There is truly no doubt about the increasing popularity of South Korea due to the invasion of Hallyu Wave (Korean Wave) in our country. Many Filipino young adults became highly influenced with the Korean culture because numerous korean dramas are being aired in almost all of the major television networks in our country. And because of the beautiful locations that are featured in every drama, many Filipino travel bloggers consider South Korea as their 2nd favorite travel destination next to Japan.
Now, if you’re planning to pay a visit to the land of the morning calm, here are the top 5 must see places in South Korea.
1. Gyeongbokgung Palace
If you’re a fan of historical dramas, this place will surely satisfy your eyes. This palace is commonly called as the Northern Palace and the most beautiful among the five grand palaces in South Korea (the others are the Changdeokgung Palace, Deoksugung Palace, Gyeonghuigung Palace, Changgyeonggung Palace).
It was built in 1395 during the Joseon Dynasty Era and was now located at the heart of Seoul. The National Folk Museum of Korea and National Palace Museum of Korea are also located inside the Gyeongbokgung Palace.
This shopping plaza is must when it comes to buying souvenirs and also a total haven to fashion enthusiasts. Dongdaemun is South Korea’s largest retail and wholesale shopping plaza with almost 30,000 specialty shops and 26 shopping malls.
One of the best malls is the Dongdaemun Design Plaza. With its iconic architecture and design, it was considered as the most tagged Instagram location in South Korea in 2015 and was also selected by the New York Times as one of the top 52 Places to visit in 2015. If you’re a korean drama enthusiast, the DDP was also a filming location for the dramas My Love From The Star, She Was Pretty and Producers.
This one is for the shoppers with a tight budget. Myeongdong has many korean cosmetic shops like The Face Shop, Etude House, Tony Moly, Missha and many more. You can also buy many dry goods in a much cheaper price but with the same high quality.
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Hunger will also never be a problem during your shopping because there are many coffee shops and food carts in almost every alley selling tteokbokki (spicy rice cakes), Odeng (Fish Cake Skewers) and Gimbap (Rice Roll). But what really makes Myeongdong stand out from other shopping places is its really cheap prices for many high quality products and yummy street foods.
4. Namsan / N Seoul Tower
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The Namsan Seoul Tower was the first integrated transmission tower that beams radio and television broadcasts througout Seoul. The tower is surrounded by the Namsan Mountain which makes the place famous for many nature enthusiasts. Once you reach the top of the tower, the ethereal beauty of the Seoul skyline will definitely take your breath away. The tower also has the “Locks of Love” which is really famous for lovers because the padlocks attached symbolizes their undying love and affection.
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5. Nami Island
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This place is really popular for those who want to unwind and get away from the hustle and bustle of the metropolis. This half-moon shaped island is famous for its 316,320 square yards of lush green grass fields and 553,560 square yards filled with many trees like poplar and chestnut. It also has the grave of General Nami who’s famous in South Korea for leading a great victory against the rebels during the Joseon Dynasty.
Photo from: namiislandtour.com
Sources: http://english.visitseoul.net, http://danielfooddiary.com http://english.visitkorea.or.kr