SeoulSouth Korea

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Visit Seoul

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.

Where to stay in Seoul

Myeongdong showing shopping, street scenes and a city

Myeongdong

5/5Exceptional!(2 area reviews)

This central Seoul shopping district is the place to buy quality brand products and stop for a bite to eat. 

Myeongdong
Gangnam featuring outdoor art

Gangnam

4.5/5Wonderful!(639 area reviews)

Gangnam is highly notable for its popular shops, and you might want to visit top sights like Seonjeongneung Royal Tombs and COEX Convention and Exhibition Center. See more of Yangjae 2-dong by jumping on the metro at Guryong Station or Gaepo-dong Station.

Gangnam
Chegiil-tong which includes flowers

Dongdaemun

4/5Very Good!(42 area reviews)

You might enjoy the shopping while in Dongdaemun. Cheonggyecheon is a notable sight, and you can get around town at Hoegi Station or Cheongnyangni Station to see more of the city.

Dongdaemun
Seoul World Cup Stadium

Mapo

4.5/5Wonderful!(234 area reviews)

Travelers choose Mapo for its ample dining options. Hop aboard the metro at Mangwon Station or Hapjeong Station and check out top sights like Seoul World Cup Stadium.

Mapo
Shinchon showing signage

Shinchon

5/5Exceptional!(2 area reviews)

Consider exploring the abundant dining options in Shinchon. If sightseeing is on the list, Seodaemun Prison History Museum is a top attraction. Hop on the metro at Sinchon Station or Ewha Woman's University Station to see more of the area.

Shinchon
War Memorial of Korea showing signage and modern architecture as well as a large group of people

Yongsan-gu

4/5Very Good!(249 area reviews)

You might take some time to check out the abundant dining options in Yongsan-gu. Spend some time visiting top spots like War Memorial of Korea, and catch the metro at Samgakji Station or Noksapyeong Station to see more of the area.

Yongsan-gu

Top Hotels in Seoul

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Lotte Hotel Seoul
Lotte Hotel Seoul
5 out of 5
30, Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, Seoul
¥17,963
per night
Jan 22 - Jan 23

This family-friendly Seoul hotel is located in the business district, within a 5-minute walk of Seoul City Hall and Lotte Department Store. Deoksugung Palace ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (3,128 reviews)

"close promixity to city. excellent transportation-bus, subtrain, taxi, walk"…"

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2020

Lotte Hotel Seoul
Lotte City Hotel Myeongdong
Lotte City Hotel Myeongdong
4 out of 5
362, Samil-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul
¥8,982
per night
Feb 16 - Feb 17

Located in Myeongdong, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Seoul City Hall, Namdaemun Market, and Gwanghwamun. Gyeongbok Palace is 1.3 mi (2 km) away. Euljilo ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,845 reviews)

"I like the amenities and facilities of the heated toilet. Love the convienence of the store downstairs and the location to the train station."…"

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2020

Lotte City Hotel Myeongdong
Tmark Grand hotel Myeongdong
Tmark Grand hotel Myeongdong
4.5 out of 5
52, Toegye-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
¥7,046
per night
Jan 22 - Jan 23

Located in Jung-gu, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Namdaemun Market, Postal Museum of Korea, and Bank of Korea Museum. Seven Luck Casino Millennium ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2,894 reviews)

"Hotel is neat and clean and strategically located in downtown Seoul. Rooms are cosy."…"

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2020

Tmark Grand hotel Myeongdong

Popular things to do in Seoul

Lotte World
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Lotte World

4.5/5(332 reviews)

Have a fun-filled day at Lotte World and see why people love this amusement park in Jamsil 3-dong. Stroll along the riverfront or visit the shops in this culturally-rich area.

Dongdaemun History and Culture Park
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Dongdaemun History and Culture Park

4.5/5(653 reviews)

This sizable commercial district is home to a staggering number of shopping malls, specialty stores and traditional Korean marketplaces. 

N Seoul Tower
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N Seoul Tower

4.5/5(536 reviews)

This Seoul landmark can be seen from miles around and offers the finest panoramas of the city.

Myeongdong Cathedral
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Myeongdong Cathedral

4.5/5(184 reviews)

Dating back to the late 1800s, this Gothic church is the final resting place of martyrs and offers a pleasant respite from Seoul’s hectic streets. 

Gyeongbok Palace
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Gyeongbok Palace

4.5/5(742 reviews)

This royal palace has been destroyed on more than one occasion, but today it stands as one of Seoul’s finest examples of classic Korean architecture.

Namdaemun Market
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Namdaemun Market

4.5/5(398 reviews)

This traditional Korean market is the largest and oldest in Seoul, and where you’ll find all manner of clothes and food at very reasonable prices.

Top activities in Seoul

DMZ Tour including Hotel Pick up
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DMZ Tour including Hotel Pick up

¥4,265

Venture to the border of South and North Korea, where the unsettling Demilitarized Zone separates the 2 countries in a 2.5-mile-wide (4-km) swath of land lined by tanks, landmines, and electric fences.

Full Day Nami Island with Petite France (filming location)
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Full Day Nami Island with Petite France (filming location)

¥10,199

Enter the world of Winter Sonata on this full-day tour to Nami Island. At the scenic area where Winter Sonata was filmed, get a glimpse of roaming deer, ostriches, and lanes lined with soaring pine trees and then savor a delicious Korean lunch.

Morning Excursion to the Korean DMZ (No Shopping)
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Morning Excursion to the Korean DMZ (No Shopping)

¥3,709

Explore the territory that separates North and South Korean on this tour to the Demilitarized Zone and its surrounding historic sites. Learn about the Korean Conflict as you visit the DMZ Theater and Exhibition Hall, as well as nearby sites like Dorasan Station, Imjingak Park, and the 3rd Tunnel.

Palaces, Temple & Folk Museum Morning Tour
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Palaces, Temple & Folk Museum Morning Tour

¥3,616

Explore the cultural heritage of Seoul on this morning tour. See the charming presidential residence, the majestic 13th-century Gyeongbokgung Palace, the vast historical collection at the National Folk Museum, and an ornate Buddhist temple.

Korean Home Cooking Class and Exploring Local Market Tour
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Korean Home Cooking Class and Exploring Local Market Tour

¥5,563

Head to Seoul and enter OME Cooking Lab. OME means five tastes, which are sweetness, sourness, bitterness, saltiness, and spiciness. Follow instructions from professional chefs. Explore And Yangnyeong Market(Korean herb medicine market), Gyeongdong Market(food ingredient market) with local guide.

Seoraksan & Nami Island Private Driver from Seoul (More Members Less Cost)
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Seoraksan & Nami Island Private Driver from Seoul (More Members Less Cost)

¥7,004

• Tourist will be picked up and sent at a hotel in Seoul or nearby Seoul • Our Best Driver will bring you to Seoraksan National Park and Tourist can enjoy with Cable car and visit Buddhist Temple by themselves. • After Seoraksan Tour, Tourist can choose to go East sea or Nami island.

Reviews of Seoul

4.6

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 20, 2020

Loved Seoul

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 19, 2020

I would recommend everyone to visit Seoul at least once in the life time if not multiple times. Just lovely, and queen of shopping malls. Fun and attractive. Good food-economical, excellent price on stylish clothing.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 18, 2020

Seoul has a lot to offers from delicious local foods, shopping areas and its locals who are always ready to help and give their time to foreigners asking for directions.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 6, 2020

Nice very cold during winter. Taxi drivers need to learn English even little to communicate and read like at Singapore.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 5, 2020

Lots of places to visit

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 4, 2020

Great for shopping and dining. Very crowded, but public transportation (subway and bus) is exceptional and if you avoid traffic hour, you can move to anywhere comfortably.

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