One Week in Seoul

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Spending one week in Seoul after DJing in the city, was an amazing experience. This wasn’t a massive outside event; rather, it was held in a small, underground venue attended by diehard supporters. The club had an incredible energy.

Korean people are so polite, friendly and kind. The week in Seoul following the show was a great opportunity to experience the city.

The locals informed me of some of the best things to do in Seoul in a week.

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Korean BBQ

The guys from the club invited me out for Korean BBQ. Unlike other types of barbeque, Korean barbeque is in a league of its own. The flavor of whatever you grill on such a grill is unlike anything other.

It’s a great experience even for vegans and vegetarians. Wrap the grilled veggies on a large lettuce leaf and dip it in the sauce for a quick and easy meal. If you’re in Seoul, you absolutely must check this out.

According to the locals one of the best places to go for Korean BBQ is Maple Tree House in Itaewon.

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Bukchon Hanok Village

Bukchon Hanok Village is home to hundreds of traditional buildings, called hanok. It feels like you’re in a Korean movie scene when you walk in the neighborhood. It’s definitely worth the visit.

The village’s skyline is on full display as you stroll through the streets. Seeing historic dwellings coexist with cutting-edge buildings is very remarkable.

A nice spot to relax is the Cha-teul Traditional Teahouse in Bukchon Hanok Village. It’s an epic spot with a lovely garden where you can enjoy breathtaking views of the mountains.

The tea house is open from:

12 PM – 9 PM Tuesday – Friday

Weekend hours are from:

11 AM until 9 PM.

It’s closed every Monday

You can take the subway to Anguk Station (Line 3), take exit 1 or 2 to visit Bukchon Hanok Village.

Skip Gangnam

Given the popularity of the song, it’s no surprise that this location enjoys widespread recognition. On the other hand, I was told by the locals that there is very little to do there.

It’s a financial hub, but it lacks authentic Korean culture. Locals recommended me to spend my time somewhere else in Seoul rather than at Gangnam, unless you want to visit Lotte World theme park.

Go on a hike

Korean people love to walk! Like, really! They love it. Even more than folks in The Netherlands. It’s like a nation-wide hobby. It is known that Koreans put in long hours at the office since they are so dedicated to their jobs.

Many Koreans will devote the most of their time to their career, family, and education. Still, anybody who spends any amount of time in Korea will soon learn that its citizens are very energetic individuals who know how to balance work and leisure. It’s very easy to join one of the many hikes.

Cooking class

One of the best things about South Korea is the food, omg! It is so good. So, I took a cooking class because I wanted to take some of those secret recipes with me.

There are many cooking classess to take.


If the weather is nice and the air is clear it’s a great opportunity to go to the Seoul tower.

The N Seoul Tower is atop the summit of one of Namsan Park’s hills. This communications and observation tower affords breathtaking views of the city from its position on the slope of Mount Namsan, which is over 500 meters above the ground below it.

You can reach the base of the tower by the cable car that travels up the side of the mountain.

Then, ascend up in the tower from there and visit any one of the four observation decks; one of them even has a restaurant that revolves around it.


Itaewon is one of the neighborhoods in Seoul that I enjoy exploring the most. It was at this location when I gave my DJ set earlier. Because there are so many pubs, restaurants, and nightclubs, you will need to spend a few evenings there before you have experienced everything the neighborhood has to offer.

Gyeongbokgung Palace

A nice place to visit of you have some spare time is Gyeongbokgung Palace. The Gyeongbokgung Palace is the biggest and one of the most stunning of the five royal residences in Seoul.

The National Folk Museum of Korea is found on the eastern side of Hyangwonjeong Pavilion, while the National Palace Museum of Korea can be found just beyond Heungnyemun Gate.

More info can be found here.

Opening times:

Monday through Saturday

November through February: 9:00 am to 7:00 pm

March and May: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

June and August: 9:00 am to 6:30 pm

September and October: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm 

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About the author

Chris Oberman is the founder and author of Moving Jack and has been traveling the world for over 20 years to 40+ countries.

He lives in a different country every two years which allows him to gain unique in-depth insights and experiences in new places abroad.

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