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Seoul
Travel Guide

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

InterContinental Seoul COEX, an IHG Hotel
InterContinental Seoul COEX, an IHG Hotel
5 out of 5
524, Bongeunsa-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Seoul
Free cancellation
The price is CA $135 per night from May 2 to May 3
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! (897 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, an IHG Hotel
Grand Hyatt Seoul
Grand Hyatt Seoul
5 out of 5
322, Sowol-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, Seoul
The price is CA $202 per night from Apr 23 to Apr 24
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! (1,236 reviews)
Good stay
"The Mountain View room had a great view! Comfortable beds. We booked this hotel because of the outdoor pool. It is beautiful (was quite chilly this time of year, so we just sunbathed and used the hot tub). What was annoying was that there was so poolside service. You needed to walk up to place the ..."

Reviewed on Oct. 1, 2020

Grand Hyatt Seoul
The Shilla Seoul
The Shilla Seoul
5 out of 5
249, Dongho-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, Seoul
The price is CA $314 per night from May 10 to May 11
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! (1,063 reviews)
"Never disappoints with hospitality. Great staff and great service. Comfortable bedding and nice view of Namsam Tower. Quiet place to enjoy vacation. Room furniture and amenities seems outdated but overall clean. Thank you for great hospitality."

Reviewed on Mar. 28, 2021

The Shilla Seoul
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Oakwood Premier Coex Center
Oakwood Premier Coex Center
5 out of 5
46, Teheran-ro 87-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Seoul
The price is CA $216 per night from May 2 to May 3
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! (853 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 CA $114 per night from Apr 27 to Apr 28
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! (1,132 reviews)
"Excellent location, clean property, great stuff! They also provided a crib"

Reviewed on Oct. 17, 2020

Somerset Palace Seoul
Orakai Insadong Suites
Orakai Insadong Suites
4 out of 5
18 Insadong 4-Gil Jongno-Gu, Seoul, Seoul
The price is CA $112 per night from Apr 23 to Apr 24
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! (717 reviews)
"Very comfortable Nice crew"

Reviewed on Oct. 9, 2020

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.

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Reviews of Seoul

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 27, 2020

It was a good experience but hard to rate properly due to it being so quiet because of the coronavirus outbreak. Want to visit again when it's not like that.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Nov 24, 2019

Seoul is a safe, vibrant city.There are endless restaurants and coffee shops.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Nov 19, 2019

We love Seoul. The food and shopping are amazing with so many places to go and see. We would definitely come back.

5/5 - Excellent

someone

Nov 14, 2019

clean city. easy subway all around city. cheap express bus line to all over korea.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Nov 9, 2019

There are English speaking guides available at the museums whom are volunteers that enhance the experience.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Oct 29, 2019

I loved Seoul

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