The Seoul Museum of History displays a range of exhibits narrating the evolution of the culture of Seoul from the past to the present. A year-round, regular exhibition and a large selection of donated pieces bring visitors into the heart of Seoul and its transformation into the city it is today.
Gwanghwamun Square is one of better known landmarks in Seoul. Gwanghwamun Gate was once the front gate of Gyeongbokgung Palace and has long since been at the forefront of Korean history. This spacious area is the perfect place to rest or walk around. Restaurants lining the edges of the square offer Korean food, Chinese food, Western food, and Korean snacks.
The Story of King Sejong Exhibition Hall
Depicting the life and achievements of King Sejong
Cheonggye Plaza lies between Gwanghwamun Square and Jongno. The plaza symbolizes Korea’s deep desire for peace and reunification. Consisting of multi-colored, candle-shaped water fountains and artificial waterfalls, the plaza is a great spot to sit back and enjoy the local scene. Cheonggyecheon Stream flows right by the plaza and is a great place for an evening walk.
Namdaemun Market is the largest and oldest traditional market in Korea. It offers virtually every item for retail and wholesale purchase and is one of the places in town that embodies the traditional marketplace feel. Items such as crafts, local produce, and utensils are available at inexpensive prices.
Near Namdaemun Market, Myeong-dong is the busiest shopping area in Korea and home to an impressive array of high-end department stores, shopping malls, and cosmetic and clothing shops. The many restaurants of Myeong-dong serve all kinds of dishes, from Korean food to Western food.