Seoul, a metropolitan city and capital of South Korea is fashion and technology forward but still has its traditions intact. Famous for its K-pop music that has garnered the support from all across the world, Seoul is a must visit for anyone who wants to experience culture and creativity. Many things to do in Seoul are inexpensive, but here we bring you ten things that you can do that are completely free!
1. Bongeunsa Temple
Bongeunsa Temple is a Buddhist temple located north of the COEX building. It was constructed in 794 by the monk Yeon-hoe. You can find 3,479 Buddhist scriptures of 13 types, including the works of Kim Jong-Lee, here in this temple.
2. Olympic Park
Seoul Olympic Park is also known as Olpark is an Olympic park built to host the 1988 summer Olympics. Located in Songpa-Gu, Bangi-dong, it is an excellent leisure area with an eco-friendly forest for the residents and travelers to relax and unwind. The park is large and may take up to three hours to finish exploring. Hence it is important to take note of the routes.
#FollowBenTo the Olympic Park, 올림픽공원, in Seoul. This park was built to host the 1988 Summer Olympic Games. It spreads across 1.45 million sq metre houses the country's largest sports arena. Residents and tourists visit this park to relax, cycle, or even picnic around the park. By the way, it takes roughly 3 hours to explore the whole park. Also, look at how clear the skies are. #whereisbengoing #olympicpark #올림픽공원 #seoul #gopro #1988represent
3. Bukchon Hanok Village
Bukchon Hanok Village is located between Gyeongbok Palace, Changdeok Palace, and Jongmyo Royal Shrine. Hundreds of traditional homes can be found here. Today, the place operates as cultural centers, guest houses, restaurants and tea houses.
4. War Memorial Hall
The War Memorial Hall showcases the remains and the materials used for the Korean war. It is located in Yongsan-dong.
5. Seoul Street Art Festival (Hi Seoul Festival)
Hi Seoul Festival is one of the largest festival in the world with an average of 1.5 million people attending annually. It is held four times a year, once in spring, summer, autumn and winter. There will be an array of performances and celebrations take place on the streets of Seoul.
6. Cheonggyecheon Stream – Seoul
Till 2005, Cheonggyecheon stream existed only as a neglected waterway hidden by an overpass. Today it has evolved into a haven of natural beauty in the midst of the commotion. The modern urban recreation space has become popular among residents and travelers.
7. Hongdae Free Market
Hongdae Free Market is an open space in Seoul where diverse artists and locals come together to indulge in culture. It is located near the Hongkik University Station. You can find original items with distinct tastes here. Also, everyone is welcome to become an artist here. Buskers also perform in this market.
8. Namsan Park and Seoul Tower
Namsan Park is a historic site and is the largest park in Seoul located in the Jung-gu district. Every April there is a cherry blossom festival held here features many events including a cherry blossom lighting ceremony, walking tours and street performances. At the top, there is the N Seoul Tower that is 236.7 meters in height and sits atop the namsan mountain. It offers observers panoramic views of Seoul and its surrounding areas.
Insa-dong Street stretches over 700 meters between the Anguk-Dong Rotary and Tapgol Park and is a neighborhood of Jongno-gu district of the city. It is home to contemporary galleries and tea shops. There are also many traditional goods sold here that are unique to the Korean culture.
L’hanbok è l’abito tradizionale coreano utilizzato quotidianamente fino agli anni Sessanta, quando ha iniziato a diffondersi la moda occidentale. Negli ultimi anni peró i giovani hanno l’abitudine di indossarlo durante il weekend o nei giorni di festa e di andare a passeggiare per la città scattando selfie e foto con i turisti in modo da mantenere vive le loro tradizioni e farle conoscere, essendo nati in un’epoca in cui l’hanbok è considerato caratteristico da indossare solo per eventi speciali o in occasioni molto formali. È molto facile incontrare gruppi di ragazze o coppie in hanbok nelle zone più interessanti e turistiche di Seoul come il Bukchon Hanok Village o Insadong.
10. Free Kimchi Making classes
During the fall season, you can go to Itaewon-Hannam Global Village Center to take some free lesson on Kimchi Making. Click here to find out more.