmyung Women’s University Station, go through exit 10 and make a U-Turn. Take the first right and keep following this road for about 5 minutes. Blind Alley will be on your right, before you reach the university campus.
Cheonggyecheon Stream passes close to Seoul Plaza, Insa-dong Street, and Deoksugung Palace. It is 8.4 km long and has a path on both sides decorated with art and statues. It is easiest to start at Gwanghwamun Station and follow the course until it meets up with the Han River. At night, there are light shows offered.
How to get there: As the river is very long, there are several starting points. You can take Line 3(Jongno 3-ga Station), Line 1 (City Hall Station,Jonggak Station, or Dongdaemun Station), or Line 5 (Gwanghwamun Station).
Dongdaemum Design Plaza is one of my favorite places in Seoul, and has so many areas to explore. The DDP is composed of five halls: Art Hall, Museum, Design Lab, Design Market, and Dongdaemun History and Culture Park.
I wrote more about the DDP here.
How To Get There: Take line 2, 4, or 6 to Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Station (Exit 1).
Ihwa Mural Village
The Ihwa Mural Village is a lively and colorful area of Seoul, located less than a ten-minute walk uphill from the Daekhakno area. This is a beautiful area to explore on its own, and every corner lends way to brightly painted staircases and beautiful mosaics.
The most captivating pieces are found on Guldari-gil, which starts in Daehakno at Hyehwa Station (Exit 2). There are maps to direct visitors to the largest and most famous paintings, but new works of art are always springing up and it’s worth it to explore less popular back-alleys.
How to get there: Take Line 4 to Hyehwa Station (Exit 2). Head straight towards Marronnier Park and turn left at the park. Make a right turn on Donsung-gil and then a left onto Guldari-Gil. Follow Guldari-Gil to Naksan Park, which leads to the heart of the village. There should be signs to direct you as well.
Looking for more fun things to do in Seoul, Korea? Check out my post here.