Since the 14th century, when it became the capital of Joseon, Seoul has been Korea’s central city. Palaces from the Joseon Dynasty, such as the Gyeongbokgung, Changdeokgung, Deoksugung, and Gyeonghuigung, still stand in Seoul’s urban areas. Visitors can also glimpse the history and tradition of Seoul not only in regular and art museums, but also in traditional Korean hanok villages and markets. It’s an ancient city with hypercontemporary looks. The urban area with towering skyscrapers is filled with globally renowned luxury hotels, department stores, various commercial facilities, and Michelin-star restaurants for you to visit.
Seoul Day Tour Course
Seoul Museum of Craft Art, Dong Byoung Sang Ryoun or JL Dessert Bar, Chaum, Jungsik Seoul, Josun Palace or Paraspara Seoul
All About Craftwork: Seoul Museum of Craft Art
Seoul Museum of Craft Art is the first museum dedicated to craftworks that presents a traditional Korean collection ranging from traditional craftworks made centuries ago to more contemporary ones. It is also a platform where craft knowledge and records and human and environmental studies are shared along with the beauty and cultural values of craftworks. The museum has a collection of about 20,000 pieces of craftworks and data. Among these are the designated treasures, such as the withFolding Screen of Embroidered Sagye bungyeongdo (Potted Plants During the Four Seasons) and the Embroidered Monk’s Outer Vestment. The withformer is the oldest remaining embroidered folding screen that depicts flowers and bonsai according to the season. The children’s museum inside offers interesting experience programs where children can design clothes and weave fabric themselves like real artisans.
Seoul Museum of Craft Art Tourist Information
- Address4, Yulgok-ro 3-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
- Nearby attractionsGyeongbokgung Palace, Bukchon Hanok Village, and Insa-dong
Dong Byoung Sang Ryoun vs JL Dessert Bar
Which of these two places would you go to enjoy sweet desserts? Dong Byoung Sang Ryoun is a dessert workshop that doubles as a café where you can taste traditional royal desserts, such as rice cakes and Korean sweets made by an artisan trained in Korean royal cuisines. Luxury bojagi, a traditional gift-wrapping cloth, is displayed at the café entrance, catching visitors’ eyes. Diverse rice cakes made from healthy ingredients, too-pretty-to-eat rice cake-cakes, traditional Korean sweets, dried fruits, vegetable chips, fruit syrups, and more will delight your eyes. They also make excellent gifts. Yellow plums, apricot ade, and shaved ice with red beans are popular summer choices, while medicinal herb tea, and jujube, ginseng tea are recommended as winter treats.
JL Dessert Bar is the ultimate dessert bar with sophisticated dishes. Pastry chef Justin Lee presents desserts that are visually charming and exquisite to your palate. He presents the first plated desserts in Korea and is recognized for his fine dessert dining. Desserts are delectably presented with fresh seasonal ingredients and Valrhona chocolate. The “Crème Brûlée Balsamic, Mandarin, Pinenut ” shows artistic colors on a blue plate.
Dong Byoung Sang Ryoun Tourist Information
- Address96, Seonjam-ro 5-gil, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul
- Nearby attractionsGilsangsa Temple, Changdeokgung Palace, and the Bukchon Hanok Village
JL Dessert Bar Tourist Information
- Address38, Itaewon-ro 55ga-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
- Nearby attractionsNamsan Tower; the Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art; and the National Museum of Korea
Chaum, a Healthy Spa in a Clinic
Fill up your energy with sweet desserts, then head for the next course: Chaum. Make yourself healthy and beautiful here. Chaum is a power-aging life center where visitors can get healthier and prettier. It is run by CHA GangnamMedical Center and is a new converged healing space combining medicine and relaxation. Professionals, including a faculty of professors, provide special and systematic personal therapies. At TheraSpa, a person’s health and beauty issues are identified through consultation. The personal spa is prepared through the collaboration of an exercise specialist, spa specialist, and nutritionist’.
Chaum Tourist Information
- Address442, Dosan-daero, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
- Nearby attractionsApgujeong Rodeo Street, Bongeunsa Temple, and the Convention & Exhibition Center (COEX)
Jungsik Seoul, Two Michelin Stars for Five Consecutive Years
One of the biggest joys of traveling is trying new food in unfamiliar places. Jungsik Seoul is the go-to place to try Korean and global flavors for dinner. Since it received a Michelin star in 2017, Jungsik Seoul has maintained its two-Michelin star status from 2018 to 2022, offering diners contemporary and unique Korean cuisines. Chef Yim Jungsik Yim, the famous pioneer of Korean fine dining, runs the Jungsik restaurants in New York and Seoul with his name on the banner. Crispy gimbap, grilled octopus, and dolhareubang dessert are some of Jungsik Seoul’s signature dishes.
Jungsik Seoul Tourist Information
- Address11, Seolleung-ro 158-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
- Nearby attractionsCOEX, Bongeunsa Temple, and Apgujeong Rodeo Street
Josun Palace at Gangnam vs. Paraspara Seoul at Bukhansan Mountain
The last course is the accommodation to relax you at the end of the tour and restore your energy for your next journey. The Josun Palace is a new hotel that opened in 2021 in the center of Gangnam, which is filled with splendid lights and tall skyscrapers. Paraspara Seoul is a resort within the vast forest of Bukhansan Mountain. Gangnam and Bukhansan Mountain are both in Seoul but have totally different landscapes.
Josun Palace is a trendy and luxurious hotel that combines the heritage of the Josun Hotel, which has been operating for more than 100 years, and Gangnam, as a famous tourist attraction spot in Seoul. Its emblem shows a lion and a phoenix holding a crown. The interior decorations are the works of the European interior designer duo Humbert & Poyet, completing the Josun Palace’s unique signature design by reinterpreting the aristocratic beauty of Josun Hotel. Have a cocktail at the 1914 Lounge & Bar, which takes its name from Josun Hotel’s founding year of 1914, and enjoy the breathtaking view of the city from the 24th floor.
One of Seoul’s many charms is heits surrounding mountains. YIf you have a few hours to spare, you can go for a hikef. Paraspara Seoul faces the peak of the Bukhansan Mountain, makingletting visitors feel as if they are in the middle of a deep forest and not the bustling city of Seoul. With “The Round“ in the middle, various facilities such as cafés, restaurants, and a swimming pool can be found. Don’t forget to taste the Bukhansan Four Seasons Cake inspired by the Bukhansan Mountain at Park 689. You can hike the Bukhansan Mountain or take the Bukhansan Trail treks the next day.
Josun Palace Tourist Information
- Address231, Teheran-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
- Nearby attractionsCOEX, Bongeunsa Temple, and the Seoul Arts Center
Paraspara Seoul Tourist Information
- Address689, Samyang-ro, Gangbuk-gu, Seoul
- Nearby attractionsBukhansan Mountain, Dream Forest, Dongdaemun Gate, and the Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP)
Written by: Kim Sook-hyun (Travel writer) Photographs by: Seoul Museum of Craft Art, Dong Byoung Sang Ryoun, JL Dessert Bar, Chaum, Jungsik Seoul, Josun Palace, and Paraspara Seoul