The Hidden Heart of Seoul

By Valeria Voelkl

Full of many innovative and vibrant places, Seoul has become a popular destination for tourists from all around the world! Still, there are many exciting and cool locations that people miss out on while in the city. So, which attractions are hidden in the heart of Seoul? Here are five very secretive places that you can explore throughout your stay!

  • Cheonggyesan Mountain 

Located in Seocho-gu, Cheonggyesan Mountain is a perfect hiking spot for friends and families in a scenic area that is full of a nature-filled atmosphere. In fact, this mountain offers beautiful parks, temples, and forests that you are more than welcome to explore. Since it is not as well known as Bukhansan Mountain, Cheonggyesan is not as popular, but it is still visited by many locals throughout the year and rewards hikers with a magnificent view at the peak. If you come around April, you will be in for a treat since a beautiful display of pink azaleas bloom along the hiking paths. Make sure to pay this mountain a visit! 

  •  Naksan Park 

Located in Jongno-gu, Naksan Park offers its visitors a unique view of Daehangno’s sunset and night lights. Due to its historical aura, it is a famous filming location for various dramas. Even though this is the case, it is still quite secretive and very exclusive. Now, if you are looking for something truly breathtaking, you should visit the park throughout the spring. At this time, you can witness an astonishing view of the cherry blossom trees that are placed around the park. If you want to see some great views, take in some fresh air, or have a pleasant stroll, Naksan Park is the place you want to visit!

  • Trickeye Museum Seoul

Showcasing the Trompe-l’oeil art technique, the Trickeye Museum is a fun place where you can interact with many optical illusions. At this museum, there is an endless amount of silly photo opportunities that are each unique. Since you can literally jump into these oversized paintings, you can become one with the art. There are even rooms that are designed to make visitors look as if they are hanging from the ceiling! Overall, the Trickeye Museum offers its visitors a marvelous opportunity to strike a variety of poses and showcase their photography skills. 

  • Poopoo Land

Known for its wacky exhibits and interactive displays, Poopoo Land is a surreal attraction that is divided into three floors. True to its name, Poopoo Land is full of colorful excrement and uncommon photo opportunities. At this wacky exhibit, you can take a picture with your companions on matching toilets, see different types of toilet paper, and go through a steep slide that was made to resemble the digestive system. If you still have an appetite, you can explore the upper levels where they have a poop-themed cafe that serves some delicious snacks, drinks, and desserts. 

  • Coffee Hanyakbang

Located between multistory buildings, Coffee Hanyakbang is found in the Euljiro area. Often described as a hidden gem, this shop offers its visitors an enjoyable cup of coffee among other things. Aside from beverages, Coffee Hanyakbang has a remarkable interior. In fact, it uses antique decorations that clash Chinese and Korean designs together. As a result, this shop creates a delightful atmosphere. Once you have a taste of their hand-dripped coffee, you won’t stop coming back!

As can be seen, there are a variety of hidden attractions that are unique to Seoul. Are there any hidden places in your country that aren’t given enough credit? If so, let us know in the comments below! 

Written by Valeria Voelkl

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