Top 22 Hidden Attractions & Secret Places to Explore in Seoul

How many times have you returned from your holidays in Seoul only to find out that you have missed a nice cool place close to where you have visited?

 

Have you been to Seoul a few times and wonder what other unique or hidden places that you can do for that instagram-perfect shots and be the first to share among your friends?

Which are the popular local places and things to do in Seoul that are not covered on the official tourism websites or guides?

Here are KoreaToDo's TOP Hidden Attractions & Secret Places to Explore in Seoul

(not in any particular order):

Experience the beauty of a Seoul Mountain walking along the 7km elevated wooden deck that encircles the entire Ansan Mountain, passing through forest of sky-tall trees and scenic lookout points in 2.5 hrs or exit halfway to the popular Sinchon Shopping Street.

 

This barrier free forest trail is accessible from a subway station and is wheelchairs and baby carriages friendly too!

Ansan Jarak-gil Trail
Ansan Jarak-gil Trail

The cultural park was once a hidden petroleum reserve base of 5 oil storage tanks, holding enough oil reserves to power Seoul for 1 month, if needed.

Now, this strictly controlled area for 41 years is open to the public.

Explore the transformed huge oil tanks and cultural spaces at Oil Tank Culture Park, within walking distance to Haneul Park and World Cup Stadium Station. 

Oil Tank Culture Park
Oil Tank Culture Park

Dined at the famous Ginseng Chicken Soup Restaurant, Tosokchon Samgyetang?

 

Packed your lunch box at Tongin Market?

Yes, Seochon (Sejong) Village is in the same area. Besides its many quaint cafes, it is also the birthplace of King Sejong, the creator of Korean alphabets (& the face on the green Korean 10,000 won bank notes). Seoul's oldest bookstore, Dae-o Bookstore is here too!

Seochon (Sejong) Village 
Seochon (Sejong) Village 

Do you know you can get past the security to visit the Blue House, the official residence of the President of South Korea?

Book for a 60 mins FREE tour of the presidential compound on its official website today!

Cheong Wa Dae

Ever wonder where the beautiful photos of the autumn tree-tops along Deoksugung Stone-wall Road and Deoksugung Palace are taken?

Have you been looking for a observatory in Seoul that is free or conveniently located with subway access?

Jeongdong Observatory
Jeongdong Observatory

Want to experience traditional Korean village life but Korean Folk Village is far while there is too much walking (esp. uphill) at Bukchon Hanok Village in Seoul?

Check out Namsangol Hanok Village, only one stop away from Myeongdong Station.

Namsangol Hanok Village
Namsangol Hanok Village

If you are at Seoul Station or shopping at Lotte Mart, don't miss out this newly opened (May 2017) sky garden walkway!

Seoullo 7017
Seoullo 7017

An easy to reach hilltop park right next to the well-known Ihwa Mural Village. Naksan Park offers picturesque view of Daehangno and a good section of Seoul City Wall remains.

Naksan Park
Naksan Park

Have you been to most of the well-known shopping places like Myeongdong, Dongdaemun and Gangnam? You have also been to the popular university shopping districts like Edea, Hongdae and Kondae?

If so, check out Sungshin Women's University Shopping District, only few subway stops away from Dongdaemun and stop by their traditional Donam Jeil Market for the popular local eats.

Sungshin Women's University Shopping District

BBQ on a king-sized pot lit?

The best hidden BBQ restaurant, uniquely in Seoul. Located within 5 mins walk from Sangam DMC (Digital Media City) subway station.

Hansang Gadeuk BBQ
Hansang Gadeuk BBQ
Hansang Gadeuk BBQ

A hilltop park of many surprises!

Golf-cart shuttle service available to take you to the top of the park too!

Haneul Park
Haneul Park
Haneul Park

Wanna ride on Duck Boats on the beautiful Han River?

 

Enjoy the 240m long J-Bug cultural complex with cafe, art exhibitions and magnificent views of Han River?

or Rent a bicycle to cycle along Han River?

A park full with activities and direct subway access.

Ttukseom Hangang Park
Ttukseom Hangang Park

Enjoy cruising along Han River with the seagulls! 

 

Surprisingly affordable with many theme cruises (from 40 mins day cruise to 90 mins dinner cruise) for your picking.

Han River Cruise
Han River Cruise

Bring home your favourite paintings or hunt for your best buy at this largest underground mall with 600 shops in Seoul.

Express Bus Terminal Underground Shopping Mall
Express Bus Terminal Underground Shopping Mall

Wanna do something different in Seoul?

 

Why not walk across the bridge overlooking the beauty of Han River?

Dongho Bridge Walk
Seoul City Wall
Seoul City Wall
Seoul City Wall

Have a sumptuous local meal at the base of a mountain near Gangnam and be impressed.

Cheonggyesan (Mountain)
Cheonggyesan (Mountain)

Newly opened in April 2017.

Enjoy Coffee at Korea's highest glass-floored observatory and the World's third highest.

Seoul Sky
Seoul Sky
Jamsil Railway Bridge Walk
Jamsil Railway Bridge Walk
Olympic Park

Want the best jajangmyeon (black bean sauce noodles) in Korea? Look no further than Incheon Chinatown, the birthplace of jajangmyeon in Korea.

After a hearty Chinese meal, have fun at Songwol-dong Fairy Tale Village and Wolmido Island's Wolmi Theme Park.

Incheon Chinatown
Songwol-dong Fairy Tale Village
Wolmiido Island

This nature beauty is easily accessible on Seoul subway. Go on a walk or rent a bicycle to explore the area, including strawberry picking (Nov-Jun) at one of the farms around.

Yangpyeong
Yangpyeong
Yangpyeong

A huge ranch in vast grassland with over 400 cows, 100 sheep and 40 horses. Take the tractor carriage on a 5km course to the sky observatory, horse riding, sheep feeding, walk on the windmill meadows and explore the filming locations.

From Seoul: less than 3hrs travel time

Daegwallyeong Sky Ranch
Daegwallyeong Sky Ranch
Daegwallyeong Sky Ranch

The largest forest experience farm in Korea. Touch, feed and walk with the alpacas in nature!

 

Enjoy other farm animals, safari train rides, horse-riding, performances and picnic in the woods.

From Seoul: 2hrs+ travel time

Alpaca World
Alpaca World
Alpaca World
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.

Seoul Land & Seoul Zoo Admission Ticket

Seoul Land & Seoul Zoo Admission Ticket

4.2★

enjoy Korea's largest zoo

Nami Island & Mt. Seorak Day Tour

Nami Island & Mt. Seorak Day Tour

4.6★

Korean Top Celebrity Hair Styling Experience at Jenny House

Korean Top Celebrity Hair Styling Experience at Jenny House

4.8★

onsite eng/chn translation

Nami Island Skyline ZipWire

Nami Island Skyline ZipWire

4.6★

History of Seoul Day Tour (palace, museum, temple, insadong & market)

History of Seoul Day Tour (palace, museum, temple, insadong & market)

4.5★

Alpaca Pasture, Nami Island & The Garden of Morning Calm Day Tour

Alpaca Pasture, Nami Island & The Garden of Morning Calm Day Tour

4.6★

Private Incheon & Gimpo Airports Transfers for Seoul

Private Incheon & Gimpo Airports Transfers for Seoul

4.5★

​​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 ONLY - KoreaToDo Handpicked Experiences (from Seoul)
Strawberry Picking & Vivaldi Park Ski Day Tour
₩69,000✦Gondola | SnowyLand | Lesson
High1 Resort One Day Ski Tour
₩140,000✦Ski︱Snowboard
Nami Island, Petite France & Vivaldi Park Ski World Tour
₩61,000✦Gondola︱Snowy Land︱Ski
Alpensia & Yongpyong Ski Resorts
₩28,000✦Transfers︱Sled︱Gondola
Vivaldi Park Snowy Land & Ski Tickets
₩29,000✦Snowy Land︱Gondola︱Ski
Hwacheon Ice Festival & Garden of Morning Calm
₩51,900✦transfers✚admissions✚lunch
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