Monday, July 27, 2015

By Meagen Collins and Tom WilliamsSeoul is up there with Hong Kong and
Singapore in terms of expensive cities in Asia, but there are still some great
things you can do that will cost you less than a fiver.
1.
Visit the Gyeongbokgung palace
Gyeongbokgung Palace was the seat of the Joseon Dynasty; its name
means "Palace Greatly Blessed by Heaven" (Photo: Meagen Collins and
Tom Williams)
This palace was originally constructed in 1395, but parts have
been destroyed many times due to various Japanese occupations and the Korean
War.
Restoration to its current form began in 2009 and approximately 40 percent of
the buildings have been reconstructed since then; however, some buildings from
the 19th century still stand and the grounds a certainly worth a look around.
Entry costs 3,000 won per person ($2.
60 USD) and tours are offered in English, Japanese and Chinese throughout the
day.
We highly recommend taking the tour as the guides have some great stories and
help you get a better understanding of the history of the palace.
2.
Go into history nerd overload at the Korean War Memorial and Museum A
mosaic at the Korean War Memorial and Museum.
(Photo: Meagen Collins and Tom Williams)
This museum is a fascinating place
to learn more about the wars that have plagued Korea’s history for
centuries, and also to get a better understanding of its most recent war in
the 1950s—which divided the country into North and South, as we know it
today.
Related: The Cheapest Places in Europe for Just About AnythingThree
floors contain a huge variety of information offered in a very interactive
way.
Outside there are impressive and moving memorial statues to admire, or you
can check out old military vehicles, aircraft, and ships.
This is the largest memorial of its kind in the world, and admission is free.
3.
Eat Tasty Awesome Street Food in a Street Tent There are so many delicious
street food options it’s hard to choose! (Photo: Meagen Collins
and Tom Williams)
For a traditional Korean choice, try Tteokbokki
(떡볶이 — spicy rice cakes), which you’ll spot
all over the city in a variety of street stalls.
Especially on weekends, vendors will set up tents along the streets of
popular party areas (such as Gangnam, Itaewon, and Hongdae), and drunken
Koreans and foreigners alike will sit down for snacks, usually washed down
with a bottle of soju (Korean vodka).

The rice cakes — which range from about $3.
50 to $4 in popular areas and go down in price as you leave the party
districts — are covered in a spicy red pepper paste/sauce, and the
level of spice depends on the particular vendor, so try a bunch! These tents
are a great place to sit have a few drinks with a late night snack, and watch
a Friday or Saturday night unfold.
4.
Get Pet Snuggles Galore for the Price of a Cup of Coffee
Love is (almost) free at Seoul’s pet cafés.
 (Photo: Meagen Collins and Tom Williams)There isn’t a lot of room
for pets in the average Seoul home so you’ll find plenty of have pet
cafés where you can play with adorable animals to your heart’s
content.
These sorts of cafés are now springing up all over the world, but Seoul
is one of the cities where they began.
What’s more, they’re not limited to dog and cat cafés
— you can try a reptile café and even a sheep café.
Yep, sheep.
Entry is free to the coffee shops, but you are required to buy a drink.
Related: Get the Purrr-fect Snack in These Cat Cafes Around the World
5.
Declare your Love at Namsan Tower Guests are encouraged to clip their love
locks at Namsan Tower, so you won’t have to worry about the authorities
cutting down your romantic gesture.
(Photo: Meagen Collins and Tom Williams)
Namsan Tower (or N Seoul
Tower) is a massive landmark that rises high above the city, marking its
highest point and drawing a ton of visitors.
You can get there either by walking (wear comfortable shoes, the amount of
crazy Korean girls heading up in high heels and practically begging their
boyfriends to carry them is quite ridiculous…and amusing) or by taking
a cable car to the top, which will set you back 8,000 won ($6.
95 USD) for a round trip.
 At the top of the hill there is an impressive view of Seoul.
There’s also one of the largest collections of "love locks" in the
world.
Couples come here to write messages of everlasting love on a lock, fasten
theirs to the mass of other locks, and then throw away the key (preferably not
over the side and onto the head of an unsuspecting pedestrian).
Related: The End of an Era: Paris City Officials Remove Love Locks from Pont
des Arts BridgeIt’s best to pick up a lock before heading up as we
couldn’t find anyone selling them at the top (and it’s much
cheaper to buy in advance anyway).
We picked up a padlock from a dollar mart type store for 2,000 won or about
$2 USD.
Even if you are not coupled up, Namsan Tower is still a great place to visit.
The views are the best in town (especially at night) and at 3pm most days
they have a traditional martial arts and dancing display, which is completely
free to watch and offers multilingual commentary.
Note: Showtimes can vary depending on the time of year.
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World
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Seoul is up there with Hong Kong and Singapore in terms of expensive cities in
Asia, but there are still some great things you can do that will cost you less
than a fiver.
.
Related:&#xA0;The Cheapest Places in Europe for Just About AnythingThree
floors contain a huge variety of information offered in a very interactive
way.
Outside there are impressive and moving memorial statues to admire, or you
can check out old military vehicles, aircraft, and ships.
This is the largest memorial of its kind in the world, and admission is free.
3.
Eat Tasty Awesome Street Food in a Street Tent There are so many delicious
street food options it&#x2019;s hard to choose!&#xA0;(Photo: Meagen Collins
and Tom Williams)
For a traditional Korean choice, try Tteokbokki
(&#xB5A1;&#xBCF6;&#xC774; &#x2014; spicy rice cakes), which you&#x2019;ll spot
all over the city in a variety of street stalls.
Especially on weekends, vendors will set up tents along the streets of
popular party areas (such as Gangnam, Itaewon, and Hongdae), and drunken
Koreans and foreigners alike will sit down for snacks, usually washed down
with a bottle of soju (Korean vodka).

The rice cakes &#x2014; which range from about $3.
50 to $4 in popular areas and go down in price as you leave the party
districts &#x2014; are covered in a spicy red pepper paste/sauce, and the
level of spice depends on the particular vendor, so try a bunch! These tents
are a great place to sit have a few drinks with a late night snack, and watch
a Friday or Saturday night unfold.
4.
Get Pet Snuggles Galore for the Price of a Cup of Coffee
Love is (almost) free at Seoul&#x2019;s pet caf&#xE9;s.
&#xA0;(Photo: Meagen Collins and Tom Williams)There isn&#x2019;t a lot of room
for pets in the average Seoul home so you&#x2019;ll find plenty of have pet
caf&#xE9;s where you can play with adorable animals to your heart&#x2019;s
content.
These sorts of caf&#xE9;s are now springing up all over the world, but Seoul
is one of the cities where they began.
What&#x2019;s more, they&#x2019;re not limited to&#xA0;dog and cat caf&#xE9;s
&#x2014; you can try a&#xA0;reptile caf&#xE9;&#xA0;and even a sheep caf&#xE9;.
Yep, sheep.
Entry is free to the coffee shops, but you are required to buy a drink.
Related: Get the Purrr-fect Snack in These Cat Cafes Around the World
5.
Declare your Love at Namsan Tower Guests are encouraged to clip their love
locks at Namsan Tower, so you won&#x2019;t have to worry about the authorities
cutting down your romantic gesture.
(Photo: Meagen Collins and Tom Williams)
Namsan Tower (or N Seoul
Tower)&#xA0;is a massive landmark that rises high above the city, marking its
highest point and drawing a ton of visitors.
You can get there either by walking (wear comfortable shoes, the amount of
crazy Korean girls heading up in high heels and practically begging their
boyfriends to carry them is quite ridiculous&#x2026;and amusing) or by taking
a cable car to the top, which will set you back 8,000 won ($6.
95 USD) for a round trip.
&#xA0;At the top of the hill there is an impressive view of Seoul.
There&#x2019;s also one of the largest collections of "love locks" in the
world.
Couples come here to write messages of everlasting love on a lock, fasten
theirs to the mass of other locks, and then throw away the key (preferably not
over the side and onto the head of an unsuspecting pedestrian).
Related: The End of an Era: Paris City Officials Remove Love Locks from Pont
des Arts BridgeIt&#x2019;s best to pick up a lock before heading up as we
couldn&#x2019;t find anyone selling them at the top (and it&#x2019;s much
cheaper to buy in advance anyway).
We picked up a padlock from a dollar mart type store for 2,000 won or about
$2 USD.
Even if you are not coupled up, Namsan Tower is still a great place to visit.
The views are the best in town (especially at night) and at 3pm most days
they have a traditional martial arts and dancing display, which is completely
free to watch and offers multilingual commentary.
Note: Showtimes can vary depending on the time of year.
Watch: &#xA0;The Ancient, Secret City of Bagan: The Most Zen Place in the
World
Let World traveling club Travel inspire you every day.
&#xA0;Watch World traveling club Travel&#x2019;s original series "A Broad
Abroad.
"&#xA0;</b>
Seoul is up there with Hong Kong and Singapore in terms of
expensive cities in Asia, but there are still some great things you can do
that will cost you less than a fiver.

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