In the wider area of Seoul you will find Hwaseong Fortress, another of the city’s World Heritage Sites. Dating back to 18th century, the fortress’ history is related to stories of royal drama. Built by King Jeongjo to honour his father, who was killed by his own father, Hwaseong features four main gates and a total of 48 different structures.
Initially established in 15th century, Jongmyo Shrine is the oldest Confucian shrine in Seoul. Meant to be used for royal memorial services, the shrine kept expanding as more kings and queens passed away, reaching a total of 19 rooms. Ancient rituals are still performed here 5 times a year.
Seoul’s modern attractions
N Seoul Tower is one of the city’s most recognisable modern landmarks. Built in 1969, the tower mainly houses Korean television channels and other telecommunication facilities. However, tourists flock here to enjoy some fascinating panoramic views of Seoul from the tower’s four observation decks. Some restaurants and gift shops are also available within the structure.
COEX is a modern complex which houses business offices, hotels, as well as shopping and entertainment facilities. Visitors are mostly interested in the underground level, which features thousands of retail stores, COEX Aquarium, Kimchi Field Museum, Megabox Cinemas and two food courts.