What to see in Seoul
Gwangjang Market, the heart of street food together with Sejong Village. Gwangjang is a covered market that is practically always open, with a beating heart of smells, voices, smiles and multi-ethnicity. The main streets are divided by type of food served (see the food tips below) and by type of food and non-food product sold.
Royal palaces, built betwenn XIV and XV centuries (check fares and schedule) Changdeokgung, Gyeongbokgung, Changgyeonggung above all; the combined ticket at 10,000 won allows you to enter all 3 plus the Secret Garden of Changgyeonggung, Deoksugung and Jongmyo temple.
Bukchon Hanok Village, a network of narrow streets and typical houses (in some you can even sleep, see useful links at the end of the article). It is a residential village dating back to the 14th century where one breathes the imperial years, as if everything had stopped.
Observation tower inside Namsan park. It has been a radio/TV repeater since 1969, but open to the public since 1980, a meeting place for young lovers intent on closing their own padlock in full “Mocciano” style among the various terraces of the park. The Cable Car that connects it to the inhabited center is suggestive: cost of the cable car, 14,000 won round trip or 11,000 won single way. I got there by bus, which stops less than a kilometer away and then you have to continue on foot in the park. On my way back I opted for the Cable Car.
It is a 794 Buddhist village in Gangnam, which encloses various temples, buildings, narrow streets, where order and devotion are breathed and the silence is only interrupted by the prayers of the faithful. If you spend some time there it will be easy to see the monks wandering around the narrow streets. You can photograph almost everything except the interior especially during the performance of the functions.