Gap Year in Seoul, South Korea

This technology and fashion-forward city cherishes tradition as much as innovation.

  • CLIMATE: Fall: 50-60 °F
    Winter: 25-40 °F
    Spring: 50-70 °F
  • CURRENCY: South Korean Won

Wherever you look in Seoul, you’ll find art openings, trendy cafés, and succulent Korean barbecue hitting your plate.

Snake your way through the city more seamlessly as your language skills improve. You can do whatever you want, whenever you want in this 24-hour city. In one day, you can easily tour a palace, sip tea, sit back at a spa, eat a snack at the Dongdaemun night market, take in the sights at the lit-up Design Plaza, then finally snooze if you're tuckered out. Seoul will be there when you're ready to do it all again in the morning.

Get the royal treatment. Visit gorgeous, grand Gyeongbokgung, the largest of South Korea’s five palaces. All 7,700 rooms of this palace have been restored since the early 20th century.

What are you in the market for? Find anything you’ve ever wanted at the largest market in South Korea, Namdaemon Market. Make sure to try homemade kalgaksu noodles and bibimbap.

Walk through the bamboo forest. Traipse through this verdant, relaxing garden. Waterfalls, stone steps, and pavilions are all perfect spots to take an oxygen-rich breather.

Do you love live music? Attending a K-Pop concert is an essential part of the Seoul experience.

Take a trip to the war memorial. This enormous museum is dedicated to the history of the Korean War, and features artifacts like tanks, helicopters, and maps.

Enter the heart of tradition. Nestled between the Seoul’s busiest neighborhoods like Bukchon Hanok Village, an outpost of hundreds of traditional houses called hanoks operate as hotels, restaurants, and tea houses.

Find your perfect themed cafe. Obsessed with comic books? How about adult ball pits? Maybe raccoons? Seoul has a themed café for every interest.

Get to know EF Seoul
  • Our brand new Seoul language school campus puts you in the heart of Gangnam, the city’s trendiest district.
  • Walk just one minute to the Sinsa subway station.
  • Head in any direction for boutiques, restaurants, and cafes.

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