Seoul

Travel Guide
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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 with youthful vibrancy. Art galleries, cinemas, bars and boutiques are dotted all over the city. Seoulites are also in touch with their past, and you’ll find plenty of instances of traditional Korean culture in palaces and theatres.

Korea has suffered from many conflicts, and some of the bruises still show in Seoul. The city’s Five Grand Palaces are testament to this; all of these complexes have been destroyed or badly damaged. Today they have largely been restored to their former glory and house national treasures, art and traditional architecture. For particularly fine examples of these palaces, visit Gyeongbokgung, Deoksugungand Changgyeonggung.

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

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

Soak up classic Korean culture at venues like Chongdong Theatre. Here, you can marvel at spectaculars featuring traditional music, dance and costume. Sample local cuisine at well-priced stalls and restaurants that serve Korean classics such as kalguksu (“knife noodles”) or donkas (deep-fried pork cutlets). Foodies will want to pay homage to the Korean national dish (kimchi) at the Pulmuone Kimchi Museum. Kimchi is a fermented vegetable (cabbage, radish or cucumber) dish seasoned with spices. Finish your dining experience with a visit to one of Seoul’s excellent teahouses.

When you want some quiet time, escape to one of Seoul’s regenerated areas, such as Cheonggyecheon Stream. 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 and cold winters. The best time to visit is around March through May (spring), or September through November (fall) . Navigate the city using the well-priced and efficient subway system, considered one of the best in the world.

Where to stay in 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$1,498 per night from Dec 15 to Dec 15
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 ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,739 reviews)
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Reviewed on 2021/11/25

ENA Suite Hotel Namdaemun
Grand Hyatt Seoul
Grand Hyatt Seoul
5 out of 5
322, Sowol-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, Seoul
The price is NT$5,459 per night from Nov 30 to Nov 30
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. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,233 reviews)
"Was pleasing and nice just as it was before but after COVID restrictions have relaxed the hotel is very understaffed"

Reviewed on 2021/11/17

Grand Hyatt Seoul
LOTTE City Hotel Myeongdong
LOTTE City Hotel Myeongdong
4 out of 5
362, Samil-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul
The price is NT$1,575 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 1
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 ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (2,080 reviews)
"Great location."

Reviewed on 2021/10/28

LOTTE City Hotel Myeongdong
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Orakai Insadong Suites
Orakai Insadong Suites
4 out of 5
18 Insadong 4-Gil Jongno-Gu, Seoul, Seoul
The price is NT$2,856 per night from Dec 29 to Dec 29
Located in Jongno, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Jogyesa Temple and Gwanghwamun. Bukchon Hanok Village and Gyeongbok Palace are also within 1 ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (769 reviews)
"Roim was spacious and clean. it seems a bit old but still quite alright. If we had better media in the room, like Netflix access, could have been better experienced"

Reviewed on 2021/10/25

Orakai Insadong Suites
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$4,776 per night from Dec 13 to Dec 13
This family-friendly Seoul aparthotel is located in Gangnam, within 1 mi (2 km) of Bongeunsa Temple and Starfield COEX Mall. Lotte World and Apgujeong Rodeo ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (927 reviews)
"Great service but the property is old an needs improvement."

Reviewed on 2021/11/19

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 NT$3,266 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 1
Located in Jongno, this family-friendly Seoul aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Jogyesa Temple, Gyeongbok Palace, and Gwanghwamun. Bukchon Hanok Village ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,186 reviews)
"good location staffs were very friendly I enjoyed staying this property"

Reviewed on 2021/10/28

Somerset Palace 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.

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