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Things to do in South Korea

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in South Korea. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite South Korea attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in South Korea to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in South Korea.

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  • Bar Da

    This exquisite bar is truly a hole in a concrete wall, full of glamorous nerds munching on dried anchovies. More
  • Boinhang

  • Doughnut Plant, Seoul

    Forget powdered sugar, the doughnut flavors here run from banana pecan to Valrhona chocolate to crème brûlée. The shop is one of the newest outpost... More
  • First Flag Shop

  • Gallery Café

  • Gallery Hyundai

  • Hurest Well Being Club Spa

    The Hurest Well Being Club sits between the 15th and 17th floors of a skyscraper, and offers great views of the surrounding office towers and the t... More
  • Kyobo Bookshop

  • Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art

    The new Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, up on Mount Namsan and overlooking the seedy Itaewon district, has been spearheading Seoul’s reputation as an... More
  • Lotte World

  • Love Land

    Located off the southern coast of South Korea, this sex-themed site was conceived in 2004 as a way to teach Korean newlyweds about conjugal love. T... More
  • Lui Elle

  • Ssamziegil

  • Stereo Bar

    Head to the candy-colored basement Stereo Bar, where a slogan written on an ashtray could pretty much sum up the national mood: don’t work too hard... More
  • War Memorial of Korea

    The War Memorial of Korea features dioramas of life in wartime; its hokey cardboard nature notwithstanding, the exhibit shows a civilization that c... More

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