About Chris J
Lives in Seoul, South Korea
Since Aug 2014
25-34 year old male
Hey! My name is Chris and I was born and raised in Seoul. I've had the opportunity to befriend many individuals from all parts of the world and nothing gets me as excited as having the chance to introduce my fascinating city to my global friends. I’d like to share my knowledge and expertise also with other travelers who are interested in Korea.
Castles, History Museums, Historic Sites
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Neighbourhoods, Historic Walking Areas
Bodies of Water, Historic Walking Areas
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Lookouts
Flea & Street Markets
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Neighbourhoods, Historic Walking Areas
Flea & Street Markets
Castles, Historic Sites, Gardens, Architectural Buildings, Monuments & Statues
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Seoul is home to five palaces from the Joseon Dynasty, and Gyeongbokgung is the largest one of these. It also served as the main administrative palace of the dynasty. The palace has a fascinating history, and its splendid buildings, living quarters, pavilions, and palace grounds make for some stunning sights.
Located inside the Gyeongbok Palace, the National Folk Museum of Korea holds more than 4,000 artefacts in its collection, offering a comprehensive insight into how Koreans used to live. Visitors can also get the inside track on a variety of customs and rituals, from weddings to funerals, and even learn about interesting local superstitions.
Samgyetang is a popular and nutritious dish: a whole chicken is stuffed with sticky rice, ginseng, chestnuts, jujubes, and more, and simmered to create a velvety smooth broth. It's revered by locals as both a rejuvenating and tasty dish, and there's no place that's as famous for it as Tosokchon near Gyeongbok Palace.
This older neighborhood is popular for its souvenir and antique shops, galleries, tea shops, and street food carts. There's also a wide range of Korean restaurants here, some of which specialize in vegetarian, Korean Buddhist cuisine. For a good mix of shopping, sightseeing, and eating, Insadong can't be beaten.
This interesting building in Insadong houses more than 70 shops and boutiques selling accessories, traditional tea, natural soaps, clothing, and more. The spiral layout also makes exploring Ssamji-gil fun and easy.
Sinyetchatjip is a traditional Korean tea house in Insadong, housed in an authentic Korean ´hanok´ (house). It's a great place to learn about and experience Korean teas, while the quaint and peaceful setting also makes it a great place to rest.
This stream running through Seoul was covered by an overpass until the waters were restored in 2005. Now Cheonggyecheon is a favorite for locals and visitors alike, acting as a natural refuge from city life. Take a stroll along its banks, snap a few shots of the ducks and fish, and even dip your toes into the water in warmer weather.
A visit to Seoul wouldn't be complete without a visit to Myeongdong. This all-encompassing neighborhood is one of Seoul's ultimate places to meet up, shop, eat, and chill. Stores, cafes and restaurants are all stacked atop each other, creating seemingly endless rows and making the area one of Seoul's top attractions.
For more than 40 years, this institution has been churning out its famed knife-cut noodles and dumplings. The noodles are hand rolled and cut, before being simmered in the delicious beef and vegetable broth. Yum!
The iconic N Seoul Tower, perched atop Namsan, can be accessed by bus or a 1-hour hike, but most visitors choose to ride this cable car up to the top for the unparalleled views it offers over the city.
N Seoul Tower is one of Seoul's most iconic and popular buildings. Sitting atop Namsan, a large hill in central Seoul, the tower offers some of the best views of the city. In recent years, it's also become a pilgrimage site for lovers from around the world, who come to place a lock on the fence gates as a symbol of their eternal love. The tower itself is also home to a famed fine-dining restaurant, a coffee shop, gift shop, teddy bear museum, and a separate observatory.
Tired from traveling? Unwind and relax both your body and mind with a Korean ´jjimjilbang´ at Dragon Hill Spa. After paying, storing your stuff in a locker, and changing into the provided ´sweat´ uniforms, simply sit back and sweat the toxins and fatigue away in one of the many different heated rooms, including jade, charcoal and clay. In between sweating, you can lounge in the common room, grab a bite to eat and drink in the snack corner, and even take a nap! When you're finished, try out the many hot tubs and saunas (which are divided by gender), and emerge rested and clean.
A fantastic place to learn in-depth about the Korean War, this museum is a must for anyone interested in Korea's painful and devastating past. The wartime artefacts on display are extensive, from weaponry to letters and uniforms, with outdoor exhibitions that include aircrafts, tanks, and even a warship.
The largest traditional market in Korea, this enormous district is located by Seungnyemun, one of the four major gates of old Seoul. Just about everything can be found here, including dishes, toys, clothing, food gifts, accessories, and more - all for very reasonable prices. It's a great place to pick up popular Korean souvenirs such as ginseng, roasted seaweed, and chopsticks, and if you're looking for an inexpensive eye test, its cluster of opticians offer cheap exams and stylish glasses.
A very popular and old neighborhood, Samcheongdong-gil Road is known as home to many restaurants, shops, and cafes housed in renovated traditional Korean homes. The atmosphere is both charming and romantic at times, always with a distinctly Korean feel.
For one of the best areas to explore hanoks in Seoul, it's hard to beat the Bukchon neighborhood. Many of the picturesque hanoks here have been converted into small museums, restaurants, and cafes, allowing you a first-hand glimpse at the exquisite details and layout of a traditional Korean home.
In recent years, Korea has become synonymous with ´hip´, and there are few places that better reflect this than Garosugil. One of the trendiest neighborhoods in Seoul, it's also one of the best spots for trendy travelers to get an idea of the latest Korean fashions in food and clothing. Browse the many boutiques, grab a bite at some of Seoul's most popular joints, or sit with a coffee and simply people-watch!
The largest and oldest fish and seafood market in Seoul, Noryangjin Fish Market is a must-see for all seafood lovers and more adventurous travelers! Virtually anything that's edible from the seas of Korea can be found here, via a seemingly endless number of shops selling the freshest catches available in Seoul. You can stick to the familiar, such as fish, sashimi, crabs, and shrimp, or go more off-piste with choices such as sea squirt, sea worms, and even the infamous sannakji (live small octopus)!
Hangang Park, one of Seoul's most popular outdoor spaces, comprises of 12 different districts in total, all of which make great spots to rest, exercise, or simply enjoy the scenery.
The hangang ferry takes you through the heart of Seoul via the Han River and is a fun and memorable boat ride. It's popular with both tourists and locals - especially families and those on dates - and the ferry has both indoor and outdoor seating, meaning you can enjoy the journey, whatever the weather.
The largest museum in Korea (and the sixth largest in the world), this space boasts a massive collection of some 15,000 artefacts and is open to the public for free. The National Museum of Korea offers a good overview of Korea's wide-spanning, and often complex, history, making it well worth a visit.
Changdeokgung's beautiful palace grounds were created with a special focus on building around the existing natural landscape. The result is a harmonious intertwining of Korean architecture and natural beauty, which makes Changdeokgung a front-runner for the prettiest of Seoul's palaces.
Dating back to 1905, Gwangjang Market was Korea's first official traditional market. Today, more than 1,500 shops operate here, selling silk, traditional Korean clothing (hanbok), blankets, and other goods. Walking through the market is like walking back in time, with many of the shops having been operated by generations of the same family. The market is also famous for its budget-friendly and delicious food, including sizzling hot mung bean pancakes, thick blood sausages, bibimbap, and more.
Seoul is truly a city that never sleeps, and Dongdaemun Shopping Complex is one of the best examples of this. Some 26 shopping malls, with more than 30,000 stores, are located in this active district, making it a true shopper's paradise. Both wholesale and retailers offer the latest Korean fashion and accessories, plus souvenirs, cosmetics, and other goods.
Samwon Garden is one of the most popular restaurants in which to sample the famed Korean barbecue. Its beautiful Korean garden, complete with pond and waterfall, provides a luxurious but distinctly Korean feel - a picturesque setting in which to try the ribs and bulgogi, or other authentic Korean dishes, including galbitang, dwenjang jjigae, nengmyeon, and more.