When you thought of visiting the capital of South Korea, universities were probably not on top your list. Authentic bibimbap, Korean BBQ, temples, K-pop and funky stores probably were, and we're not here to take them out–they do remain central to the Korean tourist experience. We're here simply to add to that list some of the most frequently overlooked sight in Seoul: universities. They are, in a word, gorgeous, and we suppose that's not too surprising, given the Korean attention to aesthetic quality, and the sheer amount of resources they pour into education.
Ewha Women's University
A rather exotic sounding name, yes, but the Ewha Women's University campus combines strikingly modern architecture, with a good balance of natural elements and western university architecture. Its central plaza or stairway, in particular, leaves something for visitors to remember.
The surrounding area is also worth a visit for the great shopping and food choices–there's clearly merit for the Ewha campus receiving a 4.5 rating on TripAdvisor, and it's a place that's worth at least a stop.
You can get to the campus using Line 2 of the Seoul Metro, at Ewha Women's University Station.
The university that I daresay out-Ivys the Ivies, Yonsei University creates an appealing blend of traditional western university architecture and a modern spring to it. Its stone buildings are pretty enough, but what makes Yonsei special is the amount and manner of using greenery, in a style that is reminiscent of the University of Chicago's, except better and more grand. Visiting during the fall would be best, with varying shades of red and brown highlighting the Yonsei's great use of natural elements.
You can get to Yonsei by taking Line 2 and getting off at Sinchon Station, which is also near to Sogang University and the Hyundai Department Store.