Overview Seoul

Visiting Seoul

The capital and largest city of South Korea, this metropolis of over 10 million people boasts a fascinating history, beautiful architecture and world-class recreation, making it an increasingly popular destination for international travelers worldwide.

A major settlement since the 17th century B.C., Seoul boasts a wealth of historical landmarks, two of the grandest being the Changegeokgung Palace and the crown jewel of the “Five Grand Palaces”, the Gyeongbokgung Palace. Tourists flock to the palace grounds, wandering the winding paths past the innumerable outbuildings and gardens. The National Folk Museum of Korea is one of the many attractions on the ground of the Gyeongbokgung Palace grounds, charting the history of the Korean people from pre-history onwards.

Seoul is also a world-class retail mecca, with modern retail offerings aplenty at the ... Read More
The capital and largest city of South Korea, this metropolis of over 10 million people boasts a fascinating history, beautiful architecture and world-class recreation, making it an increasingly popular destination for international travelers worldwide.

A major settlement since the 17th century B.C., Seoul boasts a wealth of historical landmarks, two of the grandest being the Changegeokgung Palace and the crown jewel of the “Five Grand Palaces”, the Gyeongbokgung Palace. Tourists flock to the palace grounds, wandering the winding paths past the innumerable outbuildings and gardens. The National Folk Museum of Korea is one of the many attractions on the ground of the Gyeongbokgung Palace grounds, charting the history of the Korean people from pre-history onwards.

Seoul is also a world-class retail mecca, with modern retail offerings aplenty at the COEX Convetion Center mall. Traditional pottery, hand-laid paper and plenty of antiques are in store in Insadong, the city’s market district, while bargain hunters flock to the offerings along Myung-dong Street.

So once you’ve booked your flight and found the right hotel, peruse our pages to create an itinerary inspired by fellow travelers to Seoul.    Close

Stories and Tips Seoul

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S(e)oul City

Written by manatwork on 27 Feb, 2011

Seoul is one of the largest cities in the world with a population of over 10 million people. It ranked third among the top tourist destinations for year 2010. I was told that the Koreans do celebrate Chinese New Year, and in fact, I was…Read More


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When in Seoul.....

Written by Composthp on 25 Feb, 2011

8 years ago, I would not dare to visit Seoul on my own as everything seemed foreign, from the language to the street signs. A lot has changed since then, there are clear signs in various languages such as English, Mandarin and Japanese not only…Read More


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Jolly Green Giant is Alive and Well in South Korea

Written by dbsovereign on 13 Feb, 2011

It was weird being back in Asia again! I had a great time despite the fact that it was rather a whirlwind excursion and the two long [non-stop, 10-hour] flights a week apart got me completely tired out. Seoul was very modern and in…Read More


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Eight Hours in Seoul

Written by SeenThat on 12 Oct, 2008

On Planes and AirportsUsing technologies half a century old and a medieval guild-like organization, modern airplanes and airports pose heavy dilemmas to the eternal pilgrim. Unnecessarily, airlines are often regulated by trade agreements between countries; most airlines connecting two given countries belong to them and…Read More


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Bi Bim Bab

Written by SeenThat on 09 Oct, 2008

On the Verge of Skipping Bi Bim BabTraveling from Thailand to Los Angeles with Asiana meant having three meals onboard. The first one was a very late dinner – or was it a very early breakfast? – on the way to the stopover in Seoul.…Read More


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Getting Stuck at Incheon Airport

Written by Ishtar on 21 Jan, 2007

We were so excited when we got our tickets to Vietnam on very short notice that we never really made much of the terribly inconvenient and tiring route we’d have to take. The Star Alliance, which counts Delta and Korean Air as part of its…Read More


The Cult of the Ajima

Written by Paul Bacon on 24 Mar, 2006

Throughout the year I spent living in the southern half of the Korean Peninsula there was a massive contrast which I noticed in the local community that completely fascinated me. It was namely the division between young and old, modern and antiquated. The disparity between…Read More


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The Painted Face

Written by Paul Bacon on 20 Mar, 2006

I was standing in the doorway of one of the classrooms in the school at which I made a living teaching English to Korean children. Through it I could see a female colleague of mine sat at her desk, powdering her nose and checking her…Read More


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Kyongbokkung Palace

Written by super-d on 26 Oct, 2000

Built by the King of the first Yi dynasty, these structures collectively served as the royal palace for about 200 years. Before 1592, it housed some 500 buildings, but do to consistent Japanese invasions over hundreds of years, the palace has since been reduced…Read More


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A hiking experience within Seoul's city limits...check it out.

Written by super-d on 20 Oct, 2000

It is midsummer in South Korea and I've been here for two months. Being from Canada, the contrasts between the two countries are quite extreme. But given that I came to this small, culturally unique country for that very…Read More


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