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Exploring Seoul on a Budget: 10 Free Must-Do Activities for your Korean Adventure

Are you a budget-conscious traveler looking to experience all that Seoul has to offer? Look no further! Whether you’re a fan of Kpop, Kdramas, or Korean merchandise, there are plenty of free activities to add to your itinerary. Here are 10 free things to do in Seoul that will provide a full cultural experience without breaking the bank.

  1. Visit Gyeongbokgung Palace - Marvel at the traditional Korean architecture of Gyeongbokgung Palace, a former royal palace. Admire the intricate details of the palace grounds, including the beautiful gardens, and watch the changing of the guard ceremony.

  2. Explore Myeong-dong - Myeong-dong is a shopping district famous for its street food and cosmetic shops. Stroll the lively streets and sample the delicious street food, or window shop at the cosmetic stores for the latest K-beauty products.

  3. Walk along Namsan Tower - Take a scenic walk up Namsan Tower, a telecommunications tower that offers a stunning view of the city. This is a great way to take in the cityscape and get some exercise at the same time.

  4. Visit the Namsangol Hanok Village - Namsangol Hanok Village is a traditional Korean village that was relocated to the city center. Explore the beautifully preserved hanok (Korean traditional houses) and learn about Korean culture and history.

  5. Visit the National Museum of Korea - Immerse yourself in Korean culture and history at the National Museum of Korea. The museum is home to a vast collection of artifacts, including ancient pottery, calligraphy, and Buddhist art.

  6. Browse Insadong - Insadong is a traditional Korean street famous for its street food, antiques, and tea shops. Take a leisurely stroll, sample some street food, and visit one of the many traditional tea shops to try a cup of tea.

  7. Visit the Deoksugung Palace - Deoksugung Palace is a former royal palace that is now a museum. Explore the palace grounds, including the beautiful gardens and traditional architecture, and witness the changing of the guard ceremony.

  8. Visit the Bukchon Hanok Village - Bukchon Hanok Village is a traditional Korean village located in the heart of the city. Explore the beautiful hanok and learn about Korean culture and history.

  9. Visit the War Memorial of Korea - The War Memorial of Korea is a museum dedicated to the history of the Korean War. Learn about the conflict and its impact on the country and its people.

  10. Visit the Seoul Plaza - Seoul Plaza is a public space located in front of City Hall. The plaza is a popular gathering place for locals and tourists alike and is a great place to people-watch and take in the cityscape.

With these 10 free things to do in Seoul, your Korean adventure is sure to be full of culture, history, and fun. So pack your bags and start exploring!

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