Top 10 Most Popular Attractions in Korea, 2019

In June 2020, Korean Tourism Organisation released the Top 10 Most Searched Korean Attractions on VisitKorea website in 2019.

 

Quick Overview:

  • 7 of the most popular attractions are located North of Han River (Royal Palaces, N Seoul Tower, Bukchon Hanok Village, Hongdae, Insadaong & Myeongdong)

  • 1 South of Han River (Lotte World)

  • 2 outside Seoul (Nami Island & Gamcheon Culture Village)

The Garden of Morning Calm has dropped out of the 2019 popular list and replaced by Gamcheon Culture Village in Busan instead.

For each of these top 10 attractions in Korea, KoreaToDo will cover detailed guides on how to get there, special deals and popular tours for your trip planning.

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1. Gyeongbokgung Palace

The first and largest of the 5 Grand Palaces built. Highlights include Changing of the Royal Guard Ceremony and free guided tours.

KoreaToDo's handpicked experiences, provided​ by KLOOK, Asia leading in-destination service provider.

Top 10 Most Popular Korean Attractions - Gyeongbokgung Palace | KoreaToDo

2. N Seoul Tower

A symbol of Seoul and famous tourist attraction that offers fantastic day and night views of Seoul city, scenic walking paths, countless lover's padlocks, etc.

Top 10 Most Popular Korean Attractions - N Seoul Tower | KoreaToDo

3. Bukchon Hanok Village

Home to over 900 traditional Korean houses (hanoks) dated back to Joseon Dynasty. Immerse in traditional Korean culture and enjoy its 8 best photo shot views.

Top 10 Most Popular Korean Attractions - Bukchon Hanok Village | KoreaToDo

4. Nami Island (Gangwon)

Nami Island is well-known worldwide as the filming location of the hugely popular Korean TV drama, Winter Sonata (2002). Wanna zip-wire to the island?

Top 10 Most Popular Korean Attractions - Nami Island | KoreaToDo

5. Lotte World

Enjoy Lotte World's indoor "Adventure" theme park, outdoor "Magic Island" theme park and its daily multimedia night parade.

Top 10 Most Popular Korean Attractions - Lotte World | KoreaToDo

6. Changdeokgung Palace & Secret Garden

One of the most well-preserved royal palaces from the Joseon Dynasty. A UNESCO World Heritage with a lovely Secret Garden, surrounded in nature.

Top 10 Most Popular Korean Attractions - Changdeokgung Palace & Secret Garden | KoreaToDo

7. Hongdae

Unique cafes, cosy galleries, fashion shops, cafes, clubs and art markets make Hongdae ("Hongik University") a popular hang-out for local youths.

Top 10 Most Popular Korean Attractions - Hongdae | KoreaToDo

8. Insadong

A quaint neighbourhood, known to have the best souvenirs and pottery shops in town. Visit Ssamziegil, a popular culture and shopping complex.

Top 10 Most Popular Korean Attractions - Insadong | KoreaToDo

9. Gamcheon Culture Village (Busan)

Vibrantly-painted murals and interesting sculptures beautifully decorated the mountainside village, often referred as the 'The Santorini of South Korea'.

Top 10 Most Popular Korean Attractions - Gamcheon Culture Village | KoreaToDo

10. Myeongdong

Korea's best-known shopping, fashion, street food and restaurants district. A favourite stay location for tourists due to its proximity to many attractions.

Top 10 Most Popular Korean Attractions - Myeongdong | KoreaToDo
KoreaToDo TOP PICKS - Tours, Activities & Discount Tickets

➥ Handpicked experiences by KoreaToDo for their uniqueness, value, popularity, price competitiveness and at times, tedious to reach by public transport.

N Seoul Tower Ticket Combos in Seoul

N Seoul Tower Ticket Combos in Seoul

4.6★

enjoy breathtaking views

Everland 1 Day Ticket (QR Code Direct Entry)

Everland 1 Day Ticket (QR Code Direct Entry)

4.7★

tourist exclusive

Lotte World 1 Day Pass

Lotte World 1 Day Pass

4.5★

Nami Island & The Garden of Morning Calm Day Tour

Nami Island & The Garden of Morning Calm Day Tour

4.7★

Lotte World 1 Day Pass & AREX Incheon Airport Combo Package

Lotte World 1 Day Pass & AREX Incheon Airport Combo Package

5.0★

express train to seoul stn

Alpaca World, Jade Garden & Mt. Gubongsan Observatory Day Tour

Alpaca World, Jade Garden & Mt. Gubongsan Observatory Day Tour

4.5★

Seoraksan National Park & DMZ Day Tour

Seoraksan National Park & DMZ Day Tour

new

foreign tourists only

​​Korea Rail Pass (KR PASS): bullet trains to Busan & other areas

​​Korea Rail Pass (KR PASS): bullet trains to Busan & other areas

4.8★

tourist exclusive & instant ticket

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⛄ WINTER HIGHLIGHTS ⛄ Handpicked Experiences from Seoul

Sono Belle Vivaldi 2D1N (Room + Activities + Shuttle Bus)

Sono Belle Vivaldi 2D1N (Room + Activities + Shuttle Bus)

4 Jan - 28 Feb 2021

₩143,000

all inclusive package

Phoenix Pyeongchang Ski Resort All-Day Lift, Rental & Snow Village

Phoenix Pyeongchang Ski Resort All-Day Lift, Rental & Snow Village

4 Jan - 1 Mar 2021

₩24,000

take your picks on your preferred activities

Elysian Resort + Nami + Petite France + Garden of Morning Calm Lighting Fest.

Elysian Resort + Nami + Petite France + Garden of Morning Calm Lighting Fest.

7 Jan - 28 Feb 2021

₩72,900

best winter spots!

Nami Island + Garden of Morning Calm / Petite France 1 Day Tour

Nami Island + Garden of Morning Calm / Petite France 1 Day Tour

26 Dec - 13 Mar 2021

₩37,900

visit 2 winter favourites

Seoul ↔ Phoenix Park Ski Resort Shuttle Bus

Seoul ↔ Phoenix Park Ski Resort Shuttle Bus

25 Dec - 10 Feb 2021

₩16,400

easy transfer between Seoul & resort

Seoul Land 1 Day Pass (+ Seoul Zoo / Sky Lift option)

Seoul Land 1 Day Pass (+ Seoul Zoo / Sky Lift option)

snow sled: 4 Jan 2021-

₩18,000

enjoy snow sled & ice fishing too!

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