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Top Traditional Places to Visit in Seoul and Around 2/2

Updated on Jun 14, 2024 · By ENKOR

Namsangol Hanok Village

  • Chungmuro Station (충무로역) on Line 3 (the orange line) and Line 4 (the light blue line)
  • Exit: 3 or 4
  • Distance: About a 5-minute walk from the station.

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Located near Namsan Mountain, Namsangol Hanok Village is a beautifully restored village that showcases traditional Korean life and architecture. The village features five restored hanoks, each representing different social classes from the Joseon period. Visitors can explore the interiors of these traditional houses, participate in cultural programs such as tea ceremonies and traditional crafts, and enjoy performances of Korean folk music and dance.


Bongeunsa Temple

  • Bongeunsa Station (봉은사역) on Line 9 (the gold line)

  • Exit: 1

  • Distance: About a 5-minute walk from the station.

  • Alternatively, Samseong Station (삼성역) on Line 2 (the green line)

  • Exit: 6

  • Distance: About a 10-minute walk from the station.

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Founded in 794 during the Silla Dynasty, Bongeunsa Temple is a tranquil Buddhist temple located in the bustling district of Gangnam. The temple grounds are home to numerous halls, pagodas, and statues, including a striking 23-meter-tall statue of Maitreya Buddha. Bongeunsa offers temple stay programs that allow visitors to experience monastic life, including meditation, tea ceremonies, and traditional Buddhist rituals. It’s a peaceful retreat that provides insight into Korea’s spiritual heritage.


Suwon Hwaseong Fortress

  • Suwon Station (수원역) on Line 1 (the dark blue line)
  • Exit: 6
  • Distance: From Suwon Station, you can take a bus or taxi to reach the fortress, which is about a 15-20 minute bus ride.

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Located just outside of Seoul, Suwon Hwaseong Fortress is a UNESCO World Heritage site that dates back to the late 18th century. The fortress walls stretch for nearly 6 kilometers and encompass Hwaseong Haenggung Palace, various gates, watchtowers, and artillery bastions. Visitors can walk along the fortress walls, explore the palace, and participate in traditional archery. The fortress offers panoramic views of Suwon and the surrounding area, making it a rewarding day trip from Seoul.


Korean Folk Village

  • Suwon Station (수원역) on Line 1 (the dark blue line)
  • From Suwon Station, you need to take a bus or taxi to the Korean Folk Village. It's about a 30-40 minute bus ride.

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Situated in Yongin, just south of Seoul, the Korean Folk Village is an open-air museum that recreates life during the Joseon Dynasty. The village features over 260 traditional houses, workshops, and performance areas where artisans demonstrate traditional crafts such as pottery, weaving, and blacksmithing. Visitors can enjoy cultural performances including traditional music, dance, and tightrope walking. The Korean Folk Village provides an immersive experience into Korea’s past, offering a fun and educational outing for all ages.


Seolleung and Jeongneung Royal Tombs

  • Seolleung Station (선릉역) on Line 2 (the green line) and the Bundang Line
  • Exit: 8
  • Distance: About a 5-10 minute walk from the station.

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The Seolleung and Jeongneung Royal Tombs, located in the heart of Gangnam, are the burial sites of King Seongjong, Queen Jeonghyeon, and King Jungjong of the Joseon Dynasty. The tombs are part of the UNESCO-listed Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty. The serene park surrounding the tombs features walking paths, stone sculptures, and ancient pine trees. A visit to these royal tombs offers a peaceful escape and a deeper understanding of the Joseon Dynasty’s royal heritage.


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