Traveling on a budget? Well, what if I told you that you could have a full-filled day in Seoul without spending any money at all? Here are six free activities in Seoul!
Free Sightseeing Activities
Bukchon Hanok Village
Strolling around the different neighborhoods of Seoul on foot is my favorite activity! You can take your time and discover the places at your own pace and find some hidden gems.
My first favorite spot is the must-see Bukchon Hanok Village, it feels like traveling back in time. There are hundreds of traditional hanok-style buildings in the neighborhood. You can wander around and take pictures, or just experience the living history. Getting there can seem like quite a hassle but it is worth it as you can discover hidden spots in the area and the view from the top is breathtaking. Oh, and did I mention that it is totally free?
Cheonggyecheon Stream & Cheonggye Plaza
Picture yourself sitting by a stream on a sunny day while sipping your iced coffee or ice cream, you choose. Isn’t it refreshing? all this for free (minus your coffee). The Cheonggyecheon area has a lot to offer and costs nothing at all.
The Chonggyecheon Stream is the perfect place to relax for free in Seoul. If you’re lucky you can visit during the lantern festival which features dozens of lanterns floating peacefully on the stream, a beautiful sight, especially at night.
Walk along the stream through the heart of Seoul towards the Cheonggye Plaza. The Cheonggye Plaza usually has lots of free events for tourists, including hands-on activities to learn about Korean culture and history. There are markets to explore, games on the street, and the odd magic show or cultural performance on weekends.
Free Nature Activities
Korea is blessed with a diverse and scenic natural environment. If the city isn’t your vibe, you can actually spend your entire trip to Seoul in nature. You can hike up mountains and hills lined with rice fields, cherry blossoms, and an assortment of colorful flowers and blossoms, and not run out of things to see.
Take a stroll around the central park of Seoul! You can access this park for free and enjoy a multitude of activities. Plus, you can picnic with your friends, ride a bike, explore different species of flowers and even feed deer!
Then, you can explore the area surrounding the park, as it is known to be the Brooklyn of Seoul. Seongsu-dong is known for its art why not stroll around and find some interesting galleries and street art.
It is the perfect free break to add to your list if you’re visiting the Lotte World Tower and the Lotte World. You can get a breathtaking panoramic view of the lake from the Seoul Sky Observatory in the same building, however, it will cost you.
Free Historical Activities
Seoul is a city full of history everywhere and the good thing is that it shares its culture and history with the world for free. You may be on a budget but this doesn’t mean that you can’t have access to museums and cultural heritage sites. I’ve got you covered with must-see spots that you can enjoy for free:
The must-see site in Seoul! Located in the center of Seoul, the clash between the old architecture of the palace and the skyscrapers surrounding it gives a beautiful insight into the country’s past and present.
The entrance fee is 3,000 Won per adult, but what if I told you that you can enjoy it for free? The palace is open to visitors for free every last Wednesday of the month. Take this chance to stroll peacefully around at your own pace.
Bonus! You can take this experience further by wearing a Hanbok and immersing yourself in the Joseon dynasty era!
You can find free hanbok rental in Seoul in these three places:
1: Seoul Global Cultural Centre in Myeongdong
2: Myeongdong Tourist Information Center in Myeongdong
3: K Style Hub near Cheonggye Plaza
If you enter the palace wearing Hanbok, you can get in for free! And so, once you have your free Honbok you can then head over to the palace and get in without having to pay.
National Museum Of Korea
If you’re looking to dive deeper into Korea’s history, the National Museum Of Korea hosts an impressive collection of Korean historical items. It’s the flagship museum of Korean history and art in the country and officially represents Korea. You won’t find any collection of art and artifacts related to Korea anywhere else. All that for free!
You can spend hours wandering around the many sections and learning about Korean history, culture, and Korea’s impact on the world. From ancient history to modern events, including the Seoul Olympics and World Cup, there are so many unique items to browse in this extensive museum that could easily take more than a day to fully explore.
Seoul K-Medi Center
The Seoul K-Medi Center is a museum and experience center dedicated to Korean traditional medicine. You can learn more about ancient Korean medicine as well as meet with a traditional doctor for a check-up without any fees. Afterward, you can walk around the largest traditional medicine market in all of Asia. It’s a unique cultural experience that you really can’t find anywhere else.
Click Here to read an entire article on the K-Medi Center!
Seoul is an amazing city that doesn’t require too much money to enjoy. There is a lot that you can do for free, so don’t let your budget stop you from having a good time!
Which places on our list do you plan on checking out? Do you know of any amazing free activities in Seoul? Let us know in the comments below!