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SeoulSouth Korea

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)

Travelers love Myeongdong for its popular shops, and you can see more of Seoul by jumping on the metro at Euljiro 1-ga Station or Myeong-dong Station. You might spend time checking out top sights like Myeongdong Street and Seoul City Hall.

Myeongdong
Gangnam featuring outdoor art

Gangnam

4.5/5Wonderful!(668 area reviews)

Travelers love Gangnam for its popular shops, and you can see more of Seoul by jumping on the metro at Guryong Station or Gaepo-dong Station. You might spend time checking out top sights like COEX Convention and Exhibition Center and Garosu-gil.

Gangnam
Seoul World Cup Stadium

Mapo

4.5/5Wonderful!(244 area reviews)

Travelers choose Mapo for its abundant dining options. Hop aboard the metro at Mangwon Station or Hapjeong Station and check out top sights like YG Entertainment Building.

Mapo
Chegiil-tong which includes flowers

Dongdaemun

4/5Very Good!(44 area reviews)

Dongdaemun is a destination travelers like for its shopping, and you might hop aboard the metro at Cheongnyangni Station or Hoegi Station to explore sights like Cheonggyecheon.

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

Yongsan-gu

4/5Very Good!(269 area reviews)

Consider exploring the abundant dining options in Yongsan-gu. If sightseeing is on the list, N Seoul Tower is a top attraction. Hop on the metro at Samgakji Station or Noksapyeong Station to see more of the area.

Yongsan-gu
Shinchon showing signage

Shinchon

5/5Exceptional!(2 area reviews)

Travelers choose Shinchon for its ample dining options. Hop aboard the metro at Sinchon Station or Ewha Woman's University Station and check out top sights like Seodaemun Prison History Museum.

Shinchon

Top Hotels in Seoul

SIGNIEL SEOUL
SIGNIEL SEOUL
5 out of 5
Lotte World Tower 76F-101F, 300 Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul
The price is NT$9,318 per night from Nov 16 to Nov 17

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 ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (935 reviews)

"Signiel Seoul has great view of Seoul and their staffs are best!"…"

Reviewed on 2020/7/25

SIGNIEL SEOUL
Grand Hyatt Seoul
Grand Hyatt Seoul
5 out of 5
322, Sowol-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, Seoul
The price is NT$5,303 per night from Oct 26 to Oct 27

Located in Yongsan-gu, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Namsan Botanical Garden, Itaewon Antique Furniture Street, and Leeum Samsung Museum of ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,126 reviews)

"This property is a five star hotel, beautiful views and even great hospitality. The room service is top of the line as well. Have to stay here if you want the best experience in Seoul"…"

Reviewed on 2020/2/18

Grand Hyatt Seoul
ENA Suite Hotel Namdaemun
ENA Suite Hotel Namdaemun
4 out of 5
36, Sejong-daero 11-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, Seoul
The price is NT$1,639 per night from Oct 27 to Oct 28

Located in Jung-gu, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sungnyemun Gate and Deoksugung Palace. Cheonggye Plaza and Dongdaemun History and Culture Park are ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,722 reviews)

"The location is very convenient, staffs are polite, clean & I will stay again, but towels were worn out though."…"

Reviewed on 2020/9/29

ENA Suite Hotel Namdaemun
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

Somerset Palace Seoul
Somerset Palace Seoul
4 out of 5
7, Yulgok-ro 2-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Seoul
The price is NT$2,955 per night from Nov 24 to Nov 25

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! (1,082 reviews)

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

Reviewed on 2020/10/17

Somerset Palace 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 NT$4,813 per night from Nov 24 to Nov 25

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! (771 reviews)

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

Reviewed on 2020/6/28

Oakwood Premier Coex Center
Orakai Insadong Suites
Orakai Insadong Suites
4 out of 5
18 Insadong 4-Gil Jongno-Gu, Seoul, Seoul
The price is NT$2,640 per night from Nov 24 to Nov 25

Located in Jongno, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Jogyesa Temple and Cheonggyecheon. Myeongdong Street and Gwanghwamun are also within 15 minutes. ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (679 reviews)
The Strogt of Korea

"Very comfortable and convenient. Abdolutely grest area and friendly shop keepers"…"

Reviewed on 2020/1/4

Orakai Insadong Suites
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.

Popular places to visit in Seoul

Lotte World
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Lotte World

4.5/5(347 reviews)

Enjoy the excitement at Lotte World and see why people love this amusement park in Jamsil 3-dong. Check out the shops and top-notch restaurants in this culturally rich area.

N Seoul Tower
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N Seoul Tower

4.5/5(547 reviews)

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

Gyeongbok Palace
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Gyeongbok Palace

4.5/5(757 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.

Hongik University
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Hongik University

4.5/5(187 reviews)

Explore the campus of Hongik University, a top university in Seoul. Check out the shops and top-notch restaurants in this culturally rich area.

Dongdaemun History and Culture Park
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Dongdaemun History and Culture Park

4.5/5(665 reviews)

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

Myeongdong Cathedral
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Myeongdong Cathedral

4.5/5(192 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. 

Reviews of Seoul

4.6

Top Destination

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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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