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N Seoul Tower

Located on top of Mt. Namsan, the tower is a place where you can get fine views of Seoul. It was first built in 1969 as a satellite zone to accommodate television and radio broadcast in the Seoul, before opening to the public in 1980. The Korean company CJ rented the tower for 10 years, renovating it in 2005, after which it became more popular than ever as a public area. The tower features a nightly lights show from 5.00pm to 11.00pm and the show has become a tourist attraction in Seoul.

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Garosu-gil, Sinsa-dong

Considered the Soho of Seoul, Garosu-gil was where aspiring Korean artists used to set up their studios, away from the more expensive Gangnam district. It has now become popular with Asian and European fusion restaurants and cafes, latest fashion and designer clothing and accessory boutiques, art galleries and nightclubs. Contrary to some of the crowded hustle-and-bustle shopping districts such as Myeongdong, Garosu-gil offers a welcomed change of pace, and is particularly suited for trendspotting while sipping lattés.

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Dongdaemun

Dongdaemun sells a variety of products such as Namdaemun and is open 24 hours. The popular appeal of Dongdaemun Market stems from the fact that you can buy everything you need at a reasonable price, in one convenient location and at any time. Doosan Tower, a large local-fashion mall located in Dongdaemun Market, has a tax refund system enabling foreign tourists to claim a 10-percent refund on purchased goods. When visitors purchase goods at shops displaying the "Tax-Free Shopping" signs, they can be reimbursed for VAT costs at the "Korea Refund" centre located on the third floor of the passenger terminal building of Incheon International Airport.

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Myeongdong

Myeongdong is one of the trendiest and busiest shopping and entertainment districts of Seoul, and is popular among local shoppers and tourists. Pass through narrow streets filled with street vendors, stores, restaurants, coffee shops, beauty salons as you jostle the bustling crowd

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Gyeongbokgung

Built in 1395, Gyeongbokgung remained the core nucleus of autocratic rule throughout much of the Joseon period. Unlike other places in Seoul, the rectangular area is flanked by large entry gates on all four sides, and three granite walkways extend from the front entry gate, or Geunjeongmun, to Geunjeongjeon, the main hall of Gyeongbokgung Palace. It was here where the head of state conducted important matters, received foreign envoys, and assembled his court in royal rituals. Enthronements also took place here. Look inside the hall and you'll see the king's throne, crowned by a canopy and an intricate, latticed ceiling, which includes a carving of two golden dragons in the clouds, a symbol of royalty.