What to do in Seoul in 72 hours?

Walk around Bukchon Hanok, Seoul, South Korea

Day 1

  1. Go to Gyeongbokgung Palace to see the change of Royal Guard Ceremony. They do it twice a day. The first ritual starts at 10:00 AM and there is another one in the afternoon at 2:00 PM. They also have a free guided tour 3 times a day. I did the last one at 3:30 where it was less crowded.
  2. Bukchon Hanok village – there are a few cultural villages near the center but perhaps the Bukchon is the most popular one.
  3. Walk around Jongno-du neighborhood and Tapgol Park. Visit the popular Seoul version of SOHO shopping streets in Nagwon Dong. Try the street food here as well.
Walking around Bukchon Hanok village
Near Jongno-du neighborhood

Day 2

  1. Get up early and hike to Bugaksen mountain and see the historical fortress wall that once surrounded Seoul
  2. When you get back from your hike make a visit to the open air market, Namdaemun market.
  3. Go to N tower to see the breathtaking night view of Seoul
Seafood market

Day 3

  1. If you want to see North Korea from the border then organize a half a day tour to DMZ. You can book it through Viator.
  2. Alternatively if you are not interested in DMZ tour you can check out the Gangnum neighborhood and Samsung museum.
  3. Go to Samneung park. It is a burial ground of two kings from Joseon Dynasty. The walk itself is peaceful.
  4. Check out the War memorial of Korea to get a better understanding of the two Koreas before and after the two World wars and Korean War.
Check out the burial tombs in Samneung park
The infamous DMZ area