There are TONS of things to do in Seoul because this is the second time I went to Korea. The first time was with my mum's company (company trip) AND there was no repetition of the places I've been, I kid you not. But this time around, I'm just gonna write about the many museums and places I've been to around Seoul for the past 10 days.
Korea is a country which stresses a lot on their history and heritage, and when I mean a lot, i mean A LOT! So much that there's a museum for almost anything! From national museum to teddy bear museum and the surprising part of it is, Korean themselves never did realise how much (see how i use much cause it's uncountable) museums they have until pointed out. So, youth cultural exchange program, of course we went to museums and now first on the list is...
National Muzium of Korean Contemporary History
This is basically their National Museum and there are like 3 sections to this museum and the best part about this museum is at the end of the tour, you can have your pictures printed out for free (the last and second last picture above). And whatever picture you took will too show up on the screen.
National Folk Museum of Korea (Korean Folk Museum)
For this place I really like the scenery and the park (when you first entered) and I can imagine that it'd look pretty great during fall or spring, when the flowers bloom or leaves fall, but then again it can just be my imagination since I'd never gotten the chance to see it, a girl can dream right?
There's an outdoor and indoor, so cause on the day we visited it was so bloody SUNNY, we brisked-walk through the outdoor section, showing certain status from Jeju island and also shops in the olden days.
And before you enter the museum, there's this really big space which allows kids (or tourist) to play with traditional Korean games. It was a really nice scene seeing parents cheering and taking picture of their kids playing these games. Yay to keeping the traditional games and culture alive!
At the end of the tour we were really fortunate to be able to watch a play on the Harvest Festival in Korea called Aridang which is pretty much like Kaamatan in Sabah. The amazing part bout this is every part of S.Korea celebrates this festival on the same day singing the Aridang song BUT different parts of Korea has different melody, lyrics and rhythm. After the show, they showed us their traditional games and then all the kids were invited to play the games (it was a competition game) and you see them proud parents taking videos of their kids.
A fantastic place to learn about the Korean wars, this place was previously the headquarters of the Korean Infantry.
'Tis so unfortunate but due to the lack of time we didn't get to:
1) Walk around and enjoy the building and surrounding area
2) Missed a 4D show (the show will take about 30 minutes)
3) Take a lot of pictures to contribute to the Malaysian-in-Korea-pictures-taking/spamming-contest
They even give out free books on the history of Korean War in English or Korean but please take only if you read not cause it's free.
Needless to say, we went for the "Tong-Tong tour" which took around 1hour and 30 minutes, we saw the vertical garden which is 7-floor high (listed as the largest vertical garden in the Guiness Book of World Records), the former Mayor's office, Relics Exhibition hall which shows gift from foreign countries to Korean government and an archaeological site. Didn't manage to go to the metropolitan libray due to the lack of time which sucked a bit cause that was the one place I really looked forward to go to.
World Cup Museum
I'm not a big fan of soccer BUT this is a World Cup Stadium. There's a museum showing the history of Korea soccer and soccer players. Then we get to see the changing room, where they prepare before their match begin and also room for press conferences. And then a souvenir shop where my soccer enthusiast friend when completely crazy in (Yes Hilmi, I'm talking about you).
This awesome place is located at the Digital Media City in Sangamdong (which means it is a high-tech city centered on Digital Media Street for broadcasting, movies, games, music, e-learning and related industries). There were a lot of interactive games in Digital Pavillion and we only visited the first level (ICT Creation) mind you. Really wanted to tried all the games on all three levels, but due to the lack of time we only finished the first level which includes iCosmetic, iCAR, iTHEATER, iTravel and etc... A few stations which leaves an impression is the iCosmetic and iTravel where we stood in front of this screen and we can choose whatever country we want to visit and it'll take you there.
As mentioned previously there are more to Seoul than the above places cause I remembered going to other tourist attractions like the 63 Observatory tower and wax museums and the must-visit Gyeongbokkung (Gyeongbok Palace), I was actually a little surprised that they didn't bring us there.