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Seoul off the beaten path

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Seoul off the beaten path
Having only become a major tourist destination in the last decade, Seoul still has many secrets to share with visitors willing to be adventurous. There remain many neighbourhoods, sites, and markets that scarcely see a tourist and offer a great chance to mingle with locals.
Good for: Groups, Seniors, Individuals
Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
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Garosu-gil
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Garosu-gil

This trendy, tree-lined street has a European vibe and is filled with charming cafes and unique boutiques. Popular among locals as a fashionable (if expensive) place to shop, it is not well known among tourists.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Bongeunsa Temple
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Bongeunsa Temple

It’s hard to believe that this large, beautiful Buddhist temple is situated in the middle of a bustling metropolis. It’s impossible not to be moved by the beauty and serenity of this enchanting temple. You can even stay overnight for a fee.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Hongik University Street
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Hongik University Street

This is the nexus of Seoul’s youth and indie culture. Funky boutiques, avant-garde galleries, and great nightclubs are this neighborhood’s mainstay. Come here for a fascinating look at the other side of traditionally conservative Korean culture.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Pulmuone Kimchi Museum
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Pulmuone Kimchi Museum

How can you go to Korea and not see this quirky museum dedicated to that quintessential Korea dish, kimchi. Learn about the history of this staple and the many ways it can be made. This museum is guaranteed to make your mouth water.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: <1 hour
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Noryangjin Fish Market
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Noryangjin Fish Market

The Noryangjin Fish Market is a great "real Seoul" experience. This 24-hour, 7 days a week wholesale fish market is not just a cultural attraction... more »

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Gyeongdong Market
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Gyeongdong Market

The country's largest medicinal herb market features a seemingly never ending array of spices, herbs and mushrooms. This is also a great place to try unusual medicinal teas, like deer antler or holy mushroom tea.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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