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Secrets of Seoul: Hidden Seoul Attractions & Nearby Hotels

South Korea centres around Seoul, an alluring metropolis where high-tech infrastructure and flashy restaurants and bars intermingle with centuries-old Buddhist temples and sprawling street markets. It’s easy to find Seoul’s top attractions, but what about its slightly more off-the-radar sights?

With more than 400 million visitors to HotelsCombined, we’ve scoured Seoul to find its best hidden gems, from a traditional village to a historic park with some of the best city views. We haven’t stopped there, selecting the most popular hotels close to these Seoul attractions, many of which offer luxurious rooms and on-site restaurants.

Seochon Village

Seochon Village
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Seochon Village transports you back to old-world Seoul with its traditional hanoks and narrow alleys. Following the maze of old houses reveals an array of boutiques, cafes and art galleries, while an overarching feeling of peace keeps you wanting to explore more. There’s a distinct sense old-world charm here and you can even purchase classic “lunch boxes” with old coins at Tongin Market. 

Must-Do Experiences in Seochon Village

  • Visit the King Sejong Stone Plaque, the birthplace of King Sejong, the fourth king of the Joseon dynasty.
  • Wander down Sejong Village Food Street to discover an array of restaurants.
  • Browse the literature in the oldest bookstore in Seoul, Dae-o Bookstore.

Top Hotels near Seochon Village

Seochon Guest House 

Seochon Guest House is conveniently located 10 minutes’ walk from the Gyeongbokgung Subway Station. This intimate guest house only has four rooms in its traditional hanok, all of which give you an authentic Korean experience with exposed timber rafters, futon bedding and hand-knitted blankets.

You’ll be welcomed into your accommodation by the friendly family that lives on site. They are passionate about traditional Korean culture and regularly host the Jaeminangol Experience. This involves showcasing Korean culture and food to guests, including pansori, a form of musical storytelling. Typical Korean specialties served on site include the pancake-like buchimgae and the ever-popular bibimbap. 

Other Nearby Attractions 

  • Sajik Park (450 metres)
  • Heungnyemun Gate (550 metres)
  • Jagyeongjeon Chamber (700 metres)

Star Rating: 1*
Price: USD 57 – USD 415
Guest Rating: No Rating
Address: 28-3, Jahamun-ro 7-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Hanok 24 Guesthouse Gyeongbokgung

Hanok 24 Guesthouse Gyeongbokgung
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Traditional charm and modern comforts combine at Hanok 24 Guesthouse Gyeongbokgung, where the classic hanok features timber framings and doors and free Wi-Fi. You can stay in a single, twin or double room with a shared bathroom, air conditioning, TV, futon bedding and sitting area. Alternatively, book an entire house for six futon beds, a kitchen, dining room, private bathroom and garden views.

All guests have access to the communal laundry and drying racks. The guest house also offers a peaceful garden, shared kitchen and TV area, a tour desk and board games. The surrounding streets and laneways reveal art galleries, charming eateries and cultural enclaves. 

Other Nearby Attractions 

  • Sajik Park (400 metres)
  • Heungnyemun Gate (600 metres)
  • Jagyeongjeon Chamber (750 metres)

Star Rating: 2*
Price: USD 58 – USD 278
Guest Rating: 9.4
Address: 25, Jahamun-ro 5ga-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Hotel Location

Haneul Park

Haneul Park
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One of five parks in the sprawling World Cup Park, Haneul Park is a sprawling expanse of ecological rejuvenation. It’s dotted with trees that change colours with the seasons and features the unique Chinese silver grass. It’s the highest park in the group and its peak is best reached by climbing the 291 timber stairs or riding the electric tram.

Must-Do Experiences around Haneul Park 

  • Snap a photo with the iconic Chinese silver grass or attend the annual Seoul Silver Grass Festival in October.
  • Wander over to the eye-catching Seoul World Cup Stadium.
  • Ride the electric tram to the park’s summit for beautiful city views.

Top Hotels near Haneul Park

Stanford Hotel Seoul

Stanford Hotel Seoul
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The 4-star Stanford Hotel Seoul offers modern accommodation about 800 metres from Haneul Park. The stylish guest rooms are equipped with comfortable beds, contemporary bathrooms, flat-screen TVs and large windows. Upgrade to a Junior Suite for additional lounge seating or splurge on the Stanford Suite for a separate living room with a work desk.

On-site dining centres around Korean and globally-inspired buffet spreads, including sushi and sashimi, croissants, sweet desserts and a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Guests also have access to state-of-the-art exercise machines in the gym, an indoor lap pool and flexible banquet halls. 

Other Nearby Attractions

  • Seoul World Cup Stadium (1 kilometre)
  • Pyounghwa Park (850 metres)
  • Hollys Cafe (300 metres)

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 67 – USD 170
Guest Rating: 8.1
Address: 15, World Cup buk-ro 58-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea

JK Blossom Hotel

Located across the Han River from Haneul Park, JK Blossom Hotel offers affordable accommodation on the water. Guest facilities range from the well-equipped fitness centre and a digital golf driving range to a light-filled business corner and a banquet hall.

The guest rooms and suites offer modern furnishings and in-room entertainment, such as the Business Double Room with a kitchenette, city skyline views and flat-screen TV. Upgrade to the Suite for a king-size bed, marble bathroom and dining table. Want a more traditional experience? Stay in the Korean Style Ondol Double Room, which has futons, rice paper doors and wooden furnishings. 

Other Nearby Attractions 

  • Hi Mart (550 metres)
  • Seoul World Cup Stadium (1.5 kilometres)
  • Pyounghwa Park (1.9 kilometres)

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 47 – USD 442
Guest Rating: No Rating
Address: 41-22, Yangcheon-ro 65-gil, Gangseo-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Hotel Location

Hyehwa-dong

Hyehwa-dong
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You can spend hours walking around Hyehwa-dong without a purpose. You really don’t need one here. Not when you can discover a new coffee shop, eatery, indie theatre or architectural wonder around every corner. The neighbourhood is surrounded by a castle wall and features mahogany-brick buildings, many of which attract the local student population with bars and restaurants at night.

Must-Do Experiences around Hyehwa-dong 

  • Stroll through the sun-baked Marronnier Park, home to buskers, markets and cafes.
  • Indulge in an ice-cream sundae at one of Seoul’s oldest cafes, Hakrim Dabang.
  • Wander alongside the old castle walls for sprawling views into the heart of Hyehwa-dong.

Top Hotels near Hyehwa-dong

Seoul Loft Apartments – SLA

Seoul Loft Apartments
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HotelsCombined visitors rave about the comfortable rooms and prime location of Seoul Loft Apartments – SLA, which is located slightly south of Hyehwa-dong. These fully-furnished apartments offer self-contained Seoul accommodation with gourmet kitchens, rain showers, queen-size beds, plush living rooms and laundry facilities. Stay in the Penthouse Two Bedroom for four-person dining and two levels of luxe living.

Seoul Loft Apartments also offers resort-style facilities, particularly the SLA Rooftop Patio, which has cabanas, picnic tables, yoga mats and lounge seating. You can relax while enjoying its selection of food and drinks and admiring the sprawling views of Chang Gyung Palace and Namsan Tower.

Other Nearby Attractions

  • Chang Gyung Palace (800 metres)
  • Jongmyo Shrine (600 metres)
  • Insa Art Space (1.5 kilometres)

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 189 – USD 1,038
Guest Rating: 7.6
Address: 158, Changgyeonggung-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Mayplace Seoul Dongdaemun

Mayplace Seoul Dongdaemun
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Mayplace Seoul Dongdaemun is a modern holiday haven with luxurious guest rooms and suites, boasting eco-friendly materials and views of Chang Gyung Palace or the city skyline. The Family Twin has one double and one twin bed, along with a work desk and flat-screen TV. Opt for the Corner Suite for an adjoining lounge area or book the Mayplace Suite for a separate living room.

Don’t miss seeing the hotel’s Rooftop Garden, which boasts drinks service, a wooden gazebo, fragrant plants and views of Seoul’s modern and old sides. The Business Corner offers computers and faxing and printing, while Cafe Avis serves delicious Italian food alongside wine and beer. 

Other Nearby Attractions 

  • Chang Gyung Palace (1 kilometre)
  • Jongmyo Shrine (800 metres)
  • Insa Art Space (1.7 kilometres)

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 89 – USD 201
Guest Rating: 8.5
Address: 179, Yulgok-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Hotel Location

Namsangol Hanok Village

Namsangol Hanok Village
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Opened in 1998 along the side of Namsan Mountain, Namsangol Hanok Village preserves Seoul’s rich history with restored traditional hanoks, a mesmerising pavilion, manicured gardens and a performing arts stage. The buildings reflect the Joseon dynasty and the village often hosts traditional programs and activities, including Korean writing and tea ceremonies. 

Must-Do Experiences in Namsangol Hanok Village 

  • Sign up for one of the traditional activities, such as herbal medicine, folding hanji and wearing a hanbok.
  • Wander up to the highest point in the village to find the burial site of a time capsule commemorating Seoul’s 600-year anniversary.
  • Enjoy traditional tea and snacks in Yoon’s Tearoom.

Top Hotels near Namsangol Hanok Village

G2 Hotel Myeongdong

G2 Hotel Myeongdong boasts a wide range of accommodation options with plush furnishings and modern comforts, including bidets, Wi-Fi, fridges, cable TV, coffee and tea facilities and bathrobes. The Standard Double and Standard Twin have work desks, while the Deluxe upgrades add lounge seating. Opt for the Junior Suite if you want an adjoining sitting room.

The on-site restaurant, Eats Good, serves a delectable buffet breakfast and pizza and pasta for lunch. Visit the Rooftop Garden for casual drinks and dining overlooking the surrounding neighbourhood or chill out in the Lobby Lounge with a book. You also have access to a gym, laundry, business centre and meeting rooms. 

Other Nearby Attractions

  • Angelinus cafe (200 metres)
  • Changdeokgung Palace (1.4 kilometres)
  • Jagyeongjeon Chamber (1.8 kilometres)

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 70 – USD 1,030
Guest Rating: 9.2
Address: 24 Supyo-Ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Hotel Double A 

Hotel Double A
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Tradition and innovation meet at the boutique Hotel Double A, which sets a high standard for luxury with its Premium Penthouse rooms. These feature vintage European furnishings, king-size beds, large flat-screen TVs, panoramic city views, separate living rooms and luxe bathrooms. You can also stay in more affordable Cozy rooms with queen-size beds, Deluxe rooms with mountain views or Superior rooms with city views.

The 14th-floor A View & Terrace pairs a lavish breakfast spread with city and mountain views, while Calice serves fresh-roasted coffee and snacks. Dine on authentic Chinese cuisine at Daegabang, sip on sundowners on the rooftop terrace or practise yoga at Queen A. 

Other Nearby Attractions 

  • Angelinus cafe (350 metres)
  • Changdeokgung Palace (1.7 kilometres)
  • Jagyeongjeon Chamber (2.1 kilometres)

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 77 – USD 405
Guest Rating: 7.9
Address: 176, Toegye-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Hotel Location

Sungshin Women’s University Shopping District

Namdaemun Market in Seoul.
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Sungshin Women’s University Shopping District is sprawled out along two main streets between Sungshin Women’s University Station and Sungshin Women’s University. Here you can find designer boutiques, cosmetic stores and accessory retailers without the crowds or inflated prices of the more touristy Seoul shopping hubs. There are also numerous cafes and bakeries to grab a coffee or sweet treat between stores. 

Must-Do Experiences around Sungshin Women’s University Shopping District 

  • Purchase some freshly-baked pastries from Paris Baguette.
  • Browse the affordable clothing at SPAO.
  • Check out the fashionable shoes at FOLDER or the professional apparel at MIXXO.

Top Hotels near Sungshin Women’s University Shopping District

Best Western Arirang Hill Dongdaemun

Best Western Arirang Hill Dongdaemun
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Located next to Sungshin Women’s University subway stop, the budget-friendly Best Western Arirang Hill Dongdaemun is an award-winning hotel with a high standard of service. This is apparent with the on-site dining options, which includes gourmet breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets at Arisol. The hotel also has a coffee lounge, fitness centre and multiple banquet halls.

The contemporary rooms and suites all have complimentary Wi-Fi, private parking, coffee makers, flat-screen TVs and blackout curtains. You can opt for an Ondol Double Room if you prefer a traditional futon or book the Premium Double Room for a kitchenette. The Business Junior Suite has a separate conference room, while the Junior Suite has a separate living room. 

Other Nearby Attractions 

  • Paris Baguette (500 metres)
  • Virtual Driving Range (600 metres)
  • CGV cinemas (250 metres)

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 84 – USD 264
Guest Rating: 8.9
Address: 8, Arirang-ro, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul, South Korea

H Avenue Hotel Dongdaemun SungShin

H Avenue Hotel Dongdaemun SungShin
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H Avenue Hotel Dongdaemun SungShin is about 200 metres from Sungshin Women’s University Shopping District. This boutique hotel has an artsy side with its exposed-brick walls, hand-stained finishes and old-fashioned furnishings. This blend of present and past flows into the rooms, such as the VIP with a timber work desk and the Premium with an exposed-brick bathroom.

Alternatively, you can stay in the luxe Terrace Suite, which has a private gardened terrace with an umbrellaed picnic table. Business travellers can take advantage of the state-of-the-art meeting room, while all guests will appreciate the snacks and drinks at the Mini Market and the breakfast items at the Self Bar.

Other Nearby Attractions 

  • Paris Baguette (600 metres)
  • Virtual Driving Range (900 metres)
  • CGV cinemas (450 metres)

Star Rating: 1*
Price: USD 56 – USD 85
Guest Rating: No Rating
Address: 130, Dongsomun-ro, Seongbuk-gu, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Hotel Location

Naksan Park

Naksan Park
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Naksan Park envelops the Namsangol Hanok Village, sprawling around the historic village’s old castle walls and offering some of the best views of Seoul’s city skyline. You can follow the hiking trail to discover historical sites, including the Biudang resting place and Hongdeogibat farm. The park also has badminton and basketball courts, a pavilion and playground. 

Must-Do Experiences around Naksan Park

  • Explore the well-preserved buildings of Namsangol Hanok Village below.
  • See the historical displays in the exhibition halls.
  • Stroll the one-kilometre-long hiking trail for numerous photo opportunities of Seoul.

Top Hotels near Naksan Park

HOTEL SKYPARK Kingstown Dongdaemun

HOTEL SKYPARK Kingstown Dongdaemun
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HOTEL SKYPARK Kingstown Dongdaemun treats you to Western-style rooms with plush furnishings, city and mountain views, baths, fridges and complimentary Wi-Fi. Certain rooms also have private furnished balconies, such as the Balcony Double, while others have separate kitchenettes and dining rooms, such as the Residence Double.

You can also stay in the princess-themed Princess Twin or splurge on the Kings Suite, which boasts a separate sitting room and an oversized bathroom with a separate bath. Don’t forget to make use of the on-site facilities, such as the flexible meeting room and banquet hall, the fitness centre, communal kitchen, rooftop terrace and business centre. 

Other Nearby Attractions 

  • Dongdaemun History & Culture Park (300 metres)
  • Red Mango restaurant (100 metres)
  • Marronnier Park (2.4 kilometres)

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 156 – USD 255
Guest Rating: 8.9
Address: 20, Jangchungdan-ro 13-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Hotel Atrium Jongno

HotelsCombined visitors love the oversized rooms at Hotel Atrium Jongno, which offers rooms with single, twin or king-size beds. They also come with flat-screen TVs, separate seating, mini bars and modern bathrooms with bidets. The Superior Family Twin can accommodate up to three guests with its king-size and single bed.

Duck into the on-site restaurant, Raum, for a sumptuous sushi buffet for lunch and dinner or an American breakfast spread. The hotel’s day spa, The Jung, offers relaxing body treatments, while the conference room has ergonomic work chairs and high-tech equipment. 

Other Nearby Attractions 

  • Jongmyo Shrine (450 metres)
  • Marronnier Park (1.8 kilometres)
  • Changdeokgung Palace (1.7 kilometres)

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 73 – USD 163
Guest Rating: 8.3
Address: 106, Changgyeonggung-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Hotel Location

Hidden in Plain Sight: Uncover Seoul’s Secrets

Seoul is waiting to be explored, tempting soon-to-be visitors with its array of cultural and natural attractions. From shopping and traditional villages to sprawling parks, these hidden gems offer deeper immersion in Seoul’s fascinating culture and history. You’re also spoilt for choice when it comes to accommodation nearby, from atmospheric hanoks to luxurious hotels with restaurants and rooftop terraces.

Where do you want to stay in Seoul? Let us know in the comments below.

Author: Ben Stower

I'm enamoured with travel, whether it's finding the quiet, local sanctuaries in touristic cities, venturing into rock vaults in a distant jungle or spending hours on a Spanish beach. I can't see an end to my travelling. Just another chapter and another story to tell.

Ben Stower
I'm enamoured with travel, whether it's finding the quiet, local sanctuaries in touristic cities, venturing into rock vaults in a distant jungle or spending hours on a Spanish beach. I can't see an end to my travelling. Just another chapter and another story to tell.
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