Top 8 free destinations in dreamy Seoul
1. CHECK-IN AT OIL TANK CULTURAL PARK
Admiring the way South Koreans have been developing tourism. From a large oil reservoir since the 1970s, it has been restored and reused as an eco-park saying no to plastic, raising awareness of environmental protection.
The large oil tank area is divided into different spaces such as community centers, theaters, pavilions, halls, cultural complexes, etc. Its landscape is an inspiration for photographers, including unique and interesting walls which will consume quite a lot of your phone battery.
2. VISITING THE IHWA MURAL VILLAGE
Away from the hustle and bustle of Seoul is a peaceful place, a small village with undulating houses on the slopes, colorful walls with vivid stories or peaceful soaring-high stairs which are waiting for people to visit every day. The village was created by 70 local artists in the campaign to revive the poor neighborhood.
Now, the alleys have been covered with brilliant colors including the two famous frescoes, "Angel Wings" and "Fish swimming upstream". Coming to Seoul without visiting this village is really disadvantageous.
3. A ROMANTIC DATE AT SEOUL CITY WALL
If you are a K-drama fan, you will be familiar with this destination because it is one of the free locations in Seoul that appears on a lot of South Korean movies. The wall was built in 1396, considered a treasure of this nation. It will be very romantic when you stroll along the 2.1-kilometer walk with the person you love or meet your group of friends. Seeing the panoramic view of Seoul city sparkling at night will surely create many memorable memories.
4. VISITING THE LARGEST FOUNTAIN IN THE WORLD
The next free place is the Moonlight Rainbow Fountain at Banpo Bridge. A total length of 2 sides of the bridge is 1,140m, 380 fountains and 200 colorful lights will help the audience to enjoy the best water music with classical, pop, rock songs besides its sparkling, fanciful scenery.
5. SAMPLING FOOD AT LOTTE MART FOR FREE
Lotte is one of the famous brands in Seoul because this shopping center sells many popular items at home and oversea. Therefore, you cannot ignore Lotte when you have the opportunity to travel to South Korea. Especially, Lotte Mart at Seoul Station offers a lot of free samples. Many interesting dishes don’t cost you any money.
6. VISITING BUKCHON HANOK ANCIENT VILLAGE
No one comes to Seoul without taking a photo while wearing Hanbok in Bukchon Hanok ancient village because this is considered to be the most beautiful village in Seoul. The village is located between Gyeongbok Palace, Changdeok Palace and Jongmyo Shrine with traditional houses built close together. Come here and experience 1 day to be "lady" or "prince" of Josoen dynasty!
7. PARTICIPATING IN SINCHON WATER GUN FESTIVAL
In the summer, the Shinchon Water Gun festival will be a free place to play in Seoul that you should enjoy. You will be "loaded" with a big water gun. This is an opportunity to make friends with many strangers because you will play as a team. There are water gun fighting areas, water slides, children's play areas, stage water music with many interesting music performances from K-pop idols.
8. CLIMBING INWANGSAN
For those who are passionate about adventure, climbing Inwangsan Peak is the ideal choice. With a moderate height of 338m above the sea level, you will see the entire romantic Seoul. Besides, on the way to the top, there are small Buddhist temples with characteristics unique to this place.
By: Deborah Lee