1. Namsan Seoul Tower (about 9km from SNU)The tower's main attractions include multi-colored digital art projected onto the tower at night, a digital observatory, a roof terrace, the HanCook restaurant, the n.Grill restaurant, and the Haneul (Sky) Restroom. Namsan Seoul Tower's mountain surroundings on Namsan Mountain have made it a popular place to unwind for locals and tourists alike.
2. National Museum of Korea (about 9km from SNU)The museum is internationally-renowned, once ranked the 12th most-visited museum in the world by the 2013 Art Newspaper and declared a “must-see place” by the Michelin Guide, which awarded it 3 stars. The museum offers free 1-hour guided tours to visitors in Korean, English, Japanese, and Chinese on its major masterpieces.
3. Gangnam Station Area (about 10km from SNU)The area around the Gangnam station and its associated intersection has turned into a vibrant shopping and entertainment district. The area just north of the station is a very popular nightlife district that's chock-full of restaurants, bars and clubs.
4. Gyeongbokgung Palace (about 15km from SNU)Built in 1395, Gyeongbokgung Palace was located at the heart of newly appointed capital of Seoul (then known as Hanyang) and represented the sovereignty of the Joseon Dynasty.
Visitors to Gyeongbokgung can also visit the National Palace Museum of Korea and the National Folk Museum of Korea as they are located on the palace grounds.
5. Insa-dong (about 17km from SNU)Insa-dong is one of the best places in Seoul to purchase traditional Korean art, products, and other souvenirs, as it is filled with antique shops, art galleries, traditional stationery shops, handicraft shops, pottery and porcelain shops, bookstores, and art supply stores. Insa-dong is also home to many traditional restaurants and tea houses.
6. Cheonggyecheon Stream (about 17km from SNU)Cheonggyecheon is an 11km long modern stream that runs through downtown Seoul. Created as part of an urban renewal project, Cheonggyecheon is a restoration of the stream that was once there before during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). The stream was covered with an elevated highway after the Korean War (1950-1953), as part of the country's post-war economic development. Then in 2003, the elevated highway was removed to restore the stream to its present form today. The stream starts from Cheonggye Plaza, a popular cultural arts venue, and passes under a total of 22 bridges before flowing into the Hangang (River), with many attractions along its length.
7. COEX Mall (about 18km from SNU)The COEX Mall is one of Asia's largest underground shopping malls. The highlights here are the Megabox move theater, one of the country's best; the Bandi & Luni’s bookstore; the Kimchi Museum; and the COEX Aquarium.
8. Lotte World Tower (about 20km from SNU)Lotte World Tower is one of Korea's architectural crown jewels. Soaring 555m into the air; with 123 stories, Lotte World Tower is home to Korea's tallest observation deck, (at 500m) Seoul Sky.
The Lotte World Mall, a global fashion hub, also calls Lotte World Tower home, and visitors will also be able to shop at Korea's largest urban duty free store. Other features include the shopping mall Avenuel.
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