Seoul has many more famous museums, but to understand this beguiling city there’s no better crash course than the Seoul Museum of History. Exhibitions cover the forces and fates that have shaped the Korean capital, from the founding of the Joseon Dynasty in 1392 through the early-20th-century Japanese colonial period, and then on to the Miracle on the Han River that saw Seoul grow into one of the most prosperous and influential cities in the world.
First and largest royal palace built during the Joseon Dynasty
Mountain trails near Seoul’s northern border
Neighbourhood filled with urban arts and indie music
Landmark building and culture hub