Lives in Seoul, South Korea
Since Jul. 2007
35-49 year old male
My name is Scott Worden. I've lived in South Korea for the past 13 years as an English instructor and part time ebook author on Amazon.com. I've been blessed to be able to travel to 14 countries after being born and raised in Los Angeles, California. I enjoy reading, blogging, writing, taking pictures, and finding good restaurants. You can find me on my blog at https://laseoulguy.blogspot.kr. FAVORITE SITES: The Grand Canyon (Arizona, USA) and Ankor Wat (Siem Reap, Cambodia). FAVORITE FOOD WHILE ON VACATION: Pho noodles with spring rolls in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam; Indian food in Georgetown (Penang Island), Malaysia. FRIENDLIEST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD: Most areas of Southeast Asia and Tokyo, Japan. BEST PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION IN THE WORLD: Seoul, South Korea FAVORITE CITY: London, England
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It's a cafe where you can play with dogs. All you have to do is pay for your coffee and you can stay as long as you want. The place is very clean and full of staff to take care of you and the dogs.
It's the best palace in Seoul in my humble opinion. You can get a free tour guide in English and you can visit the Secret Garden (an extra fee but totally worth it). It's the largest palace as well and you can take tons of pictures here.
It's my favorite museum in Seoul and what makes it even better is that it's FREE. You can see relics, weapons, aircraft, uniforms, and videos of the Korean War. It's very educational and everyone should check it out.
Excellent subway system and arguably the best in the world. The subway will take you as far south as Bundang, as far north as Soyosan (within an hour of North Korea), as far west as Incheon, and as far east as Chuncheon. It's also reasonably priced.
A very fun performance. It was all non-verbal but full of comedy. It's one of Korea's longest running performances. I want to see it again!
It has a big park, a zoo for kids to enjoy, and plenty of places to have a picnic at. There's also a cute little botanical garden to stroll through. It's FREE.
I enjoy Japanese curry and this place does a pretty good job of it. It's also not that expensive.
The burgers are an 8/10. They're not completely as juicy as I would like but still a very good burger. They also have amazing shakes and chili fries. The shakes are the best in Seoul as of April 2015.
It's a nice mall that has a good bookstore (YP), Gap, Uniqlo, Skechers, an excellent CGV theater, Rockport Shoes, H&M, Apple store, Nike, etc. There also many food options. Nothing is amazingly cheap except McDonald's but there's an On the Border, Tomatillo's, a good food court, a pricey but good steak restaurant, and three cafes.
The pizza is fantastic especially the New Yorker or Godfather. However, it's VERY expensive so I only make it to the main restaurant near Gangnam Station once every six months. However, you can get slices of pizza at the Express Bus Terminal branch. The pizza is the same and the prices are cheaper.
Although not quite as old fashioned as it used to be, this place is still nice to walk through. You can buy Korean souvenirs, eat street food, and buy some Korean pots. You can also check out the museums off one of the streets perpendicular to the main street in Insadong.
This is not my famous palace but it is the most famous one. You can get some great shots of the palace by the lake and get a view of the Blue House from there. Get some pictures in front of the gate as well as inside the palace.
This place is an icon in Seoul. I would honestly say that Tokyo Tower is a bit better because of the views around it. Seoul has way too many apartments so that part of it takes away from the landscape. But you have to go there at least once. There is a cafe there if you want coffee or snacks. I went with my girlfriend and we had a great time.
If you compare this amusement with one from a Western country you might be disappointed. On the other hand, it's a fun place to hang out with your friends. If you have kids, they'll definitely enjoy it. There's an indoor section and an outdoor section so if it rains or it's very cold outside you can just hang out in the indoor section. There are enough rides to keep you entertained for hours. There are also enough food venues (cheaper than Disneyland) for you to choose from. You can enjoy the parade in the evening and just have a great time.
The museum is excellent but you really have to be into Korean history to enjoy it. There are a lot of artifacts, paintings, and sculptures that go all the way back to the beginning of Korean history. The museum is laid out nicely and well organized and very large.
There are three ways to the top: 1) hike up to the top 2) take the bus 3) take the cable car up. You can also use those three options on your way down. You also don't have to go to the top of the tower if you don't like. It's a nice way to get some exercise and many couples like this place for their dates. It's especially beautiful at night as you're coming down the hill.
It gets very crowded on weekends but that's what also makes it fun. You get to see many people from all walks of life especially Chinese and Japanese tourists going there to buy cosmetics. Enjoy the street food as well. There are many types you can choose from. Myeongdong Gyoja is the most famous restaurant for Korean noodles. Myeongdong is also know for its huge pork cutlet restaurant. It's not expensive, huge, and very delicious.
A nice little neighborhood through old Korean looking homes ("hanok"). You can also visit some nice cafes, boutiques for women, and a few cozy restaurants. Take pictures of a historical looking area of Seoul.
A lot of restaurants, cafes, pubs, bars, and shopping are all over this place. There is one street that is closed off to cars which makes this place easy to walk through. You'll see a lot of young people here but there are plenty of places to enjoy eating at.
It's not huge but it's a nice little park not far from Yeouido Station. You can also visit the National Assembly building which is about 10-15 minutes from here or the IFC Mall which is about a 5 minute walk from here.
The only reason I go here is for the Aquarium. There is a decent amount of fish, seals, etc. It's not quite as good as the Aquarium at COEX Mall but nice if you go during the week here. If you're one that gets tired easily, this is just big enough to enjoy and then move on to another activity. You can also go to the top of the 63 Building and see one view of Seoul.
This is a very large park so even if there are a lot of people there is still enough space to enjoy. You can go rollerblading, get some great views of flags from other countries, have a picnic, go to the top of the hill and view one of the stadiums used in the Olympics, or go for a bike ride.
This is one of my favorite places to go in Seoul. Yes, I'm a huge baseball fan but the prices of baseball tickets are much cheaper than back in the U.S., the fans get really into the games, and you can get chicken and beer. What more could you ask for??
This is the best aquarium in Korea. I've been to the Busan Aquarium and 63 Sea World in Yeouido and this one beats both of them. There is a wide array of fish and sea mammals. It looks small from the outside but you would be surprised how much is in this aquarium. It's a bit pricey so be aware of that.
Excellent breakfasts at prices that are a bit cheaper than Butterfinger Pancakes.
When I first came to Seoul this used to be an overpass with a hidden stream under the cement. Mayer Lee Myung Bak got rid of the overpass, and dug underneath and revitalized a stream that had been hidden for a long time. Now it's a place where you can walk, sit by the stream, check out the fountains at the Gwanghwamun side, or walk all the way to the Dongdaemun area. You can take lots of pictures and enjoy the nature in the middle of a busy part of Seoul.
This is a nice palace with an art museum next to it. It's not far from the Seoul Nanta Theater.
This is one of my favorite areas of Seoul. You can see the King Sejong statue and the Lee Soon Shin statue in the middle of the road that leads you to Kyeongbuk Palace. It's also very close to the U.S. Embassy (for a reference point). You can get some nice shots of the modern and historical aspects of Seoul in one.
If you missed the Han River, you missed Seoul entirely. You can choose many places to see the Han River in Seoul. My favorite area is near Banpo Bridge near the Express Bus Terminal Station. Go out of Exit 8-2 and it's about a 15-minute walk from there. You can also go near Jamsil Station or Sports Complex and see a nice view as well.
This is a nice stadium to watch professional soccer games in Korea. You can also see parks that have been developed outside the stadium to enjoy the nature.
This is a nice little temple in the heart of one of the financial districts (Samseong-dong) in Seoul. For being in a very busy area of Seoul, it's very peaceful.
In the heart of the city, you can climb one of Seoul's toughest mountains and get some awesome views of the city. If you're not a good hiker, this may not be the place for you unless you take the easy trails on the other side.
You can get a tour of the Blue House or you can view it from the north side of Kyeongbuk Palace. Either way, you can get one look at Korea's version of the White House.