Dominated by soaring skyscrapers, centuries-old palaces and a bustling transportation hub, Central Seoul lies at the heart of the South Korean capital. It has served as the capital for the Baekje, Joseon and Goryeo kingdoms and is now one of Asia’s most important commercial and business hubs.
Things to do in Central Seoul
For panoramic views across Central Seoul, ride the cable car that leads up Mount Namsan to visit the N Seoul Tower. Rising to 236 metres in height, it was constructed in 1971 and stands as one of the highest landmarks in Seoul. From the tower’s observatory, there are unobstructed views across the South Korean capital and gourmet French cuisine is served at the high-altitude n.Grill restaurant.
One of Central Seoul’s most impressive architectural icons is Gyeongbokgung, which served as the main royal palace during the Joseon dynasty. Constructed in 1395, it features beautiful pavilions and tranquil ponds that make it a pleasant place to stroll. Admire the royal treasures on display at the National Palace Museum near Heungnyemun Gate and explore Korea’s cultural heritage at the National Folk Museum on the eastern side of the Hyangwonjeong Pavilion.
Stretching for almost 11 kilometres through Central Seoul is Cheonggyecheon, a public recreation space that centres around a historic stream. It was covered by an elevated highway following the Korean War and was recently restored as a green space. Gaze up at the surrounding skyscrapers as you walk along the stream-side trails or learn more about the waterway at the Cheonggyecheon Museum.
Getting around Central Seoul
Seoul Station is the major transportation hub in Central Seoul and is around one hour by train from Incheon International Airport. An efficient subway network connects to destinations across the city while buses travel throughout Central Seoul.