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What are the best places to visit in Seoul?

It's nice to just wander the streets when you're in a new destination, but sometimes it's wise to form a plan. Grab your travel schedule — we have plenty of awesome ideas for your impending Seoul vacation.

With so many renowned attractions in the one place, you certainly won't be twiddling your thumbs in Seoul! First things first, make sure you take some selfies in front of Dongdaemun Market and Gyeongbok Palace. When you've finished with those, you'll still have the COEX Convention and Exhibition Center and the National Museum of Korea to check out!

Boasting attractions such as the Sungnyemun Gate and Deoksugung Palace, there's never a boring moment in this dynamic city. When you've finished checking those out, continue your sightseeing at the Jogyesa Temple and Namsan Park.

Memorial sites remember lives cut short and past tragedies. Stop by War Memorial of Korea and take a moment or two for some quiet reflection. Travelers in this destination have a great range of options. Many powerful people have lived in Changgyeonggung Palace over the years. If you've ever dreamt of living like royalty, don't miss seeing this stately building. Still got some time on your hands? Many powerful families have resided in Changdeokgung Palace over the years. If you've ever daydreamed about living like a king or queen, don't miss this impressive building.

What are the most popular activities for a Seoul holiday?

Throw yourself into all there is to see and do and head home with the best souvenir of all — memories of your amazing vacation!

This place has a wide range of activities. Here are some suggestions to kick start your trip to Seoul:

For a more comprehensive guide to activities, jump onto our Seoul things to do page.

What types of accommodation options are available in Seoul?

Got Seoul locked in your sights? You'll be jetting off to the capital of South Korea, so you'll certainly have a large variety of properties to pick from. Book now on Expedia to get the best offers on luxury getaways and cheap vacations!

The Banyan Tree Club & Spa Seoul (60, Jangchungdan-ro, Jung-gu) and the Park Hyatt Seoul (606, Teheran-ro, Gangnam-gu) are two of the higher-end choices in Seoul. Stay at either and you're bound to have some of the best amenities in town. Prefer somewhere cheap and cheerful? Try the Grand Hyatt Seoul (322, Sowol-ro, Yongsan-gu) and the Nungmaru Guesthouse (39-5 Namsan-dong 2-ga).

Another great option is to stay near Dongdaemun Market. Do this by booking a room at the JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square Seoul, just 0.2 miles away. Also in demand is the Grand Ambassador Seoul associated with Pullman, 0.7 miles away.

Is there an airport in Seoul?

Nothing comes close to disembarking at Gimpo International Airport (GMP) after a cramped flight. Once you've secured your bags from the carousel and shaken out those stiff legs, you'll be about 10 miles from central Seoul.




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SIGNIEL SEOUL ¥29,789
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Lotte World Tower 76F-101F, 300 Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul
     
    4.7 of 5
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    From the time I was greeted at the entry to leaving a few hours later, the, food, service and atmosphere compared favourably to a fine dining restaurant in Seoul 잠쉴스, The menu was large without being too hard to choose from, the quality and quantity was excellent, and matched to a great wine list, ...

    The Shilla Seoul ¥19,250
    Reviewed on Feb 6, 2020
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    The Shilla Seoul

    The Shilla Seoul

    249, Dongho-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, Seoul
       
      4.6 of 5
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      This has been the most delightful experience I had ever. The staff is super friendly and helpful- all aspects of the Hotel are first rate. Highly recommended

      Sotetsu Hotels The Splaisir Seoul Myeong-Dong ¥5,088
      Reviewed on Feb 25, 2020
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      Sotetsu Hotels The Splaisir Seoul Myeong-Dong

      Sotetsu Hotels The Splaisir Seoul Myeong-Dong

      15, Namdaemun-ro 5-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, Seoul
         
        4.0 of 5
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        The hotel was super clean and bed was very comfortable. Bathroom was huge with very large wooden tub. so great

        Sotetsu Fresa Inn Seoul Myeong-dong
        Reviewed on Jan 6, 2020
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        Sotetsu Fresa Inn Seoul Myeong-dong

        Sotetsu Fresa Inn Seoul Myeong-dong

        48, Myeongdong-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
           
          4.3 of 5
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          good location, right on top of myeong dong street.

          Sotetsu Hotels The Splaisir Seoul Dongdaemun ¥6,301
          Reviewed on Feb 9, 2020
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          Sotetsu Hotels The Splaisir Seoul Dongdaemun

          Sotetsu Hotels The Splaisir Seoul Dongdaemun

          226, Jangchungdan-ro Jung-gu, Seoul, Seoul
             
            4.4 of 5
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            It's one minutes walk from Exit 9 of Dongdaemun Cultural Park Station, very convenient and accessible location. Decent room size and nice city view on higher floor.

            Hotel Venue G ¥4,602
            Reviewed on Feb 8, 2020
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            Hotel Venue G

            Hotel Venue G

            117, Cheonggyecheon-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
               
              4.2 of 5
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              The staff is not friendly as previous experience. The room is a little too small for a triple room

              Tmark Grand hotel Myeongdong ¥5,464
              Reviewed on Mar 2, 2020
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              Tmark Grand hotel Myeongdong

              Tmark Grand hotel Myeongdong

              52, Toegye-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
                 
                4.5 of 5
                4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Great location, service, view of Namsan tower. Clean room.

                ENA Suite Hotel Namdaemun ¥5,853
                Reviewed on Mar 22, 2020
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                ENA Suite Hotel Namdaemun

                ENA Suite Hotel Namdaemun

                36, Sejong-daero 11-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, Seoul
                   
                  4.5 of 5
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Very friendly staff and easy to find location thats only a ten minute walk from the myeongdong markets

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