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Travel Guide

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.

Where to stay in Seoul

Mercure Ambassador Seoul Gangnam Sodowe
Mercure Ambassador Seoul Gangnam Sodowe
4 out of 5
10, Teheran-ro 25-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Seoul
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NT$1,702 per night from Jun 25 to Jun 25
Located in Gangnam, this eco-friendly hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Seonjeongneung Royal Tombs, Garosu-gil, and COEX Convention and Exhibition Center. Starfield ...
4.4/5Excellent! (917 reviews)
"Beautiful clean room with an amazing view. Foreigner friendly. My korean is not great but they did not make me feek bad for not being great. I love it. Always smiled and bowed"

Reviewed on 2021/3/4

Mercure Ambassador Seoul Gangnam Sodowe
Grand Hyatt Seoul
Grand Hyatt Seoul
5 out of 5
322, Sowol-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, Seoul
The price is NT$5,084 per night from Jun 23 to Jun 23
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. ...
4.2/5Excellent! (1,243 reviews)
"no free parking"

Reviewed on 2021/5/15

Grand Hyatt Seoul
The Shilla Seoul
The Shilla Seoul
5 out of 5
249, Dongho-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, Seoul
The price is NT$6,877 per night from Jul 1 to Jul 1
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! (1,092 reviews)
"Always good even expensive"

Reviewed on 2021/5/24

The Shilla Seoul
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Shinchon Ever8 Serviced Residence
Shinchon Ever8 Serviced Residence
3.5 out of 5
7, Sinchonnyeok-ro, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul, Seoul
The price is NT$1,935 per night from Jul 16 to Jul 16
Located in Seodaemun-gu, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Yeonsei University and Ewha Woman's University. Hongik University and Lotte Outlets - Seoul ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,711 reviews)
Amazing front desk and great service
"Amazing experience at ever8, amazing people running the place, nice and kind. I spent my 14 day quarantine leriod there. They provided everhthing for 14 days, and they keep calling me to make sure i am ok and safe and if in need of anything. Such an amazing people."

Reviewed on 2020/8/23

Shinchon Ever8 Serviced Residence
The Sweet Castle Apartment
The Sweet Castle Apartment
2.5 out of 5
603-5, Yeoksam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Located in Gangnam, this apartment building is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Bongeunsa Temple and within 6 mi (10 km) of Itaewon Antique Furniture Street and Lotte World ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (158 reviews)
"Perfect property for a short stay in Seoul. Within a 4 minute walk of 2 subway stations and with a 7 eleven right next door. Very comfortable and clean property with all you'd need as a base for day trips around Seoul. Excellent communication from Kevin, the property owner, who responds quickly to ..."

Reviewed on 2020/3/12

The Sweet Castle Apartment
The Grand Suite
The Grand Suite
4 out of 5
353, Yeonhui-ro, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul, Seoul
The price is NT$6,411 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 20
Located in Seodaemun-gu, this aparthotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Bukhansan National Park and within 3 mi (5 km) of Hongik University and Ewha Woman's University. ...
4.3/5Excellent! (61 reviews)
Specious Home.
"Specious home for family and quiet surroundings. Beyond my expectations."

Reviewed on 2018/5/9

The Grand Suite
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