Seoul

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Seoul featuring 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

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 CA $95 per night from Feb. 19 to Feb. 20
CA $95
per night
Feb. 19 - Feb. 20
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 ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (1,693 reviews)
"Very friendly"

Reviewed on Jan. 30, 2023

ENA Suite Hotel Namdaemun
Stanford Hotel Myeongdong
Stanford Hotel Myeongdong
3.5 out of 5
84, Namdaemun-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, 04534
The price is CA $129 per night from Feb. 8 to Feb. 9
CA $129
per night
Feb. 8 - Feb. 9
Stay at this 3.5-star hotel in Seoul. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a 24-hour front desk. Popular attractions Gyeongbok Palace and Lotte Department Store are ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (203 reviews)
Fantastic hotel in great location.
"Fantastic location at a fantastic price! Close to subway station. Walkable to street market, restaurants and Namsan cable car. Also close to Deoksugung palace. An easy 20 min walk to Seoul station. Hotel staff were very helpful and hotel was very clean and modern. Nice buffet breakfast. Great view ..."

Reviewed on Jan. 28, 2023

Stanford Hotel Myeongdong
LOTTE City Hotel Myeongdong
LOTTE City Hotel Myeongdong
4 out of 5
362, Samil-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul, 100-220
The price is CA $104 per night from Feb. 9 to Feb. 10
CA $104
per night
Feb. 9 - Feb. 10
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Seoul. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace, and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,270 reviews)
"Good"

Reviewed on Jan. 24, 2023

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, 110320
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! (871 reviews)
"The property is convenient and clean. However, the room is rather warm and the furniture are rather old. But the staff were very helpful. They provided two fans after I feedback to them about the warmness in the room. Overall, I am happy with the stay."

Reviewed on Jan. 10, 2023

Orakai Insadong Suites
Oakwood Premier Coex Center
Oakwood Premier Coex Center
5 out of 5
46, Teheran-ro 87-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Seoul, 135-525
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! (1,041 reviews)
"Large rooms, slightly dated but nice. Service was ok, expected better service for a 5 star hotel."

Reviewed on Jan. 23, 2023

Oakwood Premier Coex Center
Somerset Palace Seoul
Somerset Palace Seoul
4 out of 5
7, Yulgok-ro 2-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Seoul, 110-885
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Seoul. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the quiet rooms and the family ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,236 reviews)
"Fantastic location and included breakfast"

Reviewed on Sep. 12, 2022

Somerset Palace Seoul
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