Seoul

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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

Fairfield by Marriott Seoul
Fairfield by Marriott Seoul
4 out of 5
870, GYEONGIN-RO YEONGDEUNGPO-GU, Seoul
The price is ¥6,214 per night from Aug 29 to Aug 30
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Seoul. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (809 reviews)
"Room is very clean, hotel is near train station. Convenient store nearby as well. Staff were very friendly too."

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2022

Fairfield by Marriott Seoul
ENA Suite Hotel Namdaemun
ENA Suite Hotel Namdaemun
4 out of 5
36, Sejong-daero 11-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, Seoul, 04513
The price is ¥8,765 per night from Sep 12 to Sep 13
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Seoul. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness center, and valet parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,797 reviews)
Nice hotel
"Great location near Seoul station, clean and modern rooms. It was ideal for an overnite family stay."

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2022

ENA Suite Hotel Namdaemun
The Shilla Seoul
The Shilla Seoul
5 out of 5
249, Dongho-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, Seoul, 04605
The price is ¥33,667 per night from Aug 30 to Aug 31
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Seoul. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (1,100 reviews)
"I have to say, the level of friendliness, courtesy and kindness among the staff here at the Shilla Hotel is quite wonderful. I'm a big fan of mindfulness--of being in the moment with attention and compassion for yourself and others--and I think the staff at the Shilla embody that mindset. That's ..."

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2022

The Shilla Seoul
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Uljiro Co-Op Residence
Uljiro Co-Op Residence
3 out of 5
246, Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, Seoul
The price is ¥3,985 per night from Sep 12 to Sep 13
Stay at this 3-star aparthotel in Seoul. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour front desk, and a 24-hour business center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the property ...
4/5 Very Good! (2,011 reviews)
"The bathroom is too small. But it is a clean room."

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2022

Uljiro Co-Op Residence
Oakwood Premier Coex Center
Oakwood Premier Coex Center
5 out of 5
46, Teheran-ro 87-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Seoul, 135-525
The price is ¥24,017 per night from Aug 29 to Aug 30
Stay at this 5-star luxury aparthotel in Seoul. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a casino. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms in our reviews. ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (1,012 reviews)
"excellent"

Reviewed on Jul 4, 2022

Oakwood Premier Coex Center
Orakai Insadong Suites
Orakai Insadong Suites
4 out of 5
18 Insadong 4-Gil Jongno-Gu, Seoul, Seoul, 110320
The price is ¥21,067 per night from Sep 2 to Sep 3
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Seoul. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the spacious rooms in our reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (833 reviews)
Great room, prefect location
"Amazing room, great for a long stay with a fully functional kitchen, as well as a washing machine (which came in handy for the hot summer weather). It was in a great location near the tourist sites like the royal palaces as well as next to a really good metro link. Would highly recommend."

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2022

Orakai Insadong Suites
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