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Travel Guide

Seoul which includes a city, a skyscraper and a river or creek

The South Korean metropolis has some of Asia’s busiest markets and nightlife districts alongside tranquil teahouses and palaces surrounded by gardens.

Seoul is brimming withyouthful vibrancy. Art galleries, cinemas, bars and boutiques are dotted allover the city. Seoulites are also in touch with their past, and you’ll findplenty of instances of traditional Korean culture in palaces and theatres.

Korea has suffered frommany conflicts, and some of the bruises still show in Seoul. The city’s FiveGrand Palaces are testament to this; all of these complexes have been destroyedor badly damaged. Today they have largely been restored to their former glory andhouse national treasures, art and traditional architecture. For particularlyfine examples of these palaces, visit Gyeongbokgung, Deoksugungand Changgyeonggung.

Locals possess optimismand friendliness in abundance. Younger Seoulites will be eager to use theirlanguage skills to help you out, and older residents, although not asproficient with their English, are still overwhelmingly warm.

Shopping opportunities inSeoul are boundless. Choose from designer outlets in Myeongdong,traditional craft shops at Insadong and bargain malls at the huge DongdaemunMarket. Wear your new attire while exploring the city’s nightlife. HongdaeYoung Street has an eclectic collection of bars, clubs, live music andindependent cinema.

Soak up classic Koreanculture at venues like Chongdong Theatre. Here, you can marvel atspectaculars featuring traditional music, dance and costume. Sample localcuisine at well-priced stalls and restaurants that serve Korean classics suchas kalguksu (“knife noodles”) or donkas (deep-fried pork cutlets). Foodies willwant to pay homage to the Korean national dish (kimchi) at the PulmuoneKimchi Museum. Kimchi is a fermented vegetable (cabbage, radish orcucumber) dish seasoned with spices. Finish your dining experience with a visitto one of Seoul’s excellent teahouses.

When you want some quiettime, escape to one of Seoul’s regenerated areas, such as CheonggyecheonStream. This stretch of water in the city center features greenery,wildlife and local art. It’s a great example of Seoul’s ability to innovate,educate and entertain all at once.

Seoul has hot summers andcold winters. The best time to visit is around March through May (spring), orSeptember through November (fall) . Navigate the city using the well-priced andefficient subway system, considered one of the best in the world.

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Where to stay in Seoul

Grand Hyatt Seoul
Grand Hyatt Seoul
5 out of 5
322, Sowol-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, Seoul
The price is ¥20,048 per night from May 13 to May 13
Located in Itaewon, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Namsan Botanical Garden, Itaewon Antique Furniture Street, and Leeum Samsung Museum of Art. ...
4.2/5Excellent! (1,234 reviews)
Good stay
"The Mountain View room had a great view! Comfortable beds. We booked this hotel because of the outdoor pool. It is beautiful (was quite chilly this time of year, so we just sunbathed and used the hot tub). What was annoying was that there was so poolside service. You needed to walk up to place the ..."

Reviewed on Oct 1, 2020

Grand Hyatt Seoul
Millennium Hilton Seoul
Millennium Hilton Seoul
5 out of 5
50, Sowol-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, Seoul
The price is ¥13,946 per night from May 13 to May 13
This family-friendly Seoul hotel is located in a regional park, just steps from Seven Luck Casino Millennium Seoul Hilton Branch and Namsan Park. Namdaemun Market ...
4.3/5Excellent! (957 reviews)
"The mountain view was awesome"

Reviewed on May 4, 2021

Millennium Hilton Seoul
InterContinental Seoul COEX, an IHG Hotel
InterContinental Seoul COEX, an IHG Hotel
5 out of 5
524, Bongeunsa-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Seoul
The price is ¥12,881 per night from May 13 to May 13
Located in Gangnam, this luxury hotel is steps from Starfield COEX Mall and COEX Convention and Exhibition Center. SMTOWN coexartium and Seonjeongneung Royal ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (913 reviews)
"The room was very clean and well maintained. The staff was helpful and able to accommodate my needs. Overall, I am very satisfied with staying in this hotel. I would highly recommend this hotel to my friends visiting Seoul."

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2021

InterContinental Seoul COEX, an IHG Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
The Sweet Castle Apartment
The Sweet Castle Apartment
2.5 out of 5
603-5, Yeoksam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
The price is ¥7,662 per night from May 24 to May 24
Located in Gangnam, this apartment building is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Bongeunsa Temple and within 6 mi (10 km) of Itaewon Antique Furniture Street and Lotte World ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (157 reviews)
"Perfect property for a short stay in Seoul. Within a 4 minute walk of 2 subway stations and with a 7 eleven right next door. Very comfortable and clean property with all you'd need as a base for day trips around Seoul. Excellent communication from Kevin, the property owner, who responds quickly to ..."

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2020

The Sweet Castle Apartment
Shinchon Ever8 Serviced Residence
Shinchon Ever8 Serviced Residence
3.5 out of 5
7, Sinchonnyeok-ro, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul, Seoul
The price is ¥7,630 per night from Jun 5 to Jun 5
Located in Seodaemun-gu, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Yeonsei University and Ewha Woman's University. Hongik University and Lotte Outlets - Seoul ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,709 reviews)
Amazing front desk and great service
"Amazing experience at ever8, amazing people running the place, nice and kind. I spent my 14 day quarantine leriod there. They provided everhthing for 14 days, and they keep calling me to make sure i am ok and safe and if in need of anything. Such an amazing people."

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2020

Shinchon Ever8 Serviced Residence
New luxury PentHouse with GreatView
New luxury PentHouse with GreatView
Located in Mapo, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Trickeye Museum, Hongik University, and Ewha Woman's University. Namdaemun Market and YG Entertainment ...
New luxury PentHouse with GreatView
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Seoul


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5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
4 - Good 30.973047053449065%
3 - Okay
3 - Okay 5.710370031978072%
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5/5 - Excellent

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Jun 8, 2020

I live in Seoul but sometimes it's nice to get away a bit so my stay in the hotel was great.

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Jun 7, 2020


5/5 - Excellent

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May 16, 2020

Safe and Clean city

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 12, 2020

One of the most underrated large cities in the world!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 1, 2020

Very safe from the current Corona pandemic.

5/5 - Excellent


Apr 27, 2020

Great city. Clean!

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