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Personalizing a bus tour of Seoul: 472 Bus

Flowing through high-rise apartment buildings, the stream is an urban oasis for residents nearby. Get off at the Grand Prix Department Store near Dogok Station on subway line No. 3.

Seonjeongneung, or the three royal tombs, are located in between Teheran Boulevard, where financial firms and venture enterprises are located, and Bongeunsa-ro, a secret garden hidden in the middle of the skyscrapers. Here you can see the tombs of King Seong, the ninth king of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1897), and his second wife and queen, Jeonghyeon Wanghu.

The tomb of King Jung, the 11th king of the Joseon Dynasty, is also nearby. Just take the bus to Seolleung Station and walk for five minutes.

Walking around the brick wall surrounding the tombs takes about 30 to 40 minutes.

Next take the bus to Sinsa Middle School, Which is not far from Garosu-gil - the trend-setting district for fashion shopping. Up-and-coming restaurants and cafes are lined up along the street.

The bus then passes by Hannam Bridge and heads through Nansam Tunnel No. 1, stopping at Inje University Seoul Paik Hospital.

There you can step into Myeong-dong, one of the most popular shopping areas for both Koreans and foreign tourists.

Myeongdong Cathedral sticks out of the jam-packed streets lit up with brand names. A few more stops away is the entrance of the Deoksu Palace, or Daehanmun.

Doldam-gil means the road alongside a brick wall and is known as one of the most romantic spots for lovers to walk along, although there is a myth that those couples who take a walk there will eventually break up.

Nearby are the historic Seoul Museum of Art, the Chongdong Theater and the Chungdong Church - all built with red bricks. It is highly recommended to wear casual and comfortable shoes and attire when taking this route since you will often be walking long distances.


By Hong Ji-yeon, Seo Ji-eun [spring@joongang.co.kr]

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