Here are some of the most popular, safe and charming areas/neighborhoods to stay in Seoul while you are traveling Korea. Which neighborhood would you like to stay? It’s great that you can still move around every parts of Seoul within days with amazing public transportations!
You can feel the essence of the Seoul office scene here. Recommended if you want to experience fast-paced city life in Seoul. The surroundings are all high-rise buildings and large-scale underground commercial districts. Gangnam Station has been selected as the ‘subway station with the most users’ for 19 consecutive years. Highly recommended if you want to enjoy the real city vibes with modern architecture.
Myeongdong was the center of the Korean economy before the 1970s, and is currently the largest downtown area in Korea. It is the center of shopping and culture, and is home to landmarks such as Namdaemun Market and Myeongdong Cathedral. You will see many foreigners and tourists staying in this area, so restaurants and cafes in this area are more foreigner-friendly with different languages provided.
Insadong is an area where Korean traditions still remain well. In Insadong, you can enjoy traditional tea houses, museums, and galleries with authentic Korean culture. In order to inherit and develop these characteristics of Insadong, Seoul city designated Insa-dong as a street of traditional culture in 1988 and as the first cultural district in 2002. It is also charming that most of the signboards are written in Korean unlike other parts of Seoul.
If you want to capture the beauty of the Seoul city and nature at a glance, Namsan Mountain area is recommended. Standing tall in the center of the city, Namsan Mountain is located in the center of Seoul and offers a panoramic view of Seoul. Namsan is the central link of the ecological environment connecting downtown Seoul and the Han River. It is even more recommended if you are looking for Seoul that is not very crowded and a bit leisurely.