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Seoul

Known for Shopping, Museum and Castle

The South Korean metropolis has some of Asia’s busiest markets and nightlife districts alongside tranquil teahouses and palaces surrounded by gardens.

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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.

Things to do in Seoul

This sizable commercial district is home to a staggering number of shopping malls, specialty stores and traditional Korean marketplaces. 

This royal palace has been destroyed on more than one occasion, but today it stands as one of Seoul’s finest examples of classic Korean architecture.

Marvel as natural light illuminates the galleries of this contemporary museum building, which houses thousands of ancient and valuable Korean objects. 

This Seoul landmark can be seen from miles around and offers the finest panoramas of the city.

Walk amid this peaceful natural environment, ride a cable car and marvel at Seoul’s majestic skyline at this sprawling mountain park.

See the splendour and wealth of the former home of Korean royalty, a UNESCO World Heritage Site also noted for its beautiful garden.

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Venture to the border of South and North Korea, where the unsettling Demilitarized Zone separates the 2 countries in a 2.5-mile-wide (4-km) swath of land lined by tanks, landmines, and electric fences.

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Delve into South Korea's must-see cultural attractions, bustling cities, and traditional townships on this 7-day excursion that circles the entire country. Visit museums and natural landmarks, dine on authentic Korean fare, and enjoy luxurious overnight accommodations in high-end hotels.

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Explore Jeju Island to discover South Korea’s tropical beauty and traditional culture with your friendly expert guide. Visit natural highlights like the Cheonjiyeon Waterfall, Manjanggul Lava Tube, and Sunrise Peak, and see Korean culture first-hand at a folk village.

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Check out centuries-old temples and traditional villages and explore the exhibits in a fascinating museum. Day 1: Grab your bags and meet up with your guide in the lobby of your Seoul hotel.

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Pay a visit to the boundary that divides North and South Korea on this half-day tour to the Demilitarized Zone. Step into one of the North Korean infiltration tunnels, look out across the country from the Dora observatory, and get a look at the unresolved history of the Korean War.

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Explore Jejudo, or Jeju Island, to get a sense of the culture and natural attractions. On this island home to extinct volcanoes, admire waterfalls, thatched-roof houses, gardens, and a huge cavern.

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