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Seoul
Travel Guide

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

Top Hotels in Seoul

InterContinental Seoul COEX
InterContinental Seoul COEX
5 out of 5
524, Bongeunsa-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Seoul
The price is ¥11,951 per night from Mar 3 to Mar 4

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! (909 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
SIGNIEL SEOUL
SIGNIEL SEOUL
5 out of 5
Lotte World Tower 76F-101F, 300 Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul
The price is ¥36,044 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3

Located in Songpa, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lotte World Tower and Lotte World Mall. Lotte World and Olympic Park are also within 2 mi ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (1,069 reviews)

"Well - organized, good location, friendly staffs,"…"

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2021

SIGNIEL SEOUL
The Shilla Seoul
The Shilla Seoul
5 out of 5
249, Dongho-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, Seoul
The price is ¥21,342 per night from Mar 8 to Mar 9

Located in Jung-gu, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Namsan Park, Korea House, and Dongdaemun Design Plaza. Dongdaemun History and Culture Park ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (1,053 reviews)

"Clean and well-organized services. Great for family hotel trip"…"

Reviewed on Feb 17, 2021

The Shilla Seoul
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.

Vacation Rentals in Seoul

Oakwood Premier Coex Center
Oakwood Premier Coex Center
5 out of 5
46, Teheran-ro 87-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Seoul
The price is ¥16,989 per night from Mar 16 to Mar 17

Located in Gangnam, this family-friendly Seoul aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Seven Luck Casino Seoul Gangnam Branch, COEX Convention and Exhibition ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (827 reviews)

"Large room. Lots of closet space. Fully stocked kitchen. Comfortable mattress."…"

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2020

Oakwood Premier Coex Center
Somerset Palace Seoul
Somerset Palace Seoul
4 out of 5
7, Yulgok-ro 2-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Seoul
The price is ¥9,106 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3

Located in Jongno, this family-friendly Seoul aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Jogyesa Temple, Gyeongbok Palace, and Gwanghwamun. Bukchon Hanok Village ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,116 reviews)

"Excellent location, clean property, great stuff! They also provided a crib"…"

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2020

Somerset Palace Seoul
Uljiro CO-OP Residence
Uljiro CO-OP Residence
3 out of 5
246, Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, Seoul
The price is ¥3,457 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2

Located in Jung-gu, this aparthotel is steps from Dongdaemun Design Plaza and Dongdaemun History & Culture Park. Dongdaemun History and Culture Park and Cheonggyecheon ...

4/5Very Good! (1,933 reviews)

"The check-in and verification procedures were painless. The building was showing a bit of age, but it seemed well-kept. The room was fairly clean, with basic amenities available. I was given a room facing north and the view of the Seoul fortress wall was nice. The bathroom was small and the shower ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2021

Uljiro CO-OP Residence
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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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

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.

5/5 - Excellent

NICHOLAS

Jun 7, 2020

FULL OF GOOD PLACES TO EAT. LOTS OF ENTERTAINMENT. VERY SAFE CITY TO BE IN.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

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

Mitch

Apr 27, 2020

Great city. Clean!

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