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Brief
Seoul, the capital city of South Korea is the major tourist destination of the country. It is also its largest city. After the establishment of the Republic of Korea in 1948, Seoul was chosen as its capital. The city was regarded as the nation's Special City. The name 'Seoul' has been derived from the ancient Korean word Seorabeol, which means "capital city". The city which has been the capital of various states on the Korean Peninsula has played a major role in South Korea's economic development. It is also the country's political, cultural, social, economic and international center for many financial and business companies. Seoul is considered one of the top 20 world-class cities.

Reasons to visit
We welcome you to the most exciting tourist attractions and travel destinations which are given below. We take into notice each and every details about recreation, entertainment, adventure and relaxation. By looking at the things to do in a city one can see if that spot offers romance, family fun, Sight seeing or adventure. Drill down into the tourist attractions below to find out more about each place and see how the local customs create a unique atmosphere.

Children's Grand Park
Seoul's Children's Grand Park is a large amusement park within a park setting and is perfect for restless kids. There are dozens of fun rides and enjoyable attractions here for all ages, as well as a zoo complete with lions, tigers, and elephants. An elephant show features nine beasts happily playing soccer, while chimpanzee and seal shows at the zoo are always very popular. The Children's Grand Park also has a wetland eco area with boardwalk, and the glasshouse botanical garden has cacti and bonsai trees, together with an interesting folk museum.

63 Building 
The 63 Building is Seoul's tallest, best looking skyscraper and has several worthwhile attractions inside, many of which will be quite unexpected. The Observation Deck on the 60th floor offers fine views of the city, and the Plaza Fountain Buffet for eating. Other attractions in 63 Building include the Sea World Aquarium, with its sharks, penguins, and turtles; and the IMAX cinema. The 63 Building is just a 15-minute walk from the subway and being so tall, quite impossible to miss.

Gyeongbok-gung Palace  
Gyeongbok-gung is Seoul's grandest palace. It was burnt to the ground by the Japanese in the late 1600s, and again in the early 1900s, yet it has largely been restored to its former beauty. Gyeongbok-gung was also the seat of power for hundreds of years before its sacking by the Japanese, and the delectable grounds feature the Korean Folk Museum and Joseon Palace Museum.

Seoul Tower  
Seoul Tower, also called Namsan Tower or, more recently, N Seoul Tower, is located in the centre of Seoul on Mount Namsan. Seoul Tower was opened to the public for the first time on the 15th of October 1980. Namsan Tower is 236.7 metres high and, because it stands on top of Mount Namsan, it rises to about 480 metres above sea level, thus allowing visitors to enjoy a great panoramic view of Seoul.

Changdeok-gung Palace  
The 600-year-old Changdeok-gung Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage site and second only to Gyeongbok-gung for its looks and importance. It too has seen extensive restoration work and is as dazzling and elegant as it no doubt was when it was first built. Must-see attractions at Changdeok-gung include the city's oldest stone bridge, the blue-tiled royal office, and the throne hall.

Deoksu-gung Palace 
Deoksu-gung Palace is different from the other major palaces in Seoul, being nothing short of a fusion of Eastern and Western styles. This appealing attraction can be found in downtown Seoul, across from City Hall, and hails from the mid-1400s. Deoksu-gung Palace used to be a posh villa, but became a palace after King Seojo moved in. The palace features delightful gardens that contain stunning architectural styles best seen in the tea pavilion.

Mount Inwang Shrine  
The 335-metre / 1,100-foot Mount Inwang is home to the Inwang Temple, as well as the city's famed Guksadang shrine. The whole area is worthy of exploration, with staircases, creeks, the Zen Rocks' bizarre rock formations, as well as the Seoul fortress. Luckily there is a map board well placed near the entrance to tell you where things are.

Seodaemun Prison  
The Seodaemun Prison, Seoul is a must visit place for every tourist who comes on a trip to Seoul. The economic, political and cultural hub of South Korea, the city of Seoul is dotted with numerous tourist attractions. One such place that is surely worth a visit is the Seodaemun Prison, Seoul. The Seodaemun Prison, Seoul was formerly a prison. At present, it has been converted into a museum. This prison is situated in the Seodaemun-gu area of the city, in close proximity to the Dongnimmun (Independence Gate). The prison was established on 21st October 1908. At that time, the prison was known as Gyeongseong Gamok. Later, in the year 1923, the name of the prison was changed to Seodaemun Prison.

Shopping  
Seoul is home to some of the large shopping areas of South Korea some are:
Lotte World - This quite amazing theme park located in 40-1 Chamshil-dong, Songpa-ku, Seoul, which is open 365 days a year, is quite unusual in that it covers the top floors of a huge shopping centre and also covers a separate section across the road. Lotte World includes adventure and thrill rides, a bungee jump section, swimming pools, a haunted house, restaurants, and a hotel. There is also an attached Folk Musuem which is worth going to see, in its own right. This is certainly worth visiting.

Coex Aquarium - Quite often Koreans like to combine together cultural entertainment with shopping facilities and the COEX Mall is one of such examples in Seoul. The Convention and Exhibition Centre here is combined together with an aquarium, a 16-screen cinema complex, restaurants, shops etc. The COEX mall is located by Samseong subway station.

Maruzon Kimchi Market - Kimchi is a national food obsession in Korea and it is, together with rice, the Korean staple diet. This market in Seoul is specialised in everything to do with kimchi, selling every type of kimchi. You can reach it by catching the metro and getting off at Balsan Station-Line 5, Exit 2 or Gimpo Airport-Line 5.

Namdaemun Market - Namdaemun market is the biggest traditional market in Seoul. It is made up of indoor shops together with thousands of stalls. Shopping here is a really unique experience and this Seoul market is very popular with locals as well as tourists. Here you can find everything from clothes, souvenirs, hardware, things for the house, ginseng, underwear and much more. Take the subway line 4 and get off at Hoehyeon Station, to reach the market.

Dongdaemun Market - This Seoul market was opened in 1905 specialising in wholesale clothing. Now it has more than 20 malls, selling every type of fashion items, both retail and wholesale at low prices. Some of Dongdaemun shopping malls open from 10 in the morning until 5 the following morning. Seoul is a city that never sleeps and Dongdaemun market reflects the city’s hectic spirit. The closest subway stop is Dongdaemun Stadium.


Festive celebrations  
SKorea is a cosmopolitan country and its multiculturalism is showcased in the diverse festivals celebrated here. The religion which is most widely practiced is Buddhism. Some of the festivals celebrated in Korea are:
The Lunar New Year Festival : The Lunar New Year Festival in Seoul is the celebration of family ties. People return to their hometowns during this 3-day long celebration to stay with the elders and visit relatives during the Lunar New Year.

Jongmyo Daeje: Jongmyo Daeje is celebrated on the first Sunday of May. People pay homage to their ancestors with offerings of food, wine, music and dance. Jongmyo Daeje is a royal ancestral rite that takes place annually at Jongmyo Shrine in Jongno, Seoul. The Jongmyo Daeje is considered the most important ceremony of Joseon Dynasty.

The Lotus Lantern Festival: The Lotus Lantern Festival is the celebration of the birth anniversary of Buddha. This festival is a single day celebration. People make wishes as a part of the ritual and hang lotus-shaped-lanterns.