Travel to Seoul, South Korea – Episode 633

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Visit Seoul South Korea - Places to Visit in Seoul

Hear about places to visit in Seoul, South Korea as the Amateur Traveler talks to Spencer Zentzch the CEO of Hacker Paradise about a city where he has live for 3 years over 6 different trips.

Spencer says, “I think Seoul is one of the best cities in the world to be honest. One of the reasons it is is because it is not on people’s radar. We took a group of people over the summer to Japan for 6 weeks and we took them to Seoul for 6 weeks. To be honest, everybody was so excited for Japan and didn’t really care about Seoul before we went. When they went to Seoul it became their new favorite city to visit and they were planning vacations to go back to it.”

Spencer first lived in Seoul on his Mormon mission and later returned to get his masters in the Korean language in Seoul. He then returned to Seoul to work for Samsung. More recently he has brought groups to Seoul twice for 6 weeks at a a time.

He advises people to eat their way through the entire country of South Korea because the food and the cuisine is “so different”. The big thing about Korean cuisine is its strong and pungent flavors and smells.

We do also talk about places to visit in seoul but the first place Spencer sends us is out of the city to the DMZ. The joint security area where you can step into North Korea is one of the most popular Seoul tourist attractions. The DMZ is only an hour by bus from Seoul. You have to visit with a tour.

Most of the tourist sites are the old palaces (5) within the old city walls. He recommends you only need to visit one, Gyeongbok Palace which is right in front of the Blue House where the president lives.

In the last 15 years there was a major urban renewal project to turn the Cheonggyecheon from a downtown highway to a beautiful park-like area along a stream in the middle of the city. Grab and ice cream (try the honeydew melon flavor) and enjoy a stroll.

Spencer also recommend the view from Namsan Tower if the city is clear.

Around the world cat and dog cafes have become a thing. In Seoul there is a sheep cafe, a raccoon cafe, a merchant cafe, a parrot cafe and a “poop” cafe. Spencer also explains how the restaurant culture works.

For history buffs we talk about the 3 UNESCO sites in the area: Hwaseong Fortress, Jongmyo Shrine, Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty. There is also a cool Korean War museum.

Spencer suggests a couple great hikes, from easy to challenging. He also encourages us to attend a K-pop concert. Korea dramas, hip-hop groups and K-pop has taken Asia by storm. We also learn about Korean sauna, nightlife and shopping.

if money is no object, then stay in Lotte Hotel World with its amazing views. Otherwise Spencer recommends hotels in Hongdae or Shinchon areas.

Learn why Spencer and the people he keeps taking to Seoul are falling in love with the city.

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Show Notes

Hacker Paradise
Seoul
Korean Demilitarized Zone
Joint Security Area
Blue House
Peace Land
Freedom Town
Propaganda Village
North Korea
N Seoul Tower
Changdeokgung
Gyeongbok Palace
Cheonggyecheon
Seoul Ice Cream
Yeongdeungpo District
Insa-dong
Seoul Pet Cafés
Seoul’s Most Insane Cafes
Poop Cafe
BBQ in Seoul
Galbi
Bulgogi
Dakgalbi
Kimchi
Hwaseong Fortress
Jongmyo Shrine
Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty
War Memorial of Korea
Namhansanseong
Inwangsan
Dobongsan
K-pop
COEX Mall
Korean Spas
Jjimjilbang
Korean Body Scrubs
Lotte Hotel World
Hotels in Hongdae
Hotels in Shinchon
Myeong-dong
Yongsan Electronics Market
Busan
Andong
Southern South Korea
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by Chris Christensen

I am the host of the Amateur Traveler. The Amateur Traveler is an online travel show that focuses primarily on travel destinations and what are the best places to travel to. It includes both a weekly audio podcast, a video podcast, and a blog.

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