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Things to do in Seoul

For many visitors, the most compelling things to do in Seoul involve its deep history, by way of the ancient temples and museums, but the modern-day delights offer an excellent balance. A few highlights:

See Jongmyo. This complex of shrines dates back to the 14th century but are still used for some ceremonies today.

Visit Changdeokgung. When it was built in 1405, this gorgeous spread was just meant to be the secondary palace in town, but it took the top role in the 16th century and held that role until the end of the 19th century.

Wander Namdaemun Market. This is one of the best things to do in Seoul that's also a bargain: You can spend all day (and much of the night) browsing this market with hundreds and hundreds of stalls. You can buy clothing , jewelry, toys, kimchi-flavored seaweed and almost anything else you might imagine. For a snack, head to its Noodle Alley, which features several stalls selling all manner of soups and noodle bowls.

Explore Inwangsan Guksadang. For another type of temple, visit this famous shamanist shrine (once the local spot for exorcisms and sacrifices).

And what to do in Seoul if you have kids in tow? Check out Lotte World, the world's biggest indoor theme park, which has roller coasters, kiddie rides, museums and theaters.

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