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4 Seoul Hidden Attractions

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Written by Duke Stewart

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4 Seoul Hidden Attractions

Flying to Seoul and think there’s nothing exciting left to see? Of course you’ve looked down into the city, seen all the elaborate palaces and parks, and experienced all the best shopping and entertainment, but there is much more than meets the eye in Seoul. This guide will show you that there’s much more to Seoul than your typical tourist attractions. Take a look at these 4 Seoul hidden attractions!

Sacred Mountain, Full of History

Everyone tours N Seoul Tower for an exquisite city panorama, but there are nicer peaks away from the tourist path. Head to Dongnimmun Station and you can find a few mountains in the area. The best of them all is Mt. Inwang, Seoul’s most sacred mountain.

While hiking along this stretch of Seoul’s former protective wall, you can see a host of religious landmarks including Buddhist temples and Shamanistic shrines. While hiking to the top, you can look down at the nearby Seodaemun Prison, which offers tours and will give visitors a chilling look into the Japanese Colonial Era.

A Stream, Waterfall, and Park!

Not interested in hiking but still want nature? While everyone is flocking to the Han River and Cheonggyecheon Stream, you can find just as much fun at Hongjecheon Stream. Accessible from Hongje Station, cyclists and walkers will find this area more relaxed and easier to navigate.

Originating from the iconic Mt. Bukhan, this 8 mile long stream offers everything that the more crowded places have. There’s even a spacious park at the foot of a city-created waterfall where visitors can stop and picnic after a long walk along the stream. Hongjecheon has everything without the cost of battling crowds.

Ethnic Neighborhoods and Nightlife

Nightlife seekers and foreign foodies in and around Seoul head to Itaewon or Hongdae, but not many mention the Central Asia District. Found near Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Station, “Little Russia” will blow you away with its vast selection of eateries.

Even more unknown than the Central Asia District, is Little Tokyo. Tucked away in a tiny neighborhood, hardly anyone really knows about this small collection of Japanese-style pubs and sushi shops. Get there via Ichon Station and this charming little district might take up a lot of your time, as you try to figure out whether this is still Seoul or Tokyo.


It’s hard to visit Seoul without stopping by the famous food markets, and the big players at Gwangjang and Dongdaemun will always get first dibs on tourists. Jungang Market doesn’t receive the same publicity as the others, but it’s just as important. One interesting note is that during the 1970s, 70% of Korea’s rice originated there.

For a less conventional Korean food experience, head to Isu Station and you’ll find Namseong Market. This collection of shops won’t take long to walk through but evening rush hours make for a crowded and exciting experience.

With a list of so many new things to do, why don’t you go ahead and book a hotel in Seoul and come back?

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Duke Stewart

I'm a writer and recovering American expat who shares my family's travels through life. Follow our adventures here and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.