Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Changdeok-gung is the best preserved of the five palaces of the Joseon Dyansty. While it originally functioned as a secondary palace, since the reign of Songjon (1470 - 1494), it became the preferred residence of royalty within Korea.
Whether you are looking for a unique gift to take back home or indulge in exotic Korean tea varieties, Insa-dong is where you should head for. A firm favorite destination amongst tourists, this area features authentically-decorated tea houses serving an intriguing array of traditional teas, high-end antique galleries and some of Seoul's most innovative restaurants.
The largest market in Seoul, Namdaemun offers shoppers a seemingly endless variety of products at bargain prices. Located near the center of Seoul, it can be easily accessed both day and night from many of the city's major hotels.