Seoul is full of historically important monuments and is perhaps the best place to witness history unfold. The wonderful monuments and the rich history attached with the destination make Seoul one of Top Historical Destinations in the world. Seoul is a very historically important place and thus sees a lot of tourists every year. Whenever you are planning to visit a historical monument in Seoul or a place of historical significance, it is always good to know a little information about the place, its opening and closing times, the ideal duration of visit and the need of tour guide to visit the historical monuments of Seoul. Explore the historical monuments of Seoul with a guided tour or opt for in-depth information of its historical account, this Seoul guide is your go-to option for free. Move to things to do in Seoul page for the complete list of attractions and activities.
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Top Historical Seoul landmarks
Traverse through the finest landmarks and famous historical buildings of Seoul.
#1 of 23 Historical Places in Seoul | Added 92605 times in trip plans
161 Sajik-ro, Sejongno, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
09:00 am - 06:00 pm
Built in 1935, the Gyeongbokgung palace stands out amongst its peers because of its vivid design and architecture. Even though this palace was partially destroyed in a fire, one can’t help but notice the style resemblance of the Joseon dynasty. The complex of this palace also hosts the remarkable National Palace Museum and National Folk Museu...
#2 of 23 Historical Places in Seoul | Added 84821 times in trip plans
29 Itaewon-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
09:30 am - 06:00 pm
One of the darkest phases in the history of this country is extremely well documented in this museum located in the Yongsan-dong area of Seoul. The Korean War was one which had a number of significant influences on the nation and how it is today.
The museum houses war memorabilia, military equipment, period art and exhibits and is a huge draw for t...
#3 of 23 Historical Places in Seoul | Added 69336 times in trip plans
99 Yulgok-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
09:00 am - 06:30 pm
Built in 1405, this palace has been the principal residence off many kings from the Joseon dynasty. The marriage of nature and architecture is a stunning sight at this palace. Many of the buildings here are hand painted. This palace was once burned down in 1592 when an angry mob vented its frustration over the absconding king during the Japanese in...
#4 of 23 Historical Places in Seoul | Added 61073 times in trip plans
1-1, Jeongneung-dong, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul, South Korea
While visiting Seoul, one has to make sure that the final stop in their travels in this magical city filled with modernist images is amongst nature. Nature in all its splendor is what a visitor will get to see in this national park located in Gyeonggi and Seoul.
Home to three granite peaks, forested areas and temples, this protected national park s...
#5 of 23 Historical Places in Seoul | Added 54862 times in trip plans
Samcheong-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
09:00 am - 09:30 pm
The Bukchon Village can be considered to be one of the best examples of living history in the city of Seoul. This area is over six hundred years old and people can get an intrinsic look into the ancient lives of the people of Korea. This locality is placed between Gyeongbok Palace, Jongmyo Royal Shrine and the Changdeok Palace.
This area is strewn ...
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55 Ujeongguk-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
12:01 am - 12:00 am
Jogyesa Temple is the main temple for Zen Buddhism in Korea. It holds a very important place in the religious identity of the city and the nation itself. Surrounded by mature trees, this temple invokes peace and spirituality almost instantly. The main building is said to be close to 500 years old. The Baeksong tree that surrounds the temple has bee...
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Gwanghwamun, Doryeom-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
09:00 am - 05:00 pm
This is one of the main gates of the Gyeongbokgung Palace. One of the most important pieces of architecture in Seoul, this gate is a constant reminder to some of the most illustrious phases of the history of the city.
Built during the Jonseon Dynasty, this gate has seen its fair share of mismanagement and disrepair. The government undertook restora...
#8 of 23 Historical Places in Seoul | Added 26404 times in trip plans
157 Jong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
09:00 am - 06:00 pm
This very sacred shrine is dedicated to the memorial ceremonies of the royals from the Joseon dynasty. This memorial service called JongmyoJaerye has been designated as UNESCO World Heritage because it is the oldest complete ceremonial service in the world. In the old times, this ceremony was held at the change of seasons and during the twelfth lun...
#9 of 23 Historical Places in Seoul | Added 15710 times in trip plans
55 Saemunan-ro, Sajik-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
09:00 am - 08:00 pm
A place to witness the true soul of Seoul, its evolution and transformation, the Museum of History is a place that hosts educative displays ranging from prehistoric era to modern times. Visitors can also encounter some rare relics from the Joseon dynasty here. The museum has an interactive model of Seoul that allows you to see the most iconic build...
#10 of 23 Historical Places in Seoul | Added 23903 times in trip plans
1 Sejongno, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
09:00 am - 03:00 pm
The Blue House is the official place of residence for the President of the Republic of Korea. There are quite a few buildings in the Blue House complex and all of these official buildings are designed keeping intact the traditional Korean heritage and architecture.
The interiors of the buildings are quite modernized and the entire complex spans ove...
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251 Tongil-ro, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul, South Korea
09:30 am - 06:00 pm
A fascinating place to visit, the Seodaemun prison is where a number of Japanese soldiers were tortured and later a number of Korean patriots were imprisoned too. Visitors can see the original prison cells where a number of independence campaigns were masterminded. In many ways, these prison cells were where the Korean democracy movement took shape...
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12 Hyoja-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
09:00 am - 07:00 pm
A great place to acquaint yourself with the culture and lifestyle of the Joseon dynasty that lasted from 1310 to 1910, the National Palace Museum of Korea is a treasure trove of artifacts and information. There are over 40,000 objects of interest dating back to various stages of the Joseon rule. The most interesting aspects of the museum are the ro...
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45 Saemunan-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
09:00 am - 06:00 pm
Situated close to Seoul Museum of History, Gyeonghuigung palace or ‘palace of the west’ is one of the ‘five grand palaces of Seoul’. This place was used as a secondary residence for royals for a long while. Made in the traditional Joseon dynasty designs, this palace complex once accommodated close to 100 buildings altogether...
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Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
10:00 am - 03:00 pm
Bugaksan or the Seoul Fortress Wall is one of the iconic tourist destinations in Seoul. This place is in actuality a wall built along the face of the Bugaksan Mountain.
Korean folklore has a lot of stories that are related to this place and it hence holds a special place in the lives of the Korean locals. Sightseeing is basically the only activity ...
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104 Seongsan-ri, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo, Jeju-do, South Korea
07:00 am - 08:00 pm
Traditionally named Seongsan Ilchulbong, this is a ‘tuff cone’ which is situated at the eastern front of the Jeju Island. When looked upon from a distance, this natural monument can seem like a giant fortress.
The top of the hill is in the form of a preserved crater which is bowl like in appearance, has a lot of natural geographical fea...