Seoul is one of the largest urban agglomerations in the world, and also one of the most developed cities. Amongst all the hubbub that the modern city's attractions create, the historical aspect of the city can sometimes get drowned out. Tourists, are often so wowed by the expanse of the modern city, with iconic modern buildings like Tower 63, the N Seoul Tower, the city's burgeoning nightlife, its shopping culture aided by ginormous malls like the COEX mall, the fashionable, and upscale aspects of the city, leave its history as an insignificant appendage, that is often just included into a tourist itinerary as an afterthought.
However, Seoul has a very rich and ancient history that spans almost two millennia, echoes and reflections of which can still be seen in the architectural remains scattered around the city. Korea traces its lineage through three Kingdoms, the Baejke, the Joseon Dynasty and then the Korean Empire. All of them have left a mark on the city and it is a truly worthwhile experience to trace these marks of the past of this city. For those of you who are visiting Seoul with an idea to do more than just explore another cosmopolitan city, the following handful of spots is a small collection of those places that will allow you to travel through time, into Seoul's past.