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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 which includes shopping, a city and night scenes

Myeongdong

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
Dongdaemun Design Plaza featuring modern architecture as well as a couple

Jung-gu

4.5/5Wonderful!(207 area reviews)

Travelers love Jung-gu for its popular shops, and you can see more of Seoul by jumping on the metro at Chungmuro Station or Dongguk University Station. You might spend time checking out top sights like N Seoul Tower and Myeongdong Street.

Jung-gu
Insadong showing shopping as well as a small group of people

Insadong

Travelers come to Insadong for its abundant dining options, and you can see top attractions like Cheonggyecheon and Insa-dong while you're in town.

Insadong
Seocho-gu showing a bridge, modern architecture and a river or creek

Seocho-gu

5/5Exceptional!(6 area reviews)

Travelers choose Seocho-gu for its abundant dining options. Hop aboard the metro at Sadang Station or Chongshin University (ISU) Station and check out top sights like Seoul Arts Center.

Seocho-gu

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 CA $427 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 Jul. 25, 2020

SIGNIEL SEOUL
Grand Hyatt Seoul
Grand Hyatt Seoul
5 out of 5
322, Sowol-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, Seoul
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $243 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

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! (1,132 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 Feb. 18, 2020

Grand Hyatt Seoul
ENA Suite Hotel Namdaemun
ENA Suite Hotel Namdaemun
4 out of 5
36, Sejong-daero 11-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, Seoul
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $75 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

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! (1,728 reviews)

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

Reviewed on Sep. 29, 2020

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 CA $137 per night from Nov 26 to Nov 27

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! (1,084 reviews)

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

Reviewed on Oct. 17, 2020

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 CA $196 per night from Nov 10 to Nov 11

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! (773 reviews)

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

Reviewed on Jun. 28, 2020

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 CA $122 per night from Nov 26 to Nov 27

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! (681 reviews)
The Strogt of Korea

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

Reviewed on Jan. 4, 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.

Popular places to visit in Seoul

Top things to do in Seoul

Reviews of Seoul

4.5

Top Destination

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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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