Seoul is a remarkably safe city. Violent crime rates are exceedingly low compared to other major cities around the world. Generally speaking, you can walk around just about any part of town at any part of the day and not feel threatened in any way. Seoul has tons of great walking courses that will put visitors in touch with the city's history, culture and vibrant lifestyle. This section introduces just a few recommended courses to get you started.
Through the newly revitalized Cheonggyecheon, with its fountains and waterfalls, one can see the magnificent restoration of this important water way in downtown Seoul. At the Cheonggyecheon Cultural Center you can see images from Cheonggyecheon's past and present that are on display. The Cheonggyecheon, or Cheonggye Stream as it is sometimes called, is a natural stream located in the heart located in the heart of downtown Seoul. It was traditionally dry through the fall and winter, but would run high as the rainy season came in the summer. It was covered with cement in 1958 by Syngman Rhee and later a highway was built above it. In 2003, then mayor of Seoul Lee Myung-bak initiated a project to remove the road and restore the river in an attempt to beautify the downtown area. Cheonggyecheon is a beautiful escape in the heart of the city and is surrounded by various cultural sites and shops on either side. There are also various cultural performances held in this area in the stages and plazas for the benefit of the people.
Get off one of the many subway stops that let out near the Cheonggyecheon including: City Hall Station on line number 2, Gwangwhamun Station on Line number 5 and Dongdaemun Stadium Station on line number 4.
2. N Seoul Tower
N Seoul Tower, often called Namsan Tower after the name of the mountain it is located on, is the most identifiable landmark in the Seoul City skyline. One can get a glimpse of this impressive structure jutting into the heavens from many places all around Seoul. While looking up at it is impressive, it doesn't compare to the view from the tower looking down; especially when that view is of Seoul all lit up at night.
1) Subway stations near bus stops - Chungmuro Station (lines 3 and 4) exit 1 (in front of Daehan Cinema), Dongguk University Station (line 3) exit 6.
Circulating bus (Yellow Namsan circulating bus number 02)
2) Operating hours and intervals: every 5-8 minutes, from 8:00 a.m. to 12 a.m.
3) Bus Fare: 550 KRW for cash and 500 KRW for transportation card.
4) Bus route - Namsan Public Library - Namsan Walking path B course - Seoul Animation Center - Toegyero 3 ga - Daehan Cinema (Chungmuro Station exit 1) - Toegyero 5 ga - Dongguk University Station (exit 6) - National Theater of Korea - N Seoul Tower
3. Shopping Area
Dongdaemun Fashion Town
Dongdaemun Fashion Town houses Korea's largest clothing wholesale market, wedding goods market, Gwanghee Market specializing in fur and leather, flea market, and modern fashion malls such as Doosan Tower, Migliore, and Freya Town. At the modern fashion malls you can enjoy various events such as fashion shows, festivals, hip-hop dance contests in addition to shopping.
Namdaemun and Myeongdong, in addition to being Korea's "shopping heaven," are full of youthful personality and the hustle-bustle of life. Amidst the surging crowds of Namdaemun Market you'll find an endless number of things to see and buy. Myeongdong, meanwhile, was a symbol of youth and romance during the 1970s. Even now, it's downtown Seoul's most thriving district and a neighborhood rich in culture. If you stroll to the end of Myeongdong-gil, Korea's No. 1 spot for fashion, you'll come to Myeongdong Cathedral, a symbol of Korean Catholicism and the nation's only Gothic-style building.
More Tour information can be found at http://www.visitkorea.or.kr/index.html
Namdeamun: Subway line number 4 Station, exit number 5.
Myeongdong: subway line number 4 station Myeongdong, exit number 6.