This centuries-old complex of palace buildings built by the Joseon Dynasty also features a picturesque palace garden (Huwon), dotted with oriental pathways, streams, lakes and green spaces to stroll through.
One of the country's top shopping districts, this market is a riot of colors and flavors with shoppers thronging to buy Korean brands, cosmetics and even food. The Gothic-style Myeongdong Cathedral is here.
South Korea's second-largest city Busan boasts its very own version of Santorini - a tiny European-style hamlet set upon sea cliffs with plenty of house rentals. Busan also houses the country's second-largest seafood market, the Jagalchi Market.
Perched atop Mount Namsam, the iconic observation tower can be accessed by cable car and will transport you to 500m above sea level. Closeby is Namsan Hanok Village, a pretty recreation of ancient Korean communities.
Seoraksan National Park
Called the Yosemite of Korea, this magical wonderland features expansive mountains, streams, thrashing waterfalls and an important Buddhist temple called The Temple of a Hundred Pools. There are house rentals in the vicinity.